My mum has tasked me with the job of picking up a laptop for my dad before Christmas as the one he has now is ancient. I am a bit of a div when it comes to computers so i thought i would post here to see if anyone has already had a good deal on a laptop this Christmas.
What will your Dad use it for? And what sort of money you are looking at spending. It might be worth giving some guidance so taht we can give you the most appropriate details for his needs - laptops tend to be very need-specific and budget is always a major factor
Anyway, don't have much time this evening so these are my suggestions for different sort of budgets, but you should really say what type of usage and budget is expected. So:
Yep, for that it's good as you don't need external video. Obviously, it is a Sony and you are paying quite a bit for the design aspects but it looks good as a present. Other laptops from the same ranges of competing brands with the same hardware tend to be around 450-460. I think it is an alright option - not sure how much it will last as it isn't a business laptop, which tend to be more durable. If he uses it on the road for work, then it is essential to buy a business rather a consumer laptop, but they come a bit more expensive so you will have to settle with i3 instead of i5 and go up in price by around 100 quid (add 200 quid for similar hardware). If it is just for home usage than the VAIO should be ok as it won't suffer so much. Good luck and have a nice Christmas.
Actually, laptops in UK are quite a bit more expensive than in AUS or USA so you can't get it much cheaper - a similar speck-ed Z570 costs around 470 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-IdeaP...4555431&sr=1-1), which is still less and tbh I prefer the build quality on it.