Looking for a CHEAP laptop

1. What is your budget? Around $200

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? mid-range

3. What screen resolution do you want?
something simple
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? replacing a desktop

5. How much battery life do you need?
more than a few hours but probably won't be using out of the house too often

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? nope

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) basic computing, internet and word processing

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? something pretty standard

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. Just Amazon as we're using Amazon gift cards for the purchase

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? at least 5-6 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? DVD should be just fine. No real need for a burner

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I was hoping you could tell me that one

13. What country do you live in? USA

14. Additional info: This is for my sister. She's not too tech savvy so she's just looking for basic computing and longevity. She's not living lavish. She just wants a computer with Windows that she can use to check her e-mail.
Any help is appreciated.
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  1. Leper Khan said:
    1. What is your budget? Around $200

    2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? mid-range

    3. What screen resolution do you want?
    something simple
    4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? replacing a desktop

    5. How much battery life do you need?
    more than a few hours but probably won't be using out of the house too often

    6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? nope

    7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) basic computing, internet and word processing

    8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? something pretty standard

    9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. Probably just Amazon

    10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? at least 5-6 years

    11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? DVD should be just fine. No real need for a burner

    12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
    I was hoping you could tell me that one

    13. What country do you live in? USA

    14. Additional info: This is for my sister. She's not too tech savvy so she's just looking for basic computing and longevity. She's not living lavish. She just wants a computer with Windows that she can use to check her e-mail.
    Any help is appreciated.


    Any used laptop will do - just make sure to find some that have a high (4 or 5 Star) rating.
    The Following laptops are built for longevity and are used, but refurbished/rebuilt, The site is trustworthy, had bought a laptop from them, and had no issues -
    http://usanotebook.com/3567-T60p_Lenovo_Thinkpad_t60p.php
    http://usanotebook.com/3326-T61_Lenovo_Thinkpad_t61.php
    Here are some from Amazon -
    http://www.amazon.com/Dell-D620-Laptop-Core-Windows/dp/B001U5617K/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1371937965&sr=1-3 - This dell is built tough, and can last for a good while
    http://www.amazon.com/HP-COMPAQ-1-66GHz-WIRELESS-Warranty/dp/B006MKF4HG/ref=sr_1_48?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1371938055&sr=1-48
    http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Latitude-Laptop-2-0Ghz-Profesional/dp/B00405OK3O/ref=sr_1_71?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1371938128&sr=1-71
    http://www.amazon.com/Dell-700m-Inspiron/dp/B001TNW2R6/ref=sr_1_90?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1371938164&sr=1-90
    http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Thinkpad-Laptop-Core-Notebook/dp/B003KJ6MGE/ref=sr_1_140?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1371938216&sr=1-140
    http://www.amazon.com/IBM-ThinkPad-R60-Notebook-Windows/dp/B0088VX6LI/ref=sr_1_39?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1371939125&sr=1-39
  2. DComander1x said:


    Thank you for the quick response time. I'm a little weary about getting a used laptop. I'm not tech savvy enough to be able to fix something physically wrong with the machine. If you think increasing the budget by $50-$100 would be better for getting something new, I might even give her the cash just so I wouldn't have to deal with it down the road.

    I guess a quick secondary note would be to add that we're using Amazon gift cards, not ordinary debit/credit cards.
  3. Leper Khan said:
    DComander1x said:


    Thank you for the quick response time. I'm a little weary about getting a used laptop. I'm not tech savvy enough to be able to fix something physically wrong with the machine. If you think increasing the budget by $50-$100 would be better for getting something new, I might even give her the cash just so I wouldn't have to deal with it down the road.

    I guess a quick secondary note would be to add that we're using Amazon gift cards, not ordinary debit/credit cards.


    Ah, alright, and used laptops with a high rating, are still very good, just not the top of the line, or have the newest features, and the laptops I picked out, tend to last a very long time, without any issues at all.

    Here are a few new laptops, prices are still a bit higher then used, so that would suggest raising the budget a bit -
    http://www.amazon.com/HP-G6-2235us-Accelerated-Processor-SuperMulti/dp/B00AHKFDWS/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1372007858&sr=1-2
    http://www.amazon.com/HP-2000-2b80DX-Laptop-Windows-Licorice/dp/B00BI2T9S8/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1372007858&sr=1-5
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-XE303C12-H01US-Chromebook-3G-11-6-Inch/dp/B009M2YNWI/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1372007858&sr=1-6
    http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1015E-DS01-10-1-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/B00BQH8QTI/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1372007858&sr=1-1
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