Best bang-for-the-buck laptop for school

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  1. kevindd992002

    kevindd992002 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Black Friday is right around the corner and we need to buy a laptop that's strictly for school (so mostly Office apps). Budget would probably be around $300 to $350. What's the best bang-for-the-buck laptop that I need to be eyeing on for any potential BF deals?

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $300-$350

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    USA or Philippines, depending on where it's cheaper overall. Hopefully, USA Black Friday deals will slash the prices down.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Nothing in particular. Whichever brand is good, I can consider.

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Probably redistributed but I don't want anything used

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    School. It will be used by a child. Mainly just for Office apps.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Mostly leaving it in desk but it would be good if it can be portable too

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Not really but a very non-GPU intensive game here and there would be a plus. The youngster is usually playing COD on her mobile phone.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    As much as possible but up to the point that the battery doesn't give a significant amount of weight to the total weight of the system. Portability is still a factor. Sorry for giving a vague answer.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Buying a notebook online without physically seeing it is OK

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    At minimum 1080p

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Matte

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, but not to the point that looks sacrifice performance

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    An SSD for OS would be great and probably a 1TB mechanical HDD for storage

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    This November. I'm waiting for Black Friday

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    A couple of years, maybe 5 or so

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    Pretty long, since the youngster is not yet used to having a laptop. However, things will definitely change when she "gets into" laptops

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    No
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    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Toshi001

    Toshi001 Notebook Guru

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    U better go to Slick Deals to see deals there.
    I'm not American and have been there only once, I think that is one of the best online website for laptop deals.

    You are lucky to have so many options with better specs & cheaper price too in America.
    Would love to go there and shop again.

    Good luck!
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    They're saying due to the supply chain hiccups we shouldn't expect the same kind of discounts on Black Friday this year as we've seen in the past. The good news is Office does not need a lot of oomph, so a notebook from five years ago should perform as well as a new one for Office. You might want to consider the FAQ stuck at the top of this forum and post back. That would help is flesh things out.
     
  4. kevindd992002

    kevindd992002 Notebook Virtuoso

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    I use Slickdeals too but I have to know what to look for. I'm not from the USA either but I buy a lot of stuff from there and have them ship to the Philippines. It's almost always cheaper that way, plus a lot more variety to choose from.

    at the top of this forum and post back. That would help is flesh things out.[/QUOTE]

    I'm sure it won't be the same as the past Black Fridays. Prices of most electronics have gone up since a few months ago and it sucks. Even though this would be a school laptop, I would want to buy something that's close to latest gen, if not the latest gen. I edited my OP for the answers to the stickied post.
     
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  5. Toshi001

    Toshi001 Notebook Guru

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    I see.. Lucky you, again =)

    I'm in SEA too, but shipping here will make it considerably more expensive.
    Bless Duterte for not making stupid import system like my country ><
     
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    kevindd992002 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Ahaha. Where are you from? I use freight forwarders. Shipping direct with couriers like DHL, FedEx, and UPS will make import tax enormous as well. Maybe you also have freight forwarders in your place.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    For strictly Office and/or media consumption, a Chromebook would do what you want. There are plenty out there in your price range, with some even cheaper still.
     
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    Toshi001 Notebook Guru

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    Indonesia, where the discounts are fake, prices never really go down and lots of bullcrap tricks..
    e.g. Discount 50%, Max discount 10 USD, Min purchase 1,000 USD.... Those companies should go to jail ><

    The import duty, tax, etc is ridiculous here. So Forwarders not worth it.
     
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    kevindd992002 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Can you install Windows on Chromebooks though? I haven't really used a Chromebook yet.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    No, everything is done via the Chrome web browser, which has the Google "office" suite (docs, spreadsheet, etc). You can also install MS Office and other apps from the Google Play store.
     
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