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Need help buying a new laptop

by agla93 / January 26, 2014 10:42 PM PST

I am a natural disaster when it comes to laptops.

I somehow always manage to break them and I have done so with 3 laptops (Two HPs and one Asus) since June 2010. That makes three laptops in less than 4 years. I have had my last one since June 2013, and I accidentally broke the touch screen in October.

Fixing the screen will cost me almost as much as a new laptop. So I might as well get a new one.

The problem is, I am a broke college student. So which sturdy laptop can I get that won't cost me much?

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Re: laptop
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 26, 2014 11:29 PM PST

I'd buy a cheap second hand one.

Kees

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like this?
by James Denison / January 27, 2014 3:27 AM PST
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gateway has the cheapest
by James Denison / January 27, 2014 3:23 AM PST

with most bang for the buck last I checked.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Gateway-17.3-NE71B06u-Laptop-PC-with-AMD-E1-1200-Processor-and-Windows-8/21777761

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/261374941881?lpid=82

IBM factory certified refurbs
http://www-304.ibm.com/shop/americas/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/default/CategoryDisplay?storeId=1&catalogId=-840&langId=-1&categoryId=2576396


considering your history with laptops, maybe you should go with a toughbook
http://www.ocruggedlaptops.com/refurbished-toughbooks/
upfront cost is more, but less than 3 laptops.

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Consider Dell
by Jimmy Greystone / January 27, 2014 10:27 PM PST

Consider Dell. They have an accidental damage warranty option. I don't know the full terms, like if there's a limit on the number of repairs you can have under this warranty before they cancel it or anything like that, but it would be something worth looking into.

Of course as a college student, a laptop is a bad idea anyway. Unless you have phenomenal discipline, you'll just end up spending more time on facebook or whatever else instead of listening to the class lecture. Plus, taking notes on a laptop doesn't work as well in practice as it sounds in theory. Get yourself a decent desktop to keep in your dorm/frat/apartment. If you find you have trouble concentrating on homework at home, do all your homework on campus in one of the labs. If you create the association in your mind between when you're on campus you're there to focus on school and when you're at home you can focus on having a good time, it will pay dividends in your GPA.

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