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Which laptop to buy?

by Stargaret / May 15, 2010 6:37 AM PDT

Hi There,

I'm not a computer newbie, but I'm still confused! My husband wants a laptop that is fast, used for email, financial and reading sports/news. He doesn't need a lot of storage space and doesn't do anything with media.

We've had Dells, but my son says they come with spyware and prefers HP. He also says Windows 7 is better than Vista. Other than that he can't really help us. We'd like something in the $500-600 range.

Any help would sure be appreciated.

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Re: new laptop
by Kees Bakker / May 15, 2010 6:42 AM PDT
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Any laptop would do.

As for the maker: we have some ardent HP haters on these forums, and some people complaining about bad service by Dell (but also about bad service from other makers).
Personally I don't think Dell comes with spyware, so that shouldn't be a reason for me to not buy a Dell. In fact, I did so for my own netbook and my daughter notebook, and at work we use Dell exclusively.

And Windows 7 surely is much preferable to Windows Vista.

Kees

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At the top.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 15, 2010 1:59 PM PDT
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Which laptop to buy?
by Stargaret / May 17, 2010 12:26 AM PDT
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Bob--Very helpful post...am working on it! Appreciate the time you took.

Margaret

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Which laptop to buy?
by Stargaret / May 15, 2010 11:08 PM PDT
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Thanks so much Kees. That really helps. I've always liked Dell.

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laptop suggestions
by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / May 17, 2010 1:46 AM PDT
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Hi there,

Another laptop worth looking into is the Toshiba Satellite T135D-S1325WH. It is ultra-slim and portable with really great battery life. However, if you don't mind a smaller screen and keyboard a netbook could also suit your needs. The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is only $349 and has excellent connectivity. Netbooks have less hard drive space and aren't as powerful as laptops but if your husband will be mainly using the computer to surf the Internet it could be a good option for him.

What do you think?

Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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Which laptop to buy?
by Stargaret / May 17, 2010 10:52 PM PDT
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Hi Isabella,

Portability isn't a great concern. My husband is 60, so we'd like at least a 15" screen. I understand i3 Processor surpasses Duo Core, and we'd like it to be somewhat speedy. Ram isn't a concern. Not sure I understand rpm's. We've heard good things about Acer, HP and Dell. Not sure about other manufacturers...any input would be appreciated. Thanks for your time!

Margaret

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laptop suggestions
by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / May 18, 2010 1:53 AM PDT
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The computers come with
by orlbuckeye / May 18, 2010 11:55 PM PDT
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what people call crap ware and not spyware. Most manufacturers come certain type of software they think you need like anti virus, DVD writing and maybe a video viewer. Some of these are trial and some are partial products fro suites that can be purchased. Some vendors include wireless network utilities and I know HP has software that scans your system to see if the driver and other software are up to date. The difference between these programs and spyware is they don't spy on you and collect information about you to sell to other companies.

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What Laptop to Buy?
by Stargaret / May 19, 2010 12:01 AM PDT

Thanks for the clarification!

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I THINK I'VE NARROWED IT DOWN...
by Stargaret / May 19, 2010 2:59 AM PDT
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HP G62t
Gateway NV7915u,

...possibly considering Dell Inspiron 1545 or 1564.

Any comments would be appreciated.

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About HDMI.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2010 3:19 AM PDT

Many want HDMI ports today. Some models won't have that so tread carefully.

And that's a good looking machine. I like it.
Bob

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Which One Were You Referring to?
by Stargaret / May 19, 2010 4:23 AM PDT
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Gateway, HP or Dell? Thanks!

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All really.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2010 5:05 AM PDT

The g52 may not have this but look at each model as many folk want to hook up to their HDTV. I can write that to do that, you want HDMI.

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DID GATEWAY GO OUT OF BUSINESS...BOUGHT BY ACER?
by Stargaret / May 19, 2010 7:25 AM PDT
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Should this affect our decision?

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Did Compaq go out of business?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2010 9:05 AM PDT

Not really. Just absorbed and still found from time to time. If such industry moves, acquisitions bother you, don't buy that name.
Bob

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THANKS ALL
by Stargaret / May 19, 2010 10:28 PM PDT

I'm off to purchase

Gateway - Laptop with Intel

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Gateway isn't known for reliability
by 1shado1 / May 20, 2010 2:17 PM PDT
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