Originally Posted by GrillingFool
For $200 she could get the Dell repaired and a new battery.
Net books are one of the "Don't Buy" items in a recent tech article.
They have already pretty much been replaced by phones that do the same thing,
and I suspect they won't be around much longer.
The laptop has more capabilities and as long as it is fairly new, its going to
allow her to do more as she learns... she might find the net book limited.
I second you about laptops. I got my first laptop in late 1999 and have never gone back. It's just as good or better than an ordinary PC, takes up much less room and can go with you. I think the thing I like the most is it's so compact. There's no tower or huge monitor taking up space even when not in use, and when closed, my desk is usable.
Now that I have the slippy disk in my back, if I want to spend more time on the computer, I can put it in my lap while I sit in the recliner. My optical mouse works fine on the arm of the chair, even over loose crochet arm covering.