Best Laptop under $1,200

Hello,

I am looking to find an inexpensive laptop or desktop computer, preferably under $1,200. I will be using this for checking email, writing papers and surfing the net. I prefer that it comes with Microsoft office. I use excel and word programs day and night.

I am open to spending a bit more if it is necessary, especially if it will allow me to find a computer that will last me a while. I don't want to have to buy another computer for the next 4 or 5 years.

I will say that I do not want to spend over $1,500. I did this already when I bought my first apple laptop. Turns out that the keyboard was broken when I purchased it and it it never ran great. I had to end up buying a plug-in keyboard and mouse because I was tired of returning it.

After spending all of that money on a laptop, I would much rather find a cheaper option that has basic functionality.

I have heard great things about Toshiba and Hewlett Packard but I know that they can be a bit pricey and over my budget. I also know that there are cheaper brands out there like Gateway, Acer, Compaq or Sony. But don't know about reliability...

Thoughts?


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  1. Well first go here http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/50797-35-laptop-buyers

    and copy and paste that into your post answering the quetsions listed. Now that being said you really shouldn't have to pay over $600 for what you want to do.
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