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I am starting to look into a new laptop. My current laptop is an old Dell Latitude D420 from 2005 or 2006. It was my sister's until she talked our parents into getting her a macbook, and I have had it myself for a number of years now. It has 1GB of RAM and a Core Duo processor running at 1.2GHz. The battery when new would last for a little over three hours, it will now only last for about 45 minutes and that is just not enough. It also struggles to handle JavaScript heavy browsing.

What is your maximum budget?
Let's say $500-$700 but fell free to try and talk me into something more expensive if you can really justify it.

What country are you in?
United States

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Almost exclusively web browsing. Most of what I will be doing on it will be using Google Docs and email.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
I've heard good things about Lenovo, but I am not attached to that idea.

What screen size do you require?
I have no interest in a netbook. My current screen is 12.1 inches, and it is a little smaller than I would like. I think 14 is about the right size since portability is important.

What screen resolution do you require?
I assume 1366x768 since that is the default in smaller laptops.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/re-certified/used be okay?
Suggest something. I am probably going to want new, but if there is a great deal I am open.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
At least 4 hours, but over 5 would be preferred.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
I have no need to play games on my laptop. I have my main rig for that.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit is what I would prefer to run, but if the computer doesn't come with a OS install disk I don't care what OS is preinstalled since I plan on buying something cheap and swapping out for an SSD, if I need to I will buy the OS.

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

How much hard drive space do you need?
I will be swapping out for an SSD so it doesn't matter.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
I don't need any specialty hardware, and I don't want to pay any extra for it.

Is there anything else we need to know?
I am currently looking at this. I plan on swapping out the HDD for a 64GB or possibly 128GB SSD, and upgrading the RAM to 8GB because I can (I know I don't need it for what I will be using the computer for). I'm curious if anyone knows if it comes with an OS installation disk or if I will need to buy a new copy when I swap to the SSD. I am open to other suggestions of laptops, but please give a reason that you recommend it over the one I linked to.

I appreciate your time and assistance.
    
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That Lenovo you listed is good that keyboard on that is so comfy

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That Lenovo you listed is good that keyboard on that is so comfy
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The keyboard is a concern of mine. I can't find anyone around me who has a model from that series is stock for me to play with. Do you have that model, or have you just used it? If you have it did it come with an OS install CD?
    
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You know, the Edge E420 has an mSATA SSD slot, so you could just get an 80GB mSATA SSD for the boot drive in addition to the HDD. They're more expensive than a 2.5" SSD and usually a bit slower, but if you want more space, that's the best option.
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The keyboard is a concern of mine. I can't find anyone around me who has a model from that series is stock for me to play with. Do you have that model, or have you just used it? If you have it did it come with an OS install CD?

The Thinkpad Edge E420 keyboard? Dude. I owned an Edge 14 (which has the exact same keyboard as the E420) for about a year, keyboard is amazing. You can't get much better than having keys contoured to fit your fingertips, and a slightly rounded edge at the bottom of each key. I've had friends with Macbook Pro's use it and compliment the keyboard, even.

Looking through reviews of the E420 will say just as much; arguably one of the best laptop keyboards out. If you're one of those classic Thinkpad keyboard guys, then I can't help you - a lot of people who've used Thinkpads for the past like 15 years just don't like the change to chiclet keyboards (but then again they think laptops should still have 4:3 screens, lol.).
 
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You know, the Edge E420 has an mSATA SSD slot, so you could just get an 80GB mSATA SSD for the boot drive in addition to the HDD. They're more expensive than a 2.5" SSD and usually a bit slower, but if you want more space, that's the best option.
The Thinkpad Edge E420 keyboard? Dude. I owned an Edge 14 (which has the exact same keyboard as the E420) for about a year, keyboard is amazing. You can't get much better than having keys contoured to fit your fingertips, and a slightly rounded edge at the bottom of each key. I've had friends with Macbook Pro's use it and compliment the keyboard, even.
Looking through reviews of the E420 will say just as much; arguably one of the best laptop keyboards out. If you're one of those classic Thinkpad keyboard guys, then I can't help you - a lot of people who've used Thinkpads for the past like 15 years just don't like the change to chiclet keyboards (but then again they think laptops should still have 4:3 screens, lol.).

Thanks for the info. I didn't catch that it had an mSATA slot. I don't have much need for storage on it, so I would probably get a 2.5" SSD over an mSATA, but it is good to have options. The keyboard is only a concern in that I can't find anywhere around me that stocks anything in that line, and while I am not picky about keyboards, I would prefer to get my hands on it to make sure I am okay with it before I buy it.
    
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Thanks for the info. I didn't catch that it had an mSATA slot. I don't have much need for storage on it, so I would probably get a 2.5" SSD over an mSATA, but it is good to have options. The keyboard is only a concern in that I can't find anywhere around me that stocks anything in that line, and while I am not picky about keyboards, I would prefer to get my hands on it to make sure I am okay with it before I buy it.

Fair enough. All of the following models have the same or similar keyboard as the E420 (of course, 15" laptops have numpad, E420 doesn't):

-Edge E520
-Edge E420s
-Edge E220s
-Thinkpad X120e
-Thinkpad X130e

I'd try Office Max, CompUSA, Office Depot etc. for those models, although the X120e/X130 are "netbooks", so more places should sell them.

If you wanted to try something similar, but not quite the same; any Lenovo Ideapad x70 series (G470, Y470, Z370, etc.) with a chiclet keyboard will be similar, mainly missing the trackpoint. Key stroke distance might be a little different, along with the layout.. but overall they should be close enough in quality to estimate what the E420 keyboard would be like. Side note, but I might as well mention touchpads as well. All the models - Thinkpad and Ideapad, have Synaptics touchpads, very high quality. Of course texturing varies by model, but I found the Edge 14 to have a very slight texture to the surface, overall really nice.
 
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Fair enough. All of the following models have the same or similar keyboard as the E420 (of course, 15" laptops have numpad, E420 doesn't):
-Edge E520
-Edge E420s
-Edge E220s
-Thinkpad X120e
-Thinkpad X130e
I'd try Office Max, CompUSA, Office Depot etc. for those models, although the X120e/X130 are "netbooks", so more places should sell them.
If you wanted to try something similar, but not quite the same; any Lenovo Ideapad x70 series (G470, Y470, Z370, etc.) with a chiclet keyboard will be similar, mainly missing the trackpoint. Key stroke distance might be a little different, along with the layout.. but overall they should be close enough in quality to estimate what the E420 keyboard would be like. Side note, but I might as well mention touchpads as well. All the models - Thinkpad and Ideapad, have Synaptics touchpads, very high quality. Of course texturing varies by model, but I found the Edge 14 to have a very slight texture to the surface, overall really nice.

I was looking at Microcenter, Fry's, and Best Buy. I didn't think to check out office supply stores. I will look into that. Thanks.
    
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=2347381&sku=S203-156110%20G

You can take a look at this. Decent price, good performance.
Although it is a 15".
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