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August 28, 2011 9:55:06 PM

I'm looking to buy my mom a laptop. She has a desktop that she plays her Windows based games on (burning monkey solitaire, etc.) She doesn't need much, just something portable to play on. I'm looking to spend around $150 - $200. What is my best bet? What would you get given the situation?

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a b D Laptop
August 29, 2011 1:00:28 AM

I've seen laptops for only $300 but you wouldn't want any less then that.

Don't get a netbook, get a laptop with a 15.6" screen.

Your simply going to have to look around for sales. At that price it will be a basic setup but make sure to get at least the following:

1) 15.6" screen
2) Windows 7
3) 2GB RAM
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August 30, 2011 4:01:27 AM

What about buying a used laptop? Would any of you do that?
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a b D Laptop
August 30, 2011 6:52:45 AM

Well you can buy used, but you don't know the history of it. I would only buy a used laptop if I knew what kind of upbringing it had. There are too many things that you could run into that isn't covered by a warranty that would cost too much to replace. I'm not saying not to do it, just that you need to consider all of the possibilities.
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a b D Laptop
August 30, 2011 6:59:04 AM

It's not the same thing but have you ever considering grabbing the $99 hp tablet once they are again release en mass to the market on clearance?
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August 31, 2011 3:11:44 AM

Pyree said:
It's not the same thing but have you ever considering grabbing the $99 hp tablet once they are again release en mass to the market on clearance?

The Touchpad comes with WebOS, could I just wipe it clean and install Windows??
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a b D Laptop
August 31, 2011 5:16:55 AM

No windows on it so can't play burning monkey solitaire (that is a window game right?). It does however browse the internet, view pictures, play movie and music (pretty much all of the basic). There is a chance you could put android or ubuntu on it (but it is a big if).

It's just that if the netbook is re-certified, the warranty is short (90 days). It is a gift, so if it die after a short time and there is no warranty, it will be really disappointing for the receiver. Consider the social implication, I am sure you don't want to disappoint your mom.
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