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Looking for a laptop for under $500

by Cocoagirl / September 13, 2007 10:39 AM PDT

Hello All,
I am looking for a laptop for my mother who will primarily use it for surfing the net and maybe a little office work ( word). The problem is that she doesn't want to spend more than $500. I know this will only afford me something basic, but I am looking for at least a Pentium unit, although I would prefer a Core Duo, 1.5gb ram and 80gb hard drive. It can be name brand or non name brand, store bought or online purchase, as long as it is under $500. I appreciate any and all suggestions.

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Some ideas
by Willy / September 13, 2007 11:21 AM PDT

OfficeMax, OfficeDepot and Staples, etc. have offered $500 laptops maybe $600 ones too(back to school sales). They'll be on sale or heavily rebated, etc. so beware the upfront cost is still more than $500 but you supposed get some of it back. Yeah, it will be a basic, but system, but even these are far more powerful than you think, just review what specs they offer, but most will certainly do what your mom wants. You may want to think XP based system to better power out of it vs. Vista(if applicable). Asus and Acer are also offering laptops and I believe $500 is as low as they go, excluding any S/H +taxes(if applicable). Just check thier websites, as well as Dell, Gateway, Sony, and HP(Compaq) for direct sales to include any refurbes units should be dollar wise(its worth it).

good luck -----Willy Happy

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Here's a picture of one I picked up.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 13, 2007 12:01 PM PDT
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Thanks guys..
by Cocoagirl / September 13, 2007 12:32 PM PDT

@Willy I have gone to all those stores and they never have what is advertised, when the price is under $500. @Bob, I went to the site and they don't have any Toshiba's for that price, how long ago did you buy it?

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Sales come and go. That's why I kept the picture.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 13, 2007 11:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks guys..

Keep shopping.

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Jump on it
by Willy / September 14, 2007 5:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks guys..

All too often, these sales are sacked as soon as the door is open. Supplies are limited and/or made to get people in the door. So be ready to jump on a sale. Just be sure, to get the best for the $ but don't hestitate for a possible "upgrade" if offered for still lower cost than an advertised special. You're really at a bad time as school sales really get hammered.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Under $500
by lady_vivi / September 14, 2007 9:11 PM PDT

Check In my experience I have boght good eqipment from them and the warranty service is good also. They may not be there everyweek you have to keep looking. I bought 1 laptop for my stepdaughter refurbsihed and it worked fine for her. She plays games surf the net and do college work and she is 22 so you know she does it on a regular basis.

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