(Closed) Computer (laptop) help!

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 17
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Fiance bought an Acer when he was in college nine years ago, and obviously used it pretty regularly.  He didn’t use it for a few years, and then when I moved in a year and a half ago, he gave it to me to use.  I used it daily, and would still be using it if I didn’t get lured in by Boxing Day sales.  Needless to say, I got another Acer, and swear by the brand.  A nine year-old laptop that works with no glitches?  Pretty awesome!

Post # 18
15020 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Here’s another one, a HP, not as good a processor as the other one from staples I linked, (i3 vs i5) but only $430 after rebate


And an ASUS from best buy, $450.  This would be my top pick, def worth 20 bucks to get the i5 over the HP i3.


Post # 19
8 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

Macbooks are NOT just “different”….

They are HIGHER quality and definitely a better choice than any pc out there, period.  I’ve had a Macbook for four years…no viruses, no issues installing any programs, great user/support community.

I’ve got the following PC’s along with the follwing problems:

Toshiba Laptop – intermittent Wireless access issues, had to get new hard drive b/c of viruses

IBM Thinkpad – Had to replace hard drive b/c it crashed

HP Desktop – Slow

Sony Vaio – No problems yet but the hardware (lcd) is low quality

In addition, there are constant installtion issues and problems with the operating systems or wireless.

Since I have had the Macbook, I haven’t had ANY problems and the crazy thing is that I purchased it used from Craigslist!  I have a new Macbook Pro and its lightning fast.

The point is, Macbooks are not only different, they are a better investment.

Post # 20
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love my macbook pro, but since you’re looking in the 500 range, I’d suggest HP. Dells have given us nothing but trouble lately, but the HP we have is going strong. If it’s for school, remember not to get anything too wide, because the bigger it is, the heavier it is, and it can suck to haul them around all day.

Post # 21
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Check to see if your college offers any discounts. My school offers a discount on both Dell and Apple – with Dell (cheaper) I just said I was a student. I expected I’d have to give them my student ID number or fax a schedule, but nope. It was only like 10% off, but I figured every little bit helps. I’ve had my Dell for almost 3 years and it’s still going strong. I will say I paid a little more to get teh warranty – but when my computer died this summer**, they had a certain amount of time to fix it – and they had to send someone out to my house to do it. I had my computer back up and running within 48 hours. 


**always back up your harddrive!

Post # 22
4801 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@jazzybee: She asked for something inexpensive, so your Mac rant is fairly pointless. You could easily have problems with the hard drive or internet connection on a Mac just as you could a PC, the parts inside it are not different enough – it’s not like Macs never break, that’s luck of the draw and how well you take care of your laptop. As far as being slow goes, again, that can happen with any computer that doesn’t have enough memory usage or where you’re not being careful with your antivirus/spyware stuff.


I have a Toshiba laptop, was in a similar situation to you and spent 380 on mine – make sure you leave enough $ to get a good anti-virus and Office Home and Student, you’ll definitely need it if you’re in school. I talked to my coworkers in the computer department to see what they recommended for cheap but not super slow or crappy and settled on an i3 processor and was also told you want a minimum of 4 GB.

Post # 24
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Asus manufactures a lot of parts that are in name brand computers so they’re high quality and less expensive.  I got that as my second computer (I use a Mac and wanted a netbook) and I got it for around $200, so you could probably get a full size for your budget.  I did a lot of research and they had great reviews.

Post # 25
8 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

You can find a used Macbook in good condition on Craigslist, or use Apple discounts on any college campus.

Macs are just best, which is what she asked for.


Post # 26
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I just ordered an Acer from Newegg. Hopefully it works out good for me. (Got myself a little netbook to haul around.) Newegg’s shipping is insanely fast. (3 day shipping for free.)

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