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Old 06-28-2011, 05:25 PM
 
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Hi,
In desperate need of a new laptop, the two we have are 5 and 3 years old and are slow, crash all of the time, and have viruses I think. We're not very computer savvy at all, so as much help as possible would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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Truthfully, you'd be better off browsing/searching this forum for the information. This question has been answered repeatedly in the last month or so.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:00 AM
 
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Thinkpad. Lenovo has several under $600, although they will be pretty barebone.
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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I like the Toshiba Satellites (around the $450 price point) but the built-in speakers are pretty weak so plan on an external set. Also, the fans tend to be noisy so some type of cooling pad is helpful.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: North Greenville County!
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I like the Toshiba Satellites (around the $450 price point) but the built-in speakers are pretty weak so plan on an external set. Also, the fans tend to be noisy so some type of cooling pad is helpful.
I haven't owned a Toshiba in years, but the last one I had was a good machine.

My sister and her family currently have several of them, and both of my parents have Satellites as well. They have been problem free for the most part.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:25 AM
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Location: Arlington, Virginia
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I like the Toshiba Satellites (around the $450 price point) but the built-in speakers are pretty weak so plan on an external set. Also, the fans tend to be noisy so some type of cooling pad is helpful.
I actually replaced a Toshiba recently and the only problem was that the DC power pickup kept coming apart. I actually gave the Toshiba to my mom and she likes it fine mainly because it stays in one place where the power pickup won't move.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Slickdeals.net features this Dell offer for $543:

Dell Vostro 3550 Laptop: Core i5 2410M 2.30GHz, 4GB DDR3, 250GB 7200rpm HDD, 15.6" HD WLED, 1GB Radeon HD 6630M, WiFi N, 6-cell Battery, Win 7 Prem (refurbished) $543 + Free Shipping - Dell Small Business Outlet Deals, Coupons and Promos
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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I picked up a couple of these this past weekend. Just fine for my wife and my son.

Toshiba - Satellite L755-S5216 / Intel® Pentium® Processor / 2.0GHz / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive / Win7 Home Premium / Wireless-B+G+N / Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW / Webcam


$379 at (yeah, I know ) Best Buy
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