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Hi guys,
as the title says I am looking for a laptop for my mother for up to 800 euro. I dont NEED to spend that amount but that is the maximum budget. So here goes:

What is your maximum budget?
800euro

What country are you in?
Germany

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Browsing the web/skype/music/seeing pictures

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

What screen size do you require?
17inch (she has difficulty seeing on smaller screens)

What screen resolution do you require?
irrelevant

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)
Irrelevant: its for home/plugged in infront of the TV/in the kitchen etc use only

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
none...

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

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
not gaming design, just simple really. She isnt too fussy as long as it has no aliens or flashy lights etc

How much hard drive space do you need?
320gb? Will be building them an HTPC with NAS later next year

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
no

Is there anything else we need to know?
800 might be a lot for such simple tasks, but 1)no such thing as overkill and 2) she will be using it for years, my parents aren't the kind to upgrade every year (or even 3)

Been shopping around and found some products

http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B005IXKOSM/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=computers&psc=1

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n00x7m05&c=de&l=de&s=dhs&cs=dedhs1&model_id=xps-l702x

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n00q1716&c=de&l=de&s=dhs&cs=dedhs1&model_id=inspiron-17r-n7110

Thanks a lot guys and girls. +Rep for constructive input

marc
Edited by mve1907 - 12/6/11 at 10:34am
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http://www.amazon.de/X73E-TY221V-Notebook-Intel-2330M-320GB/dp/B005UD408A/ref=sr_1_10?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1323187966&sr=1-10

I'd say this is all you need. smile.gif
It still has a sandy-bridge processor, you wouldn't need a dedicated for those tasks so it'll run smoothly.
It also has a 320GB hard drive and 4GB of ram which is plenty. biggrin.gif

If it was my money and I needed it for those tasks, this is the laptop i'd get.
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post #3 of 15
First off, I'm completely in the dark what support is like in Germany for any company.

If it's no matter than go with the Acer which will have everything your mom needs and it is completely under the budget (something mom will love).

The Inspiron 17 would be my next bet, because it is also underbudget. I'm slightly familar with Dell in the States and I had one positive experience and one negative experience. Of the two Dells I've had one lasted longer than 3 years, but I was using as a student in a university.

However I don't know if she likes bigger laptops or not (not just the screen but weight). I do.


If support is an issue, then double check which company is good at getting replacements done or have better warranties. My parents break computers all the time.

Hope this helps you out.
Edited by Bowser - 12/6/11 at 8:24am
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post #4 of 15
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+Rep. Thanks for the suggestion bro.

Wouldn't an i5 or i7 outlive the i3 massively? Or is there really not much of a performance boost for such tasks?

The Support is pretty good to my knowledge so might save me some pennies smile.gif And yes you are right, saving money impresses my parents because its so rare...
Edited by mve1907 - 12/6/11 at 8:24am
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Just grab the cheaper Inspiron, it is $479. You mother does not need an i5 mobile processor, and i3 mobile processor is plenty. A computer can last a decade if you keep it in good condition. Take care of it with a quality anti-virus and anti-spyware programs and you should be golden. Personally I do not like to order from dell because they tend to be more expensive. I will try to look on amazon.de for you. I just have to wait for google chrome to translate everything. xD
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With the tasks you mentioned, you should be fine. If you look at my sig rig, i've got an old i5 which is actually worse than that sandy-bridge i3.
Yet i'm capable of running quite cpu intensive games with no real drop in performance. It hasn't let me down yet, so I doubt that i3 will for a long time. smile.gif
    
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It sounds like all your mother will need is an i3 with integrated graphics, can do this for pretty cheap with those requirements.

Bump up to the i5 if you want to give her a little head room, but not necessary.

I would check out Asus, they are one of the more quality laptop manufacturers. Acer gets flak for cheap build quality at times.
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http://www.amazon.de/Acer-Gateway-Processor-Festplatte-Professional/dp/B006C8R764/ref=sr_1_12?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1323188855&sr=1-12

http://www.amazon.de/Acer-Gateway-NV55C49u-Processor-Festplatte/dp/B006APLKDK/ref=sr_1_6?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1323188855&sr=1-6

Look at these. They will be more than enough.

As regards to Dells laptops, they use a lot of metal to protect hardware. I had one of my laptops last for 2 years and two others last for 5 and one is still chugging. I also owned a Toshiba laptop which lasted for a little over a year. They hardly use any metal inside their laptops, its mostly all plastic. I have another Toshiba laptop that has been running for about 2 years but does not see the light of day, since I don't use it.
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