I'm thinking of turning in the old desktop for a laptop. While I have been building desktops for quite sometime. I really do not know much about the progression of hardware concerning laptops. If I was interested in buying a laptop for mostly surfing the net, getting email, and a little bit a gaming. What would you suggest. Now, remember! I'm still in graduate school and do not possess a ton of funds.
I would look at Dell, and configure to your budget.
The lifespan as in hardware working is longer than the useablity of current software on notebook.
I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 that is over 5 years old, and running fine. Bought two batteries with it, and both were replaced near end of 3 year warranty, and are still holding charge.
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That is a pretty good setup. Dont expect to be able to play the latest greatest games to well with that video card. Any older games should run ok. The XPRESS 200M is ATI's answer to intel extreme graphics.