U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Computers
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-11-2017, 03:46 PM
 
7,155 posts, read 3,907,949 times
Reputation: 6719

Advertisements

I would look for used on Craigslist, as $200 is probably the right price for an older better spec model. Or look at pawnshops. I don’t think you will find something useful brand new.

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/sys/...390346164.html

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/sys/...399298409.html

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/sys/...398174057.html

Caveat emptor.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-11-2017, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
34,313 posts, read 59,641,709 times
Reputation: 33428
Quote:
Originally Posted by markjames68 View Post
I would look for used on Craigslist, as $200 is probably the right price for an older better spec model. Or look at pawnshops. I don’t think you will find something useful brand new.

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/sys/...390346164.html

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/sys/...399298409.html

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/sys/...398174057.html

Caveat emptor.
Exactly my thought.
Craigslist for an off-lease Dell.

I have one and it is just fine.

Or hit Ebay for one from someone who moves a lot of computers and has a high rating for them.

Bought a Lenovo for my wife. Had to pick up a Windows 10 key on ebay for $28.00.
Plus $105 for the machine, and we are in fine shape.

The OS is the stumbling block, if you don't get a legit license. W10 can be worth more than a $100 computer.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-11-2017, 05:08 PM
 
984 posts, read 1,339,928 times
Reputation: 1394
Quote:
Originally Posted by newtovenice View Post
I love Macs, but not spending $1500.
Basically: Is there a cheap laptop that will act as a word processor? That's it. Would you pay $1500 for a word processor? No. Me neither. Hence the pricepoint.
Based on what you’ve told us, what you want is a netbook. What’s a netbook you asked? A netbook is a cheap stripped down alternative to a laptop that’s more utilitarian than a tablet but not quite as good as a PC. Amazon explains: https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.ht...cId=1001064591

As I think you’ve seen for yourself, any discussion about or vaguely resembling “what’s the best laptop for me” will quickly plunge down the rabbit hole. Enthusiasts are as much or even more impassioned on the subject than the CD Politics and Other Controversies forum on the perennial topic of “Trump – Quintessential American Savior or Antichrist Who Will Destroy The Earth?” Ignore that stuff.

Yes, look at netbooks. They will run basic word processing, spreadsheets, etc. and some other things such as light browsing. They will not bring the power to graphic heavy, video clip heavy high end document publishing. I don’t think that’s you. They won’t power through Excel workbooks with hundreds of interactive formulas and macros. I don’t think that’s you either. Don’t get hung up on Microsoft Office (now subscription-based only for an yearly ever increasing $$$$$Gotcha!!!). Consider an alternative such as the open-sourced OpenOffice (pretty good software for the amazing price of FREE.)

Best of all for you, netbooks will do what you are looking for at a price point below $200. Google “netbooks”. That will instantly pull up a list of netbooks with prices well under $200. Not sure which to pick? Use the term ‘netbooks’ in the Amazon search bar, and then pick “under $200” in the left hand column. Read the reviews from casual users like yourself and pick the one that sounds closest to what you want.

Several posters have suggested buying a used laptop. You can definitely come out cheaper that way but you can never be 100% sure what’s on them if you are not an experienced technical professional. Is there something lurking on there that will “phone home” so to speak? Used computers can have any amount of malware and spyware hidden on them, though a very good security knowledgeable professional can take care of this for you. Be careful out there!!

Last edited by ersatz; 12-11-2017 at 05:21 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-11-2017, 06:39 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
2,991 posts, read 1,036,619 times
Reputation: 3007
Quote:
Consider an alternative such as the open-sourced OpenOffice
OpenOffice was good, in its day.

It is being replaced by LibreOffice,
almost the same thing, still free.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-11-2017, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
5,094 posts, read 5,227,460 times
Reputation: 18204
For a basic laptop get a chrome book.

Learn how to use google docs and sheets in lieu of MS Word and Excel.

Most schools now use chrome books.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-11-2017, 07:05 PM
 
4,260 posts, read 8,016,210 times
Reputation: 6050
Quote:
Originally Posted by newtovenice View Post
Hi,

Looking for suggestions for a very basic laptop that can handle word/ppt/excel. Nothing more. Doesn't have to be big, would prefer smaller size, preferably under $200. Tablet is out because a keyboard is needed. I have searched and quite frankly just get confused.

Don't need 400 apps. Just basic stuff.

And advice or guidance is appreciated.
Refurbished laptops direct from the manufacturers can be great deals. I have 4 laptops one bought brand new and three bought as refurbished. The refurbished ones are business and work station laptops costing thousands of dollars when they were new. They cost me around $270 each and came with a 100 day warranty. They came to me in perfect condition -- not even a fingerprint or scratch on them. You can't find deals like that on Craiglist or Ebay.

The one laptop I bought brand new is actually a netbook, the Thinkpad x120e. It still works as well as it did when I bought it. They don't make things like they used to anymore. But I don't use it anymore because it's way underpowered.

The are many to choose from -- new, used, refurbished. Hopefully you can find one you like for your budget.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-11-2017, 10:17 PM
Bo Bo won $500 in our forum's Most Engaging Poster Contest - Tenth Edition (Apr-May 2014). 

Over $104,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum and additional contests are planned
 
Location: Ohio
16,901 posts, read 33,639,931 times
Reputation: 13871
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vision67 View Post
For a basic laptop get a chrome book.

Learn how to use google docs and sheets in lieu of MS Word and Excel.
I second this. One of the big advantages of the Chromebook is its low, low price, which makes it practically disposable. If you break it, it would probably cost you more to fix it than it would to replace it. And if it's lost or stolen, you can just buy a new one and access all of the same files in Google's cloud.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-11-2017, 10:37 PM
 
Location: In my head
298 posts, read 332,037 times
Reputation: 637
Apple.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-12-2017, 03:26 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
14,107 posts, read 10,126,483 times
Reputation: 10376
HP model at W-M, $199
https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Stream...orage/54056479
. . .
. . .
Inexpensive refurbished desktops / towers are also available.
Desktops tend to be cheaper for the same features, and easier to repair.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-12-2017, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
11,825 posts, read 13,966,567 times
Reputation: 8068
Sorry but again, $200 is simply too low for an even semi decent laptop.

This is what I would consider an absolute bare minimum (and I don't like Acer):

https://www.amazon.com/Acer-E5-575-3...6&sr=8-1-spell

You really need to get into the $450 - $550 range. Having a faster laptop that boots up in less then a minute isn't a bell nor a whistle. It's just a basic standard. Having a laptop that can save a 200 page word document instantly is not a bell nor a whistle. It's what you should expect. Having internet is also neither a bell nor a whistle. You don't need a powerful computer to go online.

OMG I (sort of) found one:
https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Celeron-...ywords=Laptyop
That's more like a Windows Tablet. THAT might serve you well.

So yea, apparently there is apparently ONE $200 laptop on Amazon.
I think you'd be better off buying a decent used laptop on eBay.

These are actually decent and will do what you want. Very small though.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-tr...=ref:212,loc:2
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology > Computers
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:30 AM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top