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Trying to find a new laptop for a friend

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I'm not bad with desktops, but I'm completely unfamiliar with the mobile versions of everything, so I'd like some help helping a friend so here goes:

What is your maximum budget?
$550, but $450 preferred

What country are you in?
USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?
College workload (internet access, writing papers), movies (Netflix HD and DVD)

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
No

What screen size do you require?
Not tiny.

What screen resolution do you require?
Doesn't matter.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Not a major consideration, will stay plugged in most of the time.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Will not be used for games.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
No preference.

How much hard drive space do you need?
300GB minimum.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Prefer a webcam and HDMI port, though neither is crucial.

Thanks
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Well the HDD size throws this off but getting an external will be a simple fix.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215057
More than enough power for the specified requirements just don't expect it to be as fast as a desktop. HD playback though will be good to go.
     
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