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August 26, 2004 9:29:05 AM

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Hi,

Its been a while since someone asked this question, so here goes..
What are the current best options for a $500 second hand laptop? I
would prefer a lightweight laptop ( anything less than 4 pds), a 12.1
inch monitor, and I need a CD ROM drive for installing stuff. A 6G HDD
and about 128MB memory should do. Preferably an IBM/Toshiba/DEll...
Anywhere between 500-700MHz PIII should also suffice.
TIA,

-- Raghu

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Anonymous
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August 26, 2004 3:17:31 PM

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> Its been a while since someone asked this question, so here goes..
> What are the current best options for a $500 second hand laptop? I

With your specs, I favor either the Compaq Armada M300 (PIII-600MHz
available) or ThinkPad 240X. Both should be ~$400 or less, 12.1"
1024x768 LCD, great battery life on the 240X. Note there are many
flavors of each of those models, shop around to get the right LCD/CPU
mix. Both are expandable to 192Mb RAM.
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 26, 2004 3:59:43 PM

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T-23 P3 1.13 gig/30 gig/256/DVD
$565
"Raghuram Srinivasan" <srinivrm@email.uc.edu> wrote in message
news:6f10f8bc.0408260429.449a5409@posting.google.com...
> Hi,
>
> Its been a while since someone asked this question, so here goes..
> What are the current best options for a $500 second hand laptop? I
> would prefer a lightweight laptop ( anything less than 4 pds), a 12.1
> inch monitor, and I need a CD ROM drive for installing stuff. A 6G HDD
> and about 128MB memory should do. Preferably an IBM/Toshiba/DEll...
> Anywhere between 500-700MHz PIII should also suffice.
> TIA,
>
> -- Raghu
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August 26, 2004 4:34:59 PM

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On 26 Aug 2004 05:29:05 -0700, srinivrm@email.uc.edu (Raghuram
Srinivasan) wrote:

>Hi,
>
>Its been a while since someone asked this question, so here goes..
>What are the current best options for a $500 second hand laptop? I
>would prefer a lightweight laptop ( anything less than 4 pds), a 12.1
>inch monitor, and I need a CD ROM drive for installing stuff. A 6G HDD
>and about 128MB memory should do. Preferably an IBM/Toshiba/DEll...
>Anywhere between 500-700MHz PIII should also suffice.
>TIA,
>
>-- Raghu

I heard Walmart is offering a NEW laptop for $600 with 128 mb memory,
and a 40 gb hdd and includes wireless 802.11b and cd/dvd. I don't
have the lnik handy.
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 26, 2004 5:38:17 PM

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"Scott" <dkf747@yawho.com> wrote in message
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> On 26 Aug 2004 05:29:05 -0700, srinivrm@email.uc.edu (Raghuram
> Srinivasan) wrote:
>
> >Hi,
> >
> >Its been a while since someone asked this question, so here goes..
> >What are the current best options for a $500 second hand laptop? I
> >would prefer a lightweight laptop ( anything less than 4 pds), a 12.1
> >inch monitor, and I need a CD ROM drive for installing stuff. A 6G HDD
> >and about 128MB memory should do. Preferably an IBM/Toshiba/DEll...
> >Anywhere between 500-700MHz PIII should also suffice.
> >TIA,
> >
> >-- Raghu
>
> I heard Walmart is offering a NEW laptop for $600 with 128 mb memory,
> and a 40 gb hdd and includes wireless 802.11b and cd/dvd. I don't
> have the lnik handy.
>

www.walmart.com
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 26, 2004 6:42:26 PM

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> Its been a while since someone asked this question, so here goes..
> What are the current best options for a $500 second hand laptop? I

Second hand?!? Why not new? Last Friday after Thanksgiving, BestBuy
already sold thousands of that Toshiba 15" notebook for only $499 AR.
No point buying old, used and slow when new notebooks can be had for the
same price.....

---

www.fatwallet.com/forums/ -> hot deals for the latest laptop deals
threads.

---

Even a new Dell laptop sells for only $674 (see www.techbargains.com
listing today). With a free printer or PDA, even! (similar $500-600
brand-new, in-box, unopened laptops on sale all the time on www.ebay.com
-- from all of those who got those $499 laptops and other deals and are
trying to make some money reselling them at a higher price)

---

Don't forget to sign up for the AT&T Universal Mastercard (see
www.fatwallet.com/forums/ -> finance section, search "AT&T". They
currently offer a full 5% cash back on all purchases until 2/2005, so
you can drop the laptop price down a little just by using this card.

---

As for lightweight, cheap & CD-ROM, well, that's very rare since most
older lightwieghts didn't have a CD-ROM drive, and the ones that did
usually weren't worth buying.

Today, the Averatec 3220 series 4.2lbs Athlon notebooks at Staples
(on sale at times down to $699) is the best bet in a new one, light.
Great reviews from most websites, solid machine with sharp & bright
screen, and the faster speed will make it a keeper for many more years
to come.

although $199 over the $500 budget, you may consider it to be a
'better' investment in the long-term due to the new parts, faster speed,
and so forth. after all, wasting time waiting for a slower, older
notebook sometimes is just, well, a total waste of one's time......
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 26, 2004 10:53:33 PM

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> >would prefer a lightweight laptop ( anything less than 4 pds), a 12.1
>
> I heard Walmart is offering a NEW laptop for $600 with 128 mb memory,

It's not really a laptop, it's a DeskNote, which is essentially a
desktop machine in a laptop form factor. And it's hardly
"lightweight".
Anonymous
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August 27, 2004 5:22:00 AM

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John Poutre <jfp14news@cox.net> wrote:
>> and a 40 gb hdd and includes wireless 802.11b and cd/dvd. I don't
>> have the lnik handy.
>>
>
> www.walmart.com
>
>

You'll need another 256M to make this laptop usable... And an external
battery. EBay might get you 1GHz for 500, but I doubt it. Laptops with
all their parts take large amnounts of cash on EBay. I am using one
now. It is about 652 with tax and shipping.
Anonymous
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August 27, 2004 8:41:28 AM

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You can buy a brand new laptop, decent, for $599. WE got a Toshiba A45
for $599 on memorial day weekend, both Circuit City and Best Buy had
them at that price (ok, it was $899 and $999 less multiple rebates
totaling $300 and $400 rebates, respectively .... and I did get the
rebates). You have to catch them on sale, but it can be done several
times per year. Staples has an A65 on sale for $799 after rebates right
now. The A45 is a 2.8 GHz Celeron with 15" LCD, sound, DVD/CD-RW
burner, 30 gig hard drive, 256 meg of RAM. No speed demon, it's a
budget laptop, but at anything like $599 it was a bargain.

The machine that you describe is no where near $500 in today's market,
might be closer to $300.



Raghuram Srinivasan wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Its been a while since someone asked this question, so here goes..
> What are the current best options for a $500 second hand laptop? I
> would prefer a lightweight laptop ( anything less than 4 pds), a 12.1
> inch monitor, and I need a CD ROM drive for installing stuff. A 6G HDD
> and about 128MB memory should do. Preferably an IBM/Toshiba/DEll...
> Anywhere between 500-700MHz PIII should also suffice.
> TIA,
>
> -- Raghu
August 27, 2004 12:52:54 PM

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On 27 Aug 2004 01:22:00 GMT, "Mark E. Daniel"
<travlinman@mailbox.cafe4111.net> wrote:

>John Poutre <jfp14news@cox.net> wrote:
>>> and a 40 gb hdd and includes wireless 802.11b and cd/dvd. I don't
>>> have the lnik handy.
>>>
>>
>> www.walmart.com
>>
>>
>
>You'll need another 256M to make this laptop usable... And an external
>battery. EBay might get you 1GHz for 500, but I doubt it. Laptops with
>all their parts take large amnounts of cash on EBay. I am using one
>now. It is about 652 with tax and shipping.
>

He didn't say anything about useable. I just pointed out that there
is a new one with better specs available.
August 28, 2004 7:42:44 PM

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Try Ebay. They have lots of laptops listed. Good luck.

"Raghuram Srinivasan" <srinivrm@email.uc.edu> wrote in message
news:6f10f8bc.0408260429.449a5409@posting.google.com...
> Hi,
>
> Its been a while since someone asked this question, so here goes..
> What are the current best options for a $500 second hand laptop? I
> would prefer a lightweight laptop ( anything less than 4 pds), a 12.1
> inch monitor, and I need a CD ROM drive for installing stuff. A 6G HDD
> and about 128MB memory should do. Preferably an IBM/Toshiba/DEll...
> Anywhere between 500-700MHz PIII should also suffice.
> TIA,
>
> -- Raghu
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