NWR: Laptop Suggestions?

posted 3 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love my Macbook Pro, but I use a Dell Latitude for work and I also like that. Not sure how much it costs, but it’s the only PC I’ve ever had that doesn’t suck.  It may be because I only use it for work, though?  It’s definitely a bit bulky. though which is the only downside.

My DH had an inspiron and it died within months. 

My boss has a Dell that is similar to the Macbook Air and he really likes it.


Post # 4
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Commenting to follow – I bet now with the back to school sales it’s a good time for a good deal on them.

Post # 5
12875 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would not just buy a laptop from standard best buy ‘sales’.  How soon do you need this?  If you have some time, I would just wait, check out fatwallet.com/slickdeals.net/bensbargains.net daily and wait for a good deal.  You will really get the best bang for your buck that way.  The people posting there are crazy about deals and getting the most for your money.

ETA: You can also just set up alerts for keywords like ‘laptop’ so you’ll just get an email if someone posts a laptop deal.

Post # 6
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would NOT buy a Dell laptop. I purchased one before I left for college and within less than 24 hours of having it, the keyboard corrupted itself. I know a few other people who have Dell laptops as well and they have had nothing but problems.  

I have a Toshiba, which I LOVE. I have had it for quite a number of years now, and it still works great.

Post # 7
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I really liked my Dell laptops when I had them. We have a Sony Vaio right now and LOVE it; no issues at all in two years. Do NOT get an HP or anything with Windows 8. You should be able to get Microsoft Office at a discount because you’re a student, but you can download OpenOffice for free and it’s the same thing. I used it through college with no issues.

Post # 8
2912 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t know much about computers (so will follow this thread with interest) but I love my Macbook Pro. So easy to use. 

Post # 9
2657 posts
Sugar bee

I have had terrible luck with both Dell and HP laptops.  I haven’t had a laptop from either brand last longer than 18 months.  My last HP died after only 1 year.  Right now, I have a Sony Vaio which has been going strong for almost 3 years and it’s showing no signs of aging.  My FI has a Vaio that’s still working after 6 years.

Post # 10
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@arsing89:  +1 everyone I know who has a Dell has had problems, and from what I have heard from my father who used to do his department’s tech support HP is not much better. I have a brand new dell tower at work (replacing a badly corrupted HP pavillion) and within a few days it was freezing. I’m on my second Toshiba and I’ve had no problems with either computer, the only reason I upgraded is because my 5 year old laptop was getting slow and wasn’t working very well with the newest software. My current Toshiba is great I haven’t had a single problem.

Post # 11
819 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Commenting to follow! I need a new one myself!

Post # 13
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@PaisleyMedic:  Darn. My mom and I LOVE our Toshibas, but if anything I would go with an HP (Dell sucks and Sony’s are meh to me). Second, don’t worry about hard drive size. I know it is important to you, but you can always opt for an external hard drive that you plug in on the go. Plus it is a good idea in case you lose anything on your pc it will be there on your external, so you should get one either way.

If all you’re going to use it for is school and Microsoft Office, then you can get away with something under $599. Keep it at 4GB memory, with a smaller hard drive, and you should be good to go. Remember to factor in how juch Office costs becuase usually that program is a pretty penny.

I used to work at Best Buy with the Geek Squad (I was the dept supervisor), so I am speaking from experience, but I haven’t worked there in a few years, and technology changes SO fast. If you do go to Best Buy to get it, don’t let them talk you into all the extras you don’t need.

Post # 14
339 posts
Helper bee

Another vote for Toshiba from me 🙂 I’ve had 2 in 7 years and the only issue has been a noisy fan (managed to fix it myself!). Asus is another brand I would trust. 

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