Looking for laptop. Older person, office work.


Jun 17, 2009

I am buying a laptop which will almost exclusively be used for basic office editing (either WinWord or OpenOffice), and the usual web browsing (flash or video are of no concern).

I assume that any modern laptop will have absolutely no issues with performance, in that regard.

It is *very* important that the machine is reliable and low on maintenance, because I am buying it for an older family member and will be doing the support and maintenance (ouch...). So, if in doubt, I'd rather take "less stuff" which will subsequently break less. ;-) Low heat and noise would be nice.

1. What is your budget?
400-500 €

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
No matter.

3. What screen resolution do you want?
The usual office stuff must be easily done. I.e., no netbook-type low resolution. Aside from that => no matter.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
No matter (it is a desktop replacement, but will be carried around only at home.)

5. How much battery life do you need?
No big issue, outlets abound. More is better, obviously.

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)?
None at all.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Nothing like that.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
No matter, there will only be personally crafted documents on the HDD, with no videos or large foto collections at all.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
German sites... A******n probably.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
As long as possible, since getting used to new stuff is a problem for the target audience.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Nothing special. DVD-read is necessary; DVD-writewould be nice but not absolutely necessary.

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.
No matter.

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Nothing special. It will need to have Windows 7 of course, and I'll likely try to get a remote login, so I can maintain it from home. But I guess that's not related to choice of hardware.

Thanks in advance, let me know if I can add more details.


Hello cjp4;

Windows Remote Assistance works well in letting you do some remote work on a family computer. Does a really good job of 'show and tell' and lets you have the option of taking control to demonstrate or do remote work. Windows Live Messenger IM program can get help you quickly set up a RA session.

Samsung R530-Nolan (NP-R530-JA09DE) 409€
Using older Core 2 Duo hardware for a low price in a basic laptop.
Samsung R530: günstig und hochwertig
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