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What Notebooks are good for cheap?

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July 1, 2012 12:46:19 AM

Hey guys, recently my high school has adopted a BYOT strategy. (Bring Your Own Technology)
So i wanted to get a netbook to be able to bring to school and take notes and pretty basic functions. I will not want to game which is obvious because i want a netbook. Also i recently spent around 900 dollars on AMAZING gaming desktop that i personally built so i don't want the net book to cost to much. I just wanted something that can watch videos, type notes, Type documents, Surf the web etc. I was thinking that every so often i would link my netbook to my desktop to back data and stuff. I was thinking somewhere around the 200 dollar range. I don't want to get a laptop because they are too expensive i don't really care if they are kind of old the money aspect comes first. I rather have something that types documents and has slow internet and pay like 100 dollars for it than a blazing fast thing that costed 350.
thanks guys!

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July 2, 2012 1:07:35 AM

as i said before i really am looking for something budgeted. so anything over 250 is already a lot.
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July 2, 2012 1:19:02 AM

Anything in that range will be used. I've had a couple Acer AspireOne netbooks (mostly for use in travel) and I like them.

Search ebay for "Acer Aspire One" limit it to the "Laptops & Netbooks" catagory and under $200. There are quite a number, some with buy it now.

In fact, this is the same as my current one (note, I'm not the seller) for a buy it now of $179. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aspire-One-722-BZ454-/251094397...
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July 2, 2012 1:19:49 AM

It's 11.6" and with the built in APU can play some games (I upgraded mine to 4gb RAM). Certainly does web and email and such fine.
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July 2, 2012 1:32:54 AM

can i get them new for what price?
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July 2, 2012 1:35:02 AM

That one would be about $300 new, but some are as low as $240..

$200 can't buy you a brand new computer.
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July 2, 2012 3:29:37 PM

Bestbuy sells some acer models for around 350...
I thought those were cheap when I saw them.
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July 2, 2012 5:06:54 PM

ekzhu703 said:
can i get them new for what price?

Do you have Fry's around you?
http://www.frys.com/product/6973897?site=sa:adpages page:Fri_p1
Lenovo G575, AMD E450,15.6" Screen Display, Notebook With 2GB Memory,320GB Hard Drive, W7 Home Premium. For $230 - pretty usable full-size laptop
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July 23, 2012 7:24:51 PM

Ok sorry for such a late reply but i was thinking i would but linux on it and skip windows 7 as it is extra cha-ching. would it run good? Like could i read documents my teachers send out electronically and would i be able to print like normally using a linux/ubuntu based text writer?
thanks for all the replies so far!
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July 23, 2012 10:20:06 PM

ekzhu703 said:
Ok sorry for such a late reply but i was thinking i would but linux on it and skip windows 7 as it is extra cha-ching. would it run good? Like could i read documents my teachers send out electronically and would i be able to print like normally using a linux/ubuntu based text writer?
thanks for all the replies so far!


If they are sent in PDF, yes. If they are in MS Word format, then you could use OpenOffice, but it's not perfect compatibility-wise (text will be all there, but the formatting might be off). Not a big deal on opening documents, but creating them would be a pain to ensure your teacher will see your paper in exactly the way you want.
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July 23, 2012 10:35:04 PM

ekzhu703 said:
Ok sorry for such a late reply but i was thinking i would but linux on it and skip windows 7 as it is extra cha-ching. would it run good? Like could i read documents my teachers send out electronically and would i be able to print like normally using a linux/ubuntu based text writer?
thanks for all the replies so far!

Very few manufacturers let you not buy a Win 7 license, so putting Linux on a laptop won't save you any money, since the cost is already factored into the netbook.
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