My mothers laptop crapped out the other day, and from what we can tell, its most likely the motherboard. Since its out of warranty, its probably better just to get a new laptop. Since last time she just grabbed the cheapest laptop at Microenter (an eMachine), I wanted to get some advice before she goes looking for another.
She mainly uses it for: web browsing, checking her mail, YouTube, office stuff. Basically, something for small business and personal use.
It needs to be as cheap as possible.
Also, we live in Michigan, USA, and the broken laptop is a e627 kawg0
As a side note, anyone know what to do with a dead laptop(minus the hard drive)?
You can turn the HDD into a USB backup device with an inexpensive external case.
Beyond that the best option for an old laptop is parting out the still working parts if you can find anyone willing to buy them on Ebay, etc.
Based on your requirements it shouldn't be hard to find something decent @ $400 or under.
Those look good, but is there anything cheaper? Money is really tight right now. Although I did guess that a new laptop would be at least $300, so the $350 one looks really tempting.
To bad it says it expires today, cant get anything until the next paycheck.
And thanks for the advice on what to do with the dead laptop.
I checked the local MicroCenter and didn't see any refurb/recertified laptops in the price range you wanted.
I also checked TigerDirect and the only under $300 models I thought were worth looking at were "off lease". A Dell Latitude D630 C2D @ $290 and Lenovo ThinkPad R61 @ $300
Off lease is a lower-grade option below refurb/recertified and usually have a 90 day warranty. I can't recommend something like that.
Especially when you get a decent new laptop with warranty for @ $350.
If you want to keep checking on good deals I like to use Dealigg and LogicBuy
You probably want to avoid the 'Netbooks and also the Notebooks with Netbook CPUs (AMD E-350 or Intel Celeron 900 for example)