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Old 11-27-2008, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm looking for a cheap laptop. All I need it for is email, writing school papers, and storing some photos/music. Built in webcam is a plus.

I was thinking about getting one of those refurbished at geeks.com
like this one
Hp/Compaq nc6120 Pentium M 1.73GHz 512MB 40GB CDRW/DVD 15" XP Professional HP NC6120

But I'm a bit skeptical about the refurbished part. lol

So, please guide me.
Thank you in advance.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,

What's the maximum you can spend? $300? You can get a new laptop with better specs for as little as $400 nowadays if you can stretch it.

If you're on a really tight budget, then this laptop would seems be adequate for your needs, despite its low and outdated specs.

If you know where to look, and you're a careful shopper, refurbished laptops can save you a lot of money. For example, I bought an refurbished ultraportable notebook off ebay for just 350 when it's current retail price is around 1200. Excellent condition too. Be aware of the current condition of the laptop and whether there is retailer or manufacturer warranty, and be sure to know what the terms for the warranty is.
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Geeks is sort of over priced imo and there's no guarantee of the condition of the laptop other than a fuzzy rating scale. You'd be a lot better off buying something in your price range off ebay.
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If get one soon newegg has a black Friday sale on the MSI Wind.

Newegg.com - MSI Wind U100-411US White Intel Atom N270(1.60GHz) 10.0" WSVGA 1GB Memory 120GB HDD Netbook - Netbooks

It should have no problem doing all of the things you mentioned and has a built in webcam.

If you don't need windows or mind a smaller screen this apsire 1 is also a good deal.

Newegg.com - Acer Aspire One AOA110-1113 Blue Intel Atom N270(1.60GHz) 8.9" 512MB Memory 8GB SSD Netbook - Netbooks
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Well I can stretch it to about $400. And wouldn't mind too much a 10" screen, though I prefer 15.4".

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