Hello there, need to buy a notebook quickly to replace ancient desktop that died. i am lost in the sea of laptops. i've answered your questions below & think i am leaning towards 4 gb RAM, 320 gb HD, 14 or 15" screen, 14" might be a lighter & easier to tote to cafe to use wifi, wifi wireless capability built in, dual core rather than single core processor. maybe leaning towards asus or lenovo but which model & processor? if features are outside new price range what about rebuilt with features I'm interested in? the recommended asus & lenovo notebooks recommended at laptoplogic.com, pcworld.com, & some others are WELL OVER $700.
one 8/18/09 survey found asus as #1 for computer reliability, with apple #2, & lenovo #3: http://www.rescuecom.com/RESCUECOM269.html
another 11/17/09 survey cited asus #1, toshiba #2, sony #3, & lenovo #6 in laptop reliability: http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/17/laptop-...a-win-hp-fails/
is it better to buy extended 3 yr warranty from manufacturer or from place purchased like staples or office depot?
My budget for the new computer is: under $700. would prefer to pay under $500 if possible for what i want
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? email, web browsing, word & excel at home & in cafe
What software do you intend on using on the computer? vista 7, ms office (word, excel, ppt), adobe (read). Not interested in a Mac nor can I afford one.
Do you play games? no. If so, what type of games? NA
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? toggle between open email, & open MS applications like word or excel
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? no, use cde & external HD for pictures. don't store music at all