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best sub 500 laptop

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by GP, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. GP

    GP Very Active Member

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    In an attempt to actually clock out from work, we try not to have a computer at the house.

    But, this has resulted in using our 10 yr old gateway from college, whcich takes three attempts and a good thirty minutes to boot up (no exaggeration).

    What we need is a 400 dollar laptop. Something fast enough to stream a movie, download a sushi menu and check non work related emails.

    What we don't need is something with the capability to load illustrator or QuickBooks.

    Get my drift?

    Anyone see a good buy out there recently?
     
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    the graphics co Active Member

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    ipad is the way to go, it is fast and does all with great convenience.
     
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    tomence

    That one's no good it will run illustrator and QuickBooks...LOL

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  5. rjssigns

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    This^^^^

    Or an Android then get the keyboard with extra battery. Wife runs the heck out of hers. Uses it for e-mail, FB, Twitter among other things. Also use it with Square for credit cards.
     
  6. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    HP has a few around $500.00. I have one i5 chip, windows 7, 6 gig ram, 17"screen, $525.00. HP Pavilon g series. Office Max on sale.
     
  7. royster13

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    So you do not want a laptop.....Most all will run Illustrator, etc......Maybe a Blackberry Playbook?....
     
  8. tomence

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    The way i understood him is that he does not need to load illustrator or qb. So for checking emails and watching movies i think this one is a great buy at that price.
     
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    check out tigerdirect.com --

    Markus
     
  10. ProWraps

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    or pricewatch.com.

    dell probably has something.
     
  11. fixtureman

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    I buy a lot of my computer stuff from Microcenter. That would work fine for you and at that price it is a good deal
     
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    aint nothing wrong with the laptop you have. reformat it! be like brand new. reload windows, cut all updates off , all microsoft security crap and load the basic items you want....done!
     
  13. GP

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    Thanks everyone - May try to re-format the existing drive and keep using (and deal with the missing "c" key for a few more years).

    I found a couple of nice HPs on sale around town. It is the 6D model. Seems like a decent buy at $468.
     
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    Go to http://shop.lenovo.com -- choose laptops from the drop down, then in the left menu click "less than $500". Buy any one of those.
     
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    woot.com will occasionally have a really good one on sale, and newegg.com is pretty much where i start when I am looking for computers or parts.

    I second the android or ipad idea. You'll love it.
     
  16. Pat Whatley

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    You're just looking for an internet machine. You can get a good Netbook for around $300 that will do everything you're asking for.

    A tablet will work great, too. I've got a 10" viewsonic g-tablet. If you get it and root it you'll have a $200 system that will blow away an ipad.

    I've also got this laptop http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3443247&CatId=4935 I know you're not looking for a work computer but I run photoshop, illustrator, muse and flexisign on mine as seamlessly as I do on the desktops at the shop. Best $400 I've ever spent on a computer.
     
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