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I'm looking for a laptop for my mom. All I here about Macs are how great they are, no hacks or viruses. My mom is comnpletely new to computers. She's been using my old P4 that just died.

Any suggestions? Less that $1400. And where?

Or, am I better off going with what another guy suggested...

"I would go to Office Depot and get a $400 laptop. They usually have sales on them everyother week. Get one with a low end dual core, 1GB of RAM, 15in screen.
THen get 2GB of ram from newegg. You will then have 2GB and 512MB, 2.5GB, which will make the computer seem fast to the average user.

From Newegg:
Acer
Toshiba"


We're looking to buy this week or next.

Thanks
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post #2 of 7
MACs are awesome laptops. However, they use their own OS and software, which is nice, but might need a little 'getting used to'.

I personally like Dell laptops. They're quite good, reasonably well built, and priced right. Plus, swapping out parts is quite easy (unlike Sony, for which you have to disassemble the entire thing just for a simple hardware change).

Here is a Studio 15 from Dell, which comes to $1,299 before shipping/tax (shipping is free; tax depends on the state - here in WA it'll be $116.92):
  • SYSTEM COLOR: Jet Black
  • PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8100 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1
  • HD DISPLAY: Hi Resolution/Bright, glossy widescreen 15.4 WLED display (1440x900)
  • VIDEO CARD: 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
  • MEMORY: 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2
  • HARD DRIVE: Size: 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
  • INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE: 8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
  • WIRELESS NETWORK CARDS: Dell 1397 Wireless-G Card
  • MOBILE BROADBAND: Verizon Wireless built-in cellular mobile broadband (EVDO Rev A)
  • INTEGRATED WEBCAM: Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
  • BATTERY OPTIONS: 56 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
  • SOUND OPTIONS: High Definition Audio 2.0
  • FINGERPRINT SCANNER: Integrated Finger Print Reader
  • KEYBOARD: Back-lit Keyboard
  • ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE: McAfee Security 15-mo w/Annual Auto-Renew Fee of $79 (up to 3 addl yrs) This is an Automatic Billing Item & will require Terms acceptance
  • WARRANTY AND SERVICE: 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor,24x7 Phone Support
  • DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP: Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr
    
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I'd just go with the cheapest option--Mac's are actually quite nice, but from what I got your mom would be using it for, she doesn't need anything fancy, just a regular web-surfer, email-checker, word-writing computer, all things a Mac would do just fine, but so would a cheaper, low-end computer.

But on the other hand, why not take your mom to a place the sells computers and let her pick?--maybe she'll like the mac interface enough to want to use one, or maybe she'd just rather stick with the familiar windows interface.
    
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post #4 of 7
Just get a normal macbook from the Apple website. They start at $999, and if you're a student, you can even get a discount of like $100.
post #5 of 7
I'm a Mac guru. Used to buy broken Power Macs, fix em, and resell them on craigslist actually.

I've only got a MacBook now, but I love it. My thinking is that Macs are better as laptops. The reason for that is that most laptops you can't overclock or mess around with voltages and such anyway. So why not get a laptop with a better OS?

I like PCs better for desktops though since I can build my own and overclock it to my heart's content and fool around with it more than I could with a Mac.

That's just my two cents. But by the way, you can get pretty good deals on MacBooks at the refurbished section on Apple's online store. That's where I got mine.
 
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post #6 of 7
For a Laptop I'd jump on a Macbook. Like the person said above me, you don't need to tinker with it or get to technical with it. They're easy to use and alot lighter then the average laptop at a similar size.
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post #7 of 7
defiantly look into the apples referb. section. is a laptop the right thing? maybe an I mac would suit her better, or if you already have a nice monitor, a Mini might be nice for her
either way I think she would be happy.

dont forget to teach her windows, lol.
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