Inexpensive laptop for wife

pmikolajczak

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1. What is your budget?

Up to $500

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

anywhere from 12 inch and up i guess bigger the better, would like a touchscreen

3. What screen resolution do you want?

I don't know, would like a touchscreen

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

portable i guess but it doesn't have to be ultra sleek or small

5. How much battery life do you need?

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

no games, or simple ones like angry birds

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Mostly used for internet, skype, watching movies whilst travelling and as a depot for photos whilst travelling,

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

I am thinking 500 Gb for the sake of photo and movie storage but am unsure what i need

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.


10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

as long as possible

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

Don't need one, i figure i could always get myself an external if needed

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I don't feel good about gateway, but i don't know why

13. What country do you live in?

Canada

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

I have a good desktop at home for higher end functions.

We just need a laptop for travelling, keeping my 4 year old entertained. And mostly for my wife to browse the internet/communicate with her sisters while i am using the desktop at home.

would like a touchscreen

sorry for not being more specific but i don't know anything about laptops
 

MeteorsRaining

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A good laptop for the price, from a reliable brand:
http://www.amazon.ca/ASUS-D550MA-DS01-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B00HQZGZ38/

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Intel Celeron N2815 1.86 gHz (upto 2.13Ghz)
4 GB DDR3
500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
15.6-Inch Screen
Windows 8, 4-hour battery life

This's a great value/money, only one in stock though:
http://www.amazon.ca/ASUS-15-6-Inch-Dual-Core-2-16GHz-Laptop/dp/B00L49X8E6/
 

MeteorsRaining

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A good laptop for the price, from a reliable brand:
http://www.amazon.ca/ASUS-D550MA-DS01-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B00HQZGZ38/

^
Intel Celeron N2815 1.86 gHz (upto 2.13Ghz)
4 GB DDR3
500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
15.6-Inch Screen
Windows 8, 4-hour battery life

This's a great value/money, only one in stock though:
http://www.amazon.ca/ASUS-15-6-Inch-Dual-Core-2-16GHz-Laptop/dp/B00L49X8E6/
 
http://www.asus.com/in-search-of-incredible/us-en/asus-transformer-book-t100/

I happen to think the ASUS Transformer Book T100 is a great budget option. It's affordable and fills most of your criteria and has a pretty excellent screen for movie watching. It also doubles as a tablet if you want to disconnect the keyboard. It is fairly small though, at 10 inches but it does make it much more portable for travelling. There's a larger 13 inch version (T300), but that's over your given budget.
 

geofelt

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My go to source for budget laptops would be Lenovo outlet.
http://outlet.lenovo.com/outlet_us/laptops/#/?page-index=1&sort-criteria=1
There are a fair number priced at $300 and below.

I look for a unit with minimal ram and hard drive.
It is usually cheaper to upgrade ram yourself.

I always replace the hard drive with a SSD. It speeds up any laptop incredibly, even with the slowest of cpu chips.

I particularly like the Thinkpad versions, they have better keyboards.
Here is one:
http://outlet.lenovo.com/outlet_us/itemdetails/20B2X001US/445

 
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