I like the idea of picking up some 1-2 year old model (but in good condition/refurbished), so if it dies after a year, I won't be sorry too much for that.
With that, I turn to FAQ questions:
1. What is your budget? - up to AU $500, the less the better.
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
3. What screen resolution do you want?
1280 × 800 or more?
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
5. How much battery life do you need?
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)?
Online games in firefox
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
watching movies, word/excel, lots of browsing and IM
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Australian based preferred as not all US are shipping overseas.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
None. She already has external USB DVD/RW
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.
I personally like thinkpads. But she don't care, as long as it lives long enough and is not slow.
13. What country do you live in?
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
These are her priorities:
14"+ clear screen;
laptop fast enough to play smooth any online game, load pages in firefox (when you have 3-4 sessions of them with 50-60 tabs each), play movies (no video editing)
normal sound (nb205 has horrible sound, so she's fed up with it);
usb ports - the more the better.
(Yes, can be fixed with a usb hub, but is already built-in - better).
"clear screen" meant best quality possible in the price range i guess
Thanks for the link, the cpu should be ok for what she needs.
Intel® HD Graphics with 128 MB of dedicated system memory, supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 10" -
does this mean this chipset has its own dedicated 128MB memory or it borrows that much from overall RAM?
What's your opinion?
The other question I had in mind is is there a good older model with potentially the same spec (cpu/video wise)
that I can get cheaper because it's not in production anymore?
The other question I had in mind is is there a good older model with potentially the same spec (cpu/video wise) that I can get cheaper because it's not in production anymore?
There are some of the older Core 2 Duo laptops out there but they're as good for HD movie watching. It's the better graphics chip of the i3/i5 family (that HD Graphics) that makes it better suited for HD video and movies.