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I need a PC laptop
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 19, 2015 05:21PM
My ONLY requirement (other than being a laptop) is that it needs to run Office. Don't care about browsing, emailing, watching movies or anything. Well maybe watching tutorials. I don't want to spend a lot either as I plan to use this as a one trick pony.

I want my wife to be able to take it with her when she takes our daughter to swimming, rock climbing, ceramics etc. Basically where she does a lot of sitting around and waiting. It's a great opportunity to let her brush up on her Office skills and really the only free time she has.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: February 19, 2015 05:26PM
No, you don't.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 19, 2015 05:28PM
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Article Accelerator
No, you don't.

I need one. Not to be confused with I WANT one.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: PizzaGod
Date: February 19, 2015 05:31PM
All kinds of cheap stuff on Craigslist-like Dual Core Thinkpads for $100 or less.

Want something with a warranty? Dell outlet or even the Cheapest stuff WalMart has to offer-like $229 for something that is guaranteed for a year.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: PizzaGod
Date: February 19, 2015 05:31PM
What the heck? Reposted again and again.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: PizzaGod
Date: February 19, 2015 05:31PM
Same message popped up 3 times. Sorry guys. (Of course I am on one of those $100 Thinkpads...)



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: IronMac
Date: February 19, 2015 05:33PM
Can't recommend a model but try to get something light with a good screen. Too heavy and no one will ever bring it out.

Processing power, HD and memory are not things to worry about.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 19, 2015 05:43PM
I like the idea of the Microsoft signature series with nine of the crapware on it...except for office of course.

[www.microsoftstore.com]



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 19, 2015 06:00PM
Stay away from Lenevo?

How to Test Your PC for the New "Superfish" Security Vulnerability

[lifehacker.com]





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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: STL
Date: February 19, 2015 06:03PM
Buy a refurb Mac laptop and run Windows under Parallels or Boot Camp while having the advantage of running OSX on another partition on demand.

You're Welcome



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: kj
Date: February 19, 2015 06:04PM
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bazookaman
I like the idea of the Microsoft signature series with nine of the crapware on it...except for office of course.

[www.microsoftstore.com]

My brother had one of these, and he liked it plenty until his daughter spilled a coke down the keyboard. I think it's a perfectly good machine for what you're doing with it. In case you didn't notice, the free office is a subscription for a year, but at that price, I don't know how much that matters. I think it's also tied to Bing in some way, but I don't remember the particulars. kj.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: Carm
Date: February 19, 2015 06:22PM
A netbook is more of what you need. Asus or Samsung
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: Forrest
Date: February 19, 2015 06:23PM
Staples has a Asus laptop on sale for $150 slickdeals
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 19, 2015 06:31PM
Don't get a 17 inch one. She'll leave it in the car.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: kj
Date: February 19, 2015 06:40PM
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Dennis S
Don't get a 17 inch one. She'll leave it in the car.

Same with the 15.6 inch ones. Too big to use in this manner. kj.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 19, 2015 06:50PM
Fry's has a 15" 720p Acer quad core 2.16 GHz Pentium (not i5/i7) with 4 GB RAM for $260. Need a email code to get that price, only valid for 3 more days.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: silvarios
Date: February 19, 2015 07:03PM
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STL
Buy a refurb Mac laptop and run Windows under Parallels or Boot Camp while having the advantage of running OSX on another partition on demand.

You're Welcome

So $1000 instead of $150-$300?
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: STL
Date: February 19, 2015 08:30PM
11" MacBookAir isn't $1k. It will do her fine and last.
I've used PC's in the price range you quoted and they are heavy, slow, made poorly and loaded with crapware, in otherwords they are junk.

Money doesn't come easy, at least for me. But I would never throw away $300 PC.

Spend your money wisely and don't just look at the initial cost.

With a Mac you can have both a machine running Windows and one running OSX.

Check the Apple refurb store and use your brain.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: jardster
Date: February 19, 2015 08:44PM
Check out pinkoos thread from earlier...

[forums.macresource.com]



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: silvarios
Date: February 19, 2015 09:17PM
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STL
11" MacBookAir isn't $1k. It will do her fine and last.
I've used PC's in the price range you quoted and they are heavy, slow, made poorly and loaded with crapware, in otherwords they are junk.

Money doesn't come easy, at least for me. But I would never throw away $300 PC.

Spend your money wisely and don't just look at the initial cost.

With a Mac you can have both a machine running Windows and one running OSX.

Check the Apple refurb store and use your brain.

The 11" already linked to in this thread isn't heavy or particularly poorly made, but it sure isn't a speed demon. However, it will likely suffice for the single use task noted by the OP. As far as refurb MacBook price, you are forgetting the Windows license which is at least another $70 and sales tax of course.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: silvarios
Date: February 19, 2015 09:17PM
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jardster
Check out pinkoos thread from earlier...

[forums.macresource.com]

Good tip.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 20, 2015 05:21AM
She has a MacBook Pro already. I don't want her taking that fancy shmancy machine to a rock climbing gym or even out of the house. And of course I would have to buy a Parallels and an office license.

So yes. A cheap PC laptop will be fine...for this specific purpose.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 20, 2015 05:21AM
Seems cheap enough, probably in all respects: $205 shipped:

[sellout.woot.com]

HP Essential 630 15.6" Laptop, Intel P6200 2.13GHz Dual-Core, 320GB SATA, 4GB DDR3, 802.11n, Win7HP 64-Bit



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 20, 2015 05:36AM
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Speedy
Seems cheap enough, probably in all respects: $205 shipped:

[sellout.woot.com]

HP Essential 630 15.6" Laptop, Intel P6200 2.13GHz Dual-Core, 320GB SATA, 4GB DDR3, 802.11n, Win7HP 64-Bit

I saw that one. The HP at the MS Store weighs in a half that much. So yes, less powerful. But also less heavy. A good point was made here. If it's too much to lug around, she won't.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 20, 2015 07:57AM
With Office for iOS, you could also get similar functionality via a keyboard case if you have an iPad.
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 20, 2015 08:06AM
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sekker
With Office for iOS, you could also get similar functionality via a keyboard case if you have an iPad.

O thought of that too. But our only iPad is my daughters and I wouldn't want it lugged around so much as it's a high end one. Plus, the work she will eventually be doing will be on a PC. So I want her to learn on as close a platform as possible.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: STL
Date: February 20, 2015 05:39PM
If your wife is a Mac person chances are consider that you forcing a Windows box on her will make her an unhappy camper.

If Moma's not happy, nobody's happy.


Don't disappoint her
Buy the Mac
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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: silvarios
Date: February 20, 2015 06:14PM
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STL
If your wife is a Mac person chances are consider that you forcing a Windows box on her will make her an unhappy camper.

If Moma's not happy, nobody's happy.


Don't disappoint her
Buy the Mac

How do you know someone else's preferences? Seriously, someone sets a budget and the best suggestion is three times as much? It might surprise some, but many people aren't Mac or Windows or Linux or DOS or C64 people, they are just tools for the job people. If you think a Mac is the right option, wouldn't a used MacBook Air in the $500 range be a decent fit compared to something that will cost $1000? My quibble isn't the hardware brand, it's the price disparity between your suggested and the OP's budget.

Imagine if I wanted a car and my budget was around $20,000, and the only suggestion was a Tesla for $60,000-$100,000? While a fine maker of automobile, Tesla has nothing I would every buy because their prices are far over my budget.



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Re: I need a PC laptop
Posted by: AllGold
Date: February 21, 2015 02:38PM
I recently got a Dell 6420 refurb on eBay from user "dell-official-store-usa-refurbished" (you can probably guess who that is wink smiley). [www.ebay.com]

A good machine at a good price and the process was very smooth. The only minor negatives:

* having to pay sales tax
* while it was packed well, it's kind of a one-time use box
* no physical restore media included (not unusual for Dell with their restore partition)
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