Hello, I am back and once again requesting the help of you guys. My mom is looking for a new laptop, and a cheap one would be awesome. It just needs the basics, and I was looking for one $500>. Thanks guys!
Some preferences would be helpful. What screen size? Does she want an ultraportable or netbook (9-13" screen), or mainstream (14-16"), or desktop replacement (16-17")? How much hard drive space? Any preferred manufacturers? Any graphical capability? Blu-Ray?
She's not an advanced user, pretty much all it needs is wifi, lol. I think 14/16 inch would suffice, and blue-ray isn't necessary. She doesn't care about the manufacture or the HDD, but 200 would probably be plenty. No graphical things needed. She doesn't need bell or whistles.
And just BTW, your avatar is the best thing I've seen in a while.
Anyway, check out the Dell Inspiron 1564. $500 gets you a 15.6" LED display, a Core i3-330m CPU, 3GB DDR3 memory and Intel integrated graphics. Plenty for the basics.
Personally, if you know a semi reasonable amount about computers i'd consider getting a second hand laptop from eBay. If you know what your looking for, you can get a laptop several times the power of what you can buy from retail for the same price.
The only problem with that is that used laptops, especially on eBay, generally don't come with any warranty coverage. Considering this is for Flyguy's mother, I would bet that some sort of warranty is a good idea, even if it is just the standard one year. And if anything goes wrong on a used laptop without warranty, DIY repairs tend to be very costly and difficult compared to similar work on a desktop.
Yea, I would like something new and not refurbished, please. The Dell is nice, but does anyone else have any other suggestions?
With cheap and cheerful stuff like this, Dell would be best. I'm pretty sure the stuff from Dell Outlet comes with a warranty too. You could look into stuff there.
Forgot about that...yeah, Dell Outlet laptops are refurbished, but cosmetically they appear brand new, and come with 1 year warranty as well. The main difference is that you can't upgrade the warranty past 1 year, and for obvious reasons you can't customize the laptop yourself.
Would you guys have any specific computers for me to look at? I don't have much time, since I'm leaving for college and would really appreciate the help, please. :)