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The Bad Guy
07-07-2010, 08:11 PM
Wife absolutely hates the Mac so that is going to eventually replace my desktop and we are in the market for a new laptop. I'm not looking for anything special here. Just want to have a decent processor, a good amount of space.

Anyone come across links to any deals?

DaFace
07-07-2010, 08:14 PM
What are you looking to do with it? Netbooks are pretty weak from a processor standpoint, but they do fine for web browsing and basic productivity. If you're wanting to do games, photo manipulation, etc. then you might need something a little beefier though.

The Bad Guy
07-07-2010, 08:26 PM
What are you looking to do with it? Netbooks are pretty weak from a processor standpoint, but they do fine for web browsing and basic productivity. If you're wanting to do games, photo manipulation, etc. then you might need something a little beefier though.

Wife will definitely want to do photoshopping and word processing.

So it will need to be better than a netbook. I'd like a good amount of RAM too.

Mr. Flopnuts
07-07-2010, 10:30 PM
I don't know if you want to spend this kind of money, but this is an awesome deal right now.

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=807638&t=2115338

patteeu
07-08-2010, 05:52 AM
What doesn't she like about the mac?

Otter
07-08-2010, 07:56 AM
One man's cheap is another man's fortune. Define cheap and I many be able to help you out.

Fat Elvis
07-08-2010, 08:07 AM
What doesn't she like about the mac?

Personal emails from Steve Jobs telling her that she is "doing it wrong"?

The Bad Guy
07-08-2010, 08:26 AM
What doesn't she like about the mac?

She just doesn't like a lot about it. She's a creature of habit and learning the Mac stuff has been a massive learning curve for her. Our networked printer won't work with the Mac. She loves the Microsoft Office for Windows and hates the one for Mac.

Since my desktop is dying a slow death, it's good timing now since a lot of companies will be coming out with back to school deals.

Otter,

I'm looking for something with a good amount of Ram and HD space. A decent size screen. It doesn't need a fancy video card or anything like that. She will be doing photoshop and word processing work on it along with daily internet.

Nothing elaborate. If I could keep my cost around 400, I'd be thrilled.

Consistent1
07-08-2010, 08:44 AM
I got this Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX that I am on at Best Buy on clearance last week for $299.Might try looking it up. Pretty fun little rig for cheap. I don't know if you would consider it good enough for what you want, or even if they have them were you are at. I like it lots for what it cost.

Fat Elvis
07-08-2010, 09:30 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=crootcategoryid%23%23-1%23%23-1~~q70726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d3031~~cabcat0500000%23%230%23%2311a~~cabcat05020 00%23%230%23%23o~~f865||57696e646f7773~~nf518||4c657373207468616e2024363030&list=y&nrp=15&sc=abComputerSP&ks=960&usc=abcat0500000&sp=%2Bcurrentprice+skuid&list=y&iht=n&st=processingtime%3A%3E1900-01-01

The Bad Guy
07-08-2010, 10:24 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Celeron%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+2GB+Memory+/+250GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/9988402.p?skuId=9988402&productCategoryId=pcmcat196200050013&id=1218205766215

Ended up buying this one.

Now I need to grab Microsoft Office 2007 home edition and I'll be set.

QuikSsurfer
07-08-2010, 10:48 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Celeron%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+2GB+Memory+/+250GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/9988402.p?skuId=9988402&productCategoryId=pcmcat196200050013&id=1218205766215

Ended up buying this one.

Now I need to grab Microsoft Office 2007 home edition and I'll be set.

Looks like a good lappy. Very good deal.

Only minus I see is only having 2 USB ports.

The Bad Guy
07-08-2010, 11:10 AM
I'm amazed that Office 2007 Home and Student is still over 100 dollars. Good lord.

patteeu
07-08-2010, 12:01 PM
She just doesn't like a lot about it. She's a creature of habit and learning the Mac stuff has been a massive learning curve for her. Our networked printer won't work with the Mac. She loves the Microsoft Office for Windows and hates the one for Mac.

I'm surprised it won't work with your printer.

DaFace
07-08-2010, 12:25 PM
I'm amazed that Office 2007 Home and Student is still over 100 dollars. Good lord.

Microsoft doesn't typically discount software. They just discontinue it when they release a new version.

The Bad Guy
07-08-2010, 01:11 PM
I'm surprised it won't work with your printer.

Called Canon and they said it wouldn't. Called Apple, they said it wouldn't. But the box said it would. I'd take it back, but it's 2 years old.

patteeu
07-08-2010, 01:18 PM
Called Canon and they said it wouldn't. Called Apple, they said it wouldn't. But the box said it would. I'd take it back, but it's 2 years old.

That stinks. What printer is it and what OS are you running?

-King-
07-09-2010, 01:02 PM
Since you have gotten your laptop...do you mind if I threadjack? Cause I need a good laptop with about 4GB ram and a 500GB hard drive. Budget is $800.

Fish
07-09-2010, 01:37 PM
I'm surprised it won't work with your printer.

Me too. I've yet to find a printer that won't work on a Mac. Some printers have limitations as far as what you can do with the printer on a Mac, but I've never seen or heard of one that just flat wouldn't work...

patteeu
07-10-2010, 08:32 AM
Me too. I've yet to find a printer that won't work on a Mac. Some printers have limitations as far as what you can do with the printer on a Mac, but I've never seen or heard of one that just flat wouldn't work...

As I was typing my post, I was thinking that I might not be able to tell him how to get it working and the people at Canon and Apple might not have been able to tell him how to get it working but I bet KC Fish could.