My GF is looking to get a new laptop and is asking for my advice. I don't know anything about laptops, so I thought I'd ask you guys...
Her requirements are pretty basic: she wants a reliable computer with a 17" screen and an HDMI output. She tends to keep her computers until long after they reach a point that I'd consider "non-functioning", so reliability/support is probably the most important consideration.
Can you guys recommend a manufacturer? Are Acers reliable/well supported?
Next, for more pricey range, there is the Sony VAIO F at $1,119. It comes with the sweet i7 core processor, which is a beast, and 4GB RAM, and 500 hard drive. It even has Blu-Ray R for added benefit, which is really nice. Here's the link - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pc-scout/laptop-detail...
Like I said, its all about what you're gonna do with the laptop, and how much you want to spend. I think this is a good start. Let me know what you think.
No real limit spending-wise, but since her requirements are so minimal I figure cheap is better. I spent 2 min on Newegg and found one for $800 that would more than meet her needs so let's say $800 is the max. But again, she really doesn't need it to do much.
As far as battery life goes, she said if it can still hold 2 hours after a year or two she'd be ecstatic.