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So I'm looking to buy a super cheap, super simple laptop.

#1Dodgeball BoyPosted 9/12/2013 11:33:54 PM
My six year-old XPS is on its last legs, and I need something new to haul around to classes. Thing is, I have a proper PC for gaming and whatnot, so I really don't need much in the way of processing power beyond Microsoft Office stuff and movie streaming. All I really need is:

- Portability
- Battery life
- Cheap cheap cheap
- HDMI port (for streaming onto my TV)
- Decent HDD would be nice, but I already have an external

All my searching attempts bring me to tablets, which I have no particular desire to buy. They're nice, but if I can get equal capabilities on a cheaper laptop, why not?
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#2EStar999Posted 9/12/2013 11:43:25 PM
What is your price range?
#3Dodgeball Boy(Topic Creator)Posted 9/12/2013 11:55:26 PM
That's the thing, I don't know what's reasonable since this laptop is so old and everything the Internet throws me is shiny, new, and upwards of $1000. I'd like to say less than $200, but would that even get me a fancy calculator?
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#4IczerPosted 9/13/2013 12:00:28 AM
Have you looked at Chromebooks?
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#5thatfool12GsPosted 9/13/2013 12:04:02 AM
Chromebook or a tablet.
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#6TimePharaohPosted 9/13/2013 12:10:50 AM
That wouldn't even get you a fancy calculator
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#7TehPwnzererPosted 9/13/2013 12:16:26 AM
Chromebooks are your greatest bet, but the cheapest one is $250 before taxes. They're simple and very lightweight and fast.
#8Uber_H0lyFlar3Posted 9/13/2013 12:21:05 AM(edited)
You ought to look into Acer computers.
They have AMAZING specced computers, but their build quality isn't that great.

Also, you might want to look into old models of computers. No matter how amazing the build quality on a laptop is, modern laptop designs are, believe it or not, still lacking in proper design to accommodate modern specs.

I had an old Acer Aspire 4810TG that still runs strong for 4 years (currently with my family), but the V3-571G I ordered came in freaking defective. Even after sending for warranty, it still chucklebutts itself.

So yeah. Try and look for decently specced computers, refurbed or used (with reasonable usage). I'd say you wouldn't need more than a core2duo with low-end AMD mobile graphics.
Another thing is, chiclet freaking sucks. Older laptops won't have to deal with that BS.
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#9NicodimusPosted 9/13/2013 7:54:16 AM
TehPwnzerer posted...
Chromebooks are your greatest bet, but the cheapest one is $250 before taxes. They're simple and very lightweight and fast.


Just gave Chromebooks a look-over, and all I have to say is:

4 hour battery life? OUCH.
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#10mogexpress1Posted 9/13/2013 8:15:49 AM
Low tier lenovo's are still built really tough
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