I’m planning on buying my wife a laptop for Christmas. I think she’d be fine with a netbook, except for the screen size, so I’m focusing on the 15.6" screen size that’s all over the place with 1366 x 768 resolution. I’m also specifically looking for Windows 7 as opposed to Vista, which we hate (I’ve seen a few cheaper ones with Vista). Beyond that, anything in this class seems more than sufficient in terms of RAM and hard drive (lets call 2 GB and 250 GB minimums). She’s not a gamer, so I don’t have any particular video requirements. I’d also want it to have built-in wireless networking (802.11G), but I think they all have this anymore.
I’d prefer one I can buy at a store, to avoid shipping it to our home, although now that I think about it, my laptop was shipped by mail anyway (about 4 years ago). Any ideas on this issue? Can they usually ship it to the store, for me to pick up?
I’m looking at this Toshiba, which is in the OfficeMax ad today. Is this a decent laptop? What’s a 1-eSATA/USB combo port? I assume all laptops come with battery and AC adapter, but that link doesn’t say so. The Toshiba site does, though.
I had been considering the Dell Inspiron 15, but after searching for laptop threads here, maybe not.
Any brands better/more reliable than others?