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So Grandma is looking to get a new laptop, and has about a $500-$600 budget. She's going to be using it very lightly (email, basic games, maybe some quilting programs), but wants it to be fast. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 12
You don't need a 500 dollar laptop for that.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+-+L...&skuId=2701449

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post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Draggin View Post
You don't need a 500 dollar laptop for that.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ASUS+-+L...&skuId=2701449

Best 350 dollars she will ever spend
Wow. I've never really looked at laptops, didn't know you could get something that cheap.
post #4 of 12
Usually I would never condone shopping at Best Buy as their prices are marked up at least 33%. This computer however is the best buy they have. (pun )
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Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-6480 LX.PTC02.194 Notebook PC - Intel Core i3-380M 2.53GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 13.3" Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Black 499.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...omepage-_-Spot 01a-_-CatId_17_A180-133105.

Or

HP Pavilion dv6-3243cl XZ091UAR Refurbished Notebook PC - AMD Phenom II Dual-Core N660 3.0GHz, 6GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit429.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...053&CatId=4965

Don't know if you want cheaper.... but those are the fastests in your price range budget.
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post #6 of 12
Guy's, were talking about a grandmother here. Please post 17.3+ inch screens.

How about this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215120

Quad core and 17.3"
post #7 of 12
the HP G62 is very good for light use
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post #8 of 12
and wow why did you list that weak asus computer when you have this for just a little more with alot more features and alot faster/better.

HP - Pavilion Laptop / AMD A-Series Processor / 14" Display / 4GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive - Pewter 2.5ghz dual core. 379.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pav...2715258&st=amd a series&cp=1&lp=1

best buy's best deal/bang for the buck.

lol ohh right.. a grandma will probably want display over performance... anyways doubt she can tell the difference between any processor speed unless its singlecore celeron @ 1.7ghz for the light programs she will be using lol.....

and nice list comrade
Edited by BankaiKiller - 8/17/11 at 6:52pm
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
Guy's, were talking about a grandmother here. Please post 17.3+ inch screens.

How about this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215120

Quad core and 17.3"
The 5400RPM HDD will slow that one down.

I'd hunt for something i3/Pentium, 7.2k drive, 4gb+ DDR3
 
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Can get a base model Dell 15R 2nd Gen i3 laptop..
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15...iron-15r-n5110
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