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What is your maximum budget?

What country are you in?

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Internet browsing, light word processing

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
What screen size do you require?
15 inch or higher

What screen resolution do you require?
Whatever works with the screen size

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
She wants new but it doesn't matter

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Doesn't matter it won't be leaving the house

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

What operating system do you need? (if any)
I have my own copy of Win 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Doesn't matter

How much hard drive space do you need?
doesn't matter

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Is there anything else we need to know?

Her old laptop was damaged beyond repair by our children but the ram may still be good. It may get swapped into a new laptop (the old one had 3 gigs) if required.