Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’m hoping some of you ladies are pretty tech savvy and can help guide me to a good new laptop because I am super clueless. Here are kind of some highlights about what I’m looking for
– I don’t really want to spend more than $500, but I could be willing to go up to $600
– I use a mac now and can’t say it’s my favorite
– I mainly need it for internet use and school. I will need Microsoft Office
– I tend to use a lot of storage on my previous laptops/desktops
– I don’t want anything bigger than like 15.6″
– I’d prefer a Dell, HP, or Sony
I’ve come across a few on Best Buy that seem to have good ratings. What do you think and do you have any other suggestions?
Dell Inspiron 4GB Memory 500GB Hard Drive $299.99
Dell Inspiron 4GB Memory 500GB Hard Drive $429.99
(I honestly don’t understand the huge differences between those two)
HP 2000 4GB Memory 500GB Hard Drive $369.99
Am I looking a decent amount of memory and whatnot? Or should I increase something? Like I said, I’m truly clueless.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
@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
Commenting to follow! I need a new one myself!
Post # 12
So apparently Dell and HP aren’t popular here. Lol. Both my sister and my mom have Toshiba’s and they’ve had nothing but problems with them, so I’m trying to avoid that. I’ve heard generally good things about the 3 brands I’ve listed (Dell, HP, and Sony), which is why I mention them. I am absolutely NOT interested in a MacBook. It’s what I use now and I really don’t love it. Not to mention they’re out of the price range I want to stay in if possible.
Post # 13
@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
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.