I consider myself extremely lucky. I managed to reach the age of 30 something, without ever having the need to purchase a computer of any description for myself. That’s good going right? I have managed very well on hand me downs from family members, making good use of Dad’s old office computers and even bagging my brother’s old laptop.

Work vs Home

Maybe I have always had low expectations of home computers in general, or perhaps I just have the patience of a saint. My routine of pressing the on button and then wandering off to make a cup of tea so that by the time I got back the computer was ready for me seemed perfectly normal. I cannot tell you why, but it never occurred to me that the performance I expected from my home computer should match that expected from my work computer… Until the days when I started working from home.

It really didn’t take long for the penny to drop, and after a few months with a little extra money in the bank I decided to take the big brave step of purchasing my very own computer.

So now what? Honestly the whole process was extremely daunting. I set myself a budget of around £500, decided on a laptop (for the sole reason that I can work in the garden in the summer) and then got confused. What did I know about laptops? Google ‘laptops’ and you are faced with thousands of pages of offers from oodles of companies, some big brands and many I have never heard of. I managed not to panic and resorted to what many of us might do in that situation, veered towards familiarity.

Dell vs Novatech

Dad has always bought his computers from Novatech, and any workplace computer I have ever used has always been a Dell. Next up, it was time to choose a model. The Dell website thoroughly confused me, so for lack of other guidance I homed in on their ‘award winning laptops’ and specifically the Inspiron Range. Novatech’s website was a lot easier to navigate, and I picked out the laptops that crossed the home/business divide, their nSpire range.

In attempt to compare like for like and not completely blow the £500 budget, I decided I was more than happy with a 14” screen so it was the Inspiron 14z vs the nSpire. In order to have the operating system included, I could afford the Inspiron 14z with Intel Core i3 2350 processor, 4GB DDR Memory and 500 GB SATA Hard Drive, or the nSpire 2450 which came with an Intel Core i5 2450 processor, 4GB DDR Memory and 500 GB SATA Hard Drive.

In addition to the better processor, the nSpire 2450 came with a more substantial power cell as standard and higher powered webcam – small things but they do mount up. The keyboard, touch pad, graphics capability, HDMI output and DVD writer on the nSpire 2450 matched that of the Inspiron 14z. The only thing the nSpire 2450 didn’t come with that the Inspiron 14z did was bloatware – and that’s no bad thing!

My First Laptop

In the end I opted for Novatech’s nSpire 2450, primarily because of the faster processor because it just seemed to be to be a good thing to buy the best I could. Being local to their Portsmouth Store I collected it myself, and I spent a total of £519.98 for my laptop complete with Windows 7 Home.

I have had my laptop, for a couple of months now and I am so pleased with it. It is faster than I could’ve imagined – I can even play with my photographs without having to wait ages for them to load. Workwise the keyboard is so easy to use, the screen size is just fine and although the touch pad is ok I am more of a mouse person! I am pleased to say I made the right decision, the nSpire 2450 is certainly the right laptop for me.

Steph is a 30 something year old administrator and writer. She purchased her first laptop, an nSpire 14 2450 from www.novatech.co.uk.

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