Re: Shopping time! Which laptop?
I'd agree - the Dell's are pretty safe bet - heck there's even a Dell forum here, (I just posted to it). You might have to work at getting some of the kit working (e.g. wireless cards and Hardy seem to be a major pain at the moment)
Got to say, it's wierd that the insurance company insist that your friend has not only to use DSG stores, but can't use their website either. In my experience the price in the stores is usually pretty expensive. And the markup on the Dell kit is pretty eye-watering.
It's almost if they want he/she to get the lowest value for money possible... but given my recent experiences with insurance companies I can quite believe this "common sense less" approach.
One tip - you can order on the web for collection in store. That way you get the web prices, (which are better generally), but still get that "I've got this kit now" feeling - the best of both worlds.
Wonder why they don't want to let you buy direct - if it was some one-man-and-a-dog supplier I could understand, but HP, Dell, etc?
I find that one of: "Use Linux", "Just reboot", "Hit it hard" and "No" are usually satisfactory answers for most computer-related questions