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Hey everyone! Helen is out of the dark ages and needs a laptop. I have a huge writing project I will largely be doing from home, that will also require Internet research. I am most famiar with Microsoft Word. I need something that word processes fast and reasonably fast Internet, and a large screen. I don't care about weight, battery life, photos or videos, or games. I would not say money is no object, but I don't want to pay for options I will never use or need.

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Re: Need computer advice

Macbook Air/Pro?

If you were really worried about stuff like Word/Internet....any Windows laptop would do really....

Internet Research: It's all software, use either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

I'd go for these 3 brands: Asus, Sony, or Dell. I think Dell would suit you best. Those laptops are really reliable and I think are more fitted for work-purposes. Have a look at Inspiron/XPS models. Sony tends to be a bit expensive for their parts, but apparently are more reliable.

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Helen, anything will do if all you need it for is word processing and internet. Just get the one with the biggest screen possible if you're not concerned with mobility or power consumption. You can get a macbook or a PC ... I don't know much about macs, so I'd say get a 17 inch notebook PC with an i5 or i7 processor and at least 4 gb ram

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-17...iron-17r-n7110

something like that would meet your needs. Internet speed will depend on your service provider and the router.

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If you're going to only use if for internet browsing and word processing you really might as well just get one of the lower spec Windows laptops, no point paying extra for a Mac. Any fairly new laptop will suit your needs for sure.

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I love my Mac though!

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Helen, anything will do if all you need it for is word processing and internet. Just get the one with the biggest screen possible if you're not concerned with mobility or power consumption. You can get a macbook or a PC ... I don't know much about macs, so I'd say get a 17 inch notebook PC with an i5 or i7 processor and at least 4 gb ram

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-17r-n7110/pd?oc=fncwy13&model_id=inspiron-17r-n7110

something like that would meet your needs. Internet speed will depend on your service provider and the router.
That would be good for you already if you want only for word processing.

As for manufacturers Dell and HP are reliable and have good customer support also.

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Yep, basically what's been said. I assume you don't want to overspend on a Mac, so definitely go for an Intel i5 or i7 processer. Anything with an Intel Core 2 Duo or lower spec processor is outdated and should be avoided!

Acer make great budget laptops, Samsung too.

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Yep, basically what's been said. I assume you don't want to overspend on a Mac, so definitely go for an Intel i5 or i7 processer. Anything with an Intel Core 2 Duo or lower spec processor is outdated and should be avoided!

Acer make great budget laptops, Samsung too.
Acer is one of the WORST companies in terms of customer support (IF anything should go wrong) and I've heard that Samsung ain't that great either. Their repairs take forever and have no guarantees that it will work fine after

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I never had problems with Acer, but I know many customers who have voiced their dissatisfaction.

Dell in terms of Customer Service are one of the best, IMO. They get things done ASAP.

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Acer is one of the WORST companies in terms of customer support (IF anything should go wrong) and I've heard that Samsung ain't that great either. Their repairs take forever and have no guarantees that it will work fine after
Well HP are overpriced and good luck getting Dell to fork out on their warranties.

I've had my Samsung for almost a year now, not a single problem and it's still under warranty. Around the same time my friend purchased an Acer and he hasn't had a single problem with his either. We're both heavy computer users by the way.

Bottom line: You'll find customer service complaints for every company, but you can't argue with value for money and build quality.

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Well HP are overpriced and good luck getting Dell to fork out on their warranties.

I've had my Samsung for almost a year now, not a single problem and it's still under warranty. Around the same time my friend purchased an Acer and he hasn't had a single problem with his either. We're both heavy computer users by the way.

Bottom line: You'll find customer service complaints for every company, but you can't argue with value for money and build quality.
I seriously hope both of your computers hold up as going through their support and repairs will be painful

I have an Acer currently and it broke down 6 months in. Trying to get it sorted with their customer support was a mess, Had several issues with the unit(battery, OS, RAM and HDD) and they just fixed the RAM issue and said everything else is not covered by the warranty, which is a joke by any standards.
Enquireing with their support was also pointless because they just kept avoiding answering the questions I asked and gave some genereic lame answers which didn't apply for my computer.

As for Samsung, I'm refering to a friends experience who is a computer wiz and works in a repair center. They used to be Samsung's official repair center, but it was impossible for them to work. Samsung expected them to get everything sorted in 1, max 2 working days. However that did not work since Samsung never provided any spare parts to them unless a repair was logged and then it took them 1-2 weeks to actually ship those parts to get the repairs done.

EDIT - Oh and for HP to be overpriced.

I'd buy a HP any day because I had a HP Pavilion prior to the ACER and that served me for 5 years, before the HDD just decided it was time to go

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HP and Dell are the best to go for. Sony and Samsung aren't bad either as long it's their new(est) range stuff. But as said above stay away from Acer big time, horrible build quality despite good prices.

I still use a 2 year old HP laptop more than I use my 2010 MacBook, everything is just as good as when I bought it.

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I'm a Mac fanatic, but if you're not building huge graphics/sound/video files, I'd agree
you really don't gain that much by spending a more for one--although when you really compare performance to performance, the price gap isn't as big as the ads make you think. The only other advantage Macs have is that there are a lot fewer viruses, trojan horses, etc. out there to plague you, but if you are fairly cautious and keep your security updates current you'll be okay. I'd also get a screensaver of Lena with bangs to be extra-safe.

Of course, if you really want to have fun, build your own. That's what both my kids did (desktops, not laptops).

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I can't stand Macs. I would recommend a Samsung Series 9. It's like a Macbook air, except with Windows lol.



Edit: I just read that you didn't care about weight. Neither did I.....until I got my laptop. It will become an issue, even if just using around the house. If it's a huge laptop that's also quite heavy, there's no way it'll feel comfortable on your lap. Hence I reckon the Series 9 is the ideal size and is super light.

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really doesn't matter what you get if all you're doing is word processing and internet research..... get the cheapest new computer you can find. I know Costco has a Toshiba on sale now for $599 (which is more than you have to pay really) but it has 6gb RAM and 1tb hard drive...... frankly the celeron PC I got two years ago for $230 would work for you if that's all you're doing.

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