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need 17" laptop for Grandma. SSD please?

sigpop 382 41 December 14, 2015 at 07:03 AM
I'm tired of fixing Grandma's 6 year old desktop. She only surfs the web and does some occasional word processing. It won't leave her desk except on rare occasions, so the bigger screen is better for older eyes. Doesn't have to be super high resolution since she would just crank that down anyhow.

It would be nice if it had an SSD so I didn't have to monkey around dumping one in and transferring the op sys over.

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I don't have a specific deal, but don't overlook Acer. They are usually cheaper, and I have had mine for like 6 years. I love it and work on it every day and have never had any issues with it! It is a 15.6" which is a little smaller, but I bet you could find a good deal on one.
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buy a cheap configuration and pit Linux on
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ssd will certainly speed things up and they are getting cheaper now. I would def add that after purchase, if a laptop doesn't comes with.

ram, maybe 8 gb... that'll handle regular tasks very well. that can be added later, not a deal breaker if ur choice comes with less than that.

it might also be a good idea to show gran gran how to navigate whatever OS u got for her, set up shortcuts on desktop and taskbar so it'll be ez for her to get to, and bookmarks, etc

skype maybe? when not in use, show her to put a piece of tape over cam if u are worry abt cam accidentally turn on.
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Last edited by Spongemac December 14, 2015 at 07:29 AM
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Could always get a smaller screen laptop with a dock plus monitor. I got a used hp 8460p for $130, SSD for $65, had an extra dock already and a monitor for $100.
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I'm ok with Acer or any of the brands, really. I've had both good and bad luck with all of them. It's just annoying when I try and configure a low end one and they want $180 to swap a SSD in. I guess I'll just buy one for $70 and do it myself.

I'm sticking with the 17" since it will be easier to read.

Thx for the input.
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