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Old 12-10-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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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.

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Old 12-10-2017, 01:08 PM
 
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If a keyboard is the only thing stopping the purchase of a tablet then

https://www.google.com/search?source....0.CTpzkdrdtIw
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Not really. Laptops in that price range are garbage. Acer Aspire 1. Slightly less garbage but still garbage. It will handle basic Word/PowerPoint/Excel or browsing. It's not going to crunch heavier spreadsheets and will struggle with multi-tasking. Storage is extremely limited like everything at that price point meaning you'll be using the SD card reader a lot.

Going up to $350 you can get what I would call a real laptop instead of a netbook, which is what those $200-250 things are. 1080p screen, core i3, 1TB HD. Throw a second 4 GB stick of RAM and for $400 it's a solid basic laptop. It's twice as much but unless you're just using it to send a few emails and do some shopping on Amazon a few times a week, well, you get what you pay for.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...pf_rd_i=565108
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:02 AM
 
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Depends on what you want it for. A very basic laptop is fine if you have simple needs and don't do video streaming, gaming or multitasking.

I have an "everything" high end laptop and a separate cheap laptop that I only use for finance and banking. The cheap laptop never browses anywhere except to one of my financial websites, and when it is not doing that, it is powered off and disconnected. I bought an HP15 at Walmart - those regularly go for about $250. Supposedly, one of the cheapest times to buy a laptop is around tax time in April or Back To School specials in August. Laptop prices peak in Jan or Feb. Retailers offer steep discounts on the pricier models for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Not at your $200 price point though.

I tried adding keyboards to two different tablets. It worked, sort of, but they felt flimsy and were intermittently glitchy.

Netbooks are cheaper than laptops but you will have to add peripherals such as a DVD reader and, probably extra storage. External storage is cheap these days so I use separate storage devices for photos, documents, etc. Be careful about using these a lot as the USB ports may be damaged on cheap laptops if you frequently use them. In that case, I recommend adding a hub and using that to plug your USB thumb drives and peripherals in. Lesson Learned - If using thumbdrives for storage - backup, backup, backup. Thumbdrives, especially the cheap ones, often go dead without notice. If a photo or document is especially important to you, have a couple copies.

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Old 12-11-2017, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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$200 is not enough for a decent laptop.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:31 PM
 
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Depends on what you want it for. A very basic laptop is fine if you have simple needs and don't do video streaming, gaming or multitasking.

I have an "everything" high end laptop and a separate cheap laptop that I only use for finance and banking. The cheap laptop never browses anywhere except to one of my financial websites, and when it is not doing that, it is powered off and disconnected. I bought an HP15 at Walmart - those regularly go for about $250. Supposedly, one of the cheapest times to buy a laptop is around tax time in April or Back To School specials in August. Laptop prices peak in Jan or Feb. Retailers offer steep discounts on the pricier models for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Not at your $200 price point though.

I tried adding keyboards to two different tablets. It worked, sort of, but they felt flimsy and were intermittently glitchy.

Netbooks are cheaper than laptops but you will have to add peripherals such as a DVD reader and, probably extra storage. External storage is cheap these days so I use separate storage devices for photos, documents, etc. Be careful about using these a lot as the USB ports may be damaged on cheap laptops if you frequently use them. In that case, I recommend adding a hub and using that to plug your USB thumb drives and peripherals in. Lesson Learned - If using thumbdrives for storage - backup, backup, backup. Thumbdrives, especially the cheap ones, often go dead without notice. If a photo or document is especially important to you, have a couple copies.

What is a netbook?

I saw a chromebook 11 at Target for $129. Are these total garbage?

Again, I am not looking to use it for Internet, watching DVDs. When I say basic I MEAN basic. Word, ppt, some excel. That's it. I do not want to pay for bells and whistles I will never use.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:38 PM
 
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the chromebook isn't bad

you could put linux on it if you want, i forget if chromebook already allows linux apps or not. if so, no need to install linux
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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Netbooks are terrible. And tablets do not have enough functionality.

Bought an Apple MacBook Air laptop computer, and would never go back to a non-Apple Windows based laptop.

$200 or less? wow....
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:06 PM
 
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Netbooks are terrible. And tablets do not have enough functionality.

Bought an Apple MacBook Air laptop computer, and would never go back to a non-Apple Windows based laptop.

$200 or less? wow....

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.
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies, btw.
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