~$500 laptop for casual user

1_What is your budget?
$400-$500

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
12 to 14 inch screen

3_What screen resolution do you want?
Flexible

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Portable

5_How much battery life do you need?
At least 3 hours

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)?
No

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Basic web browsing/video watching, word processing.

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
would like atleast 250GB

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
None

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
2 years

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVDROM

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.
Don't like HP, bad previous experience. But willing to try other brands.

13_What country do you live in?
USA

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Looking for a computer for mostly word processing/web browsing use for a student on the move.


I am looking for a portable computer, 12" to 14" in screen size. This is be used very casually, mostly web browsing & word processing. Built in wifi & camera would be nice! I am looking to spend <= $500.
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  1. jayman33 said:
    1_What is your budget?
    $400-$500

    2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
    12 to 14 inch screen

    3_What screen resolution do you want?
    Flexible

    4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
    Portable

    5_How much battery life do you need?
    At least 3 hours

    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)?
    No

    7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
    Basic web browsing/video watching, word processing.

    Hi there,

    You should check out the Toshiba Satellite C650. It has a slightly larger screen than you requested (15.6") but it is a great value at $519. It even has a ATI® Mobility Radeon™ HD 4250 graphics card, 3 GB of RAM, and a webcam.

    What do you think?

    Cheers,
    Isabella
    MSFT Windows Outreach Team
    8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
    would like atleast 250GB

    9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
    None

    10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
    2 years

    11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
    DVDROM

    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.
    Don't like HP, bad previous experience. But willing to try other brands.

    13_What country do you live in?
    USA

    14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
    Looking for a computer for mostly word processing/web browsing use for a student on the move.


    I am looking for a portable computer, 12" to 14" in screen size. This is be used very casually, mostly web browsing & word processing. Built in wifi & camera would be nice! I am looking to spend <= $500.
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