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Old 08-31-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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I am needing an extra laptop for a middle schooler right away. I don't want anything expensive, in case some "accident" were to occur. However, I do want one with at least a 12" screen, and warranty of some kind. Hopefully a decently reliable brand. Anyone know of any clearance sales or serious markdowns happening? Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:50 PM
 
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Does it have to be new?
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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Thanks for clarifying, I didn't think of that question. I am resourceful and buy many things used-tons of things really. I have my reservations about computers due to possible "content" left on the computer. Also, you don't really ever know how it was treated. I would prefer new in this case, but might consider another option if it was a very reliable and safe option buying for a child.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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Default Laptop

We got a great deal on an HP at Sam's Club of all places (Warranteed (?) by HP). Most of the companies (HP, Dell, etc) websites will offer refurbished models that carry warranties for much less than you would pay for a new model.

Make sure you download Blue Coat K9 web protection for a teen - that is a great free parental control download. You can customize what they can and cannot view, restrict certain websites & even the search parameters & keywords .

My sons DESPISE it, BWA-HA-HA!

Good luck!
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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I've noticed that the Netbooks are all the range with youngsters. Typically only a 10" screen, but also $200- $250.

Frank
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:33 PM
 
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I would suggest a Netbook too. So much cheaper and much lighter to carry about. Just don't have a CD drive but that shouldn't be a problem for school use. As Frank states above they have 10 inch screens so if you consider that sufficient you may want to consider that as a cost effective solution.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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I second Sam's Club. My husband and I purchased a laptop there a few years ago and have had no issues with it. It was comparable to what was selling at Best Buy and other major stores, but at a discounted rate.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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yep...netbook *warning* they have a higher failure rate after a 2-3 years of use than laptops. I don't know whats going on with that but the price makes it worth it....

hit amazon and see who are rated the top 10 best sellers and then do your research....best deals are usually through mfg website/walmart/costco-sams club...stay the hell away from bestbuy-circuit city...also give newegg.com a search...
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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I would say check out tiger direct for some decent laptop deals.Talk about bad timing, just last week best buy, wal mart and many others had Laptops starting at $300...prices are now back up in the $700 range.

I was able to find a decent deal on a 15 inch Acer that has everything your child might need for $379
Amazon.com: Acer Aspire AS5251-1805 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black): Computer & Accessories

For reference I am an avid user of Fatwallet.com or slickdeals.net. These are great sites for finding deals on just about anything you need but on technology especially.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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outlet.dell.com has good deals. That is where I buy my laptops. Dell is good stuff and look at the business laptops, they are better constructions/materials.
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