I almost know there is one of these every month or so, but with the search function broken and not finding too much to go on 5 pages back, here's another.
GF's 7 year old Inspiron 6000 finally died tonight. She needs the standard web browsing/email/word processing amount of power.
She's happy with getting another Dell, but I'm thinking a Thinkpad or Toshiba might be other options. I just want to avoid grabbing the first cheap laptop that looks like it would fit her needs and end up with sub-par parts or just low end specs that aren't going to be enough.
I know practically nothing when it comes to laptop (or desktop, for that matter) hardware, but I'm thinking:
RAM: 4 GB, at least
HDD: doesn't matter, just something reliable
Processor: I'm thinking i5 level, but that's just me picking the middle. Would i3 (or equivalent) be more than enough?