Help my sister find the "right" laptop for her.

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  1. Prof. macrumors 601

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    My sister is looking to buy her own laptop cuz she's sick of waiting for the other family members to get off the comp. She doesn't want a Mac cuz she doesn't like the UI soooo that leaves her with a PC.:rolleyes:

    She's looking for a basic laptop so she can surf the web, use iTunes and such. Here's the kicker: She doesn't want to spend more than US$700 (before taxes).:rolleyes: What PC laptop can she get for US$700 that is also reliable?

    Thanks for you help. :)
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Reliable PC laptop?
    I think anything made by HP will be alright... I just don't like to mess with PC laptops. That's why I use Macs. If I wanted a reliable PC I'd build my own. It just seems to risky to get a PC laptop as they always seem to fail. Try talking her into an older macbook and installing windows on it.
     
  3. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    I did. I showed her a refurbished MacBook at apple.com for 899 and she said no.
     
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    The logical reply would be, "Fool! I refuse to help you."

    Whatever she ends up getting make sure to get an extended warranty.
     
  5. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    How bout you come to my house and help me beat some sense into her.:D:p
     
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I'll bring the paddle and the Family Matters reruns.
     
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  8. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely this. You can spec out a 14" widescreen SL400 for less than $700 easily. I've told numerous people this before--if I absolutely had to go out and buy a PC laptop for personal use, it would absolutely, positively be a Lenovo. They make some awesome (and incredibly well built) laptops.

    EDIT: I just spec'd out a nice SL400 for $680. Includes 14.1" widescreen display, 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, Vista Home Premium, 80GB hard drive, and DVD burner. Dang, that's tempting. This would make a great Hackintosh candidate.
     
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  10. nakamuramori2 macrumors regular

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    yeah..look out the dells laptop. i found a good one around $700 on their website..cuz im looking for a laptop for my mom too..
     
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Try here, n00b.


    This is a big place, but don't worry, you'll get familiar with it. ;)
     
  12. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I'd go with a HP....i found a HP with 3GB 2.0GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo, a 320GB HDD, a webcam, 15.4" scrn for 684.99 or something along that price range..


    www.hp.com
     
  13. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    Ugh. We deploy Dell business class laptops across our infrastructure to mobile users. They've got progessively better, but I'm still not the biggest fans. The D610s were garbage, but the D620s/D630s were huge improvements, but still not something I'd own.

    Lenovos FTW all day long.
     

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