Please advise me on which laptop to buy. My needs are VERY simple:
Mostly, I use my laptop for work which requires only Microsoft Office (I could get by with Open Office if needed), and the Internet. I've had a Toshiba Satellite A 215 for 5 years, and it has been extremely reliable. I think I paid about $400 for it.
I would be okay with another one like it if there’s nothing new on the market that’s a better value. Mine has 2 gig RAM and a 32-bit Operating System with 184 gig hard drive. It has a 15 inch screen and since I'm a 70 year-old woman, I don’t think my eyes would be very happy with one that’s much smaller.
Also, I don’t need a long-lasting battery, because I’m okay being “tethered.”
But I think this one may be going, so I would really appreciate any advice about a very basic laptop that is, preferably under $500. Are there any suggestions?