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Old 08-26-2008, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I need a computer and I figured, I might as well buy a laptop.

I mainly use a computer for:

*internet (like visiting C-D)
*emailing
*I will be writing papers for school. I'd like it to have MS Word already installed.
*I'll need a printer, or an easy way to hook up to a printer
*sometimes I play cards online at msn's website. That will involve downloading the game, and also I am wondering if that little touch screen laptops have instead of a mouse is going to be challenging.

I'll be getting some sort of wireless internet.

I don't know a whole lot about computers, and I know even less about laptops. I'm also hoping to not have to spend too much money. Definitely under $1,000. The last computer I bought, maybe 3-4 years ago, I paid $500 at Walmart on Black Friday and it suited me just fine so I guess I am not too picky (although I feel more comfortable buying a brand I have heard of).

Any advice or suggestions? I trust C-D users 1000x more than some salesperson!!!
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Any modern laptop will do the job. You should be able to find something suitable for < $500, sans MS Word. The Office suite will add to the price. I would check the Dell outlet. They have some really good deals on there, and everything there has the same warranty as a new Dell does. You have to be quick, though, because the really good deals get snapped up quickly.
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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also I am wondering if that little touch screen laptops have instead of a mouse is going to be challenging.
It is for me, which is why it would be a good idea to get a wireless keyboard and mouse. If you get both the keyboard and mouse from the same company or out of the same box, you can use only one USB port. There'll be a hub for both of them.

Also, I get batteries that are rechargeable and have the same mAh number, as in 2500 mAh, for example. The batteries will last a long time. I'd suggest a charger that can handle two sets of batteries, just in case, though if you're going to only charge two batteries, they go only on one side.

After a few years, you can recycle the batteries and get new ones.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Oh, one more thing. I like to have some little table to elevate the laptop. My wife got the one I have, and she was going to get one for herself, but had to improvise. Her solution just a three foot by one foot plastic covered wire mesh with little shelves under each end to raise it up. I liked that idea better.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I just got a 7" Asus at Target.com. While it doesn't technically have MS Office, the spreadsheet looks just like Excel and it has word processing and presentation software. There are games on it and it fits in a very small space. Has a wireless card. If you belong to Borders or AAA, you can get 10 percent off. I was surprised how much I enjoy using it. There is a choice of colors. BJ's also has it but only in white. Two weeks ago, BJ's had it priced at $249.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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I just purchased this one at BestBuy: Compaq - Presario Laptop with AMD Turion™ X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-70 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8933005&type=product&id=12152163 29460 - broken link) as a gift for my parents yesterday. It's a pretty basic setup, but has all of the features needed for a novice with room for growth. With a rating of 4.5/5 by over 30 people, I figured I couldn't go wrong for $450.
(http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8898357&type=product&id=12121926 22683 - broken link)
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