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My sister is graduating and looking for a laptop. I haven't kept up with the laptop market, so I don't know what's good right now. She want's something about 13.3" or so, probably no lower than that and no higher than 14". All that will be done is basic web browsing, maybe some music and movies. No games, no real resource intensive software. It does have to be new. She's looking into the thin and light category. No Disk drive needed. The Macbook Air caught her eye, but OS X and the price made it a no go for her. Any suggestions?
    
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Kind of unrelated, but I heard that select laptops are qualified for a free Xbox 360 Slim 4GB.

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b...u-covered.aspx

Maybe that will weigh into your decision. Buy your sister a laptop and get yourself a free 360!
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This doesnt look bad.

I will do some more looking after class, but that seems like a good option if she wants something portable
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Asus has a 13.3" series of notebook that gets great battery life and has switchable graphics. Try this one:

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Originally Posted by E_man View Post
My sister is graduating and looking for a laptop. I haven't kept up with the laptop market, so I don't know what's good right now. She want's something about 13.3" or so, probably no lower than that and no higher than 14". All that will be done is basic web browsing, maybe some music and movies. No games, no real resource intensive software. It does have to be new. She's looking into the thin and light category. No Disk drive needed. The Macbook Air caught her eye, but OS X and the price made it a no go for her. Any suggestions?
Toshiba R835 with Core i5 2410M, it's 13.3 and pretty light too. Build quality is somewhat above average but the speakers aren't that great, it's going for $799 on Microsoft store right now so you can get a free Xbox 360 as well.

However she may not like the R835's keyboard, that's the only thing I didn't like about the R835, so it will be better if you let her try the keyboard at BestBuy before you buy it.
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Thanks, yeah, just came back to edit the post. It needs to be on Microsoft.com or bestbuy for that reason. After doing some looking around, I had pretty thought about these:

Toshiba Portege R835
Lenovo Ideapad U260 (the color might be a problem though, if there is no non-orange one)


I have also heard of Acer making a good thin and light

The Asus also looks good, but it's half a pound heavier and I didn't see it on any Xbox 360 stores
Edited by E_man - 5/19/11 at 11:16am
    
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Originally Posted by col musstard View Post
This doesnt look bad.

I will do some more looking after class, but that seems like a good option if she wants something portable
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Originally Posted by E_man View Post
Thanks, yeah, just came back to edit the post. It needs to be on Microsoft.com or bestbuy for that reason. After doing some looking around, I had pretty thought about these:

Toshiba Portege R835
Lenovo Ideapad U260 (the color might be a problem though, if there is no non-orange one)

The Asus also looks good, but it's half a pound heavier and I didn't see it on any Xbox 360 stores
The Asus one also comes with first gen i3 instead of the 2nd gen i5 that the Toshiba one have
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The Asus one also comes with first gen i3 instead of the 2nd gen i5 that the Toshiba one have
Good catch. I hadn't noticed that yet
    
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