Wicksey wrote:I just bought a new netbook laptop, sticking to HP which I had before. I did find it a bit cheaper on Amazon but bought it in the end from Worten as I wanted to be able to take it back easily if necessary.
I am surprised that your new one didn't already come with Windows 10 installed - the computers I have bought before all came ready installed. I just had to turn it on and away I went....
HP is a good choice brand and would be my personal choice too. Other like Toshiba or Sony are also OK.
Given the globalisation situation the pc manufacturers only need to produce the main board, ie motherboard and the case, other main components such as processor, memory and hard drive are outsourced. Yet even within a well-known brand, you can find some models only exist in a large electronic seller eg. PCWorld, John Lewis etc. because they asked the manufacturer to produce the products for a particular price during a promotional period like Christmas. When I was still in the industry I have found few laptop examples in Toshiba, Dell or even HP where a new laptop model just came out, yet another looked similar but with inferior components for a lesser price. Inspecting closely it is either i3 instead of i5 processor, 4MB instead 6 or 8MB, 1TB hard drive instead of 250GB SSD etc.
Like Plexo I do not buy electronic products that come from the "country" awashes with stories about the spyware incorporating in the system, collecting personal data then send back to their server without customer knowledge. Google "the country" + spyware, you will see Lenovo BIOS, android phones etc. No wonder USA and Canada banned their departments from buying these products from this land whose people don't play or obey the international rules. Caveat emptor!