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i am looking for a laptop that can browse the web, email, download songs/itunes and watch videos. those are pretty much the only things i will be doing. I want a screen thats 13in or less. I was looking at a used dell 710m which is around $150. Will it be good enough or are there better options? the age of the laptop doesnt matter as long as it not too slow and i am looking to spend at most 400 but lower is always better. Which laptop/netbooks do you guys recommend? thanks!
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I've got this Clevo laptop from 2005. It runs a Pentium M 720(200 mhz slower than the Dell 710M's CPU) and an SiS M661FX and trying to run Windows 7 on that let alone an internet browser is hard to recommend. I have no idea how good or bad the intel graphic card is in the Dell but if it's anything like my Clevo you won't be able to play 720P youtube vids at fullscreen because it'll lag. And you'll know it's lagging because the video card is so slow the soundtrack will finish a whole minute earlier than the video.

Laptops that old also have the problem of overheating, they're old enough that there will be massive dust buildup in the computer and the thermal paste will have expired. To add to that I found close to handful of dead rotting ants in my 2005 Clevo when I got it a year ago, turns out they had all crawled onto the DC jack and over a part of exposed wiring and had pretty much died on the spot. Then there is the issue that unless you run Linux(surprisingly good legacy support) you'll be hard pressed to find proper drivers unless everything is already preinstalled in which case you'll be using Windows XP which is already outdated(and will bring you problems). Then there's the added problem of the battery being near dead( on my Clevo the battery lasts 5 minutes on idle) in which case you may as well just get a desktop.

Unless you can try the laptop you plan to buy, I'd look for something newer.

EDIT: I also forgot to mention that computers that old typically lack the ram required to run anything legacy programs since even something as simple as google chrome and skype uses about 190mb of ram on my current PC. This wouldn't be a problem but DDR ram is usually found in very small sizes i.e. 512mb. Also the IDE HDDs on those old laptops also have really low capacities like 30gb(on my Clevo 2005 atleast)
Edited by division9 - 2/4/13 at 2:16am
    
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i am looking for a laptop that can browse the web, email, download songs/itunes and watch videos. those are pretty much the only things i will be doing. I want a screen thats 13in or less. I was looking at a used dell 710m which is around $150. Will it be good enough or are there better options? the age of the laptop doesnt matter as long as it not too slow and i am looking to spend at most 400 but lower is always better. Which laptop/netbooks do you guys recommend? thanks!

I recommend you install Linux 32-bit OS on your old laptop.
I have a Fujtisu S-Series which it has slightly worse than your like I have 512MB ram and 60GB HDD however once I install Linux (CrunchBang 32-bit) OS, and I made it useable for emails, watching movies, browsing and etc.

You can buy a netbook or Chromebook for it.
Netbook pretty much cover the tasks that you are doing.
Chromebook might have a better chance IMO.

Do you mind spend around 400 dollar or get a 15.6" laptop (just saying).
There is an ultrabook from Lenovo Outlet for around 400 dollar.
Edited by Ryou-kun - 2/4/13 at 5:08am
     
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1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215442

2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215667

Maybe you ought to give an Android tablet a try?.

Yeah, I agree with him about giving an Android's tablet a try.
They pretty much do what you want such as emails, surfing and watching movies.
     
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MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell e2414h monitor  Vizio VO22LFHDTV10A 22" Logitech G710+ Corsair HX750 
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CM Storm Enforcer Logitech G700s Logitech Soft Cloth Mouse pad Sennheiser HD 558 
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SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 OCZ Vertex 450 128GB WD 1TB HDD 5400 RPM Windows 8 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell e2414h monitor  Vizio VO22LFHDTV10A 22" Logitech G710+ Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM Storm Enforcer Logitech G700s Logitech Soft Cloth Mouse pad Sennheiser HD 558 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster Z 
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1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215442

2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215667

Maybe you ought to give an Android tablet a try?.

Yeah, I agree with him about giving an Android's tablet a try.
They pretty much do what you want such as emails, surfing and watching movies.

I don't like tablets as much because I'm not a big fan of touch screens. I prefer a mouse and keyboard. How would a pavilion dm1z be?

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