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My laptop is very ill. Anyone have any suggestions for low cost laptops you've had good luck with?

I don't do a lot of graphics, etc. So it's only used for writing/word processing.

Thanks for any help
Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickP
    Hey Rose,

    I would suggest getting the lowest priced walmart laptop. They don't cost much and more than enough power, speed, storage etc for what you are looking to do.

    Just a suggestion if you will use your laptop on the bed or couch put something underneath it so the fan can get as much air as possible. The thing that kills these pretty fast is the overheating.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I love my Aspire One. Cheap, plenty of hard drive and RAM, very portable. I use it at Starbucks or anywhere I travel. If it's your only machine, you might want a larger screen, but I love the small, portable size and the price was incredible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    You might check out the closeouts at stores like Office Max and Office Depot and Staples...Lately I see them marking down some nice laptops to $249 and $299. Usually it's just limited to the remaining inventory.

    ..another way, if you're a little brave and definitely on a budget, is to search on Craigslist for someone selling a better brand like IBM Thinkpad, or a Dell or Apple. Not new, in those cases, but I've bought some great laptops on CL for $100 to $150.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennyBizz
    I seriously bought my current laptop at a pawn shop.

    That's right. I'll admit it.

    Anyway, since I know a little about computers, I knew what to look for. If you don't know a lot, then take someone with you who does. I visited about 5 different pawn shops to find one that I thought was good. It's been working like a charm for almost a year now.

    It cost me a grand total of $295.
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  • Profile picture of the author jb3715
    Check out TigerDirect, they always have deals on laptops. Just sign up for their e-mail list and you'll get deals every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author AliciaL
    Acer's are great quality low priced laptops. Check out the ads in Sunday's paper for Office Depot, Walmart, etc. They all have specials right now with back to school. I have also bought laptops online at Amazon, Tigerdirect.com and Geeks.com, so look around for a great deal! Look at the screen size - Netbooks are always lower priced, but can you deal with the mini-computer?
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author onlinecasinodeck
    Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

    My laptop is very ill. Anyone have any suggestions for low cost laptops you've had good luck with?

    I don't do a lot of graphics, etc. So it's only used for writing/word processing.

    Thanks for any help
    Rose
    Try to look for Toshiba Satellite L645, Good hard-drive capacity about 500GB, AMD phenom 3 or X3 light weight.

    Low cost Toshiba's L645D clearly aims for the hearts of budget laptop buyers.
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickP
    you can get brand new with warranty laptops at walmart for $250
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Pollina
    Don't bother with used as they don't have a warranty. Get a good new one from the box stores as mentioned. Also, watch Coupons and Deals: Save money with hot deals and coupon codes for deals as well. If you need extra warranty (good idea on a laptop, especially the screen!) I recommend SquareTrade Warranties | Extended Warranties for 70% Less Than Retail | Electronics Insurance Alternative . They always have coupons. Just google "squaretrade coupon" and see what the latest are. Range from 20-40% off. Just make sure you get the acciental coverage which also covers the screen. Well worth the minimal investment.
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  • Profile picture of the author SShip
    I've used a net book in the past, it sells for around $299 at Best Buy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melanie Crouse
    I really have no idea as far as cost goes - I'm in Canada and everything costs too darned much here /rant.

    I do, however, purchase several laptops a year at work and I've been supporting them for years (I'm the IT person) and I have formed opinions on the few brands I have dealt with.
    I have not had much luck with HP.
    I LOVE Toshiba and Dell.
    I bought a cheap Acer for my son a couple of years ago and it's still running fairly well, surprisingly.
    The last one I bought for my own personal use was a Toshiba Satelite L675 and I am very happy with it.

    my 2 cents worth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Thanks for all the input! I appreciate the help Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    I used to use the $250 Acer netbook from Wal-Mart it was great and very portable - screen was small but you get used to it...

    Now I have the $499 version (or when I bought it) of Emachines e525 also from Wal-Mart - I've had it over a year and it's been great :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Helena33
      My HP is working beautifully whereas my previous HP had many problems, so it's hard to say...

      But, no matter what brand and what price, you definitely want the warranty. It could help you save a lot of money if you have problems since some laptop parts can be expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author candoit2
    Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

    My laptop is very ill. Anyone have any suggestions for low cost laptops you've had good luck with?

    I don't do a lot of graphics, etc. So it's only used for writing/word processing.

    Thanks for any help
    Rose
    Look for a used computer place. Rebuilt ones are cheap and do the job.

    Aaron
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  • Profile picture of the author HigherPrThanGod
    Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

    My laptop is very ill. Anyone have any suggestions for low cost laptops you've had good luck with?

    I don't do a lot of graphics, etc. So it's only used for writing/word processing.

    Thanks for any help
    Rose
    Alternative idea,

    If it does not have to be a laptop..

    I like to go New Egg.com and just build my own desktop.

    The cool part is you can build it over the course of a month to spread out costs.

    Then once you get everything, put it together.

    Of course, I only recommend this if you know how.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    I got my Net Book for "Free." And I have used it and my Droids exclusively for 2 or 3 years now.

    FREE? The catch is my cell phone bill went up for two years because I got it from my cell phone company with onboard Internet. It worked were ever I took it.

    If you need the Internet service the "Free" ones from your Cell Co. are easy out the door. Nothing down and the phone bill goes up about $30 a month.

    George Wright P.S. come to think about it I bought out of the contract in about a year and stopped the monthly payments. Buy Out after one year was $115.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    You are lucky, we are sort of in the Golden Age of cheap laptops. Just a few years ago you'd be looking at maybe $1000+ for something decent, now you can do even better for $300 or so.

    I'm an Apple person so all I can really add is 1) Acer computers suck and 2) HP is going out of the PC business so who knows if they'll have support later on. I wouldn't bank on it.

    I wouldn't bother with a used one unless it was a great deal and came with a warranty. We have a shop locally that is pretty good but this sort of thing is somewhat hit or miss.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Rich Struck View Post

      You are lucky, we are sort of in the Golden Age of cheap laptops. Just a few years ago you'd be looking at maybe $1000+ for something decent, now you can do even better for $300 or so.

      I'm an Apple person so all I can really add is 1) Acer computers suck and 2) HP is going out of the PC business so who knows if they'll have support later on. I wouldn't bank on it.

      I wouldn't bother with a used one unless it was a great deal and came with a warranty. We have a shop locally that is pretty good but this sort of thing is somewhat hit or miss.
      Actually, ACER are OK. My last two computers are acer, and one is faster than any other PC I ever used. It's even an ASPIRE! GO FIGURE! A $1000+ laptop a few years ago would cost over $300 now. for less than $300, at least new, you are looking at a netbook. HP s going out of the PC business? They have one that is widely touted for being FAST and SPECIAL! They have a MINI that has a big following. At this point, the only real competitor is one from IBM. They just came out with a tablet! Today would be a BAD time for them to leave the PC market. And I was one LAUGHING at how STUPID they were to go INTO it! A little history.......

      HP once had an up and coming engineer. He went to HP to suggest a microcomputer he just designed. He worked for them, and wanted to give them first dibs. They said it didn't fit their product line, and wished him well. His name was steve wozniak, and he started a little company called APPLE!

      HP eventually realized their HORRIBLE mistake, and tried to come out with their own. I saw it and thought it was a piece of junk. It was a FLOP!

      Of course, eventually, they created a new PC based on the IBM/INTEL platform, and it did ok.

      You can see why I had my doubts!

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    maybe you check ebay for the HP tablets if they work for you, they are as low as 250 on ebay these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickP
    I have a mac book and Ipad and a couple acers

    You are FINE withe the acer for what you are doing. No need to spend a grand on a laptop
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    Personally I absolutely love my Asus laptop. Before my Asus, I had a Toshiba
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    such as Java and what not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    I would look for a used Apple laptop if you are on a budget.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoldVentures
    I've been an IT support specialist for the last 17 years, and I can honestly say that all manufacturers use the same parts be it ram, hard drive, or lcd's..they buy what they can get the cheapest price on. What you really want to focus on is their support. In my experience, I've always had next day parts from Dell and they usually took my word of what I diagnosed the problem as being. I can definitely say that that's not the case with Toshiba, Acer and Gateway. They want you to mail the laptop to their service center for repair. You may also want to check with your local computer shops for a used laptop. I also offer recycling services at my shop and refurbish and sell recycled laptops cheap..you'd be surprised that some people recycle computers that only need a $25 part,but that allows me to refurbish and sell them cheap.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions.

    Gold, I see you're only an hour away from me. You have any deals on good used computers right now? Even a desk top would work for now.

    How much do you charge to look over a laptop and see if it can be fixed?
    Would you mind to PM where you're located in St. Aug.? I'm on Amelia Island.

    Rose
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    • Profile picture of the author GoldVentures
      Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

      Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions.

      Gold, I see you're only an hour away from me. You have any deals on good used computers right now? Even a desk top would work for now.

      How much do you charge to look over a laptop and see if it can be fixed?
      Would you mind to PM where you're located in St. Aug.? I'm on Amelia Island.

      Rose
      Hi Rose

      I don't have enough posts to PM you. You can email me at support@acitycomp.com I have a few computers I'm testing at the moment, and we can discuss prices off forum. It's great to meet a Warrior from the area.

      Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Cogitationalist
    The #1 best place I've come to find bargains and excellent prices for all stuff (but the only thing I used it for was my current laptop) is slickdeals.net. It's not a retailer, it's a forum community that shares sicko deals and coupon/discount combinations.

    My current laptop is value around $1800, and I paid $1200 total with tax and shipping, all thanks to them.

    You should give it a looksie, they have general online deals and almost always advertise the final price after shipping in each thread title, but they also have local deals that you can look through to see if your local stores carry any current deals.

    They're vigilant, they update this site furiously and people are constantly trumping eachother's deals with better ones and removing the ones that are expired. In my experience, it's been pretttty reliable thus far. It's hard to even go there, I just went real quick and saw some 40-piece screwdriver set (that I need) for something like $2.88 w/ free shipping. Damn! *buys*
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  • Profile picture of the author getbizy
    Hello,
    I suggest you use this site beatmyprice (dot) com....they have very great prices....hope this helps
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