Need Help Picking out Laptop

Phx_Girl

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Hello! I'm new here.:p

I know my way around my computer pretty good, and can figure things out, most of the time. But I'm definately not a computer programmer or even close.

I'd like some help picking out a new laptop. I would like to sell my computer and get a laptop I can use at home and take w/ me on the road.

Here's what I want from my laptop:

I want/need Outlook, Word, Xcel
Download some pictures from my camera. I don't need to store them there, I can always get something else to store my pics.
I need to be able to surf the internet, FAST. I know some of that depends on my service provider, but I want my laptop to be fast if I give it the right tools. We do a lot of live auctions and we need to have the fast computer for that.
I would like to play dvd's, and have a cd and dvd burner, and I think many come w/ a web cam.
I also need to connect my Ipod, phone and things like that.

What should I be looking for in a laptop, which one would you recommend - for my needs and wants??


Also, how much can I sell my current home computer for?? I have absolubtely no idea:
17" Dell LCD w/ speakers attached
Wireless keyboard and mouse
Dell Dimension 8400
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.000GHz
2.99 GHz
1.00 GB of RAM
Windows XP Pro Version 2002
CD/ DVD burner
Floppy disk,
USB, Ethernet connections
Bought in 2004

Thank you for all your help!!
 

Fisher

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all of the things you listed every modern laptop can do. some other things that you may want to consider when having a look is the size and resolution of the screen (size of screen will also determine the size of laptop) and the amount of battery life it has. i recommend centrinos for cpus when it comes to laptop as the were designed for laptops and it would be ebough for that you want to use it for
 

mikee

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I would recommend a laptop with an amd cpu if you don't have alot of money to spend as you can get a better computer for cheaper if its an amd
but if money isn't much of a concern then intel centrinos would be your best bet.

your current pc will probably sell for about $130 US
 

Rubber314Chicken

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yea, any modern comp would do that, I would recommended something with 2 gigs of ram, and a nice processor, preferably amd to keep costs down.

as far as internet speed, if it is wireless, go with wireless n. almost like its wired then.
 

Phx_Girl

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Thank you for all the awesome info. I feel more confident shopping for a laptop, knowing alomost any of them will meet my needs. As far as wireless N, is that the kind of router I should get, or is that also going to be for the Laptop?? What do I look for in a laptop, as far as being able to connect w/ my current internet connection??
Currently I have a wireless G router.
When away, what's the best way to connect to the internet, using my mobile phone (verizon) get a card from them or look for free wifi connections??
Sorry, for all these questions, I just want to make sure I get everything I need, and also, I'm not really familiar w/ all these 'terms' or what they do.

$130 for my current computer. I guess I should thank you for confirming my fears, since I paid a LOT more. I figured that's what my computer would go for, somewhere around $150, give or take, in this case take, lol.
 

mikee

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you will need a wireless N router and wireless N in the laptop, the wireless G router will work though but it will be sending a wireless G signal which is way slower than N
 
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