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Can someone recommend me a good laptop?

By foreverzero89
Jan 17, 2010
  1. its for my mom, she doesn't game, do anything resource intensive. want to spend 300-500 bucks. heres what i would like for it to have: dual core proc., 3 gig RAM, 250 gig hard drive. thanks guys.
     
  2. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 246

    someone please?
     
  3. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    This is a hard one...which probably explains why you haven't received a reply yet.
    Unless you are willing to spend at least $600, you won't buy much.
    For $500, you could get something like this..
    Maybe you should look into a netbook instead of a laptop.
    If you can wait until the spring, you may find a better deal on sale.
     
  4. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Posts: 213

    Most laptops are going to start in the high $500 if not $600. If you are looking for a basic system, I'd recommend Dell. They are reliable, come with a good warranty, and are great for the everyday user. (not so much the enthusiast, but that's not what your after)

    An Insiprion 14 come with 4gb memory, dual core Intel i3, and a 250gb hard disk at about $650

    Net books typically have a lot less memory, but they also come with windows XP, which 1gb of memory if fine. These systems start at about $300 and go up from there. The screens are small, less then 10". They are designed for mobility, internet use, and the basic, bottom end use (music playing, solitaire, office suite, etc)

    You can also hit up the local computer store, Best Buy, Ultimate Electronics, even Wal-mart, and see what they have to offer. If nothing else, it lets you use the system personally and determine if it will suit your needs.
     
  5. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 246

    well my moms eyesight isn't getting better so she needs at least a 15 inch screen. she says she doesn't want a dell b/c of bad customer service.
     
  6. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Posts: 213

    ok then, in any case: Going with any name brand unit really is a decent choice. All the major brands have warranties and similar products.

    Asus, HP, Acer, Dell, Sony, or a Mac (though you wont find a $300 Mac)

    If you are looking for a 15" or bigger screen, you are going to have a really hard time finding one under the $500 limit.
     
  7. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    In general, you'll get more computer than what you pay for from Acer, and they build great laptops lately contrary to what some believe.
     
  8. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 242

    well, you arn't from the UK, but it is possible to get a decent 15" laptop for about $630USD. At least I was able to find one on a UK site, and believe me, everything is more expensive over here.

    I was just browsing the HP website and found THIS. It allows you to pick what goes in the laptop, so you can make it as cheap as $450 at base line. Of course, it won't have what you wanted up above, but you can pick and choose among a few different hard drives, RAM, video card, CPU, and network cards.
     
  9. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Is the price range fixed? or if you wait a month or two could you go to $600-700? That is where most of the good laptops start coming into play and if you are able to wait i would highly recommend it.
     
  10. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    I guess the other question is - is a laptop necessary? or could you go with a desktop? You will definitely get more for your money going that way if you can deal with the less portable system.
     
  11. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 246

    we have a family desktop and then my desktop. my mom wants the laptop because its better for her back. she just surfs the web so she doesn't need a high end one. yea the price s fixed, which is why im having a hard time finding what she wants for the price.
     
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,968   +955

    Another approach might be to go to; http://www.newegg.com/Store/Computer.aspx?page=1, sign up for their Email deals, and let a laptop come to you.

    Plan "B", read the Best Buy ads first thing Sunday morning, and if you see something you like get there stat. Don't let them sell you a bunch of extra s***, the deal tends to go away quickly if you do.
     
  13. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

  14. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 246

    hey thanks guys, for some reason the best buy links are always saying the page is not found.
     
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,968   +955

    The link issue seems to be you. The Asus @ BB hooked right up for me.
     
  16. Eddie_42

    Eddie_42 TS Rookie Posts: 213

  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    forever: I'd advise you to go for that Dell Vostro 1015 compdata linked you to. You will not find much better deal than this for a notebook in your price range.

    Eddie's linked notebook carries Pentium processor whereas the dell carries more modern Core 2; which is much better choice anyway.
     
  18. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,968   +955

    The T4400 Pentium in the BB laptop was launched in Q4 '09, which is pretty much the day before yesterday. http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=40739&processor=T4400&spec-codes=SLGJL

    As you may or may not know, the current line of Pentium dual cores (desktop) are "Wolfdale" 45nm cores. The smaller L2 caches are the only thing that separates them from the E7XXX and E8XXX lines. Since certain Pentium Dual Cores are actually the latest products released in the C2D family, the only thing that could be argued here is whether the new one, "T-4400 Pentium" (mobile), is not as good as the "older C2D" (mobile(s)).
     
  20. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    Well if i remember correctly Core 2 introduced a Wide Dynamic Execution Unit and a much better branch prediction unit, which works much better with more L2 cache as it can feed more data for processing to it, and that was the idea behind my comment. However, in this case the performance difference may be limited.
     
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,968   +955

    Ahem......

    Our intended purpose. So then.....
    To my dull and plodding thought processes, the intended purpose doesn't really seem to require or warrant a lengthy or probing excursion into the esoterica of processor architecture.

    Anyway, since Intel is looking to discontinue the LGA775 package, existing architecture is likely being implemented on the lower end of the line. To which I would say that I have an E7300 C2D @ 2,66GHz and a Pentium Dual Core E6300 @ 2.8 GHz,. The E6300 offers Virtualization whereas the E7300 does not. The E6300 blows up a CPU score of 6.2 on the Win 7 experience index. I honestly don't think the E7300 would fare quite that well. The E 6300 was 72 bucks as a Newegg "Shell Shocker" deal.

    Intel is now pushing the Core ix series for laptops as well, so it is possible the end of line dual core CPUs are a bargain hunters dream.
     
  22. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    Fair enough, I guess we have given him few options to look at lets see whats his views are on them.
     
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,968   +955

    God knows, "the customer is always right".
     
  24. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Captaincranky is correct to point out that there is a difference between the T-4400 Pentium" (mobile) and the slightly older older C2D" (mobile(s)). Most specs i have seen favor the C2D for processing power. Both are dual core and for what your mom is going to be using this for i don't think she will notice any real difference.
     
  25. foreverzero89

    foreverzero89 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 246

    i have worked in customer service before and i learned that "the customer is always stupid" line fits better. thanks for the replies. she will be getting a new one VERY son cause she broke her old one, dropped and the HDD started to make funny noises and not boot.
     
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