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    Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    Has anyone recently bought a low priced laptop that they would recommend?

    This would primarily be used for basic web surfing. We rarely if ever watch streaming video, movies, gaming, etc.

    I am not looking for a netbook, fyi.

    Also, if you have suggestions on must-have features, I would appreciate that as well.

    Thanks in advance!



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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by acgclone View Post
    Has anyone recently bought a low priced laptop that they would recommend?

    This would primarily be used for basic web surfing. We rarely if ever watch streaming video, movies, gaming, etc.

    I am not looking for a netbook, fyi.

    Also, if you have suggestions on must-have features, I would appreciate that as well.

    Thanks in advance!
    If all you're doing is web surfing, why not a netbook? Very cost effective.


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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    I bought a Toshiba Satellite with Windows 7 in November. It was 550. I like it.



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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    got this a couple weeks ago.
    Amazon.com: HP Pavilion DM3-1040US 13.3-Inch Silver Laptop - Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium): Electronics

    - at about $600, its cheap
    -13" size- bigger than a netbook, but still very portable- perfect size, imo
    -VERY lightweight
    -LED screen
    -very long battery life due to led screen and new low power consuming processor.

    Only downside might be the lack of dvd drive, but for how rarely i use that (really only for initial installation of programs), and considering not having that reduces the weight, its a good tradeoff

    Other general suggestions- go with intel instead of AMD. AMD processors tend to run hotter and burn the battery faster.


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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    I have a Thinkpad T400 that I got new three weeks ago for $650. I love it.



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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    I buy all the computer for home and office here. I have bought over 30 laptops and desktops.

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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by NebrClone View Post
    I buy all the computer for home and office here. I have bought over 30 laptops and desktops.

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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    I bought this laptop a few weeks ago, and I love it. I know nothing about computers but all the reviews were great and for $500 it seems like a good deal. It also has more than enough memory for me and is suprisingly fast. Also its a 15.5 inch screen and is amazingly sharp and clear/bright. Bought it at best buy.

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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    If you are looking to save money, do not custom build. Just get a nice one with lots of features you are looking for that is on sale. Sometimes Costco or Sams have some nice ones.

    Also, factory refurbs are a great option too. A lot of bang for your buck.

    Most places also do not recommend adding any extended warranty. Just are not worth the hassle.

    I take my stuff to Dymin in DSM if I ever have any problems and have been very happy with their service and prices.


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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    I am also looking for one. I bowl with a person that is an IT teacher at NIACC, and the recommendation to me was either HP or Toshiba.

    I was in Marshalltown this weekend, and stopped in Best Buy in Ames on the way home; they had a Toshiba (IIRC) on their clearance table at a price that I would have given serious thought to if I had the money. They had some HP's also at $650, but I'm not ready to pay that much (yet).

    I am also taking the advice from the earlier laptop thread and waiting a little while to see if there are other clearance sales as the new stuff shown at CES comes out.



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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    Netbooks at STAPLES or OFFICE MAX... or wherever are around $350.
    Windows 7 already built in, and you are also given 1 free upgrade. There's no CD drive on 'em, but pretty cool for personal stuff like surfing or checking email.



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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    Some people like netbooks. I find them to be very underpowered... not just 'can't run games' underpowered, but more like 'dragging trying to run everyday programs' underpowered.

    If you want the battery life and small size, find a 13" laptop with one of intel's newer 10W processors.


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    Re: Getting a new laptop. Any low-priced recommendations?

    I bought an HP laptop from Best Buy about 9 months ago, paid $499, as I recall, and just love it. It has a Pentium processor, Windows Vista Home Premium and plenty of hard drive space. I don't do any gaming, videos, or that type of thing, just word processing and internet surfing. It was a great value for the money invested.



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