SOS to my Computer Geeks!

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    Mini-Echo wants a laptop for Christmas,,,,and that's all she's getting from me lol.

    Now, what is a good brand/type for a 15 year old. I want WORD on it so she can type her papers/projects etc. on it.

    Advice?

    Thanks!

    OH, and I need one that won't cost me an ARM and a LEG! :D
     
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    How much is an arm worth?
    Or a leg?

    You get office and thats $100+ to get Word and Excel, Powerpoint and Notebook (which is a good program). If you don't want to pay the bucks you can download openoffice for free.

    The laptop should be good enough so that it won't go to junk pile in a couple of years. You can expect to spend $400-500 on a decent laptop, I have a HP myself. I do have issues with the AMD processor because of the heat problem but it works nice. I've had it for a year and no problems.
     
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    Word will run on any laptop, Windoze or Mac. What else will she use the puter for? Macs come with great software for movies and photos and audio, don't have virus problems, but Macs cost more. You can run the Windoze OS on a Mac but then you open yourself up to all the Windoze viruses.
     
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    Don't buy any Ipad or life-style product which is a money rip-off. (Macintosh)

    I suppose, here are some members (I count myself to it) who know a little bit about Computers.
    You have to specify
    - what your daughter will use the Laptop for (Multimedia, School, Gaming)
    - what the display size should be
    - if you buy online, which shop you trust or you want to order from
    - and how much you want to spend.

    After you have specified these questions, I am sure, someone will guide you the way to a product which suits your daughter and is available from that online shop.
     
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    Yes, either Openoffice or Libreoffice.
    Openoffice is still free, but the Developers have been purchased by a commercial company, so there has been a split-off within the project into Libreoffice project.
    Both Office-Softwares are practically the same and advanced enough to use as replacement for Microsoft Office.
    They also can handle (read/write) the filetypes of the Documents created with Microsoft Office.
    I would not buy Microsoft Office. It's money thrown out of the window.

    Libreoffice (that's the one I use and which comes Standard with my Distribution)
    LibreOffice Productivity Suite - The Document Foundation

    Openoffice
    OpenOffice.org - The Free and Open Productivity Suite
     
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    A couple of months ago we bought an Acer laptop for my husband. 250 HD, 3 GB, 15.6 screen, for $350 at walmart.com. I had bought one for myself last summer with 2GB, 160 HD, 15.6", for $249 at Staples. They've both been great.
     
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    Any good laptop must have good antivirus software to protect your investment whilst surfing for pornography.
     
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    My computer genius buddy ♥ Tiger Direct, EZ. I think the important thing is that it be pink...or some cool color.
     
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    My 11 year-old daughter has been using her 10 inch Acer Aspire One netbook for a year now. We are thrilled with it. It's much cheaper, lighter, and smaller than a laptop and she takes it with her everywhere. If your daughter wouldn't mind the small screen, it may work for her. Her's has 2 USB ports and a slot for memory cards. It didn't come with Word. I had Microsoft Office 2003 so I installed it for her. They are now running about $289 or $299. One of the pluses with this machine is that it has a long battery life. The ones that are out there now have a battery life of 8 hours. Good luck!
     

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