I know very little about laptops (I'm a mac guy myself), but the wife needs one for her job as a science teacher. Saw these listed for sale somewhere and I was wondering if either is a good deal. I'm looking to spend ~$500-800 on a mid-level laptop that won't be obsolete in 6 months. Will be doing basic word processing, spreadsheet, and internet. Any pitfalls to avoid when buying used, or should I stay away from used laptops altogether? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks for your help.
Toshiba Satellite 1005-S157 Celeron 1.06GHz Notebook Computer w/ 15GB removeable hard drive/ 256MB / DVD-Rom (CD Speed 24 x, DVD Speed 8 x) / Floppy Drive / 14.1" TFT / WinXP / Display Type TFT active matrix / Graphics Processor Intel 830MG / Included Video Card Graphics card / Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels / Max. External Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels / It comes with all the original items: software (Lotus SmartSuite Millenium Edition,Windows XP Home Edition, and Toshiba discs), manuals, cables and of course the battery. Around 6.15 lbs. $700
Hewlett Packard Pavilion ZT1000
w/ Intel Celeron 1.06 GHz Processor / 15" TFT XGA / Built in Modem / 256MB / 20GB removeable hard drive / Built in Microphone / Stereo Sound through two built in speakers. 1.5 W per channel / Touch pad with lock button and on-off indicator/ Left and right click buttons, vertical scroll pad/ 3 USB ports / 8X DVD Rom / WinXP / 6 cell Lilon / Works / Money / Encarta $750