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Good deal or rip off on used laptop?

I'm looking to buy a used laptop (it's all I can afford), and found one within my budget that seems OK. I wanted some opinions on whether it is worth the price or if they are ripping me off. They are asking for $560. Here are the specs:

Dell Inspiron 2600 Laptop in good working condition:

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Not a great deal.

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A NEW over 2GHz Celeron (I don't remember how much past 2.0) was in the 650 buck range at outlook.com. For Office I use Open Office and have similar painting tools with the Gimp and Paint Shop Pro (purchased).

Your warranty and support outlook on used is non-existant so the price must suffer. compgeeks.com has some refurbs that challange that unit too. At least there you have a minimal warranty.

Bob

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Walmart sells new notebooks starting at $598 with a DVD rom drive. The $598 model has only 128 meg of ram though. I would say that used Celeron notebook is worth around $350-400. Keep in mind that with a used notebook, you might have to replace the battery soon.

There are places on the net where you can get a new Athlon XP 2800+ notebook with 512 meg of ram, 60 gig hard drive, 15" display, DVD-CDRW drive, for around $825(I found them using the Froogle website) Perhaps you might even find a better deal at a store for a Thanksgiving sale?

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You are starting off in a hole buying a celeron processor (either Celeron Pentium 4M or Celeron Pentium M). Both are sold brand new under $1,000 already and are at the very bottom of the usability curve.

You are fortunate this days (especially with 64bit Microsoft Longhorn coming and constantly evolving chipsets, wi-fi and memory speeds) to get 2-3 productive years out of a notebook already.

Buying a Celeron gives you only 1/2 that productivity if that when you start.

If you insist on buying refurbished or used at least get a mainstream processor with a lower mhz not a Celeron branded one.

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I disagree with some of the other posts here. That's not a bad price if you are getting the CDROMs for the included software: XP Pro, Office, and Photoshop. If the seller is not including the CD's, how will you be able to re-install if you ever have a system crash? If it includes the CD's, make sure you get the product code keys needed to install the software.

Also, I would check with Dell if the batteries for this unit are still available and how long they are likely to remain available. Laptop batteries usually cost about $100, so you might want to pick up a spare if they are still available. You might be able to find them cheaper on eBay.

I'm not a big fan of Celeron processors either, but if your intended use is mainly word processing, spreadsheets, or surfing the internet, and it does the job, then why spend money for more than you need? All the other specs look OK to me if that is how you plan to use this PC. On the other hand, the processor is generally the one thing that you can't upgrade in a laptop, so you may want to look around a little more for a laptop with a more capable CPU.

Finally, I am of the opinion that you should stick to one of the name brands when it comes to laptops. There are many fly-by-night outfits who put together cheap laptops and then are out of business when you need repairs or support. At least if you stick with Dell, Compaq, HP, Toshiba, etc., you've got a fighting chance of getting replacement parts and repairs if you ever need them.

Good luck with your laptop purchase!

Bill V

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