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    laptop for my sister

    My sister wants a laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by my sister
    I should get confirmation of my PhD place soon, which means I can buy myself a laptop which I have wanted to do for ages. What should I get? I want it to be reasonably light, but not a really small screen, DVD RW, at least 20GB HDD, floppy disk drive (if you can still get that, as a lot of the equipment I use still uses floppy disks!), USB, able to dual-boot it with linux and windows (maybe even beyond 2000! Is Vista ok if you take all the rubbish animation-y bits off). Am willing to spend about £500, so I want something pretty decent! What should I get? Sensible suggestions please!!
    A couple of things I will add to her list;
    - ignore the bit about a floppy drive
    - we're probably talking about 13" wide
    - I want her to buy new with warranty, not refurbished/eBay/etc.
    - she's currently an MSc student at Cambridge so may be able to get student discounts from certain brands
    - £500 is about $1000, but remember that tech is more expensive over here

    Recommendations?

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    Re: laptop for my sister

    Right, she seems to quite like the look of the Inspiron 1525, as do I, but wants to know what the battery life is like with each of the batter options? Anybody have one yet & know what they're like?

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    Re: laptop for my sister

    Roughly, 9 Cell should deliver roughly 5 hours,maybe a little less, under light use (wifi, medium brightness, word processing etc)

    3.5 hours with a 6 cell maybe

    Good review here
    Dell Inspiron 1525 Review

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