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Friday, August 25, 2006

Buying a Notebook Computer for Less Than $700

Selecting a new laptop isn't necessarily the easiest of tasks, especially when you're a student with a limited budget. What features and components should the notebook have? Where's the best place to buy one? If you've been asking yourself these questions, the guys at MobilityGury recently pubbed an article that will give you all the answers you need to help you make the right decision when the time to buy that new laptop comes.

Trying to buy a notebook computer for less than $700, excluding tax and shipping, can be an interesting experience. At this price point you're not going to get the fastest, most memory-filled model available. Generally you'll have to settle for a lower end CPU and as little as 256 MB of memory. This is especially true if you want a name brand notebook from the likes of HP, Toshiba, Dell and Acer. Other brands, especially "whitebook" brands assembled from parts by a third party vendor can give you more value for your money, but you may find it difficult to get parts and service, especially a year or two after purchase.

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  • I did a little extra work and found a used HP Pavilion laptop for very very cheap. A coworker mentioned a dead laptop they used only as a doorstop. I offered to take a look at it; I found it only needed a new hard drive. I called HP for a price on a replacement...something like $200 to $300...and mentioned the price to the coworker. Long story short; I replaced the hard drive with a much cheaper one (not from HP), computer worked, and I offered to buy and install a new stereo in their new car if they'd let me keep the computer. The laptop has been working flawlessly with XP and Linux for over a month now and I only spent $150.
    Another option (for a cheap used laptop) is to find one that has a cracked LCD screen. You can replace those for $100 to $200 with an easy-to-install kit.

    By Anonymous Kevin, at 9:32 AM  

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