What is the best basic laptop for a mom?
What's the best laptop value for one with wireless, usbs, word processing, decent sized screen - the basics - for a good price? Frankly I'm just looking to replace my mom's 5 year old suuuper slow and annoying Dell Inspiron with something a bit more up to date and faster (got it to go faster after a virus scan, etc. but it's just older now). She uses it daily to surf, word process, view photos, etc. but I don't want to drop a chunk of change if I don't need to is all.
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Mac Geniuses at the Apple Store is bonus as well.
Your only investment would be in teaching your mom how to use Linux (not as hard as it used to be)
Buying a tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Toshiba Thrive would be a good choice especially the Toshiba with all its ports Cost $399 and up
A net book I wont even consider as they are too small and dont come with CD/dvd drives however a decent Toshiba or Acer laptop can be had from Newegg or tigerdirect.com for $399 to $999 and up
I recommend giving the old laptop to someone that likes to put Linux on old laptops.
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I have not installed SpyBot type software which normally slows thing down (because of scanning and checking) but it has AVG (for Linux).
It might be worth it to consider the Ubuntu update to the old laptop and then also purchasing a tablet. Because of the ease of zooming and scaling text on tablets, the smaller screen is ironically easier to read on.