Need a new budget laptop for my mother-in-law

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Xeneize, Dec 3, 2013.

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  1. Xeneize

    Xeneize Notebook Deity

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    1) What is your budget?

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 14" - 15" screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Lenovo, Dell

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Web, email, browsing

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

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

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

    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?
    No need to see it, prefer to buy from Amazon or Newegg

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Windows 7 or Windows 8

    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.

    13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?
    Any, prefer Matte

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not really

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3-5 years

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Probably 500GB+ HDD

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No need
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I know you said no to refurbed, but they'll offer you better bang for the buck and you're on a tight budget. As long as it's not marked scratch and dent, it should look new and have a good battery. Most are returns at a nice discount, though they do sell some new stuff there as well.

    I'd suggest hitting the Lenovo and/or Dell Outlets. Something like the Latitudes E5430/E6430 or Thinkpad L430/T430 are all solid well built notebooks. Dell does offer coupons from time to time for their Outlet, making for some even better deals. You can find them on the Dell Outlet Twitter account.
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    idiot101 Down and Broken

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