Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Addict
    Points: 95,932, Level: 96
    Level completed: 45%, Points required for next Level: 1,118
    Overall activity: 9.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    acgclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    6,791
    Points
    95,932
    Level
    96
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 321
    Given: 58

    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!



  2. #2
    All-Star
    Points: 42,915, Level: 63
    Level completed: 98%, Points required for next Level: 35
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,392
    Points
    42,915
    Level
    63
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 42
    Given: 24

    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.


    I am a patient boy. I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait...
    http://www.mapcon.com/US-EN/CMMS-Software

  3. #3
    Starter
    Points: 16,879, Level: 39
    Level completed: 54%, Points required for next Level: 371
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran10000 Experience Points
    heyguy85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    884
    Points
    16,879
    Level
    39
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 13
    Given: 30

    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.



  4. #4
    Speechless
    Points: 406,087, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    alarson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    West Des Moines, IA
    Posts
    21,141
    Points
    406,087
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 314
    Given: 132

    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.



  5. #5
    Addict
    Points: 113,881, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    Tornado man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Ames, IA
    Posts
    7,854
    Points
    113,881
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 74
    Given: 120

    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.



  6. #6
    Starter
    Points: 16,357, Level: 38
    Level completed: 89%, Points required for next Level: 93
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    748
    Points
    16,357
    Level
    38
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 4
    Given: 0

    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.

    Dell Factory Outlet



  7. #7
    Legend
    Points: 206,217, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 16.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialCreated Album picturesVeteran50000 Experience Points
    dmclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    50131
    Posts
    13,474
    Points
    206,217
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 268
    Given: 371

    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.

    Dell Factory Outlet

    +1



  8. #8
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 131,868, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 37.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    bringmagicback's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    CF Resident Dog Lover
    Posts
    4,697
    Points
    131,868
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 49
    Given: 14

    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.

    HP - Laptop with Intel® Pentium® Processor - Piano Black - G60-535DX 535dx



  9. #9
    All-Star
    Points: 23,581, Level: 47
    Level completed: 4%, Points required for next Level: 969
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran10000 Experience Points
    cloneluke80's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    West Des Moines, IA
    Posts
    1,619
    Points
    23,581
    Level
    47
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 7
    Given: 9

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


  10. #10
    Addict
    Points: 134,256, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    joefrog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Clive, Iowa
    Posts
    6,463
    Points
    134,256
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 33
    Given: 231

    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.


    "Dog Eat Dog"
    Read the news
    Someone win,
    Someone lose

  11. #11
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 34,712, Level: 57
    Level completed: 39%, Points required for next Level: 738
    Overall activity: 11.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    fccy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Forest City
    Posts
    3,500
    Points
    34,712
    Level
    57
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 14
    Given: 365

    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.



  12. #12
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 136,693, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 8.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    Psyclone Brian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    4200'50"N 93
    Posts
    3,819
    Points
    136,693
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 24
    Given: 17

    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.



  13. #13
    Speechless
    Points: 406,087, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    alarson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    West Des Moines, IA
    Posts
    21,141
    Points
    406,087
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 314
    Given: 132

    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.



  14. #14
    Starter Wingback's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    758
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    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.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: FOX
  • Iowa State vs. Baylor
  • September 27, 2014
  • 07:20 PM