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Old 02-10-2009, 07:49 AM
 
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My mother wants a computer in order to be able to receive email, view grandkid pictures and search the internet. She doesn't need it to do much more than that. Where should she go to get a copmuter that isn't loaded up with too many extras, is a good price and most importantly, will be easy to plug in and go?
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:30 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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My mother wants a computer in order to be able to receive email, view grandkid pictures and search the internet. She doesn't need it to do much more than that. Where should she go to get a copmuter that isn't loaded up with too many extras, is a good price and most importantly, will be easy to plug in and go?
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Depends where she is.
For the UK: Currys, comet (if they still exist) PC World etc.
In the USA: Circuit City etc

Or any computer shop.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Circuit City is in bankrupcy, so I wouldn't buy anything there that depended on a store warranty.

Best Buy is still around. WalMart sells computers too.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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She lives in the U.S. Also, can you recommend certain brands or setups that would be easy to plug in and go?
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Buy a brand name you recognize and then look for a low price. For all you want it to do, most any computer should meet your needs.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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She lives in the U.S. Also, can you recommend certain brands or setups that would be easy to plug in and go?

I have found the Acer Travelmate Series laptops are pretty good. You may want to find a local computer store that is not a big box store like Best Buy. They may sell computers that are loaded with only the essentials and they may also have a better repair service. A lot of computers bought at stores like Best Buy have tons of software preloaded that you will never use and their repair services are a joke.
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: USA
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My mother wants a computer in order to be able to receive email, view grandkid pictures and search the internet. She doesn't need it to do much more than that. Where should she go to get a copmuter that isn't loaded up with too many extras, is a good price and most importantly, will be easy to plug in and go?
THANKS!
If that's all the computer will be used for, maybe a netbook will work for her. Of course, the screen size will be a major factor, depending on how good her eye sight is.

A Quick Guide to Netbooks

My friend just bought a MSI Wind from Ebay for $249.00 (plus shipping). I was a bit skeptical at first. It was a model for the Spanish market, I think. It had some extra keys for the "Spanish N", among others.

Then he brought it over and we installed Windows XP, Linux Mint and even the Hackintosh OSX86! It freaking works great! And it's so light. Of course, it didn't have a DVD player/writer. So we plugged in an external DVD burner to the USB port and loaded it with converted movies.

I'm shopping around Ebay for one myself. But the $249 price seems to be gone. It's a bit higher now.
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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J and R has a popular Acer netbook selling for $270 with free shipping. However, that is the net price after a $50 mail in rebate:

Acer Computer AOA110-1588 Aspire One 8.9" Notebook PC - Blue in PC Notebook Computers at JR.com

Dell's online store has their Mini 9 netbook for $249. However, it has only 512K memory and a 4GB SSD drive. It also comes with Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows. If she has not used Windows, Ubuntu may actually be simpler and faster for her needs than Windows and 512K memory is plenty for resource-frugal Linux.

If she can deal with an 800x400 resolution screen and a small pullout keyboard, the Nokia N810 touchscreen tablet with GPS is now selling for 1/3 of its original price. I have seen it as low as $200 but finding it "in stock" at that price may be difficult.

Reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-N810-Por...owViewpoints=1

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Old 02-10-2009, 03:42 PM
 
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For checking prices on items, I usually go to http: //gooplusplus.com

Fill in the search box and then press the Shopping link at the top of page (middle).
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