Buying Help - Budget Laptop for Hulu

I'd like to advise my mom in buying a new laptop. She has no TV, and currently uses her desktop to watch online TV (I'm just using Hulu as an example -- I don't watch TV online, so am not sure exactly which websites she uses). Her desktop is outdated and online video is extremely choppy.

I'm looking for something in the <$500 range. Since she'll be watching a lot of video, a larger screen would be best. Weight is not really a concern. Heat might be -- I think she'll appreciate being able to take the laptop with her and use it on her lap. (Although I use ax xBrand platform for my netbook -- perhaps these prevent heat from being an issue?) I don't think she'll like using a touchpad much (she's used to a mouse), so I'd say touchpad sensitivity isn't really an issue.

I don't know much about laptops, but I'd think a Windows 7 machine with the most bang-for-the-buck CPU would be the way to go.

Any ideas?

I saw this ad today and was considering it (it's a bit over her budget, but perhaps a good deal?)...

Thanks for your help. mcaren
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  1. Streaming TV sites like Hulu and Fancast have modest system requirements.
    The basic Dell Inspiron 17" should get the job done nicely and it falls right in your price range.
  2. I didnt see anything on the Dell Vostro 1520 to make me think its a better choice than either the Inspiron 17 or Inspiron 15.
    Something to watch for on the Inspiron 17 base model is the 4-cell battery pack. It does have the higher res 1600x900 LCD 17" LCD but the Inspiron 15 with 3GB RAM and 6 cell battery pack, and its lighter weight, would have me thinking about that as a very good option.
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