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#1 kube00

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:26 PM

Wife wants a new laptop. $350 or less is ideal, would like an i3 and at least a 13" screen.

 

I've seen an open box DELL Inspiron 13z (i13z-8864sLV) Intel Core i3 3217U(1.80GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD 13.3" Notebook Windows 8 for $330

 

Refurb ASUS X55C Intel Core i3 2370M(2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6" Notebook Windows 8 64-bit for $339

 

Since she is only planning to use it for web surfing and word processing, I could get away with a dual core processor. 

Touchscreen would be nice as well, but its not a deal breaker. Suggestions? I've spent a little time hunting SD


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#2 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:37 PM

That budget definitely doesn't leave a lot of room to work with, so something like this is probably the best you can get outside of maybe a black friday sale:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834101327

 

Have you perhaps considered a chromebook though? If she is only going to be using the web and other basic tasks, it might be a better option. Low end laptops generally have a pretty poor build quality, so chances are you aren't going to be thrilled with whatever you get, but chromebooks actually have a decent feel to them and would probably last longer since they don't have as much likelyhood of overheating. Just something to consider, I know the screen size might be a dealbreaker, but if you get the chance I'd head over to a walmart/bestbuy and give it a look:

http://www.amazon.co...ords=chromebook


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#3 Vinny

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:45 PM

Black Friday is only 2 months away... there's almost always some decent laptop deals then. 


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#4 kube00

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:00 PM

Don't think we can wait till black Friday I had thought about the chrome book but she is locked into iTunes

Gateway has okay reviews I appreciate the suggestions

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#5 pacifickarma

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 09:16 PM

It's an AMD, but it should be a nice computer for the price: http://www.bestbuy.c...5&skuId=8873902



#6 kube00

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 10:00 PM

Nothing wrong with AMD!


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#7 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:02 PM

Nothing wrong with AMD!

I've nothing against AMD either (my laptop has an A8), but as they are virtually identical aside from the CPU, I don't see any reason to choose that one over the Gateway I linked earlier.

 

Source: http://cpuboss.com/c...vs-AMD-A6-4400M


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#8 Vinny

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:45 PM

Based on their design, the Gateway would be a better productivity computer (better raw processor) whereas the Toshiba would be a better multimedia computer (APU with integrated graphics will result in better graphic/visual capabilities- though not really one for actual gaming). 

 

Honestly though, besides the processor/integrated graphics set up, these two are almost identical laptops. 


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#9 randamin

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 01:14 PM

This looks just about right http://laalo.com/Del...s-8-Laptop.html

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#10 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 02:37 PM

This looks just about right http://laalo.com/Del...s-8-Laptop.html

Just a warning this site has no WOT or SiteAdviser data, and I've never heard of them either. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I would probably look for the same model somewhere else.


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#11 Effort

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 04:52 PM

AMD is definitely better for the lower end because of the APU design.

 

I usually don't recommend bestbuy because it's overpriced usually but this is a great deal for $250.

 

http://www.bestbuy.c...2&skuId=8850089

 

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#12 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:08 PM

 

AMD is definitely better for the lower end because of the APU design.

 

I usually don't recommend bestbuy because it's overpriced usually but this is a great deal for $250.

 

http://www.bestbuy.c...2&skuId=8850089

 

AMD E2-1800 HD 7340 4GB DDR3 500GB (5400 RPM) Windows 8 64-bit

 

For the price I'd say this looks pretty good too. Granted black friday is just a month away, but I doubt you'll be able to find a better price-to-specs deal than this otherwise :)


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