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I am currently in the market for a laptop and just wanted to see which would be the best buy for my budget? Answered


I have about 300 dollars and I am looking down the refurbished route but I hate dell and macs are to much i would prefer to have an HP but i wanted to see if there were any brands I have overlooked that might be a better buy I will mostly use it for email music movies and school (high school)

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frollard

Best Answer 8 years ago

Virtually any laptop will be capable of maxing out an internet connection -- so that's moot. The processor isn't going to be stellar for 300 bucks. You will be able to get by, but you sacrifice a lot when you get into the ultra-affordable range. A quick search shows a 13 inch notebook for around the 450CAD mark, and thats the cheapest. You NEED to go the refurb route to get a decent price.

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acidbassfrollard

Answer 8 years ago

i ended up getting an IBM thinkpad

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frollardacidbass

Answer 8 years ago

Cool what do you think about it?

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FFVIIBOY

8 years ago

i got a netbook (a laptop thats slightly smaller) its pretty useful it has a camera and skype, ane onenote so i can take notes in sections for clases and sections for those sections

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acidbassFFVIIBOY

Answer 8 years ago

cool yeah i just bought my moms ibm thinkpad for 50 bucks

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nickodemus

8 years ago

I have a little acer that runs beautifully. I didn't get it refurbished, but even so it was still inexpensive.       Acer is a branch of Gateway.

If you really want an HP, you could research up on Compaqs, a branch of HP.

Happy hunting!

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acidbassnickodemus

Answer 8 years ago

what is the processor speed does it download and upload pretty quickly do you have windows 7 on it

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nickodemusacidbass

Answer 8 years ago

Dual core 2.2 ghz, I have 3 gigs of ram, and running Win 7.

As for the downloading/uploading, pretty fast, but it mostly depends on the website. I was downloading a 3 mb rom yesterday, and it took like 5 minutes.
But I tried it again today (same site) with a rom of about 12 mb in about 1-2 minutes.

Also, I'm running 64 bit, so it won't run any dos games. Even with DOSbox in 95 compatibility, dos games won't run.

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nickodemusacidbass

Answer 8 years ago

Is that a question? The durability is pretty great, but my only problem... The mousepad took a few days to "wear in." It felt really dry, but if you just use it for a while, it all smooths out.

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acidbassnickodemus

Answer 8 years ago

i used to have a compaq and i liked it but that was borrowed and i figured if i am going to buy one it needs to last me until i get to college (4 years)

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mrelement

8 years ago

i know this is not the best idea but go to a power seller on ebay and get a minilaptop so you can have a bigger harddrive i prefer hp mini laptopshttp://cgi.ebay.com/HP-Mini-110-1116CA-1-60GHz-1GB-160GB-HD-Netbook-White-/120600934851?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item1c146039c3

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acidbassmrelement

Answer 8 years ago

thanks i have found the ebay best buy refurb seller and they have pretty good deals

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Burf

8 years ago

My recommendation is that you forget name branding and look for the laptop that will give you the most bang for the buck.
Buying a used or refurbed computer is like buying a pig in a poke. Therefore, you need to make your purchase from a place or person that you can trust, and that means buying from a place that offers a decent warranty and can be relied on to honor that warranty.
I would check the major manufacturers and the large on-line retailers and shy away from the e-bay/craig's list sellers.
Review as many sites as you can find and make notes or bookmark those units you find interesting.
For $300, you're not going to get a barn-burner laptop but with a little effort on your part, you should be able to find one that will satisfy your basic criteria.