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how is this everyday laptop?

#1phantasyPosted 7/27/2014 8:18:46 PM
a coworker had asked me to try to find her an everyday usage laptop. She pretty much need it for checking email and in a year or two pass it down to her daughter for college. I found this for $430

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-300-387

what you all think? Its an i3 with 6gig ram and touchscreen to boot. Think an i3 is too much for just an everyday use laptop?
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#2Jeffw88Posted 7/27/2014 8:27:45 PM
looks good but dell is meh
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#3phantasy(Topic Creator)Posted 7/27/2014 8:29:52 PM
really dell is meh? I always thought dell made quality stuff. one of my work shipping computer is about 15 years old and was a dell.
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#4PsythikPosted 7/27/2014 9:44:14 PM
phantasy posted...
really dell is meh? I always thought dell made quality stuff. one of my work shipping computer is about 15 years old and was a dell.
Every DELL I've owned has had issues with failing motherboards. On my old DELL laptop the mobo failed twice before I got so fed up with support I wouldn't stop b****ing until they replaced it with a brand new one, which I promptly sold on Craigslist and used the money to build a desktop. This was in 2008, however; I don't know if their quality has improved over the last 6 years but I wouldn't chance it.
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#5phantasy(Topic Creator)Posted 7/27/2014 10:26:45 PM
hmm what is a good reputable brand these days? I was looking at an asus and acer one earlier with almost the same specs and price except those comes with 4 gig of ram and no touchscreen.
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#6PsythikPosted 7/27/2014 10:34:21 PM
ASUS and Lenovo
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#7phantasy(Topic Creator)Posted 7/27/2014 11:05:28 PM
found this bundle at bestbuy its a toshiba

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/toshiba-c55-b5200-laptop-internet-security-software-sleeve-mouse-flash-drive-package/9999228200050000.p?id=pcmprd226900050000&skuId=9999228200050000&childSku=5998005&count=1#productdetail

will probably recommend that to her.
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#8ConkerPosted 7/28/2014 12:26:57 AM(edited)
Not saying either of the ones you listed are bad value or anything but from my more recent experience...I wouldn't recommend a larger laptop to a woman nowadays.

Even a few older women I've helped pick out laptops for were deadset on a larger Windows laptop with an optical drive, and when I persuaded them to try otherwise, they thanked me and couldn't imagine something larger now, and said they haven't missed the optical drive.

For email, browsing, docs, and video, even one of the Celerons/Pentiums will do fine, and I'd prob make that trade-off for size. Especially if she's going to give it to her daughter for college. Though it depends on the price range they're willing to go up to. Something like a ThinkPad X140e (which can even be customized further on Lenovo's site) or ASUS K200MA-DS01T for example. Other options with Full HD, more RAM/storage, faster processor, etc. would of course be more.

Just my thoughts.
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