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- 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.

Do you walk around with a lightning rod too? The chances of getting hacked like that are basically zero.

I would recommend against a tablet; You will want to run some software that is windows only, and the windows tablets are out of your price range by a good margin.
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Thanks for the answers so far guys, its good info.

From the suggestions that I've received, I am looking at these three: (not in any order)

SONY
LENOVO
ASUS

Can any of these be upgraded with an SSD? Also, heat is an issue. I swear her current laptop could fry a steak.
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getting AIDS might have same odds as getting struck by lightning too, but I still wear a condom when there's the slightest chance...
foreign hackers are getting more popular by the minute... but this isn't the place to get into that discussion. stun.gif
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Thanks for the answers so far guys, its good info.

From the suggestions that I've received, I am looking at these three: (not in any order)

SONY
LENOVO
ASUS

Can any of these be upgraded with an SSD? Also, heat is an issue. I swear her current laptop could fry a steak.

Sonys vaio line has had flaws in the past. They had a bad habit of putting parts that should've been in a desktop into a laptop. The vaio laptop my ex had needed to be constantly blown out with air or it would overheat. Even the people who shipped em back to sony would just get them blown out.

There are some decently priced ASUS notebooks on newegg.
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Thanks for the answers so far guys, its good info.

From the suggestions that I've received, I am looking at these three: (not in any order)

SONY
LENOVO
ASUS

Can any of these be upgraded with an SSD? Also, heat is an issue. I swear her current laptop could fry a steak.

Sonys vaio line has had flaws in the past. They had a bad habit of putting parts that should've been in a desktop into a laptop. The vaio laptop my ex had needed to be constantly blown out with air or it would overheat. Even the people who shipped em back to sony would just get them blown out.


Hmm. Yeah I havent been too pleased with her current VIAO. So scratch that one then. I like the looks of the Lenovo or the ASUS though. After looking at both of them it kind of seems like a toss up. Can anyone see any major advantages between the two?

Scratch that Lenovo too. Just saw there is no optical drive. She likes to pop in a DVD now and then while I'm doing homework, so she doesn't bug me. Anyone know about a possible SSD upgrade in the ASUS?
Still open to suggestions.
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Hmm. Yeah I havent been too pleased with her current VIAO. So scratch that one then. I like the looks of the Lenovo or the ASUS though. After looking at both of them it kind of seems like a toss up. Can anyone see any major advantages between the two?

Scratch that Lenovo too. Just saw there is no optical drive. She likes to pop in a DVD now and then while I'm doing homework, so she doesn't bug me. Anyone know about a possible SSD upgrade in the ASUS?
Still open to suggestions.

You can always buy a $20 usb dvd drive. Thats what I use on my current pc. You also could just swap out the HDD for an SSD I would think.
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Newegg review confirms an SSD upgrade on the ASUS. It is looking like a contender right now. How would I get windows 8 off of it and onto the SSD? Do they come with the DVD and microsoft license key?
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Newegg review confirms an SSD upgrade on the ASUS. It is looking like a contender right now. How would I get windows 8 off of it and onto the SSD? Do they come with the DVD and microsoft license key?
It should either come with a disc, or a way to DL a win copy to a disc/usb drive.
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You can usually get a clone hdd program for copying entire drive but always heard that's bad mojo to copy reg hdd to ssd... Best to do a clean install. Make sure you backup/ download all the drivers and put them on USB or cd before doing the install. You can also torrent a clean copy of windows ( not illegal if its not hacked).

Just curious... What advantage will you gain with a ssd if she is not moving it around a lot? They excel on mobility and speed... Usually good points, but rather pointless for a stationary laptop with no excessive loads. You can get a better deal on a 1Tb hdd than a ssd. The seconds you will save booting the laptop probably won't make up for the $ difference.

Another point, if buying from retailer you can always ask about downgrading to Win 7. heard a rumor that Microsoft was allowing people to do this just like they allowed people to upgrade from vista- but I haven't checked it out... I plan on skipping 8 if possible. BTW- don't buy if the windows key sticker is rubbed off or not there.
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You can usually get a clone hdd program for copying entire drive but always heard that's bad mojo to copy reg hdd to ssd... Best to do a clean install. Make sure you backup/ download all the drivers and put them on USB or cd before doing the install. You can also torrent a clean copy of windows ( not illegal if its not hacked).

So do laptops not come with the OS preinstalled? Do they provide media or download? And how would I backup the drivers?
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Just curious... What advantage will you gain with a ssd if she is not moving it around a lot? They excel on mobility and speed... Usually good points, but rather pointless for a stationary laptop with no excessive loads. You can get a better deal on a 1Tb hdd than a ssd. The seconds you will save booting the laptop probably won't make up for the $ difference.

Speed, heat, weight, power, and just overall better were my thoughts. But you may be right that it isn't worth it. She is not "pursuing performance" like we are. Anyone else have opinions on this. I was looking at a sub $100 SSD. She wont use more than about 64GB.
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Another point, if buying from retailer you can always ask about downgrading to Win 7. heard a rumor that Microsoft was allowing people to do this just like they allowed people to upgrade from vista- but I haven't checked it out... I plan on skipping 8 if possible. BTW- don't buy if the windows key sticker is rubbed off or not there.

Hopefully "windows 9" or whatever will have the speed and simplicity of 8, but with the ease of use and productivity of 7. And hopefully better looking. Man W8 is UGLY!
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Samsung 840 PRO 128GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Kingston HyperX 3K 128GB Kingston SSDnow 128GB 
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WD Caviar BLACK 500GB ASUS Blu-ray ASUS LightScribe SILVER ARROW SB-E 
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Windows 7 PRO 64-bit 3x ASUS VN248H (24" 1080p AH-IPS) Logitech G710+ Seasonic G-750 
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CM STORM:Trooper (DEFCON-3 MOD) Logitech MX Master Corsair MM600 CREATIVE Sound Blaster Z 
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Audio Technica ATH-m50xbl Chill Factor III 
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AMD Athlon X4 880k ASRock A88M-G/3.1 ASUS GTX 660ti HyperX Fury 8GB 
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Crucial MX300 750GB LG Blu-ray Windows 10 P502ui-b1 
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Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
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AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
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Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
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Windows 7 Proffesional  Acer 24"  Logitech Wave OCZ modXtreme Pro 600W 
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Cooler Master Centurion 5 blue Logitech LX8 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 (4.8GHz) Sabertooth 990FX (R1.01/BIOS1604) ASUS GTX 780Ti 2x8GB G.SKILL TRIDENT-X (2140MHz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 PRO 128GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Kingston HyperX 3K 128GB Kingston SSDnow 128GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar BLACK 500GB ASUS Blu-ray ASUS LightScribe SILVER ARROW SB-E 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 PRO 64-bit 3x ASUS VN248H (24" 1080p AH-IPS) Logitech G710+ Seasonic G-750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM STORM:Trooper (DEFCON-3 MOD) Logitech MX Master Corsair MM600 CREATIVE Sound Blaster Z 
AudioOther
Audio Technica ATH-m50xbl Chill Factor III 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X4 880k ASRock A88M-G/3.1 ASUS GTX 660ti HyperX Fury 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial MX300 750GB LG Blu-ray Windows 10 P502ui-b1 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Logitech k400r Rosewill Hive 550W ROSEWILL SRM-01 Vizio S4251W-b4 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 MSI 770-C45 Sparkle GT 220 4GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 500GB Caviar Black Seagate Baracuda 1TB ASUS blu-ray Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Proffesional  Acer 24"  Logitech Wave OCZ modXtreme Pro 600W 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Centurion 5 blue Logitech LX8 
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