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My Daughter needs a new laptop for College what should I get her?

My Daughter needs a new laptop for College what should I get her? 3 years 5 months ago #14

  • Amy T
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My daughter's HP laptop screen has broken and since it's 3 years old it's not worth the $400 she was told by a computer repair shop in Seattle to get it fixed.

What should I get her? Beside doing normal school work and using skype and facebook there's no need for having a really powerful laptop but it should be light and last a long time as this is the last one that WE will be buying her.
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Re: My Daughter needs a new laptop for College what should I get her? 3 years 5 months ago #16

  • John Francis
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Amy,

First, $400 is way out of line to replace the screen. I can get you a used screen that is in very good condition and install it for under $200, or we could trade for future services.

Personally, I'd get this one from Dell:

www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-14r-combo-mod...spiron-14r-combo-mod

The reasons I like Dell is that if it breaks and it's under warranty they will send a technician to wherever she lives and fix it right there. No other brand does this, just make sure that you get the warranty with the on-site service included. The other reason is that Dell unlike other brands will send you all the disks so that you can restore the computer if you have to and their disks don't include all the garbage that comes pre-installed on other brands.

I also suggest that you get Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed on it. The 64-bit version is less likely to get infected with viruses. Also don't use whatever antivirus program that comes on it, delete it as soon as you get the laptop and install Vipre, AVG Free, or Avast on it.

Vipre = www.sunbeltsoftware.com/home-home-office/vipre/
AVG Free = free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
Avast Free = www.avast.com/index
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Re: My Daughter needs a new laptop for College what should I get her? 3 years 5 months ago #17

  • Joshua
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I agree, go with the Dell. My Son had an HP in College that broke under warranty and he had to take it to Best Buy and leave it there for 2 weeks even though it was still usable they wouldn't let him take it. They said more parts might break if he continued to use it. The problem was that the DVD Writer would not open, that was all.

If it were a Dell (which we bought later) they would have came right to his dorm room and fixed it.
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