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I would like everyone's input on what laptop or netbook to get for a cousins birthday in 2 months. She will be using the laptop mainly for college purposes, so writing essays, doing research online and the casual movies. I want the laptop or netbook to at least last through her 4 years in college hopefully so it has to have decent specifications to do the required tasks that I listed. I am looking to spend a maximum of $600, but I would greatly prefer to stay under $500 due to my money situation at hand. Here are my current picks from tigerdirect and I will list the main specs, feel free to link me to other laptops that you think are better.


Toshiba Satellite A665D

Screen Size: 15.6”
Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz
Hard drive: 500GB at 5400RPM
Processor: Phenom II X3 2.2ghz
GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
Battery: 6-Cell Lithium-ion

Price: $549.9


Gateway NV55C39u


Screen Size: 15.6”
Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz
Hard drive: 500GB at 5400RPM
Processor:i5-480M
GPU:Intel HD Graphics
Battery: 6-Cell Lithium-ion

Price: $599.99

SYX Venture Mobile XV


Screen Size: 15.6”
Memory: 2GB DDR3 1066Mhz
Hard drive: 320GB at 5400RPM
Processor:i3-350M
GPU:Intel HD Graphics
Battery: 6-Cell Lithium-ion

Price: $449.97


Gateway NV55C15u

Screen Size: 15.6”
Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz
Hard drive: 500GB at 5400RPM
Processor:i3-370M
GPU:Intel HD Graphics
Battery: 6-Cell Lithium-ion

Price: $499.97
Edited by wsnnwa - 1/28/11 at 1:28pm
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post #2 of 12
for day to day use, Gateway NV55C15u looks good (the one with i3-370m)
its got enough memory, enough hard drive capacity and a nice little processor.
    
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post #3 of 12
I will choose toshiba,good laptop for 500bucks
post #4 of 12
if its for collage i would highly recommend a E-350 Fusion based notebook for lots of battery and ability to game lightly and play HD 1080p videos smoothly biggrin.gif

Edit:
HP DM1z is on sale right now
Edited by Mr.Pie - 1/29/11 at 3:54am
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asus 1215n.
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Research may not work too well on a netbook ... they aren't really that wide and doing things side by side just doesn't happen
    
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post #7 of 12
The Gateway NV55C15u is your best choice. Since she's likely a general consumer it should last the four years easily. Just make sure she understands good windows health habits; IE good anti virus/malware software, defragging, and cleaning the recycle bin. I've encountered numerous cases of people buying new computers or switching over to Apple because they fail to do those simple things.
     
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post #8 of 12
I rekon the Gateway NV55C39u would be the best. Fastest cpu out of all of them so multitasking wouldnt be a problem. However try and get a 7200rpm disk so ur apps will be more responsive.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot everyone, I was leaning towards the Gateway NV55C39u and everyone assured me that was the right choice. I will be teaching her how to maintain her computer and I will take a look at it maybe once every couple months for checkups since we live next door and we go to the same college. Once again thanks a lot guys. smile.gif
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post #10 of 12
Probably would be a little late, but I would say Toshiba. It has more logical cores, and the video card is actually dedicated. Intel HD Graphics is pure garbage, I get lags with streaming full 1080p video.
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