Alas, my son accidentally broke the screen on my laptop, an HP Pavilion dv6. This computer has been pretty much a constant companion since 2012 when I picked it up. My biggest sorrow was that it would not fit in my awesome Nordic/Solar Pilot, but I suffered along, using a Wal-Mart (gasp!) sourced laptop bag. Hubby and I did attempt to fix it, but in the process of fixing the screen (go us!) we broke the keyboard (no!!!!). Now, my dear-to-me laptop is tied to a USB keyboard. Sadly, it is missing quite a few screws now, so I am not too excited about carrying it out and about, fearful that it will fall apart on me. And so now I am looking at buying a new laptop.
I would like to purchase one that would fit my Pilot, since I'm having to start all over. I am now teaching once a week outside of my home and really need to carry my laptop. My iPad just hasn't been cutting it. That means I need to stick to a 13" or smaller laptop. Because this is an unexpected expense, I can't go for all flashy latest and greatest, even though I would LOVE to. I really want to keep things in the $600.00 and below. I use my computer for staying in contact with ya'll, writing lots of papers and assignments, blogging, and listening to music. I am not a gamer, unless you consider Yahtzee to be the latest in gaming crazes. I'm thinking an i5 processor, but if you asked me why, I wouldn't be able to explain. I am functionally illiterate when it comes to computers. My current computer has 6 GB of something (RAM?) with a 750 GB hard drive. It has a CD/DVD drive, which I understand I will have to purchase separately, as I do need to use discs still.
Does anyone have some advice to offer a sorrowing gal, missing her true and steady until lately computer? Bonus points if I can get it into a cache and in my Pilot for $600.00 or less! (P.S. I'm not including Office in that total; I know that will be extra).