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firstdown 05-07-2013 11:35 AM

Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
Our laptop is done and I'm looking for a new one. We pretty much only use it for going on line, email, and would probably want some form of Microsoft windows. What would be a cheap laptop with a decent size screen for this tyoe of use?

RedskinRat 05-07-2013 12:03 PM

Take a look at Dell outlet. They have great, cheap deals.

Monkeydad 05-07-2013 12:29 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
Dell or HP - cheap and reliable. If you wanted to spend a little more for a rock-solid laptop, Lenovo.

Also check [URL="http://www.newegg.com"]Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More![/URL] for reviews and good deals.

EARTHQUAKE2689 05-07-2013 12:47 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
[url=http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=cabcat0500000%23%23d%23%231u4~~cabcat0502000%23%235%23%2332~~f510%7C%7C41737573~~q70726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d3031~~nf1221%7C%7C24343030202d20243439392e3939&list=y&nrp=15&sc=abComputerSP&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&usc=abcat0500000]$400 - $499.99: Asus: Laptops - Best Buy[/url]


Take a look at Asus, great Laptops, reliable, won't set you back, and with Office do you use Outlook or no??

That Guy 05-07-2013 12:53 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
the most reliable are sager from powernotebooks.com

if you want something for 300-500, just get an i3 and be done with it. check techbargains.com for a good deal. staples/office depot/best buy have a good deal through there every now and then.

if you need a case or cables, go to newegg.com or microcenter (brick and mortar) if you live close to one. (on nutley st. in virginia).

That Guy 05-07-2013 12:54 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
here's an i3 lenovo 15.6" for $360, free shipping or pick it up at office depot:
[url=http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/983842/Lenovo-G580-59359080-Laptop-Computer-With/?cm_mmc=Mercent-_-PriceGrabber-_-Computers_and_Tablets-_-983842&mr:referralID=a0060ca3-b736-11e2-a969-001b2166c2c0]Lenovo G580 59359080 Laptop Computer With 156 Screen 3rd Gen Intel Core i3 Processor Brown by Office Depot[/url]

That Guy 05-07-2013 12:58 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
dell i5 $480:
[url=http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/348117]Dell Inspiron 15 Intel Core i5-3317U ULV 15.6in Laptop (4GB/500GB) $479.99[/url]

dell i7 $625:
[url=http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/348327]HP dv6tqe Core i7-3630QM 2.4GHz Quad 15in Laptop (8GB/750GB) $624.99[/url]


the i3 i posted above is all you need, and they're doing a lot better as far as the amount of stupid crap they put on the thing.

BIG HINT: when you go to the store to pick it up
-- YOU DO NOT NEED AN EXTENDED WARRANTY
-- YOU DO NOT NEED A COPY OF McAFFEE
-- YOU DO NOT NEED CABLES OR ACCESSORRIES

they try to upsell you them 3 or 4 times, just be confident and don't agree to extras.

TheMalcolmConnection 05-07-2013 01:00 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
My biggest tip is to make sure you have as much RAM as possible. Also, Windows 8 is a little bit annoying if you're not using a tablet, so I might recommend going with something Windows 7.

Beyond that, just buy whatever feels the best and has the best price.

724Skinsfan 05-07-2013 01:07 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
3 year on-site repair is always a good option to have when getting a laptop.

Chico23231 05-07-2013 01:11 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
What about a Tablet? go intro, quick tablet?

724Skinsfan 05-07-2013 01:13 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
[quote=That Guy;1008155]dell i5 $480:
[URL="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/348117"]Dell Inspiron 15 Intel Core i5-3317U ULV 15.6in Laptop (4GB/500GB) $479.99[/URL]

dell i7 $625:
[URL="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/348327"]HP dv6tqe Core i7-3630QM 2.4GHz Quad 15in Laptop (8GB/750GB) $624.99[/URL]


the i3 i posted above is all you need, and they're doing a lot better as far as the amount of stupid crap they put on the thing.

BIG HINT: when you go to the store to pick it up
-- [B]YOU DO NOT NEED AN EXTENDED WARRANTY[/B]
-- YOU DO NOT NEED A COPY OF McAFFEE
-- YOU DO NOT NEED CABLES OR ACCESSORRIES

they try to upsell you them 3 or 4 times, just be confident and don't agree to extras.[/quote]

I totally disagree if your someone who doesn't want to do their own troubleshooting and follow-up repair. Now, for the average tech person who doesn't mind popping a palm-rest off or reapplying thermal paste, sure, don't buy anything warranty related.

firstdown 05-07-2013 01:56 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
[quote=EARTHQUAKE2689;1008150][URL="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=cabcat0500000%23%23d%23%231u4~~cabcat0502000%23%235%23%2332~~f510%7C%7C41737573~~q70726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d3031~~nf1221%7C%7C24343030202d20243439392e3939&list=y&nrp=15&sc=abComputerSP&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&usc=abcat0500000"]$400 - $499.99: Asus: Laptops - Best Buy[/URL]


Take a look at Asus, great Laptops, reliable, won't set you back, and with Office do you use Outlook or no??[/quote]

When you say office do you mean using it for work? Don't use it for work but I do have Outlook at work.

firstdown 05-07-2013 02:02 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
[quote=That Guy;1008153]here's an i3 lenovo 15.6" for $360, free shipping or pick it up at office depot:
[URL="http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/983842/Lenovo-G580-59359080-Laptop-Computer-With/?cm_mmc=Mercent-_-PriceGrabber-_-Computers_and_Tablets-_-983842&mr:referralID=a0060ca3-b736-11e2-a969-001b2166c2c0"]Lenovo G580 59359080 Laptop Computer With 156 Screen 3rd Gen Intel Core i3 Processor Brown by Office Depot[/URL][/quote]

Two of you have mention Lenovo I have never heard of them but that's not saying very much. The $400 to $500 price range was what I was thinking but I don't want a piece of crap that fails over and over again. I just don't need all the bells and whistles. I also don't know crap about computers.

Lotus 05-07-2013 02:15 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
[quote=firstdown;1008168]Two of you have mention Lenovo I have never heard of them but that's not saying very much. The $400 to $500 price range was what I was thinking but I don't want a piece of crap that fails over and over again. I just don't need all the bells and whistles. I also don't know crap about computers.[/quote]

If your needs are, as listed above, web surfing and email in a Windows environment, then any $400 laptop from the companies listed above (Asus, Dell, HP) will more than do want you want.

Personally I avoid Lenovo since they are a Chinese company (although an offshoot from IBM). But they do make good computers and the difference is marginal since pretty much all computers have at least some parts which are made in China.

RobH4413 05-07-2013 02:26 PM

Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop
 
Depends on what you need it for.

Some of these newer tablets (galaxy note 10.1, ipad 4, etc.) have the processors and graphics capabilities of some laptops.

If you're just getting something just for web surfing and what not, go with a tablet and get a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. If you run into any compatibility issues just hop on google (or thewarpath) and you'll find answers to most of your problems.


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