Last year in Tesco
they had Laptops for 99 pounds and 50in TVs for 199
OK they were no-name brands but at that price what's to lose?
I didn't buy last year but this year I need both (well not necessary the
50in version) so I'm hoping for similar again
Well. I decided I needed a laptop mainly so I could lie in bed an watch
TV and read books and play games on it.
I paid 199 IIRC - a Tosh satellite.
The good news: It had bags of RAM (4GB I think) a TB of disk, a rather
better than expected sound system wit speakers in TOP of the keyboard.
Underneath, with a a duvet there, is not cleaver.
It also runs Linux perfectly.
The keyboard is not bad.
The bad news: a year later one of the plasticky USB sockets has fallen
to pieces, and the LCD screen has the worst viewing angle and contrast
of any LCD I have ever seen. I can JUST about watch a video if I have it
a JUST the right angle...
So be warned. Build quality, sound quality, keyboard usability, screen
quality - tehse are all things you need to check are adequate for YOUR
Large TVs are getting alarmingly cheap. Mostly the pictures are very
good. However again be warned. I grabbed a panasonic smart TV, and the
picture quality was great. Sound was good. but the user interface is
from hell. Designed by a teenager in all probability. It wouldn't stream
Iplayer properly either, Or didn't. Yesterday I pointed it at the beeb
and it suddenly seems to be working. That may be more about the beeb
moving away from Flash to HTML 5, or maybe the set firmware has upgraded
itself over the internet.
So once again, test and try before you buy.
Currys is actually these days a decent store to visit.
Microsoft : the best reason to go to Linux that ever existed.
On Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 12:44:25 PM UTC, The Natural Philosopher
I also once bought a Tosh Satellite, for a lot more than that. First the
touch screen stopped being touchy, then one hinge seized up which I fixed b
y dismantling and silicone grease (seems to be an common problem). Since t
hen the screws holding the base all come loose regularly because the chassi
s flexes a lot. On the other hand it still goes like the clappers with Win
10 as a computer so worth keeping going.
50in @ 199. Mid range Brands Had
to read the box very carefully to find out if it had internet "catch up"
capability. Both had WiFi ticked but only the smaller one said that it came
with an internet browser. The larger one majored on using the WiFi to
"pair" with your PC, but as my PC isn't capable of paring in that way such a
feature is useless to me. If it did have catch up via an internal browser,
the info on the box didn't say so.
Offers on small goods. That new smaller Dyson was also on an offer, but
still cost about 300 pounds more than it is worth. I guess that it isn't
Paltry offers on Laptops (including at Pissy World)
Garmin dash cam for 80 quid- 50 quid off at Sainsbury's
Nothing else of interest (to me)
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