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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by pal2511, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. pal2511

    pal2511

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    Wife is in market for a new laptop. She only uses it to play music/videos and facebook. Might be some minor word processing and excel on it.

    I was even considering the celeron based laptops like they have at best buy for under $300 what do you think?

    I also see a samsung first gen I3 there for $399 and they have a second gen asus for $429 also at best buy.

    Would the Celeron work for her needs? I am worried I will have to upgrade the ram and by then I might as well have got a better system

    Budget is under $500


    We already had at least one desktop that is working in the house so no "go get a desktop" answers please :)

    Must be portable.

    Also have 2 tablets
     
  2. wrenrj1

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    My wife has a MacBook pro, but that's out of your range. There are many choices out there in your price range. I'd try to find a laptop with the most RAM/biggest HD for the money.
     

  3. pal2511

    pal2511

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    Would like to try mac but not enough cash


    I'm going to keep eye on techbargains and such

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  4. Linux3

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    Why would you have to upgrade the RAM? How much comes with the system?

    The truth is for what you say your wife needs any laptop will do fine as far as power.
    Intel may have bragging rights for Top Dog these days but you don't need that. Any CPU you buy will be more than sufficient.
    I'm a big fan of AMD cpus for the price / performance of them.

    I would concentrate on price and display. Facebook users spend a lot of time looking at the screen, get a crisp one.
     
  5. pal2511

    pal2511

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    Who has one of the better screens? I know Samsung makes good LCD TVs. How are the laptops

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  6. sappy13

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    Just get the cheapest dualcore laptop u find with 3 gigs of ram and u are set. Nothing special is needed for web browsing, Microsoft office, and stuff like that. A netbook would be your cheapest route and it would work perfectly for her as long as she doesn't mind the screen size. I use a ancient pc we got as a clients hand me down at work that I have 3 gigs of ram in, and it does everything I need. I have 20 tabs and 4-5 different windows or programs up at all times, and I don't complain at all. If u have any questions about specs on one u are looking at buying, just pm me a link and I'll help ya out.


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  7. TreyG-20

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    pawn shops got em for cheap
     
  8. pal2511

    pal2511

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    I guess I'm more concerned about which brand to get vs specs. If something breaks I don't want to deal with her saying I picked out the bad laptop :)
     
  9. Detectorist

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    I like Dell, Toshiba, and Lenovo.
     
  10. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    Bought my wife the same. I just added a small wireless mouse and a portable (passport) external HD for her pictures and music. She's happy, I'm happy!
     
  11. pal2511

    pal2511

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    Which one did you get?

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  12. ArcAngel

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    My wife is very happy with a Asus netbook (11.1 screen), 4gb ram, 640 gb HD.

    Or get an iPad. Versions 1 can be had on Ebay for 200 bucks. She'll love that.
     
  13. Linux3

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  14. wrenrj1

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    I think any of the major brands will do you well. Saying that, get the most bang for the buck in RAM, processor speed, and HD size.

    Do the research, pick out the top three, and have her pick (that solves the blame problem!:cool:).

    Also look to see how much RAM you can add at a later date. I have a Netbook and it was only expandable to 2GB. I would stay away from netbooks. My two-year old gateway NB is slow compared to my even older Dell laptop.
     
  15. Linux3

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    It's the OS that is more likely to break than the hardware.
    Go to Lenovo outlet,
    http://outlet.lenovo.com/laptops/essential-laptops.html
    or Dell
    http://www.dell.com/us/dfh/p/laptops

    Select the screen size you want and the price you want to pay and go for it.

    There is no reason to buy from anywhere than the outlets unless you want state of the art.
     
  16. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    I've bought a couple of used laptops at computer specialty shops lately, and gotten great bargains, with 90-day warranties. You can test drive them.
     
  17. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    It was a gateway (~ 3 years ago) that was under $400 at BB.