I don't have a computer at home or at work. Will only need it at home for internet. Microsoft office . Ect and same for work maybe programs such as photoshop and lil downloads. So my questions are since I don't have web or a comp at home or work How much will a laptop cost me for what I need it 4 and how do I go about getting web I can use in both places and on the go. And how much will that run me Any input or answers are appreciated. Thanks. Do you know what I found? Laptops have come down in price considerably. You can get a very decent, quality laptop for around $1,300, less if you can catch it on sale. Laptops used for multi-media or gaming can go up to $2,200 or above, sky's the limit, basically. But there is no need to over-spend. If you plan to use your laptop for word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, any photo re-touching, internet, then $1,200 – $1,500 will get you a lot of laptop. Mind you, this is not necessarily a cheap computer. You are only looking at $2,000 laptop if multi-media editing or gaming is important to you. A decent work laptop doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Unless ultra portability is important to you, get a laptop with at least a 14 – 15-inch monitor. 17" monitor is becoming a standard size these days. Get the fastest processor that you can afford within your budget (at least 2. 4 GHz dual-core). Also, get at least 2 GB of memory, 512 MB of dedicated graphics memory (especially for Vista), and go for a 7,200 RPM hard drive. For operating system, get Windows XP Pro or Vista Business and up. Do not get any of the Home versions, for greatest flexibility. To get web access anywhere, then you would need any kind of mobile broadband service and device. Several laptops come with such a device pre-installed, but this locks you into obtaining service with a particular broadband provider. If you'd rather get it yourself, then a mobile broadband adapter costs around $50 – $100 if you sign up for a mobile broadband plan with a provider such as Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T. A typical plan runs about $50 a month with Verizon. So, hardware-wise, this is what you are looking at: Low-cost yet capable computer: $900 – $1,200. Gets the job done and doesn't break the bank. Decent computer: $1,200 – $1,500. If the budget allows it, go for this, for any enhanced capabilities. "One notch up" computer: $1,600 – $1,900. Probably for bragging right, rather than real performance improvement with current productivity software. However, this will provide you with any "future proofing" if you load it up with the latest and fastest processor, currently around 3. 0 GHz dual-core. Still, if cost is an issue, then the "decent" computer above will suit your needs for years to come. Multi-media, gaming, or "super-duper" computer: $2,000 and up. If you have the dough and need it, go for it. Otherwise, it's over-kill.
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