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Old November 6, 2012, 09:38 PM
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USB to Ethernet adapters are around $15 I think.
Do you know how well they work with a hub? Because she would probably need a hub to keep her external plugged in and her mouse at home.
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Old November 6, 2012, 09:46 PM
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jjthomp, stick with the lenovo.You might wanna consider the newer s400 which is about 100 cheaper and packs the same specs with preloaded windows 8.

Another option is the samsung series 5 ultra (amd version).I love the matte screen on this one.
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Old November 6, 2012, 10:48 PM
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jjthomp, stick with the lenovo.You might wanna consider the newer s400 which is about 100 cheaper and packs the same specs with preloaded windows 8.

Another option is the samsung series 5 ultra (amd version).I love the matte screen on this one.
I couldn't find an S400 with an i5 in it,
Lenovo Ideapad S400 Intel Core i3 3217U 4GB 500GB 14in USB3.0 Windows 8 Slim Notebook
that is the only model that i could find from the s400 otherwise that would definitely be on top of my list.
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Old November 7, 2012, 12:56 AM
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ah my bad.. u do not want that i3... its locked at 1.8ghz. i guess i take my suggestion back. That u310 is still a better buy. windows rt is a great device but writing papers on it wouldn't be pleasant.
I really think that u310 with its excellent keyboard should be the one.
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She's at university. Are there any programs she needs to run for courses? Eg. in eng you're required to install all sorts of stuff. If not and all she's doing is taking notes, writing papers then the Surface RT is a possible solution but not a good laptop replacement imo. Its a nice "toy" but unsuitable for work.

under 700 - look at something by Acer. I got a Timeline 3830tg for 429 + tax at a staples one day sale. Amazing battery; its tiny and light and its a full laptop. And my sister stole it to take to class at her uni :-(
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ah my bad.. u do not want that i3... its locked at 1.8ghz
For a note taking computer I/O will make a bigger difference than CPU speed. CPU-wise Core 2 Duo level performance is enough unless you're doing something crazy with Excel spreadsheets. Replacing my laptop to go from a Core2 Duo T7500 to a Core i5 2410M really didn't make much difference to me other than the battery life. However faster I/O like the Momentus XT allows me to start note taking or showing half-done work to group members:
Newegg.ca - Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive

(E.g. You arrive in class 1 minute before the prof starts lecturing and you want to whip out your laptop to take notes from the start.)
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Alright everyone thanks for all the suggestions... I am going to bring all the options to her and see what she likes best.
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Ended up picking up a lenovo u310 with an i5 for $550 (couldn't say no at that price).
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