looking for a laptop for my kids.

September 11, 2009 at 06:37:49
Specs: Windows XP
need help in choosing a notebook for a teenager.
primary use will be for school. would like a lot of
memory space and a fast paced book w/ long
battery life.

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#1
September 11, 2009 at 06:50:41
What about the price range you have in mind?

By the way quit dreaming about long battery life. New laptop batteries last for approximately 3 & half hours before recharging. Then All rechargeable batteries will wear out with time and usage.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#2
September 11, 2009 at 06:54:05
Your requirements conflict with one another. Intel has the Atom which is supposed to be good on battery life but is kind of anemic in performance. Intel just announced a new design that is supposed to be good on battery life and better on performance.

These netbooks are OK for Internet and running office apps. Games are not so good.

Some netbooks are using a larger battery with does have more life. I suggest you concentrate on what type of battery is included first then look at the other specs.

If you kids like to play fast paced games they will probably be disappointed with any mainstream Laptop, Notebook or Netbook as all are weak on gaming. They decend in the order I listed the classifications.

If this computer is to be used at home, aka, high school, I would recommend getting a desktop instead.


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#3
September 11, 2009 at 06:58:45
Stay away from netbooks.

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#4
September 11, 2009 at 07:00:28

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#5
September 11, 2009 at 07:00:46
price range is about $600.00

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#6
September 11, 2009 at 07:46:04
Unfortunately the $600 price range will not buy you a lot of memory (RAM) or hard drive space. Why not have your teenagder ask thde school IT which laptop is good enough for school work. You can also google $600 laptop<./i>

By the way Netbook is alright but none comes with CDROM drive.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#7
September 11, 2009 at 07:58:43
You can get a good netbook for about $320 and then buy a desktop for home use. If your kids are normal teens they play games and music from the computer. For maybe $800 you can get both a good netbook and a decent desktop.

Look at this netbook. Be sure to read the specs. No optical drive or floppy. USB ports, wireless, and wired NIC is what you get. Read the battery specs. Some have more cells which means longer battery life.

If they don't need portability then don't get anything portable. All are a compromise that cost more and do less.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCate...

Read the reviews at newegg too.


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#8
September 11, 2009 at 08:23:59
Check the w00t! in response 4. It's only good for today & it *may* sell out quickly. Add a 19" LCD for about $100 & you'll still have close to $200 left for a netbook. The Asus Eeee were listed just a couple of days ago for $150.

Other than that, check the weekly sale ads from BestBuy, OfficeMax & Office Depot. They all have laptops/notebooks for well under $600. In fact, Office Depot is gonna have a Toshiba on sale starting Sunday for just $420 (there's that number again).


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