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Hi guys and gals,
I'm looking for a laptop for my girlfriend around the 400 dollar range. It's so overwhelming for me with so many to choose from and could really use your help. The list below are the minimum she wants for ports, accessories, etc.

- 3USB ports at least
-SD Slot(s)
-preferably a built in cam
- 320 GB hard drive at least

I'm thinking with
-windows7 64bit
-3GB Ram at least
-Dual Core processor

I will consider all options and just want to narrow it down. +rep. Thanks so much.
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post #2 of 13
It is a daunting experience - I've had regrets about my decision.

That being said, Newegg has a Toshiba on sale for $400 that meets your criteria. As long as your girlfriend doesn't need ANY graphics horsepower, it should be great.
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2 months back i bought a toshiba T135 for 250on ebay and sold it for 400 a few days later.
duo core 1.6 (not sure)
3GB
320GB
win 7
hdmi
no cd drive (not important. at 13 inch and light weight she can easily throw it in her purse)
6-8 hr battery life.


came with original box. i still have the original box.

i think for women 14" laptop should be max...
if she wants a full sized keyboard go for a 15.6 laptop.

but i'd still only recommend a 11-12-13-14 netbook/laptop.

toshiba T135, T235....
    
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I don't think 64 bit is necessary with 3 GB ram, but don't take my word for it. Also, the Thinkpad x120e is a popular choice if she doesn't mind a 11.6" screen.
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ThinkPad X120e hands down. It's only a couple bucks more than the HP dm1z and is MUCH better built, more reliable, and a lot more elegant/professional. The base price is $400. The option for the AMD E-350 CPU is $40 more, and the upgrade to Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit (rather than 32-bit) is free. That puts you at $440. It comes with a Hitachi (extremely reliable laptop HDDs, I might add) 320GB 7200RPM HDD, 2GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM (1 stick/DIMM), AMD E-350 1.6GHz Dual-Core CPU, Radeon HD 6310 IGP, 11.6" matte 1366x768 screen, 6-cell 57 Whr battery (good for a bit more than 6 hours of web surfing and word processing), weighs only 3.3 pounds, and is very thin.

I definitely recommend you upgrade it to 4GB of RAM, but since it's an $80 option on Lenovo, you should do it yourself. You can get a quality 2GB stick here.

That puts you at $465. A bit over budget, but definitely worth it. I convinced my mom to buy one and she loves it. She uses it for presentations, productivity, multimedia and browsing. It's the best built laptop I've ever seen at that price range and delivers a lot of performance for such a small chassis.
    
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divorce and keep 400usd for 6980 ati or poker
    
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post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Optum View Post
Hi guys and gals,
I'm looking for a laptop for my girlfriend around the 400 dollar range. It's so overwhelming for me with so many to choose from and could really use your help. The list below are the minimum she wants for ports, accessories, etc.

- 3USB ports at least
-SD Slot(s)
-preferably a built in cam
- 320 GB hard drive at least

I'm thinking with
-windows7 64bit
-3GB Ram at least
-Dual Core processor

I will consider all options and just want to narrow it down. +rep. Thanks so much.
I'd look at a used E6400 from dell. They can be found on EBay with warranties for that much money. Very nice, reliable laptops. Easy to fix as well.
post #8 of 13
I have a HP ProBook 6555b - Turion II for sale around that price range...actually cheaper. I have an HP 6540b -i5 for sale as well but that is a little more than $450.

PM'd.
Edited by Tweex - 4/7/11 at 8:16am
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ThinkPad X120e hands down. It's only a couple bucks more than the HP dm1z and is MUCH better built, more reliable, and a lot more elegant/professional. The base price is $400. The option for the AMD E-350 CPU is $40 more, and the upgrade to Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit (rather than 32-bit) is free. That puts you at $440. It comes with a Hitachi (extremely reliable laptop HDDs, I might add) 320GB 7200RPM HDD, 2GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM (1 stick/DIMM), AMD E-350 1.6GHz Dual-Core CPU, Radeon HD 6310 IGP, 11.6" matte 1366x768 screen, 6-cell 57 Whr battery (good for a bit more than 6 hours of web surfing and word processing), weighs only 3.3 pounds, and is very thin.

I definitely recommend you upgrade it to 4GB of RAM, but since it's an $80 option on Lenovo, you should do it yourself. You can get a quality 2GB stick here.

That puts you at $465. A bit over budget, but definitely worth it. I convinced my mom to buy one and she loves it. She uses it for presentations, productivity, multimedia and browsing. It's the best built laptop I've ever seen at that price range and delivers a lot of performance for such a small chassis.
The HP DM1Z is by no means a horrid laptop. Due to the price range, might as well go for the HP variant. Comes with the E-350 anyway.
http://dealzon.com/deals/hp-dm1z-laptop
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The HP DM1Z is by no means a horrid laptop. Due to the price range, might as well go for the HP variant. Comes with the E-350 anyway.
http://dealzon.com/deals/hp-dm1z-laptop
Not if you actually care about the reliability of your laptop and how well it's built. Also, Lenovo has much better customer service. The X120e also comes with a MUCH better keyboard, a better trackpad, and the TrackPoint. The screen is matte, so you can use it outside without any distracting glare.

The dm1z is not bad, but at its current price, it's simply not worth it. You'll pay $40 more, but you get the things I mentioned. Consumer-level HPs are simply too unreliable now-a-days.
    
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