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Need Recommendations for Budget Laptop

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July 7, 2006 6:57:47 PM

I need a budget laptop for typing and online work only. Looking to spend around $600 dollars or so. Suggestions would be very much appreciated.
July 7, 2006 8:47:52 PM

I like the build quality of the ACER systems. Like anything in that price range, don't expect it to last, most of them have 90 day warranty periods.

Comp USA $399 computer
$399.99 After Rebate
Features include Intel Celeron M Processor 380, 1.6GHz, 512MB RAM, 40GB Hard Drive, 14.1-inch WXGA TFT Display, 8X DVD / 24X24X24 CD-RW Combo Drive and Windows XP Home Edition.
Expires: 7/7/2006

Use the rest of the money to upgrade the memory and it should be ok.
July 7, 2006 9:56:31 PM

Hmmm I could sell him mine for $600. He gets Turion.1.6
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July 7, 2006 11:01:05 PM

That's a nice laptop, much better than anything out there for that price.

I recommend buying HardwareBosses notebook. Otherwise you are going to have to settle for "celery", a Turion is way better, plus 64 bit and a dedicated graphics card.
July 10, 2006 1:35:32 AM

I followed that link.
Be careful that is not a widescreen.
The fsb is only 400 MHz
GMA 900 with 128 MB shared video on a 512 Mb system.
They're crazy, that thing doesn't get 4 1/2 hours of battery life!

Does a value line notebook make sense?
Chassis
Tanto 14.1" or 15.4" WXGA
CPU
Core-Duo 1.66
Memory
512 MB DDR2-533 (+40 for 1 Gig single chip DDR2-667)
Hard Drives
80 GB 5,400 (+25 for 60 Gig 7,200 rpm | +40 80 Gig 7,200 rpm)
Wireless Network Card
Intel Pro Wireless 54 Mbps a+b+g
Video Card
GMA 950
Optical Drive
CD/RW (+20 for Dual Layer DVD Burner)
Misc.
No O.S.
Shipping
Shipping U.S.A.
Total 1,055

I wish I could better compete in this arena.
Compared to the Lenovo above the big differences would be
* 667 compared to 400 Mhz fsb speeds.
* Core Duo 1.6 Ghz vs. Single core Celery at 1.5 Ghz
* GMA 950 vs. GMA 900
* ExpressCard Slot vs. PCMCIA slot
* Widescreen compared to Old Style Square aspect

July 10, 2006 3:57:32 AM

But buddy, remember that I have a budget. If I had 1000 bucks to burn yeah, i'd get that notebook. I'm only gonna use it for typing in Law class anyway. So please, give me another suggestion for a bang for the buck laptop in my range. Thanks
July 10, 2006 4:57:47 AM

I would talk to HardwareBoss about his system. It is much better than the one you were looking at and I think he wanted the same price.
July 10, 2006 2:53:20 PM

Dell has their 10 days of deal going on now. you can get a decent base system for pretty cheap.

Dell
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