Light notebook for mostly web browsing

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by marcv123, Sep 24, 2018.

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  1. marcv123

    marcv123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    HI all, looking for a good laptop mostly for web browsing. should be small enough to take around the house or in a backpack, but fast enough to handle many open tabs without crashing. Under $600 would be good. I do not really want a tablet type, as we already have an ipad. There seem to be a lot of choices and I am having a hard time narrowing it, so any suggestions are welcome.

    I want to be able to use Microsoft office as needed, and am pretty used to windows, so a chromebook is probably not the best choice.

    we do not need dvd, or tons of port choices.

    Prefer something fairly light and thin if possible -3lb range would be good.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? Under $600

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook? USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Any, but I prefer mainstream brands
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Mainly surfing the web. shopping, watching videos. No real gaming or CPU intensive tasks. Will store a fair number of photos so decent memory would be good.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    taking it around, or using it on a lap but not at a desk.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    no games.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    4 or so is fine

    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?
    in person at a best buy would be good, but not totally necessary if it is returnable (most are not on line, right?)

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

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    does not matter much

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Does not matter much

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    no, as long as it is not a gamer flashy type

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    1tb would be good, but can live with less

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    this week

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

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

    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?
    ship is fine
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2018
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Most notebooks sold directly from the manufacturer outlet, Dell, HP and Lenovo all have them, are returns offered with a nice discount. As long as it's not marked scratch and dent, it should look and perform like new. Given than your budget is somewhat small, this seem like the way to get the best bang for your buck.

    If it were my money I'd look at something like the Dell Latitude 5490 with 1080p IPS screen from the Dell Outlet. It's a good all-around notebook, which it seems like what you're looking to get. Latitude support is excellent as well.
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