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Looking for laptop for $500

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March 5, 2009 10:55:43 PM

I dont know much about laptops, so i came here to look for some insight in what type of laptop to buy. I am looking to buy a laptop for around 500 dollars. I will be using it for work, which uses basic software like excel, word, access, etc.. wont be using it for gaming. need it to be really reliable and durable. Also need the Screen to be atleast 14'. Here is some laptops i have been looking at. stores i will be able to buy from Newegg.com, microcenter.com, directron.com, i am open to other reliable stores also.

Acer America Corporation Aspire AS5730-4899
$429.99
* Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor T3400
* 3GB DDR2-667 RAM
* 160GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
* 8x Super Multi Double Layer DVD±RW Drive
* 5-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
* Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
* 10/100/1000 Network
* 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
* 15.4" Widescreen XGA CrystalBrite Display
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic

Acer Extensa EX4630-4922 Intel Pentium dual-core T3400(2.16GHz) 14.1" Wide XGA 2GB Memory 160GB HDD DVD Super Multi Intel GMA 4500M NoteBook - Retail
Price:$449
* Part#: LX.EBS0X.023
* Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
* CPU Type: Intel Pentium dual-core T3400(2.16GHz)
* Screen: 14.1" WXGA
* Memory Size: 2GB DDR2
* Hard Disk: 160GB
* Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
* Graphics Card: Intel GMA 4500M
* Model #: EX4630-4922

TOSHIBA Satellite Pro S300-EZ1511 Intel Pentium dual-core T3400(2.16GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 1GB Memory 120GB HDD DVD Super Multi Intel GMA 4500M NoteBook - Retail
Price:$479
* Part#: PSSBAU-00M006
* Operating System: Windows Vista Home Basic
* CPU Type: Intel Pentium dual-core T3400(2.16GHz)
* Screen: 15.4" WXGA
* Memory Size: 1GB DDR2
* Hard Disk: 120GB
* Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
* Graphics Card: Intel GMA 4500M
* Model #: S300-EZ1511

is there any other laptop that would be better?

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March 7, 2009 3:19:44 PM

The laptop is currently out of stalk, but this looks to be a GREAT buy for the money, especially for the usage you described. It has 3GB or RAM which you'll really want with vista, 15'' screen, 250 GB Hard drive, you can't go wrong. I'd keep an eye on that, hopefully they get a few more in and it's not gone for good. Other than that, not sure what to say. Keep an eye out for anything that can offer 3 gigs of ram and up, you'll appreciate the boost.
March 7, 2009 6:50:38 PM

You could take any of those laptops and put XP on them and they would BE SUPER FAST. With vista they are average, but you probably would not notice the difference between any of the three except the price, so my suggestion would be look towards the one with the best warranty since laptops break more than PCs especially the hard drives (hoping they get the solid state drives out cheaper and bigger).
May 19, 2009 6:09:54 AM

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