I know my title probably doesn't help much but I have a few questions. I am a college student (NOT A GAMER) and I am going to buy a laptop for my classes which I take online. I was going through the configurations for Dell to build my own and I ran into an issue. At home I connect using SBC/AT&T Yahoo DSL (modem has wireless built in) and my fiance's work computer picks up the wireless connection so that isn't a problem. According to the requirements for using wireless with the DSL, I need an 802.11 b/g wireless card. Going through Dell, the only options were a 3945 a/g card and a new Dell Draft N Wireless. I am not wireless literate so I contacted them to ask if there was an option for b/g and the guy said a/g would not work so that I would need the Draft N Wireless. Ok, I decided to do some reading about the N Wireless and everything I have read is not good, especially about Dell, so that cancels that out. Then a friend of mine found on the Dell website that g works for b/g and a/g would work for all a/b/g! If this is true, why would the guy tell me it wouldn't? So now we are both confused and I have nobody to ask to find out the truth.
Also, I just went to Dell to check current configurations and they are only offering the Draft N Wireless now on the Inspiron E1705 I was thinking of buying! I don't trust that! So, to the second part of this. I need to find a GOOD/EXCELLENT laptop for home and college use (mainly college). It is NOT going to be used for Gaming. I only play games on websites anyways and I have a desktop for that. I am not sure what the next best option would be. I need to find one that will have the b/g wireless card in it, and I would prefer something nice looking and light. I have $2,500 to spend on it. I just need some ideas on great laptops that I can configure online.
Thanks for your time and help!