PC Laptop for my Grandmother

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  1. Perrumpo macrumors 68000

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    Hi guys.

    I need some help narrowing down my choices for a PC laptop for my grandmother. I am a Mac person, so I'm not "up" on the PC market.

    Requirements:
    $500-$700
    Windows 7
    15-17" display
    >2GHz
    4GB RAM or more (DDR3 preferable)

    Should I go intel? I know back when I used some PCs, I liked Athlon better. Has that changed? An SD card slot would be nice, too.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

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    Why not get a used MacBook? This way if she's ever having trouble, you can hop on iChat, take control of her screen and fix her issues. And since you're a Mac guy, it'll be easier for you to troubleshoot.
     
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    AMD definitely has a price advantage, but you'd be hard-pressed to find an AMD in a notebook.

    I'd look at Dell refurbs. Even if it says "scratch and dent," go for it. I've gotten two scratch-and-dent refurbs from Dell, both with petty imperfections in the paint.
     
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I completely agree. My Dell "scratch and dent" was flawless. I honestly can not find the scratch or dent, just some fingerprints.
     
  6. Perrumpo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the responses. This laptop is from my aunts and uncles, really, for my grandmother's birthday. None of them are Mac people, so it will have to be a PC, unfortunately. They've asked me to shop around, though. They'll definitely want a new machine, too (which pushes the Mac out of price-range, anyway).

    Brendu, I have actually been eying that one on Amazon... well, a very similar one. It is 2.2GHz instead of 2.1, and DDR3 instead of DDR2, 500 GB HDD instead of 250. Seems pretty nice!
     
  7. brendu macrumors 68020

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    whats the price difference? good luck with it, HP makes solid products..
     
  8. Perrumpo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    After a $50 rebate, it's only 25 more dollars. $649
     
  9. fartheststar macrumors 6502a

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    Get your grandmother a 20 - 22" screen (affordable one). Her eyesight will thank you.
     
  10. Perrumpo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, the issue is that my grandfather hogs the desktop, their only computer. So a medium-sized portable machine that she can stow nearby in the family room is perfect for her. Besides, I'm not making the rules... I was told 15-17" :eek:
     
  11. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    I think Walmart has some good deals on laptops.
     
  12. Perrumpo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cool. Trying to decide on the models. Any advice?

    Also, how's the 2.0GHz AMD Athlon II Dual-Core M300 Processor?
     
  13. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Link me the laptops you are choosing from please.
     
  14. Perrumpo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I say the HP Pavilion DV6-1354US 15.6-Inch Black Laptop is the best choice. It has great specs.
     
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I'd say the Acer. most old people don't need the fastest processor to render stuff these days.... at least not yet ;)
     
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    What about the porn she watches?
     
  18. Perrumpo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I agree. I don't think it's worth the extra $100 to go with the HP. When I sent my suggestions to my uncle, he concurred. So we'll see if the rest of the gang agrees, too. The rest of them wouldn't really know what they're looking at, other than price, hah.
     
  19. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    Go with the 17" screen. My dad is getting older, and even with ok vision he finds the large screen much better.
     
  20. iWoz macrumors 6502a

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    Any base model will have most of those features, Here in the UK our supermarkets do good deals on Dell laptops and they're pretty cheap!
     
  21. js81 macrumors 65816

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    I vote the HP dv6, too - well worth the extra $100, IMO.
     
  22. gertruded macrumors regular

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    I think I have to object to this condescending attitude toward grandmothers. I am in my 70's and do a lot of video work on my Macbook and Imac. Get her a good fast machine. She will be into video before you know it.
     
  23. macagain macrumors regular

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    Just help a friend pick out a Sony from amazon... 729, but no tax/shipping... nice machine!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002PHM0KY/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=pc

    or similar from microcenter...
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002PHM0KY/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=pc
     
  24. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Why on earth would you buy your grandmother a PC? Why do you hate her so much? Are you deliberately trying to raise her blood pressure? Maybe speed-up the inevitable? Are you getting her back for all the ugly birthday sweaters and mouldy Christmas fruitcakes? News Flash: Apple's big 1-button trackpads are much friendlier to feeble, shaking, arthritic fingers. The MacBook's aluminum finish stylishly matches most any wheelchair. And the Unibody's are surprisingly drool-proof. If my grandson bought me a Dell I'd write him out of my will. Young whippersnapper! :eek::eek::eek:
     

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