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Best laptop for <=$500 with "10-key" arrangement

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Friend needs a laptop.  Okay gurus, here's the question:

Laptop needs to be able to do the following:
   Accountant needs to enter lots of numbers, so he needs the ability to enter numbers based on having 789, 456, 123 as on a desktop keyboard arrangement (some laptop keyboards may have this capability)
   Wireless internet access through an AT&T wireless-connected cell phone  
   Run Quickbooks Pro 2004 with payroll reasonably quickly (big program)
   The usual:  email, office apps, web, etc.

What do you think?

He'd buy used if necessary to keep costs down, get more performance.
   

   
   
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There are plenty of fairly new (and even brand new) laptops on eBay for less than $500, with 2+ ghz processors and 512+ MB ram (should be more than enough power). I believe most cell phones connect with computers through either a serial port or bluetooth connection - I saw very few machines with bluetooth built in, although you can just get a bluetooth USB or pc card connection.

I don't have much experience with laptops so wouldn't really know which is "the best" but my Toshiba has worked great for me.

I don't think I've heard of a laptop with a separate number keypad. Actually I think I have seen this a couple times, but it is certainly something that would require a larger keyboard and therefore would only be found on more expensive laptops. Most laptop keyboards have a 10-key number keypad available through a special "function" key, where the regular letter keys can temporarily act as a number keypad. Of course, you can also get a small separate keypad (USB connection) for $15-$30.
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You should also check ebay
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Just get the cheapest new dell laptop and a usb number pad.  they're like $25 or less online.
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Sorry, forgot about the phone.  Most of the connectors for the phones are USB also. so no problem there, but it depends on the specific model of phone.
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