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What's the best laptop?


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mblack18

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I'm going to have to buy my 13 year old son a laptop for High School, and I need to know what is the best one for the money. I would like to keep the price as low as possible, but that may not be an option. Help me out, please??? :)
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Hi there mblack18 and welcome to geeks to go...

I understand you are looking for a laptop for your son to use for high school.

Lets start with basics, is your son just doing general word processing? if so most low end laptops would be fine for the task.

A laptop I would be looking at to accomplish this task are detailed below

1.6 - 1.7ghz processor
512mb - 1gb ram
80GB hard disk drive

I will now break all this down for you.

The processor is the brains of the computer, this does all the tasks that you ask it to do

The hard disk drive is like the warehouse and stores all the data

I find ram rather difficult to explain so please visit this link

http://www.tech-faq.com/ram.shtml

Of course it will also come with a dvd-rw drive and most come with built in wireless so you connect to the internet without wires.

As for which operating system to use this is upto the user, now I prefer Windows XP but it is your choice.

You can pick laptops up from about £250 - £300 depending on where you look.

Here is one example

http://www.play.com/...earchtype=genre

If you need anymore help feel free to ask
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Granz00

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A laptop I would be looking at to accomplish this task are detailed below

1.6 - 1.7ghz processor
512mb - 1gb ram
80GB hard disk drive


If you want one that is worth the money spent on it then I would suggest these specs as the minimum.

1.6 GHz or more (Dual Core)
At least 1 GB of RAM, but 2 GB is preferred *

Basing what you want on these 2 things will almost choose the rest of the specs for you. Laptops that come with a better processor and RAM will usually come with a better Hard Disk Drive and other things too.

* The reason I say that 2 GB is preferred is because most laptops I see now come with Windows Vista installed. Windows Vista will cause you to almost use up 1 GB of RAM constantly. In fact, the first laptop I had with Vista on it had 1 GB of RAM. If I used Microsoft Word, and listened to music at the same time, then all of my RAM was used up, causing the laptop to lag.

A lot of people will prefer Windows XP over Windows Vista, but don't let that stop you from considering Vista. Eventually Microsoft will do everything in their power to complete the conversion to Vista. When that time comes, you would either have to stay in the stone ages of Operating Systems, or you would have to fork out more money to be up to date.

Of course, all of this is subject to how much you are truly willing to spend, what you want the laptop to be able to do, and how much you really want the laptop to be worth its price. You can find a laptop with 2 GB of RAM for $600. Maybe even cheaper depending on how hard you look.

Here is a sample laptop that I would suggest; HP Pavilion.

One of the things I like about HP Pavilions is that their speakers sound the best to me out of their in store models.
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