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Have you tried Lenovo Outlet?
They have an amazing great laptops for cheap price.
You can maybe find one with i3 or i5 if you are lucky or you can grab A6/A8 APU laptop.
     
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Honestly, I've seen more Lenovos at that price point fail than most other brands that we sell at my store.

Tell her brand isn't a major factor. Ex: Ford Pinto and Ford Mustang. Every brand has its good and bad, just depends on the specific product. The 13z is a good deal, I'd take the smaller i3 myself.
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Originally Posted by CRosko42 View Post

Unfortunately her university requires a full fledged laptop.

I already tried emailing them to try and get a tablet + bluetooth keyboard to work, or a chromebook, and they shot it down.

Universities have computer requirements over there?
Oh well, i'll refrain from comenting,
I would go with an entry level toshiba, over here for 400€ you can get a A6 with 4 gb of ram and 320Gb HD, not good , but for what it is , it should be capable.

For that price tough, a used macbook would be what I would be out to get, in the hands of a girl, most laptops will faint at the lid opening stage biggrin.gif
post #14 of 15
Just got back from work, had some hands on with the Ivy 13z after I saw you were considering it.

It does have quite a bit of flex, because the chassis is plastic, with some other annoyances. It's pretty hefty, but dense, so it feels solid.

As I predicted earlier, the panel is garbage, but the pixel density is an upside. The bottom line though is that this costs $400, has an Ivy i3, and slim, sleek lines.

I do suggest that you go to Costco first, and check out their deals. I work at the biggest Costco in my state, and we have about 30 laptops, most budget machines, that go on Mfg's rebate all the time (or at least whenever we need to sell more tongue.gif). Please give the sales associate some clue that you know what you want and you know what you're talking about. They can show you around better. I know you said you wanted a new laptop, but display units go for cheap, especially with Haswell around the corner. Test the chassis for creaks and gaps and scratches. Try to convince them you either need 10%+ off or a free extended warranty. Unfortunately, at the end of your trip, they won't be too happy that you just walked off with a $600 laptop at half price with a lifetime warranty smile.gif
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Asus-A54C-Series-SLIGHTLY-USED-/200945033693?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item2ec941e1dd

I have used this laptop (though mine has the i3-2330m) and has been a good laptop just for productivity. Does well for movies and the like as well as its all I do, though multimonitor movies and school work at the same time might stretch the capabilities of the Intel HD 3000, but has Win7 on it
    
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