[Canada] looking for a $500-1000 laptop for my mom

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by observatory8068, Sep 15, 2019.

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  1. observatory8068

    observatory8068 Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    CDN $500-1000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen,
    it must be IPS! please no TN !
    it must be 1080p! not higher, not lower.
    exact aspect ratio doesn't matter.
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?


    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: don't care
    b. Dislike: don't care
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?


    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    browsing web & watching movies & watching streaming video.
    there will be NO gaming and NO editing of any kind.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    this will stay at HOME. but it will be moved in different rooms, occasionally.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    no, there will be NO gaming, at all.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    don't care, it will never leave home.

    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?

    it is OK to buy online without seeing it.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

    windows 10 (not windows 7)

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)

    1080p IPS display.
    screen ratio not important.
    this is IMPORTANT: it must be at least 17 inches diagonal size.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)

    don't care.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?


    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    128 GB is plenty, but it has to be SSD! no HDD.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    next week or two.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    until it begins to die or get unreliable. As long as possible.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    we have back up laptops, so it's ok if it dies. However, we still want reliability.

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?

    i will NOT buy any warranty beyond what is already included in the product's base price.
    i will be very HESITANT to ship it if i have to pay out of pocket for shipping.
    It can be ugly and "cheap feeling" as it wants, but I want reliability, please.

    PS: i strongly prefer 2 in 1 (aka convertibles) but it's not a dealbreaker.
  2. trackerPoint

    trackerPoint Newbie

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    17" convertibles are pretty rare. I'd go with something like a thinkpad yoga15. Tough as nails and does the tent thing for watching movies. I always get family members thinkpads so if something goes wrong I can take it apart myself and easy to find parts. Good luck
  3. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    There are no guarantees in life. Even well made stuff sometimes breaks.

    I think they've stopped making it, but I've been pretty happy with my ProBook 470, which would seem to check your boxes well except the convertible part. Versions G3, G4 and G5 have matte 1080 IPS screens that are quite nice. As your needs are modest, perhaps a used one would fit the bill. Another benefit to the 470 is the drives, memory and WiFi card are accessible for upgrades via a panel on the bottom, which is unusual these days.
  4. Lamim Rashid

    Lamim Rashid Notebook Consultant

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