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Old 10-22-2013, 9:17 AM
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Question help me find a new laptop for school

i am in a few hybrid classes and i need a portable laptop that i can bring to school and do work or write papers. do any of you have recommendations on a good laptop for college students? i was looking at the chrome book but then i learned it cant do MS office.

what i need it to do
must have wi-fi, MS office, decent storage, fast, good battery life and be able to stream online videos. would like it to cost less than $500. i would like a smaller size laptop so i can carry it around easily.
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Old 10-22-2013, 9:42 AM
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Check out the daily ad from Fry's; I bought a new laptop 2 weeks ago. Fry's had the best prices compared to all the usual suspects like Best Buy, Walmart, all of Office Depot type stores. Or even Amazon and other online retailers.

I'm not sure, but the MS Office cost is pretty high, I think. I see it installed on $1K+ laptops. Didn't notice it on a $500 laptop.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:14 AM
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If the laptop doesn't come with MS office check with your school's bookstore. Sometimes you can buy MS office from the student bookstore for less.

Have you looked at alternative office programs? OpenOffice is free and you can save to MS format documents.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:24 AM
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I just scooped up a new Asus i3 with 500gb and 4gb RAM for $379. Full size non-touch screen display and Win 8. It has WiFi and an optical drive. I had to load an older version of Office as it did not come with that suite loaded. So far, so good with Win 8 running the software I have at work. I've had an Asus laptop before, and had better luck with Asus than with some other brands.

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Old 10-22-2013, 10:46 AM
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Netbooks are still around with a little more under the hood than previous generations. I own this Asus http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1015E-DS0....1+inch+laptop and have been perfectly happy with it for my needs. They also have it in Ubuntu flavor http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1015E-DS0....1+inch+laptop

I paid @ $250 for it, so shop around and/or watch Amazon's pricing. Also there are some tweaks you can do it that will increase it's performance and eliminate a lot of the gripes that the negative reviews complain about.
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Old 10-22-2013, 5:25 PM
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Just bought a Lenovo Z580 for my wife who just started BSN degree. 15"
i7 core intel proc. runs real nice, I tweaked it as much as I could, OS is Windows 8, she is used to XP Pro. Don't buy it with office on it, It will cost
you about a 100 bucks extra. With my wife's student card I got office for
49 bucks and I requested a CD for additional 19. If you can, get office 2010,
From what I've heard office 2013 license is only good for 1 yr., I could be wrong
on this so check it out. I always try and stay with intel proc. With office and
doing papers, possibly powerpoint pres. try and stick with i5 to i7,2.4 to 2.8 ghz. 4 to 6 gigs of memory and 500 GB hard drive. Stay away from touch
screen it will add 150 to 200 bucks to the cost. I run AVG on all of my machines
no probs for 10 years. Check out Costco if your a member, I got my wifes z580 there for 699, and that included a 3 yr. drop it , bang it, run over it warranty
for 100. Computer was 599 + 29.95 ship. Also, go buy a wireless mouse,
and Keyboard, I like Logitech 19.bucks each, and you"ll be a happy camper.

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Old 10-22-2013, 10:15 PM
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Have fun with Customer Service with Asus. Top seller right now is
Lenovo, bit I've read where THEIR CS is suspect.

Best bet is to go to this site and check out their reviews.

I repair lappys on the side as well as DT's . I'm favorable to Acer,
but many cuss em.

Anyway..

http://forum.notebookreview.com/

http://forum.notebookreview.com/what...-should-i-buy/
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If you need MS Office, consider LibreOffice, which is totally compatible, doesn't cost a cent (free download) and is, IMHO, easier to use than Microsoft's version.

http://www.libreoffice.org/

As for laptops, you might want to look at ZaReason over at www.zareason.com. They've got good laptop gear at good prices.
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If you need MS Office, consider LibreOffice, which is totally compatible, doesn't cost a cent (free download) and is, IMHO, easier to use than Microsoft's version.

http://www.libreoffice.org/
+1 for LibreOffice, why pay the 'Microsoft tax'? If you absolutely-positively-have-to-use M$ Office, there is:

Office Home & Student 2013
Price: $139.99

...and then there is:


LibreOffice
Price: FREE
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Netbooks are still around with a little more under the hood than previous generations. I own this Asus http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1015E-DS0....1+inch+laptop and have been perfectly happy with it for my needs. They also have it in Ubuntu flavor http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1015E-DS0....1+inch+laptop

I paid @ $250 for it, so shop around and/or watch Amazon's pricing. Also there are some tweaks you can do it that will increase it's performance and eliminate a lot of the gripes that the negative reviews complain about.
All windows 8? That sucks...Can ubuntu run pretty much windows can? Any problems with ubuntu?
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i am in a few hybrid classes and i need a portable laptop that i can bring to school and do work or write papers. do any of you have recommendations on a good laptop for college students? i was looking at the chrome book but then i learned it cant do MS office.

what i need it to do
must have wi-fi, MS office, decent storage, fast, good battery life and be able to stream online videos. would like it to cost less than $500. i would like a smaller size laptop so i can carry it around easily.
I aint even going to bother to tell you what hardware you need to get because nobody listens to that anyways but if you are in a bind I can supply you with a laptop for $300 with Linux (Fuduntu) installed and Office Libre 4.x. You MIGHT need to buy a battery but I have like 7 laptops that I do not need and I aint ever gonna do much with them. It will prolly be a dual core or something, but for Fuduntu that works.

Whatever you get, look into loading up Fuduntu (discontinued) and Office Libre 4.x, THAT is a kiler combination. Fuduntu is badass by itself but I read a few reviews on Office Libre and I was like, DAMN, it can do just about everything that MS office can do, except cost you an arm and a leg because it is free...

Good luck...

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If you need MS Office, consider LibreOffice, which is totally compatible, doesn't cost a cent (free download) and is, IMHO, easier to use than Microsoft's version.

http://www.libreoffice.org/

As for laptops, you might want to look at ZaReason over at www.zareason.com. They've got good laptop gear at good prices.
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Words to live by. I heard a LOT of good things about Office Libre 4.x
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