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    Here's the deal - I begin university in 2011 and will DEFINITELY be getting a new laptop (the one I have now has a broken -read unattached- hinge with wires poking out, and is hideously, suspiciously slow).

    However I am on a pretty bad budget - I'll spend above 350/400 if I need to but I'm really looking for something that will work fast for processing and web browsing, at a good value. With this in mind I'm wondering when the best deal is to be had in terms of store clearance/ special offers and so on.

    Is it better to buy a laptop now in the pre-VAT rise/ January clear-out or to wait until the back-to-school offers (or another point)? I had a quick look online and there was an article that seemed to suggest April as one of the better times? So I'm quite confused

    Thank you in advance
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    Around now, this time last year I got my Dell Inspiron 500 from PC World reduced from £500 to £300.
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    Ah cool thanks
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    yeah, now :P
    recommend dell
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    Probably now, I've seen some good deals but I only got mine last summer so
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    christmas Holidays and Summer holidays

    its usually when new updated versions of the laptop comes out so they'll sell the soon to be outdated laptop for a much cheaper price. Theyre still veryyy good though
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    Probably a slightly late reply but:

    If you see a good deal in the sales then it's probably worth going for it. However if you don't see a good deal and don't need a new laptop until you go to uni I'd probably wait until the summer.

    After the VAT rise a £400 laptop will cost £408.51 (Not a massive difference!)

    For technology things like exchange rates and demand for certain components will make a bigger difference. If you're able to put it off until the summer holidays then you'll probably get a better laptop for your money. Once you know which uni you're going to you might find there are some places that will give you a discount based on where you're going.
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    Thank you all!

    I think I'm going to wait till Summer simply because I am going to be pretty picky as to what I want, and as mfaxford said the VAT rise is not going to make much difference in terms of value.

    However, I am travelling mid-June to mid-September which does complicate things a bit. Hm - it'll work out!
 
 
 
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