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As the title says, I'm looking to buy a $400 or less laptop that I can take to college in the fall. I will be taking my sig with me as well so I'm not looking for any sort of a speed demon, just something that will have a decent battery life and not stutter on flash and the like.
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What is your maximum budget? $400

What country are you in? USA

What will be the uses of this laptop? Note taking, web browsing and some video watching.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? No Compaqs please.

What screen size do you require? Don't really care.

What screen resolution do you require? See above.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? Used and the like is fine.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) 5 hours maybe? I'm not overly familiar with how long laptops tend to last nowadays.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? Minecraft and flash games maybe. Wouldn't mind being able to play WoW either, but it's not a must.

What operating system do you need? (if any) Doesn't matter, I have access to Win7 anyway.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) The laptop should look somewhat professional, and no light colors.

How much hard drive space do you need? Any.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) A webcam would be nice but is not required.

Is there anything else we need to know? Not really.
    
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As the title says, I'm looking to buy a $400 or less laptop that I can take to college in the fall. I will be taking my sig with me as well so I'm not looking for any sort of a speed demon, just something that will have a decent battery life and not stutter on flash and the like.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115979
    
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That looks great, but I'm concerned about the clock of the CPU; 1GHz seems a little on the low end ever for the price range I'm looking at.
    
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That looks great, but I'm concerned about the clock of the CPU; 1GHz seems a little on the low end ever for the price range I'm looking at.
I'm not sure, from what i hear these CPU's are actually pretty fast despite low clock speed...
    
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You're definitely looking for a Netbook with your budget and regular use.

It really doesn't matter which one you buy. I would cruise Newegg for 10" models and pick out the one that looks the best to me.

They're all identical inside, so the outer aesthetics are all that matter.
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This. I have the asus 1201n and I love it, mostly. I had an overheating issue at first and had to get my motherboard replaced(a week before the warranty ended lol). The dual core atoms and Ion can play almost any game on low setting and handles multi tasking well.
    
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Not sure if you're still looking but there was this deal. Great for casual usage and maybe very low-end gaming (flash games, low-resource indie games).

http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/hp-dm1...pon/15078.aspx

Thinking about getting this for my mom as she likes to websurf and facebook and can finally skype with her family/friends as the old laptop she's using does not have a webcam.

If you want one with a CD/DVD drive:

Here is one.
Edited by Kokin - 4/12/11 at 3:28pm
    
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Check this Gateway ($399) out:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...235&CatId=4938

I ordered one myself yesterday and I'm sure it can handle WOW just fine. I do my heavy gaming on my desktop so I have no need to spend more on a laptop myself. If you prefer a smaller netbook though the other suggestions are fine too.
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Getting Atom nowadays at that price range really doesn't make much sense. You can buy an HP dm1z for $420 and enjoy a faster CPU and GPU along with great battery life. This is an ultra portable, not a netbook. It has an AMD E-350 Dual-Core Processor at 1.6GHz, Radeon HD 6310 GPU, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB 7200RPM HDD, 11.6" screen at 1366x768, 6:30 hours of battery life, weighs 3.5 pounds, and is made of matte plastic, which makes it more durable.

To get it for $420, put SAVE30HP as the coupon code when you add to cart.

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EDIT: by kokin

Absolutely great deal. Buy that dm1z at $400.
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