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Laptop/Tablet Budget Help?

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#1 Collegegirl


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:03 PM

Ok, I'm a freshmen in college, and I've run into a bit of an issue. My Laptop, its a Dell Inspiron and I loved it when I first got it, But now, I hate the damn thing. Its too heavy, it gets over heated quickly, the battery life sucks, camera sucks, everything is just annoying. But, I need to use something for note-taking and word processing. So here's what I was thinking. Maybe I can buy a tablet, get a word processor app, slap on a keyboard and call it a day? I just need something mobile and fast and I cant afford a whole lot. $250 is probably the very Max I can pay, and that's saving up weeks of work-study money.
So does it sound good? Does anyone have any alternative ideas, suggestions, maybe a good tablet within my budget or a place where I can get discounted laptops (SMALL)? Also, I'm a history major so I probably wont have any software issues.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:50 PM

How about a Netbook? Some of them offer good battery life. I've seen some advertise 8 hours battery life.

I don't know what kind of a tablet you find for $250.

Tablet = no keyboard, kind of bad for note taking.

Look in the Sunday papers for the weeks specials from places like Staples, Bestbuy, Walmart etc. Some of the specials are pretty good.

The Inspiron overheating is a different issue.

1. It may need to have teh heat sink cleaned.
2. be sure it has shut down before putting it in the carrying case.

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#3 jtokarchuk


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:11 AM

I would go for a netbook, its 10", around $300, and would do everything you need.

Playbooks were also on for $199 for a while, they may be full price again though.
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