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Need a cheap laptop
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Coincidentally, 2 of our 4 desktop computers are in pieces at the moment.

My daughter wants a laptop for her birthday.

I haven't really shopped for laptops. I don't want to spend more than $400-500.

Help?


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tomtuttle #350409 06/17/11 04:59 AM
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Tom, what does she plan to use the laptop for?

It seems like Best Buy is always running ads for laptops. Costco, I think has pretty good prices.

Unfortunately, I'm not up to par on how good they are.


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tomtuttle #350419 06/17/11 07:05 AM
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Tom, consider this one .


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JohnK #350424 06/17/11 10:33 AM
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John, your link went to a generic Dell page.

I just purchased two Dell computers, an XPS 9100 for the office and an XPS 17 for remote shooting, and have been comparing and eying the field for months waiting till I was ready.

Two points which may or may not be of held:
- One, is that I often saw computers in Best Buy's flyer that weren't even on sale... there was no mention of "$X" off

- Two is that when I was ready to purchase, I Googled "Dell Coupons" and found my way to check out codes that saved a total of $350 off the two computers.

I don't have enough first-hand knowledge to make specific recommendations in that price range, but hopefully will save you some $$ with the above comments! smile


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tomtuttle #350432 06/17/11 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted By: tomtuttle

I haven't really shopped for laptops. I don't want to spend more than $400-500.

Help?


I need a new laptop in the same $$ range, too. Any eggheads have some recommendations? wink


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Adrian #350435 06/17/11 01:48 PM
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I'd take a look at newegg.com they might have something that will work for you.

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CatBrat #350450 06/17/11 03:47 PM
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Thank you for the conversation and recommendations, guys.

John, I had already identified the Core i3 as a good processor choice, and I think 15" is the current sweet-spot for size and value.

I had checked at Newegg; I just don't know which of the many brands might be better reliability-wise. HP, Lenovo, Asus, etc.

I won't have a chance to check at Costco until next week (swim meet the next few days). Our 10% sales tax rate sometimes dampens my enthusiasm for local v. internet purchasing.

Techbargains often has good coupon deals, especially on Dell.

I hate those bastards at BestBuy. I suppose it's not entirely their fault, but I'd just rather not give them business.

Sean, she's not a gamer. So, it's basically academic/business applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.), web browsing, streaming, iPod integration, etc. If I could find one WITHOUT a web cam, that would probably satisfy my parental inclinations.


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tomtuttle #350460 06/17/11 06:15 PM
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Hey Tom,

This article looks at reliability. I bought a 16" Toshiba about 2 to 3 years ago, that gets a consistant 8 hours of use per day. Except for the battery being pooched, it has been ROCK solid.


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real80sman #350461 06/17/11 06:21 PM
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Within that same article, was this even better one.

As a side note, I had a ThinkPad before the Toshiba that was a tank as well. The only problem was that the new ones were crazy expensive - hence the Toshiba to replace it.


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