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Laptop help for father in law!!

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Father in law is looking to buy a new laptop. He uses it mainly for surfing the web and watching live sporting events on it. I'm sure he is 1 of those people that has like 10 + tabs open on his browser. Does NOT play games. Believe his price range is at $800.

He would prefer to buy from Costco for the extra warranty, but is open to other reputable places. Pretty sure he would not buy from Ebay. So if you have any leads, please pass them on.

1 question he has.,....in his case what is more important the memory or having a SSD? And whats the min amount of memory the system should have? Keeping in mind he is not the ype that is going to tinker with it (ie buy more memory down the road)

Appreciate any help. Can always use some extra son in law brownie points,lol ty

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Father in law is looking to buy a new laptop. He uses it mainly for surfing the web and watching live sporting events on it. I'm sure he is 1 of those people that has like 10 + tabs open on his browser. Does NOT play games. Believe his price range is at $800.

He would prefer to buy from Costco for the extra warranty, but is open to other reputable places. Pretty sure he would not buy from Ebay. So if you have any leads, please pass them on.

1 question he has.,....in his case what is more important the memory or having a SSD? And whats the min amount of memory the system should have? Keeping in mind he is not the ype that is going to tinker with it (ie buy more memory down the road)

Appreciate any help. Can always use some extra son in law brownie points,lol ty
make sure it has an ssd and 8gb of memory and hes good to go...ssd is important for snappy performance, a traditional disk will be slow as molasses.
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make sure it has an ssd and 8gb of memory and hes good to go...ssd is important for snappy performance, a traditional disk will be slow as molasses.
Ditto this. 8gb ram + ssd.

For watching live sports, maybe he'd like a 1080p or 4k display.

Depending on where he will watch it, maybe a non-glare screen. Some highly reflective coatings may make colors appear more vibrant but have glare and reflective issues.

If he will also use this for important documents that he'll want to back up, get a couple usb thumb drives and have him copy all those files to the thumb drives on a regular schedule.
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If that's all he uses a laptop for ya might want to look at a Chromebook with a good processor and screen. Spec heavy Chromers are lightning fast and completely maintenance free.
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Thanks for the replies, appreciate the help! I just bought a new desktop and it has a SSD and love it!!! Thanks again
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You make it sounds like it's a crime to have tabs open. . . . . .
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You make it sounds like it's a crime to have tabs open. . . . . .
Not at all.... I believe when u have more tabs open, the harder the computer has to work..just trying to paint a picture on how he uses his laptop. As well I believe he hooks a regular monitor to it. Thank you
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Not at all.... I believe when u have more tabs open, the harder the computer has to work..just trying to paint a picture on how he uses his laptop. As well I believe he hooks a regular monitor to it. Thank you
Kind of, It tends to use more resources, specifically ram. 8gb should still be fine for most people.
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If he watches sporting events, he probably wants HD. I'd say 1920 x 1080 display (1080p) with a SSD and 8 GB Ram sounds good. Other than that, the CPU and other things doesn't really matter if he's not doing anything other than watching video content or browsing.
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ty very much
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