My Mom has roped me in to help her shop for a new computer. I did my research when I bought my computers, but the last one I bought was in 2003 and I don’t know a thing (it seems) about what is good these days. I don’t know what her budget is, but for now lets assume less than $1000.
She doesn’t game. She would like some sort of card reader for her Sony digital camera (memory stick). She does email, internet surfing, and a little word processing. A new monitor and a printer are also being purchased.
She has been looking at Dell, specifically the Inspiron (sp) 5100. Good or bad? I go to the Dell site and there are so may “add ons” that a $750 computer ends up being a lot more money after all is said and done. Plus, their warranty is only 90 days - is that normal these days?
I was going to take her around to some computer stores (Best Buy, Comp USA…etc) and look at some of the stuff there. How are those brands? I remember a few years ago eMachines and Compaq were basically crap; have they improved? How about HP (didn’t they merge with Compaq?). I’ve heard bad things about Dell customer service, true?
Basically, I know a little about computers, and it has been awhile since I really paid much attention to them. My Mom knows even less.
I just want to be able to steer her towards something reliable, and not too expensive.