JohnC wrote:If you (or rather she) won't need an optical drive - get it... Just make sure Asus has necessary Win7 drivers for all built-in devices for this model. If not - there are always Start menu replacements to make Win8 a somewhat tolerable OS
ludi wrote:13x7 screen resolution, but it's hard to get away from that without spending a lot more money. If you can do an SSD swap as part of the upgrade, it should hold for 3 years easily.
The only alternate I might suggest, although it would cost more, is an 11.6" model like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V5-17 ... 029&sr=1-8
Main reason being is that some of Acer's smaller models, including this one near as I can tell, use a rubber-isolated hinge assembly that is nearly indestructible.
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