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Find my ideal laptop

I need a laptop. I am a "PTO Soccer/Baseball Mom" with a full time job. I want photo storage, word processing, and some other design programs (not sure yet). Also, WiFi capability. HELP!
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  1. You need to give us a price range that you are willing to spend. Otherwise some wise ass will recommend a $2K laptop that you don't need. Also, try and nail down those "design programs". They may make a big difference in the type of processor you need.
  2. I don't really want to go over $500. And, I don't have a clue what programs to get. Sorry, I'm really clueless. I want to design flyers & programs for events at the school mostly. And ne able to let the kids watch a Dvd if we go on a trip. Also, keep spreadsheets of our home finances. We live in the country & dialup is all that is available. So, I would want to be able to connect to WiFi services.
  3. hymegirl said:
    We live in the country & dialup is all that is available. So, I would want to be able to connect to WiFi services.


    Ok, I'm thinking you mean a wireless broadband connection (3G or 4G) from a company like At&T or Verizon. Wifi is only beneficial if you have a wireless router or a wireless network that you can connect to (like at a Panera or Starbucks). Basic Wifi is pretty much a standard feature on all laptops nowadays. However, the mobile broadband adapters are not and I am not seeing any laptops with the feature for under $500.

    You may want to consider buying a laptop and then going to a Verizon/At&T/T-Mobile store and purchasing an adapter + plan separately.
  4. Well, my parents & my sister have WiFi at their homes, so taking the broadband adapter out of the equation, what would be your suggestion?
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    Do you have any brand preference? You can get decent setups like the Dell Inspiron 14R and 15R or the HP G6t for around $400 and you can customize them a bit on their websites.

    This Lenovo G560: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834146994 and Dell Inspiron M5030: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834200142 are decent deals if you want something preconfigured.

    as well as the Toshiba Satellite C655: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214359

    I would also suggest going to a local Best Buy or Staples and play around with what they have on the showroom floor.
    Best Buy has this Dell: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Inspiron+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i3+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Mars+Black/2513164.p?id=1218331587099&skuId=2513164 which has the strongest processor of the group.

    If you want cheaper, then this Gateway NV55: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834101243
  6. You'll have all you need to connect with any WiFi hot spot but -.
    I guess it's a sign of the times - but nearly any laptop you find won't be equipped with a dial up modem to let you connect from the internet at home. If you don't already have a laptop compatible modem at home you'll need an external USB modem like this one @ BestBuy Zoom - 56K V.92 USB Mini External Data/Fax Modem $50. Or this modem @ NewEgg TRENDnet TFM-561U 56Kbps 1 x USB 2.0 (Type A) 1 x RJ-11 port (phone line) 56K USB Phone/Internet/Fax Modem $28
  7. A pretty good value @ BestBuy: HP G42-475DX 14" notebook $379
    AMD Phenom II N640 2.9Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD 15" 1366x768 LCD w/ AMD Mobility HD 4250 graphics.
  8. Best answer selected by hymegirl.
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