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Topic # 147318 16-Jun-2014 09:48
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I'm looking for a good value laptop for my Dad to use at home. His Sony Vaio just failed, the screen is showing static and weird characters and it blue screens regularly, potentially a video card problem - no point trying to fix it I figure. No idea what to do with it, probably dump it or recycle it.

Requirements:
 - Good general purpose laptop, suitable for word processing, email, web browsing, and online games. i3 CPU with 4GB RAM is plenty.
 - 15" screen or better
 - It will rarely if ever leave the house, weight isn't that important
 - Battery life not critical, but it is used on battery on the sofa or such
 - Something that will last a while is important
 - Value is more important than speed - no SSD is required, a touch screen is nice to have but not worth much to them

My recommendation is Lenovo E540, touch or non-touch based on their budget. It ticks all the boxes, in my experience they're good quality, built like tanks, and cost $900 to $1000 delivered.

Can anyone suggest a cheaper alternative that's still good quality?




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  Reply # 1068473 18-Jun-2014 14:14
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I ended up ordering an Asus X551CA, i3 4GB RAM for $660 from ascent.




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  Reply # 1068755 18-Jun-2014 18:30
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Looks like a solid choice.

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