Cheapest notebook

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  1. SunnyChrono6

    SunnyChrono6 Notebook Enthusiast

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    How much would the cheapest notebooks that are any good for their price cost??No need for discrete graphics,IGPs are good enough,with acceptable processor/ram configurations(anything better than a Core 2 Duo,really)
     
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    Depends on your needs and budget. We have a sticky for a reason, you know ;)
     
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    pianowizard Notebook Evangelist

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    Check eBay often. Two weeks ago I bought my Gateway NX860X laptop for $90 shipped. Look at its amazing specs:

    17.0" 1920x1200
    500GB hard drive
    1.66GHz Core2 Duo T5500
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    Nvidia GeForce Go 7600
    Wireless abg, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    DVD/CDRW comdo
    Media card reader

    I took a small risk though because the resolution wasn't mentioned and the seller stated that the wireless card and touchpad were defective. Fortunately, I managed to fix both, in about an hour, and the WUXGA resolution was a pleasant surprise.
     
  4. JonCordova

    JonCordova Notebook Consultant

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    eBay's a great option. I got my parent's 18.4-inch desktop-repacement for $550 from an eBay seller.

    Because prices shift a lot for new computers, it's easier to tell you the things to avoid. DO NOT buy the $199 or $299 Gateway laptop at Walmart. Why? It has a Netbook processor so slow it can barely run Windows.

    Generally, once you get up to $399, the laptops become okay, but make sure you're buying at least an AMD A- series processor--A4, A6, or A8, or an Intel Core i3-xxx or Core i3-xxxx[three digits in the serial number indicates chips that are two generations old. Four-digit Intel Core chips with numbers in the 2000s are from last year, and the 3000 are from this year.]

    AMD A-series are a good value because their graphics are better than older Intels.
    Avoid like the plague: Intel Atom, AMD C-50, C-60, E-350, E-450. They're functional, but not cheap enough to justify their performance hit.
    Intel Pentium B950 from last year was also a decent processor, really a de-tuned modern Core i3, but there are some "Celerons" floating around that are just de-tune B950s, so I'd avoid the Celerons too.

    Above that, any perk you can find in specs for $399 or $499 is a plus: 1600x900 resolution in the cheapest Acer 17-inch, that sort of thing.
     
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    Second the AMD A-series APU laptops. Good computer for cheap; though the decent A6-series laptops will be $400-$450.
     
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    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    You can buy a brand new Acer 15.6" notebook at Walmart for 296 here. You cannot go wrong with that.

    Sent from my ARCHOS 80G9 using Tapatalk 2
     
  7. pianowizard

    pianowizard Notebook Evangelist

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    It really depends on what one needs. For grandpas and grandmas who use their laptops just to check email and read the news, I say anything more powerful than 2GHz Pentium M and with at least 1GB of RAM suffices. Even for more demanding productivity applications, Core2 Duo and 2GB RAM would be plenty good. An often-asked question is, "Why spend $80 to $150 on a 4-year-old laptop when a brand-new one can be had for as little as $250?" Well, first of all, for some people, even a difference of $100 to $170 is a big deal. But more importantly, a $250 brand-new machine is guaranteed to have the lousiest screen and lowest resolution, whereas if you shop carefully, you can get a $90 used laptop with a nice 1920x1200 screen, like my Gateway NX860X mentioned above. Also, a $250-to-$400 brand-new "craptop" is probably not going to last as long as a $120 used T60 Thinkpad or a $150 used Panasonic Toughbook CF-Y5. In other words, the processor and RAM and hard drive shouldn't be the only considerations when shopping for a laptop. If you want to buy a new laptop whose screen matches my $90 Gateway, or if you want a new laptop with build quality matching the T60 or CF-Y5, you would need to raise your budget to at least $600.
     
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