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I am looking at buying a portable device, so with my bonus I was thinking an iPad3 when it comes out.

But, I get some eyes when I tell folks what I would like it for, and that a laptop should serve me better.

When I did some research, wow, the amount of choices and vendors is crazy. Searching for “best budget laptops” didn't help too much either.

I'd love to hear what your suggestions are.

- Rob



What is your maximum budget?
$500 was my original goal (cost of the iPad). But $700, or a tad over if it really helps get a better/more reliable system.

What country are you in?
US

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Web surfing, email, Netflix mostly. And something to pick at while on vacations.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
I prefer quality and reliability.

What screen size do you require?
I was hoping for something closer to the iPad size of 9.7”, but I think the keyboard will be too small. I think that up to 14” should be OK.

What screen resolution do you require?
Something to allow Netflix to look good, and some simpler games. I'd take a higher quality monitor over size.

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

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Nothing extraordinary.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
I play all my serious games on my homespun computers. So, internet-type games at most.

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

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Sturdy over style and color.

How much hard drive space do you need?
I'm sure what it comes with is fine.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Nothing comes to mind.

Is there anything else we need to know?
Again, I was hoping for a better solution to an iPad, knowing what I would use this for.
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how about a netbook? A lenovo or hp with the AMD e350 can play HD movies,some games good enough also. Lenovo x120e or x130e or a hp 1104 with the n2600 chip or any of the other hp minis. If you dont care about weight over 3.2pounds and 7hrs of battery, go with an AMD e350 or e450
hp http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=Ultra-Portable&series_name=dm1z_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/Ultra-Portable/dm1z_series
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Yea really, anything can do this nowadays. Any AMD will be able to for sure and any Intel really as well.
   
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