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I need a cheap laptop or tablet for high school. Any suggestions?

#1LyokoNinjaPosted 11/7/2013 4:54:13 PM
I have a desktop at home, but I'm kinda getting tired of carrying around this clunky (both physically and how fast it operates) Dell Studio 1537, which we normally keep in the main room of our house for everybody to use. It used to be my laptop alone, but my desktop replaced that since I never really brought it outside of the house. Now I find that I'm going to the local library to focus on school work frequently, and I need something I can easily bring with me. I don't think my parents would be willing to pay more than $500 or so.

I'm mainly looking at the Dell Venue 8 Pro, seeing as how it's only $350 for the 64 GB model (I can see the storage being much too little on the 32 GB model for $300). It has 2 GB of RAM and a quad core Atom processor at 1.8 GHz. Display resolution is 1280x800 on an 8-inch screen. Oh, it also has MicroSD support and comes with Office Home and Student, which saves money.

I'd definitely need a bluetooth keyboard if I get it, though, and I'd probably need the stand ($40) so I can see what I'm typing without the tablet being right underneath my head on the table or whatever I'll be using it on. That brings the cost to $390 without factoring in the keyboard and tax. Any keyboard suggestions? Or other machine suggestions?
#2GTRagnarokPosted 11/7/2013 4:59:33 PM
Asus Transformer T100. It comes with a keyboard.
#3doctoglethorpePosted 11/7/2013 5:05:56 PM
Asus Transformers are pretty nice, well performing and affordable tablet/laptop hybrids if thats what you're looking for. I use one so I can just download text books rather then pay outlandish fees for them, got the keyboard attachment but rarely use it *shrug*. They're Android not Windows though.
#4LyokoNinja(Topic Creator)Posted 11/7/2013 5:07:25 PM
I hate Android (well, Google) with a passion, but this seems to say otherwise about the OS it runs:

Maybe the addition of "Book" to the name determines which OS it runs?

Thanks for the opinions. That looks like a much better option.
#5TimePharaohPosted 11/7/2013 8:42:01 PM
lol at wanting Windows 8 (and a gimped one at that) over Android

Don't be a scrub
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