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Notebook for old people (cheap and easy to use)

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by spookyu, Jun 16, 2006.

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  1. spookyu

    spookyu NBR Zombie Expert

    Feb 26, 2006
    Here is the deal, I just ordered a Dell e1705 and my grandfather is sort of a "copy cat" (whenever I get something new he needs to get one as well) and he want a laptop too. Well, all he does is load up a few pictures from his digital camera, and check his email, THAT IS IT. He doesnt want to spend much more than 500 or 600 bucks (US). The only catch, he knows VERY little about computers in general and I would like to find something easy for him to use (fewer buttons the better, lol). Ill post this thing just to humor you:

    1) What is your budget?

    As cheap as possible, try to keep under 600 bucks (US)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    Doesnt matter.

    a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?

    Email and storing photos on it, that is ALL.

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

    He might.

    5) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?

    Just some old hoyle casino card game, nothing integrated graphics cant handle with flying colors.

    6) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    I prefer the cheapest brand.

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

    Like an hour.

    8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?

    Yeah, he wants to see it in person, but I might be able to convince him otherwise.

    9) What country are you buying this in?

    The United States.

    Screen Specifics

    All of the following does not matter:

    10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
    b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
    c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

    d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    Build Quality and Design

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

    14) How long do you want this laptop to last?

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 120GB?

    Actually, because he is storing alot of photos on it he should have a 60gig hard drive at least.

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?

    Needs to be able to Read DVDs and write CDs.

    Ha, this might seem to be below most of you (ussualy hunting for gaming laptops or business laptops and all) but I'm not sure where to look for cheap laptops, maybe I'll start with dell (eh, there cheap computers are crap, but he doesnt need much). Any other suggestions?
  2. ejl

    ejl fudge

    Mar 14, 2006
    either the dell b130, compaq v2000z, or an acer you can search for on newegg or something.
  3. spookyu

    spookyu NBR Zombie Expert

    Feb 26, 2006
    Ohhh, didn't even think of compaq, thanks.
  4. heyu

    heyu Notebook Consultant

    Apr 17, 2006
    look for an Acer computer they are by far the cheapest thing you can buy on the market, i know you can get one for about 500 Canadain, probably about 450 USD, it won't be powerful at all but should do fine.
  5. buckX

    buckX Notebook Enthusiast

    Mar 19, 2006
    If price is by far a more important factor than specs, you might want to consider a relatively new used laptop, from ubid or the like. You could get him a pretty nice laptop from two years ago, so it could have good build quality and the like, but you would drop the price range down to $400 easy, allowing room to purchase a replacement hard drive if the one it comes with is too small.
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