(Closed) Lap top suggestions?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
14498 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have had two Toshibas and two Samsungs. Really liked both brands. I have had both high end in each and low end. We are getting a new Samsung laptops when we get our Samsung TV for ourselves at Christmas.  I love the fact that I can cross work and transmit between the two and then you add my Samsung phone into that and there you go.The Toshiba I have now is around 350 and so far it is a great machine. Perfect for intrr surfing and video streaming and it is slightly cheaper than the Samsungs.


Post # 4
958 posts
Busy bee

I’d stay away from Dell, I had the Dell Inspiron (I design websites and needed it soley to view the graphics on both a PC & a Mac) and the screen went out in less than 3 months with minimal use. I never even took it anywhere. I know you’re trying to stay away from super expensive laptops but I think quality is huge when you’re looking for a computer. I’d suggest an iPad if you just want to use it for the internet, movies, etc… Every Apple product I’ve ever had has held up like a tank. 🙂

Post # 5
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Honestly, for $300, you are not going to get an amazing laptop. It will be able to do basic web browsing and Word editing, but it will be slow and “laggy”.

But I totally understand having a budget. My recommendation would be to get either Samsung, Sony, or Toshiba. HPs can be very pretty and girly, but they are loaded with unnecessary media software that bogs the system down. I’d also avoid Accer. I have a deep hatred for them lol, and I’ve never seen one that lasts.

at a bare minimum:

  • make sure it runs Windows 7. Do not get Vista. 
  • 250GB+ hard drive
  • 3GB RAM

If you can afford to spurge, Macbooks are absolutely amazing. They may be expensive, but there are so worth it in the end. My experience with their customer service has always been superb, whereas with other companies, they have “lost” my warranty info, etc.

oh, and this is coming from someone who is currently in university for computer science 🙂

Post # 6
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

this one is pink lol!


(note: this one does not have a CD-DVD drive)

As long as you remember that in the end, you get what you pay for. A $300 laptop isn’t going to be amazing or super fast. But if that isn’t important to you, than a laptop like this will be perfect 🙂

Post # 7
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I agree with PP. Stay away from Dell. They are terrible for laptops. I have a Toshiba and I love it! I bought mine in 2007, and although it is starting to get a little slow, it runs like a champ.

Post # 8
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Macbook Pro.  Spend the money for it.  Finance it if you have to.  It’s worth it.

I bought my first Mac in 2006, and had it for three years before I decided to upgrade to the newer version.  I sold it for almost as much as I’d bought it for.  You can’t do that with a PC.  

Post # 9
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010


Every PC laptop I ever hap died within 1-2 years. My last Macbook lasted 7 and I only replaced it because the hardware couldn’t handle my new photo editing software. Still runs like a champ – even the battery!

You get what you pay for, i’ll say that much!

Post # 10
3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t know the price but I have a Lenovo.  We got it because I’m very hard on laptops and broke 1 toshiba and 2 HP’s.  I would not say my laptop is girly in any way however.

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