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Hey all,

My friend just gave me a call saying she was looking for a laptop to replace her 6 year old one. She's got a budget of 700 (or less preferably) and is looking for something reliable that will last a while w/ good battery life. She doesn't do all that much of intense things such as gaming, just the usual of watching a movie here or there, music and internet surfing.

She is also not opposed to a netbook idea either w/ an external dvd drive.

What do you all think, any recommendations?
 
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Lenovo ThinkPad T or X series.
Or something off Newegg if you don't want the customizable option (Asus, Lenovo)
 
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Or something off Newegg if you don't want the customizable option
any specific models to look for on newegg? My laptop knowledge is sub-par as I typically don't use them.
 
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AMD's new fusion APU just came out recently and I would highly recommend them. Can play 1080p videos and do some mild gaming. Around 6 hours of battery life. It comes in a few different sizes from a few different vendors. Amazon appears to only have two currently. The HP DM1 and the Acer AS5253-BZ684. Clearly the 11.6 will have a better battery life and it has good reviews around the internet. You can order a DM1Z customized on the HP website for around $420 before tax with a coupon.
 
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any specific models to look for on newegg? My laptop knowledge is sub-par as I typically don't use them.
Not really; sorry I don't have time to really look. But Kenshai's option for the new AMD setup would also work.
 
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HP G62t series with an i3 and a 7200rpm hard drive is hard to beat if you can find it for $500 or so, which you usually can. It has Intel HD graphics, so it isn't for playing games.
 
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I'm really liking the one Kenshai suggested (the acer) Do you all agree with that?

Again, she pretty much will only surf the web, listen to music, and watch a movie here and there, no gaming beyond solitaire and no cpu intensive things.
 
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For the money it is hard to beat it. I may have gone with it if it was out when I ordered my dm1z.
 
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