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Computer-buying advice, please

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by YGBFKM, Aug 13, 2009.


    YGBFKM Guest

    I need to finally break down and get a new laptop. Don't need anything too fancy, but I don't want anything too cheap, either. I have $500 to spend. Any of you technophiles out there know what I should look for? I'm not going to be doing any heavy lifting. Just need a good computer on which I can surf the ’Net, watch an occasional movie and do some writing. Any help is appreciated.
  2. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Do. Not. Buy. Mac.
  3. OTD

    OTD Active Member

  4. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    For $500, this would be the only Mac he'd get:

  5. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    I'll attest to this. I'm on a Dell right now, and I've used Dell for as long as I can remember. If smart about it, don't go looking up porn or something ;D, then you'll be fine.
  6. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    True. I was just about to say that. Most of those damn things cost a fortune.

    YGBFKM Guest

    I assumed Macs would be out of my price range. I'm perfectly happy with a pc.
  8. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    I got a very nice Sony Vaio with a large screen that works great for iirc $450 for Christmas this year.
  9. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Regardless of what you may have read or heard from advertisements, friends, etc., you are almost guaranteed to find a better deal by shopping at your local electronics store (Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.), rather than buying online.

    When I bought this computer, I paid $650 at Best Buy. When I went to compare the price online at dell.com, I plugged in the same exact specifications to the one I purchased as Best Buy. Dell.com wanted slightly under $1,100 for the same computer.

    Obviously, you have to take into account that Dell was going to offer me a better warranty incase of theft, damage, etc. But for nearly $400, I took the slightly worse warranty from Best Buy.
  10. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Love, love, love my Sony VAIO laptop.
  11. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Bought my Compaq Presario for $480 after rebate at Office Depot in 2007. I've been mostly happy with it -- never lost anything, it always starts up and I've been able to watch and burn DVDs any time. I don't do anything major: writing and surfing, mostly.

    I had an HP desktop before this, and never had any problems with either (well, the old one got fried by lightning once and I had to replace the monitor. But that wasn't the computer's fault.)

    That said, I'll save up for a Mac for my next computer.
  12. chase.colston

    chase.colston Member

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