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Cheap Laptop Fro Kid

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by duncan, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Need an internet and homework laptop for the kid.

    Help!!!!!
     
  2. wbgolden

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    I can't say enough good stuff about the compaq i bought at staples for $450.

    Very basic, but will do what you need it to. The same basic model is usually available. Oddly, not right now. This is the first time I haven't been able to find this thing SOMEWHERE for the same price.

    2.0 ghz AMD Turion, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive. Everything else is pretty basic but I have been able to play Spore on this laptop with no problems.

    Check out this Sunday's weekly ads for Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples, Office Depot and maybe even Fry's down there in Renton. They all seem to carry a comparable model (mine is the F700US).

    Or, if you have the time, keep an eye on http://bensbargains.net/. They'll keep you up-to-date on the latest deals. :)
     
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  3. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Thanks. I'll look for that one.

    What do you or anyone else think about refurbished Dell laptops for $250-300?

    See them here and there.
     
  4. MightBite

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    I've had good luck with my refurbished dell that I purchased (I'm posting from it now). I'm happy for what I got and what I paid.

    I spend a little more thought (about $600)

    The only issue I had was that the A/C power adapter went (I think it overheated) but their refurbished units come with a one year warranty and all I did was email them and they had one here 2 days later no questions asked, didn't ask for the old one back.
     
  5. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    Why buy a refurbished laptop for for $250-300 when you can get a new one with a full warranty for around $400?
     
  6. IndyGunFreak

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    That would be my thinking...

    That said, I've been very happy w/ my Acer 5315-2153 that I got for $325(had it almost 2yrs)... Works great, only snafu I've hit, is my "E" key is broken on my keyboard. I got a new keyboard on Ebay for $20 and will be making a swap attempt this weekend...

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  7. JMag

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    Target has those nifty little Asus Eee notebook PCs running Linux for $299. I think Best Buy has the Wind notebooks for a C-note more running XP and having a larger screen. They are both pretty nifty devices and great for kids, IMO.
     
  8. coachg

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    I would go with whatever gets you the lowest price with a 3 year no questions asked warranty. If its for a child, odds are very high they will break it within 3 years. Trust me, i know.
     
  9. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    So does anyone have any one of these ASUS netbooks.

    Like the idea of running Linux!!!
     
  10. IndyGunFreak

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    I have one.... I love it. Couple things though...

    1. They are small (duh)
    2. They aren't really fast, but honestly, would likely run Open Office and a Printer just fine. They do what they are made for very well... Hopping on a wifi network, checking email, surf a few sites, quick office documents, etc.
    3. If you plan to let him do games, etc, its really not the platform for this..

    Again, With the eee's being in the 350-375 range, you can get a normal laptop for that.. unless you just want to get an eee.

    Have you considered Ebay?.. there are some deals to be had there if you're a bit tech savy and understand what you're buying etc... You gotta watch out for the people selling "blazing fast, refurbished 233mhz laptops".. :)

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  11. IndyGunFreak

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    Dell on Ebay for $399

    Dell Lattitude for $349

    Some of those Ebay laptops don't come w/ restore CDs, software CDs, etc.. So thats just something to think about... That said though, if you're a bit savvy w/ Linux.. I'd imagine you could put whatever you wanted on any of them.

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  12. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Son has a Zune.

    Any Linux software for media files?
     
  13. The Pontificator

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    Any linux-based notebook/netbook is already going to have some sort of media player/ers on it. If you don't particularly care for what's there, then there are all sorts of linux-based media players. take your pick.

    The Sylvania G Netbook Meso already comes loaded with Ubuntu Netbook Remix which already has a video player as well as a music player that is, I believe, iPod-compatible.

    Asus eee PC's use Xandros Linux and I'm not sure which media players they use. Another nice thing about the solid state drive linux netbooks is the absence of need for anti-virus or spyware software. That's good for kids as they have a tendency to click on anything in sight.

    Newegg.com has the best selection and prices. Many of them are shipping free.

    They sell Asus, Aspire One, and Sylvania G Netbook Meso.

    I'm using an Aspire One to post this.... :tongueout:
     
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  14. IndyGunFreak

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    Zune's will not work w/ Linux, unless you use XP in some sort of virtual environment...(I like virtualbox for this sort of thing)
     
  15. IndyGunFreak

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    Here's a reasonably good deal on a netbook, it has a couple of pro's to it in my opinion.

    1. Has an actual hard drive, as opposed to a SSD, which means it will be faster. Might be a bit less resistant to drops, etc.. though.

    2. Has XP, so no major learning curve for the little one, will also be compatible w/ any software their school uses, etc.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115512

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  16. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    What did you end up doing? Or were you just info gathering.

    Hope you find(found) what you're looking for.
     
  18. Deanster

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    Highly recommended - Dell Inspiron 1525 at the Dell Outlet.

    Here's one they had today for $439. Full-on laptop with one of everything. I like the little Asus Eee and the other net-tops, but man does the small screen and keyboard get to me when I'm using it for more than about 10 minutes. For the exact same price, you get a real laptop, with DVD drive, real hard drive, dual-core CPU, and a 15" screen...

    Inspiron 1525
    (System Identifier: D0MGJF19)

    Inspiron 1525 Laptop: Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 (2.00GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
    Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
    System Price : $439.00

    Operating System
    Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic

    Memory
    2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 677MHz (2 DIMMs)

    Hard Disk Drive
    160 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)

    Video
    Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

    Modem
    56K DataFax Modem

    Web Camera
    Integrated 2.0 Mega Pixel Web Camera

    Network Interface Card
    Dell 1395 802.11G Wireless Mini Card


    Inspiron 1525 Laptop: Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 (2.00GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache)

    Media Bay
    8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability

    Laptop Screen
    15.4 WXGA Laptop Screen Display with TrueLife

    System Color
    Jet Black
     
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    A factor to consider is the fact that Dell D-series Latitudes are tough as nails. I've dropped my D600 numerous times, sat on it, had it stomped on by a goat, knocked it off tables onto concrete and a tile floor and filled it with various beverages three times, each time resurrecting it by rinsing it out in the shower, completely disassembling it and letting the pieces dry for a week.

    If you want something that'll still work after being used to beat some other kid over the head at recess, you can't go wrong with a Latitude.