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« on: September 15, 2011, 09:11:35 PM »
My daughter is in college and in the market for a laptop computer. Don't to go too cheap, not interested in the most money that can be spent either. What is the general opinion of the most bang for the buck. She is thinking about the 15 inch size.
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Re: Laptop
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2011, 09:38:52 PM »
Wife just got a Toshiba from Office Depot for less than $400.  Doing just fine for her for studies in nursing school.
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Re: Laptop
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2011, 09:41:24 PM »
HP   walmart or Sams  mine is a HP G62 less than 400 bucks and it works just fine other than I HATE A LAPTOP KEYBOARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Laptop
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011, 12:09:11 AM »
For college purposes, something along the lines of what Jeff or Buck mentioned would be fine.  As long as she isn't wanting to play the latest video games on it.

If it doesn't come bundled with the laptop she gets, I would also look into educational discounts for Microsoft software such as Word, Excel, etc.  Usually, it can be purchased at (or through) a university bookstore for a substantial discount.  She will definitely want that sort of software to be successful.

If she's not stuck on Miscrosoft, "Open Office" can be had for free and does pretty well (although I've never run it on a Windows system).

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Re: Laptop
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2011, 05:41:49 AM »
I like Toshiba brand myself and I have two here, this one and and older one. They are like the energizer bunny..........keeps going.........going............going. :D

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2011, 07:09:30 AM »
Sony Vaio is the best short of a mac air which is too much money for what you get. I made the mistake of getting a laptop with a 17" screen and hate it, just too big for me.

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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2011, 08:34:55 AM »
I like Toshiba brand myself and I have two here, this one and and older one. They are like the energizer bunny..........keeps going.........going............going. :D

SwampD - that may be the case.  BUT, because of this:  Toshiba-Kongsberg scandal.  I will never own anything from Toshiba.

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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2011, 09:24:09 AM »
I have an IBM thinkpad and while it isn't fancy or stylish, it gets the job done and has for 7 years now with nothing more than a battery. And I carry it all over, even run it in the car for GPS turn by turn directions. My brother has a thinkpad that is almost 10 years old and he still uses it everyday for surfing the internet. When my thinkpad dies its replacement will be another thinkpad as it just plain works.

The other half had a top of the line Toshiba and the LCD screen went out (and Toshiba said tough crap its 7 days out of warranty), so she replaced it with an HP which now has broken hinges and some other issues. I've since replaced the LCD and use the Toshiba as a "desktop" hooked up to the TV.


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Re: Laptop
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2011, 11:25:17 AM »
Warbird, Open Office works fine from a Windows platform. Microsoft Office is expensive and Open Office can be used for the same purposes.
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Re: Laptop
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2011, 01:01:31 PM »
She has been using Open Office on this XP machine for the last year, some communication issues when takes her work to school and opens it in Word. Nothing major.

Keep the opinions coming, she will be going to get one in a few days. Before she does I am going to let her read this thread.
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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2011, 01:13:56 PM »
What is your daughter's major at college Bill?

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Re: Laptop
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2011, 01:47:19 PM »

Good laptop deals show up almost daily on www.slickdeals.net .I noticed today there is a Dell for $329.
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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2011, 05:31:56 PM »
Norm, she is going into teaching.
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2011, 05:43:24 PM »
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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2011, 10:56:53 PM »
i have a dell inspiron with windows 7 and 15" monitor, love having the mobility to go any where  :)price wasn't bad somewhere around $350
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Re: Laptop
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2011, 11:19:43 PM »
Looks like I may be in the market for a new laptop.  Mine has been going to white screen, green screen, black screen, & blue screen about anytime that it decides to.  Looks like tonight it has lost it's mind and can't see the wireless network.   :-\

I hate to even think about moving bookmarks, programs, etc. to a new one.  Especially when I don't know how to.  Life is simpler when stuff works.
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« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2011, 11:25:48 PM »
MM, I can move files for you with no trouble.
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« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2011, 01:22:10 AM »
  I use a MacBook Pro I bought at Best Buy. When it was new I could get six hours of run time on the battery before needing charging. Two years latter I'm getting about four hours. The body is milled from a solid block of aluminum wich makes it very durable. I also don't worry about viruses. Not yet anyway. (Knock on wood) It may or may not be the ideal laptop for your needs. Just putting my two cents worth in. I like a Mac.  One thing I do recommend is shopping at Best Buy. The associates are well trained to help and they have a great selection to choose from. Best wishes to your daughter.  I hope she turns out like my old history teacher and not like my old english teacher. I still hate english. I just hope Mrs. Weiner Witch Winagar doesn't                                                          read the Forestry Form. Just kidding. bat_smailey

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« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2011, 06:00:15 AM »
So dats where www comes from. :D
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« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2011, 07:10:27 AM »
We bought ours at Best Buy. We brought the protection plan and the added warranty too. Covers the lap top even if we drop it on the floor. We'll see how that works when we do drop it. Does add a bit to the final bill,but need any of it once and it is worth it.
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