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Old 01-22-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I had a $200 laptop (bought at Walmart) for about 4 years. The power socket doesn't work anymore, so it can't be charged, but that could be fixed for about $10. I bought a second $200 Toshiba laptop about 1.5 years ago. Works fine. I use Open Office instead of MS Office.

I do have 'backup' in that I can use computers at work.

But I am satisfied with the $200 laptop.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:57 AM
 
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I had a $200 laptop (bought at Walmart) for about 4 years. The power socket doesn't work anymore, so it can't be charged, but that could be fixed for about $10. I bought a second $200 Toshiba laptop about 1.5 years ago. Works fine. I use Open Office instead of MS Office.

I do have 'backup' in that I can use computers at work.

But I am satisfied with the $200 laptop.
What's the model??
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:25 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default old Acer still runs

I been pounding on this little Acer 1 GB memory (10" screen- think it's called a notebook) for almost five years now. Downloaded Windows 10 on it. It has glitches a lot (and I'm not sure if that has to do with W10 program), but still running. I thought I'd replace it with a regular laptop, but will likely replace it a similar small screen unit. Tiny computer fits in with my wee life
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I have a Lenovo Z575 laptop that I bought in Dec 2012 for $480, it's running Windows 7. It's a little light in the processor (1.5ghz) but it still working very well. I don't use it heavily. I use my Chromebook a lot (Acer C720P touchscreen, $260, bought July 2014).
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Old 01-22-2016, 04:41 PM
 
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I have purchased lower end Dell, HP and Toshiba desktops and laptops and kept them for six or seven years without ANY problems.

I generally find that the more that the person knows about computers and uses them, the less that they tend to spend on them.
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Old 01-22-2016, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Baltimore,MD
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I just started my Algebra class yesterday. I found out their is homework online. I don't have a desktop computer, just a IPad but that won't work with the interactive homework.

I'm thinking of buying a cheap laptop. Any recommendations?
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Old 01-22-2016, 09:23 PM
 
Location: New England
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I have a Lenovo B575, 15in screen with Windows 7, that's now 4 years old and I paid $300 for it. It works fine, but I have to admit that the year before last the motherboard failed and I spent almost $200 to get it replaced. That was close enough to the cost of a new computer that I knew it could be a mistake doing it, but I just thought copying everything over from the disk drive would be a pain to do, and I'd gamble on a new motherboard and hope it wouldn't die too. Now it's 18 months and doing fine, so I guess I haven't done too badly. This is actually my second one--I dropped the previous one on the floor and cracked the screen, and the guy in the store said "You could get a new one for the price I'd have to charge you for a new screen". So that's what I did. I'd certainly get another cheap laptop if I needed one.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
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To be really frugal, there is now the $9 computer (Video display and keyboard not included). I'm not a techie and I know nothing about how it works. I heard about this the other day on NPR.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FihWtllZlE
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:01 AM
 
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I just started my Algebra class yesterday. I found out their is homework online. I don't have a desktop computer, just a IPad but that won't work with the interactive homework.

I'm thinking of buying a cheap laptop. Any recommendations?
What's your budget??

I'm sure a lot of people can help here

I can recommend Dell laptops.

Very reliable.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:11 AM
 
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I just started my Algebra class yesterday. I found out their is homework online. I don't have a desktop computer, just a IPad but that won't work with the interactive homework.

I'm thinking of buying a cheap laptop. Any recommendations?
Not that you are going to get it this weekend :-) But see my comments about refurbs a page or so back. There is a Microcenter in Towson and you can shop their stock inline. They have a tab for refurb deals They have desktops and laptops. Just remember desktops don't include a monitor. For what you are looking for a medium to lowend laptop will do you fine. I just looked at their stock and the Dell 6420 they have is a step higher then I have and Mine has been doing fine for about 3 years now. The Latitude series is a commercial grade machine and things like the hinges hold up better.
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