$500 budget, 12-13"

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  1. ZRock

    ZRock Notebook Consultant

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    1) What is your budget? $500 solid.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12” screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen

    Looking for a 12.5-13.3" in my budget

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    USA
    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Nah

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Sure
    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Schoolwork, light poker/flash games?
    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Its going everywhere
    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    None really
    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    As much as possible
    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Online is fine
    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Any
    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. Click here for Screen resolution information.
    Any!
    13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?
    Whatever
    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not too much
    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Tomorrow?
    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    A couple years
    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Have my own SSD
    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
    No

    I'm looking for a $500 12-13" laptop with a NORMAL SIZED keyboard and solid battery life, preferably with good portability as well

    I made a different thread, but I want this one to go in a different direction, so lets hear your ideas!
     
  2. mmmangoes

    mmmangoes Notebook Deity

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    Perhaps the dell vostro v131? 13.3in matte screen, 8-9 hr battery life, backlit keyboard- though im not sure which cpu choices fall within $500
     
  3. ZRock

    ZRock Notebook Consultant

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    There aren't any vostro v131 in the outlet... Just the 3350
     
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