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Touchscreen, general-use laptop needed. ($300-$400)

Hi everyone. Looking for a touchscreen laptop for my family member. Here is what he doesn't care about:

- Weight
- OS
- Screen size (as long as it's not too small)
- Won't be doing video editing or playing any super CPU-intensive games.
- Video editing
- His kids won't be playing any CPU-intensive games, I don't believe.

What he wants:

- Something with good specifications and battery life would be good, but would lean more towards good specifications (speed, reliability, good screen quality, etc) over the decent battery life.

- Touch screen is required.

He has a budget of about $300-$400 and he wants the "best" laptop in that price range. I honestly don't know anything about new technology, so any help at all would be appreciated.

I was recommended the below laptops by the kind folks over at Reddit and would appreciate any others that you fall within the the budget mentioned above. Thanks in advance.

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Only found 11.6 inch screens.

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Reponse to R. Proffitt

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Hey. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out following this post.

Can you please tell me what you mean by "no sale"? Do you mean you would not buy either of those laptops? If so, why not? I was told Thinkpad's are pretty decent machines.

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Gotta be honest, I don't know much about laptops, but that HP you linked to looks pretty awesome. Is it faster than the Thinkpad?

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Sorry about that.

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By no sale I meant I have used 11.6 and 10 inch netbooks and they are OK in a pinch but any longer than a hour and I'm done. shows the CPUs trading blows. The Intel might win here but not by much and certainly won't be something I'd consider due to the screens on the 11 inch models.

Yes, the Thinkpads are very decent but that 11 inch screen. My bet is buyers remorse may set in later.

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Thanks for clarifying.

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Guess I'll just leave it up to him to decide, but glad that you pointed that out. Thanks again.

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Touch screen

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Is he sure he wants a touch screen for kids with peanut butter covered fingers?

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Yea that’s a good point. Didn’t think of that. I’ll let him know.

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If you drop the need for the touchscreen

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I have better deals to be had. Here's one my brother shares with so many now.

For 140 bucks, a 14 inch display laptop for surfing, etc.

For 199 bucks, a 12.5 inch with a Core i5.

My brother and I have filled desks at the office with these. For our use we swapped out the HDD for SSD and bumped the RAM to 8GB.

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Thank you, sir.

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You think that $140 one is good enough for games and things like that? Or is it meant for super basic stuff like surfing the web? If you had to compare the two, which is faster? Or if you had to pick one, which one would you pick? Or are they pretty comparable to you?

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His kids won't be playing any CPU-intensive games, I don't

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"His kids won't be playing any CPU-intensive games, I don't believe."

I have the one similar to the i5 model. The HP 6560b which they sold out of.

Mine has 8GB RAM and I changed the HDD to SSD.

Games? As in Facebook Farmville? It would do that easily. 3D gaming? Nope. For that you shop in the 1,000 buck range.

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In reply to: His kids won't be playing any CPU-intensive games, I don't

Yea', simple games. Solitaire and things like that. They're still pretty young, so no 3D anything just yet.

But as for the i5 and the one you just posted - not sure I understand. You own both? And if so, which would you recommend in this case? Any one of the two you prefer over the other? Cause I'm not sure which site you said sold out of the 6560b (Groupon, I assume, for cheaper?), but Newegg (as I'm sure you already know) is selling it for $199. So not sure whether to send him the 6560b from Newegg or the 2560p from Groupon.

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My brother runs an insurance office.

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So many laptops there. Over the years we have sought out the cheaps to fill seats.

So we likely have most of the models I linked to EXCEPT the touchscreens since the feature is uncalled for.

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I see. Okay, thanks again.

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