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Purchasing A Computer Inexpensive But Good


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#1 Victoria

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 03:19 PM

My son, a college student needs a computer that will allow him to do his classes online as well as regular college work. Does anyone know of a good computer that is inexpensive. He is trying to purchase this with his financial aid so we really need to budget. Thanks!

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 07:28 PM

It would help to know what your definition of inexpensive is. Can you give us a budget to work with?
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 08:37 PM

under $600

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 09:19 PM

I'm sorry, I also should have asked if we're talking about a laptop or desktop?
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Posted 21 January 2008 - 07:36 AM

probably a laptop

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:53 PM

I think it's important to go to a "big box" store and look at the various offerings. Check out the weight and size of each. Battery life is also an important decision. In fact it wouldn't hurt to but an extra battery and keep a charged spare, in certain situations. For the most part, you don't need all the bells and whistles just a basic model. Both Dell and HP are OK. Other people will prefer something else. I have had an IBM Thinkpad that was as solid as a rock. You might check with school and see if they offer any deals through a certain supplier. As far as dependability goes, I think a lot of that falls on the user. Taking care while plugging things in and out, and keeping stress off the various cords, plus an understanding of safe computer practices. That means have all the security programs i( anti-virus, pop-up blockers, firewall, etc) installed and continuously updated and staying away from p2p sites, as tempting as they are. Check out the various mfg's sites online and look for special offers for students.
Sorry if I didn't just come out and say "buy this model"
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