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Old 01-10-2006, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy a relatively cheap laptop - somewhere in the range of $500-700. It doesn't need any glamourous specs. I have looked at a couple Acers, a Dell and a Toshiba all relatively the same in hardware profiles and more or less in the same price range. Does anyone have any suggestions for which manufacturer to go with? I know you can't expect too much from a low end laptop but I want it to at least be reliable (mainly concerned with not having serious hardware issues or other major problems).

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Toshiba make good reliable laptops, two owned by my uncle, one passed to me, both work good except i think the battery in mine is dead but the laptop is 4 years old so, id get a toshiba
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If you are willing to buy a used lappy, cehck out RetroBox.
http://www.retrobox.com/rbwww/home/s...ex%5Frank+desc

Their laptops come without an operating system, so you have to provide your own Windows or Linux.

A few other places to look for open box and refurbished lappys:
http://onthegopc.com/
http://refurbdepot.com/category.cfm?PageID=205
http://www.techforless.com/cgi-bin/t...rg=AL&mv_pc=22
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toshiba makes really good quality computers! don't get a dell... DO NOT GET A DELL!!!
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Well, I ahve to admit that Dell's lappys ain't too bad. Of course, that's because someone else builds 'em, though.

If you're not going to be gaming, check out WinBook:
http://winbook.com/notebooks/notebooks.html
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