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Help On A New Laptop


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#1 Armadillo19

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:35 PM

Hey guys,
I'm going abroad next semester and I need a laptop (stupidly bought a desktop a few years back). I know very little about computers in terms of minimum requirements and what makes a laptop good etc. I DO NOT need anything with a lot of bells and whistles. The basics will work fine as long as they work. I don't need a super graphic card...basically all I really need is something with basic internet capabilities, word processor and some good memory...but it doesn't have to be crazy memory as all I'll really use it for is word documents and pictures most likely.
I was browsing Ebay but really have no idea what ones look the most legit and reliable and what is just a waste of money. Could anyone help me out in terms of telling me what the spects for what I'm looking for would be, as well as somewhere to buy a laptop like this, since they don't really sell older models in most stores. Any help would be extremely appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 06:59 PM

For just normal internet and word processing, you won't need much, probably around 512MB RAM, with Windows XP or 2000, or maybe not even Windows at all. You could probably find a decent model selling cheap on ebay because it doesn't have an OS, and you can download some version of Linux off of the internet for free. Picking a lighter laptop will also make carrying it around much easier.

Used ones like this or this would work, or if you want a new one you could try one of these.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:57 AM

This is a good time to get a laptop. I see prices dropping all the time. :huh:

I picked up a small Acer 5315 for $350 at Wal-mart. It's not that light though. It also came with only 1Gig of RAM which I immediately upgraded to 2Gig as it is running Vista. :thumbsup:

I see Compaqs and HPs going for $400-500. :huh:

Ebay will also get you a good deal but you need to be careful with whom you deal. I picked up an old Dell Inspiron laptop for $150 a couple of years ago, so those prices should also be down.

If you are traveling, try to get as light a unit as possible. HPs and Acer Travelmates are both fairly light along with many others.

Good luck choosing.

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