View Full Version : Budget Laptop

11-26-2009, 1:52 PM
The laptop I have right now is 5 years old and a little outdated. It still works fine most of the time but it is slow and has a 80 gb hard drive. Playing video games is not a high priority.

I mostly surf the internet and watch movies on it.

What would you guys recommend in the $300 - $400 price range?

HUTCH 7.62
11-26-2009, 1:56 PM
Go camp out at best buy tonight

11-26-2009, 2:04 PM
Go camp out at best buy tonight

A little late for that. Have you seen the line already? :p

11-26-2009, 2:06 PM
A little late for that. Have you seen the line already? :p

haha, yeah I saw on CNN in the chow hall a little bit ago. There were people with tents camped out by the door. People are nuts.

11-26-2009, 2:58 PM
Go camp out at best buy tonight


11-26-2009, 4:38 PM
3-400$ is a simple email getter, internet surfer type laptop.
If you want to do any gaming, its going to be at least 800$+
also what size screen do you want?

I just ordered a asus eee pc netbook it was 338$ shipped 10.1 inch screen, wifi bluetooth, they are great for surfing the net, email, simple type stuff. the advantage is that they are smaller, 7-10 inch screens, 2.5-4 lbs
last from 4-9 hours on a charge.

11-26-2009, 7:50 PM
If you want to brave the black friday ads, walmart has a couple of machines below 300.00. http://walmart.richfx.com.edgesuite.net/presentation/media/November_PreBlitz1_2009/?rfx_versioningid=7&rfx_versions=7&drpStoreID=2030&rfx_blitzcatalogName=BlitzMap1&rfx_blitzcatalogVersion=2030&drpStoreID=2030&ec_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fecircular%2F ca_ecircularfinder_results.do%3Fsfsearch_zip%3D953 70%26x%3D27%26y%3D11 Look on pages 2-3.

11-26-2009, 7:57 PM
Tigerdirect ;)

11-26-2009, 8:02 PM
I, earlier this year, bought my wife a Dell 1010V for $299 and I think they are now on sale for $249. It is notebook size with a 10" LCD screen and works great for the internet and e-mail. Has a 150gb hard drive and I forget how much memory. Might look at Dell's website. I almost forgot that if you want a CD drive you will have to buy that separate as it does not come with one.

11-26-2009, 9:59 PM
Fry's. Look here:


11-27-2009, 6:25 AM
Tigerdirect ;)

+1 on tiger direct

11-27-2009, 4:22 PM
I think I am going to go to Best Buy tomorrow to buy a laptop. There isn't a Fry's in the part of Georgia that I am in. There is only a few major stores that I know of. Best Buy, Sears, Radio Shack, Target, and maybe a couple other that might have them.

Is there any brand or any specific thing in a computer that I need to look for or stay away from.

11-27-2009, 4:38 PM
Tigerdirect ;)


11-27-2009, 8:17 PM
I jsut got a toshiba with 4 GB sdram and 500 GB HDD for 600 $ out the door at Wal mart. Frys sells the same computer for 1000$

11-28-2009, 11:33 AM
I ended up getting a HP G60-535DX. It was $500 at Best Buy and it is pretty nice. I have only been on it a few minutes but I like it so far. Much faster and smoother than my old one.

11-30-2009, 10:24 PM
I ended up getting a HP G60-535DX. It was $500 at Best Buy and it is pretty nice. I have only been on it a few minutes but I like it so far. Much faster and smoother than my old one.

congrats! thats a good value.

12-07-2009, 4:06 PM
congrats! thats a good value.

Thanks, it has been working out great. If anyone is looking for a good priced laptop, this is the one I would recommend.

12-11-2009, 11:08 PM
Just curious... You got a fine deal, is it running Windows 7? If so, I've had decent experience... but your laptop is likely loaded with 5-10gb of "bloatware" sales props and useless programs, etc... I have also had great luck with linux over the years and removes all the unnecessary junk your currently feeding as a result of the reduced price you received. Feel free to PM me if your further interested, in a faster and more secure solution.

12-14-2009, 12:43 AM
yes like badandy said, your computer probably has about five gigabytes of junk ware. if you want to run faster remove all the junk HPs come with. A customer brought a very nice 17inch HP with AMD dualcore into where I work because he couldn't install an aircard, well I was expecting windows 7 to be running fast but it felt slow because of all the crapware that runs on start up. I seriously felt like uninstalling a bunch of crap from his computer because I hate all the crapware HPs come with.

If you want your computer to run smoother look for "pc decrapifier" this beauty will let you uninstall all the crap you DON'T need from your computer.