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My grandpa is finally interested in digitizing all of his slide projector slides and creating presentations via microsoft powerpoint instead. But first he needs a laptop. Any suggestions? I'm strongly considering a Lenovo Thinkpad SL510, though it doesn't meet all my preferences. I have a Sony Vaio NW240F that I also really like, but I think I would prefer to go with a Lenovo for my Grandpa. The Lenovo is much better built than my Sony.

Budget is $800 max. I realize the new sandy bridge laptops will be out at the end of the month... think I'll find one of those within my budget? Where's the best place to shop for a laptop?

Important:
Fast processor (2.4GHz+ is preferable)
4GB memory (or more)
15-16" screen
Decent graphics (for output to projectors and large TVs)
HDMI port
VGA port
Big keys
Quality

Anyway, I'm not real familiar with the Lenovo lineup, so what series should I be looking at? Also, where is the best place to buy microsoft office? I've always had it for free through school.
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I don't think grandpa's need a 2.4ghz cpu and 4gb of ram...
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Even Grandpas hate slow computers. This will be his only computer, so it would be nice if it ran a little better than your typical slow laptop. It wasn't a strict requirement, but if it's around 2.4-ish GHz, that's fine.
    
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If it's his first computer, his preferences may change as he becomes more familiar with the product.

i would suggest taking your grampa to costco. With a 90-day no-questions-asked return policy, that'll be enough time to determine if a laptop is too big/heavy/slow/weird-feeling keyboard etc.
    
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