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[Problems with new laptop] I don't like laptops, I've never bought one, but my wife needs one, and I don't know what to do.

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This will be to replace a dying Sony VIAO. She is debating a new laptop, or a tablet that can essentially do most/all of what is listed below. I know computers in general, but not sure if there is some thing about laptop buying I need to know. I have no idea the best place to buy them, or how to build them, or if its best to build or buy?

Here's my info:

What is your maximum budget?

Pretty cheap, like under $500

What country are you in?

USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Web browsing, Youtube, DVD playback, Xcel, Word, pandora, picture viewing storage (light), and other "girly stuff".

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

Nope, but ASUS, HP, Acer, are great. Won't touch apple, dell, gateway.

What screen size do you require?

"Normal", nothing too big or too small.

What screen resolution do you require?

Any

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

Open to this....

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

Nothing to stringent here as she usually uses in in the home anyways.

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

Solitare?

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Windows 7 preferably, but 8 is inevitable. frown.gif

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

No.

How much hard drive space do you need?

Under 200GB

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

Webcam is a nice feature, but not needed. An SSD would be nice, or at least the option to upgrade to one.


Thanks for the help.
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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

This will be to replace a dying Sony VIAO. She is debating a new laptop, or a tablet that can essentially do most/all of what is listed below. I know computers in general, but not sure if there is some thing about laptop buying I need to know. I have no idea the best place to buy them, or how to build them, or if its best to build or buy?

Here's my info:

What is your maximum budget?

Pretty cheap, like under $500

What country are you in?

USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Web browsing, Youtube, DVD playback, Xcel, Word, pandora, picture viewing storage (light), and other "girly stuff".

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

Nope, but ASUS, HP, Acer, are great. Won't touch apple, dell, gateway.

What screen size do you require?

"Normal", nothing too big or too small.

What screen resolution do you require?

Any

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

Open to this....

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

Nothing to stringent here as she usually uses in in the home anyways.

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

Solitare?

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Windows 7 preferably, but 8 is inevitable. frown.gif

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

No.

How much hard drive space do you need?

Under 200GB

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

Webcam is a nice feature, but not needed. An SSD would be nice, or at least the option to upgrade to one.


Thanks for the help.

Well, I think you are better off with a tablet considering what your wife's tasks.
I mean all of those doesn't even require a laptop unless you want one.
Then I might suggest this laptop not sure if other OC will agree to it.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/B6C46AV;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000iYAj0WUE;sid=wmuNnVH3UFEIkwClGJIlFYn49ndIyGXrBz56BMZfyLAANtqMGkAQ2c11?HP-Pavilion-g6z-2200-Notebook-PC

Customize this laptop into have AMD A6-4400m.
If you want, you can spend extra for AMD A8-4500m then again A6-4400m is enough.

Then again I recommend you get a tablet just IMO.
Maybe ASUS Transformer TF300 or TF700?
     
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I would say stay away from tablets if you're not TOO tech savvy. I have a TF101 and a TF300 in the house and while I love them to death, some things just are not as easily done when compared to a laptop. Since Android is not as "full" of an OS as Windows 7/8 there are bound to be some problems or difficulties. For the tech savvy individual, its not so bad because we often find workarounds but when you just want to say watch videos on youtube, email, browse the web a laptop would be much better.

Look at sites like newegg.com and find something under your budget. I personally would stay from a few brands such as MSI, HP, Dell. Brands I trust are Asus and Lenovo when it comes to laptops. My dad works for IBM and always has the latest thinkpads and they are just so well built.

I say stay away from MSI, HP, Dell is because I have never, ever seen a 2+ year old laptop in decent condition from those makers. I'm typing this on a 2 year and 3 month old Asus G73. Before that I had a Asus N80vn that lasted about 1.5 years(gave it to family, still runs like new today) before I upgraded to the G73.


Stay away from anything powered by Intel Atom, my gf has a samsung netbook and my god it is slow. Anything else will be more than sufficient for what you need. Your budget of 500~ should make looking for one easy as most sites let you filter by price. Oh and btw you can't exactly build a laptop like a traditional desktop (buying parts separately and assembling yourself.) although there are barebone laptops, but thats not what you want. (Mobile parts are MUCH more expensive)
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I would say stay away from tablets if you're not TOO tech savvy. I have a TF101 and a TF300 in the house and while I love them to death, some things just are not as easily done when compared to a laptop. Since Android is not as "full" of an OS as Windows 7/8 there are bound to be some problems or difficulties. For the tech savvy individual, its not so bad because we often find workarounds but when you just want to say watch videos on youtube, email, browse the web a laptop would be much better.

Look at sites like newegg.com and find something under your budget. I personally would stay from a few brands such as MSI, HP, Dell. Brands I trust are Asus and Lenovo when it comes to laptops. My dad works for IBM and always has the latest thinkpads and they are just so well built.

True when it comes to price, Acer, HP, Dell, and Gateway has better advantage and maybe Toshiba and ASUS (if you can find their products under 500 dollar).
That being said, you can take out Gateway since I don't like them however Acer, HP and Dell is decent. Sure it isn't powerful company like Lenovo or ASUS, but it is good for lower budget laptop or tablet.

What matter is how you use it and how you take good care of it.
     
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Laptops will last if you take care of them yes, but have you seen cheap Dell, HP, acer laptops? Take them apart and just WOW. My moms work buys her a new Dell laptop every year almost because...it keeps dying. Her most recent one has battery life of about 20 minutes. That laptop has never left work, always locked in her desk and only does accounting related work....so excel, outlook and some accounting applications. The 4-5 dells before that all had problems.
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laptops are more specific, so it's usually better to buy than try and build your own. From what she wants, it sounds like a netbook hooked to a TV would be able to meet all her needs. But best screen size for the money is going to be from a standard laptop.

- under $500 ~ probably be best with used laptop
- brand ~ HP, ASUS, Compaq(HP's cheap brand),& Acer (expensive-cheapest brands)
- screen size ~ 15" is ok size, 17" to 19" are more commonly preferred when comparing size vs mobility (in home use nullifies screen size importance since you can usually hook laptop up to TV).
- battery life~ for used it's always best to be prepared to buy new battery anyway.
- the rest~ most laptops with windows 7 or 8 most likely will come with webcam (use duct tape to cover when not using- most common/easiest hacked hardware device for laptops) they should also come with a wireless N adapter.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4368571&CatId=4936

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834256847 - probably can shop around for closer to $500
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Sylon, is it slow internet on your gfs netbook? It was slow on my wifes until we ran firefox instead of ie

Jolly: Check this deal out
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834127916&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-34-127-916-_-Homepage
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True then again it is quite hard to find a laptop with decent quality for under 500 dollar.
I mean, I do like ASUS and Lenovo don't get me wrong, and I dislike Acer, HP and Dell however what choice does he have?
Either he throw in an extra 100 or 200 dollar budget, get a tablet or wait for Intel Haswell and new AMD CPU because it'll make Intel Ivy and current AMD laptop old and cheap.
     
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Never mind, i found one.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7708074&Sku=

This laptop will last your wife for a long time.
     
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Or maybe this one if you like Intel.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7739004&Sku=
     
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Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Laptops and Netbooks › [Problems with new laptop] I don't like laptops, I've never bought one, but my wife needs one, and I don't know what to do.