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    I bought my last computer from a Dell outlet online, and I really like it. I think they sell mostly used and refurbished computers. This is a desktop I'm talking about, but they sell laptops too. The prices are low. There is wide variety, and they can come with a variety of extra features. If you want anything extra you can order that too.

    The main downside is that you need a pretty good idea of what the computer specs mean if you buy something from there. If you don't know anything about computers, then you'll need a face-to-face salesperson to explain things to you.
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    Toshiba laptops last like forever, they are the best.

    My advice: Toshiba Tecra Series. Costs are from moderate to expensive, but you buy quality.

    We have two toshiba Tecras at home, one is 9 years and the other one 5 years old. No problems detected

    P.S.: dont buy dell (every idiot does cause they are cheap, I did myself), they suck bigtime. After 1 year the cpu fan at my girls dell went crazy and besides that the dell gets so hot you can boil eggs on it
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    Toshiba's used to be great a few years ago but they've really gone downhill fast. I'm sure they still have some good models but it's hit and miss.
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    ^ Ive found no problems with my fantastic toshiba either (that my lazy ass didn't create I should say.) but mine like Entro's is much older.

    I think I'll attempt to buy by computer specs for the price instead of brand name. I wanted to get her something cute, but for a budget, I think aesthetics isn't going to have room in our cost..
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    I just bought a macbook pro. But obviously if you're on a budget that probably won't work.

    So, I would just go with a Toshiba or HP- and you're right, optical drive IS important. Aesthetics don't matter.
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    Costco. I paid like $529 for my Toshiba a couple months ago. Free Windows 7 upgrade, woot!

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    Do you know how much time she'll spend on her laptop? Mini-notebooks hurt your eyes after a while - they're only good if you have nothing else. Any laptop with less than 10 inches of monitor would be too eye-hurting to use regularly. Of course, the mini-notebooks are great as a secondary laptop if she already has a big-screen laptop or a desktop.

    Specifications you should be looking for:
    Monitor size: for portability, no more than 14 inches. For eye comfort, no less than 12 inches.
    Battery life: Don't skimp on this one. But as long as it's not a gaming laptop, battery life shouldn't be a problem. 3 hours of battery life would be best.
    CPU: Should be a dual core.
    RAM: 2Gb should be enough. I mean, your sister isn't gaming, is she?
    VGA card: doesn't matter too much for casual use.

    The brand I'd recommend is ASUS; when I bought my laptop a year ago, they had the best value for money.

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    For what it's worth, six months ago when I was laptop shopping, various colleagues and acquaintances kept saying ACER Aspire. Not a well known name but an up-and-comer, supposedly decent, and definitely cheaper than the bigger brand names. They all (3 or 4 persons) had Aspires and liked them.


    I being an individual bought a Lenovo SL400 (P7370 varietal). It was easier than trying to work out which Aspire to get, and it's almost a Thinkpad. Then I learned the SL400 is roundly vilified for its loud cooling fan. Then I found I couldn't hear the fan much at all, so I don't care. Then I found the whole package goes wonky in hot, humid environments, and I do care about that, but summer's over now so it's okay.
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    The Intel Atom CPU inside those netbooks are, in my opinion, a little bit too weak for a primary computer. PowerPoint 2007's new feature, live preview, is too slow on it.

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    For what it's worth, some half-assed Aspire reviews with prices at PC World.

    (When I was looking over laptop info back when I was shopping, that was one of the things I noted about the Aspires: people buy them and use them but there isn't a lot of info out about them. Magazine review space goes to the prestige brand name products. So it was kinda hard to find out about them without actually buying one.)
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