Good enough laptop?

TOM C.

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I know That the Apple guys here are going to snicker at this laptop.:rolleyes: I did not need a $1000 laptop.

I just did the black Friday shuffle at Wal-mart and got one of 37 laptops for $198.
What I'm asking is what do think of this machine. This will not be for work and I have a good desktop for downloading music, movies, etc... I want to know if you think that this machine is worth the money for just a kick around backup and some travel. It also has Windows 7 that I do not have on the desktop. Also I will not be putting any money for upgrades other then "maybe" some ram, would you keep it for the price or put on e-bay for $300.

CPU : AMD Athlonâ„¢ 64 Processor TF-20
(1.6GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)
Operating System : Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit1
Display : 15.6" HD widescreen WXGA high-brightness2
1366 × 768 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio
Chipset : AMD M780G
Memory : 2048MB 667MHz DDR2 dual-channel3
Expandable to 4GB
Hard Drive : 160GB 5400rpm SATA4
Optical Drive : 8X DVD SuperMulti double-layer drive
Write max: 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R, 4X DVD±R DL (double-layer), 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
Read max: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-ROM, 8X DVD±R, 8X DVD-ROM DL (double-layer), 6X DVD±R DL, 8X DVD±RW, 5X DVD-RAM
Media Reader : 5-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader 66 units per pallet5
Secure Digitalâ„¢ (SD), MultiMediaCardâ„¢ (MMC), Memory Stickâ„¢ (MS), Memory Stick PROâ„¢ (MS-PRO), xD-Picture Cardâ„¢ (xD)
Video : ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD3200 Graphics
With up to 1919MB of HyperMemory™ supporting Shader Model 4,0, Microsoft® DirectX® 10
Audio : High-definition audio support
Two built-in stereo speakers
Communications : 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Certified®6
10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Ports/Other : 2 - USB 2.0
1 - VGA connector
1 - Headphone/speaker/line-out jack
1 - Microphone-in jack
1 - RJ-45 Ethernet
1 - AC Adapter Connector
Dimensions : 14.4" W x 10.8" D x 1.1/1.5" H
Weight : 6.0 lbs (system unit only)
Battery : 6-Cell Lithium-Ion (4400mAh)
Warranty : 1-year parts and labor limited warranty7
Software :

* Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Adobe® Reader®
* Corel® WinDVD
* eMachines® Recovery Management
* Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Trial8
* Norton Internet Securityâ„¢ 2009 Trial9
* NTI Media Makerâ„¢
 

HecticArt

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I haven't been keeping myself up on computer specs lately (the office issued me a laptop) but for $200 it sounds like you have a good portable setup.

If you're not doing any heavy work on it or running games that take a lot of resources, it should be a decent kick around for a year or two.
 

limegrass69

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For what you describe, you really can't go wrong.
You may want to keep your eyes open for some cheap RAM and bump that up a bit.
Have fun with that.
 

JoeTan

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That's KILLER! I don't even understand how they sell them this cheap. The RAM alone is like $120.
 

v1ru5

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But why Windows 7 x64 instead of x86 and only giving him 2gb ram to use it? But to answer your question I think you did good but I would add another 2gb ram. Wait until Cyber Monday then shop around the net and see what you find.