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Need laptop buying advice. please help!

by tichdaddy / May 10, 2012 2:49 PM PDT

Shopping for laptop for new college student. Computer will also be shared at home by family for student projects, reports, web browsing, internet gaming etc.

LOTS to choose from & it's getting confusing! Student will use for reports, presentations, graphics, anything a college freshman can expect. Needs to be light weight, sturdy & dependable.

Best Buy has a Toshiba - 15.6" Satellite Laptop - 4GB Memory - 320GB Hard Drive. Model: (C655D-S5511) at $309. Is this enough memory and speed?

I don't mind spending a bit more for better long term value.Do I need to spend more for more memory & a faster processor? Should I consider refurbished? What features should I look for? Any brand of processor better than another? Any brands to avoid? ANY HELPFUL ADVICE IS WELCOMED! thanks so much all for your help...

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That's a good work machine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 10, 2012 3:27 PM PDT

At 309, it's not a big investment (sorry if this offends anyone) and in 2 years you can see how it ages and plan for a replacement.

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Need laptop buying advice. please help
by tichdaddy / May 10, 2012 5:14 PM PDT

Thanks Bob. Like I said I don't mind spending a little more upfront if necessary. Do you think 4GB Memory & 320GB Hard Drive is enough or for twice the price up to 8GB memory and twice the hard drive?? I want to make sure I make the right choice first and skip the regrets and returns later... thanks again.

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I think it's enough.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 11, 2012 4:00 AM PDT

And in fact, if you get past the idea this is something I'd plan to replace in 2 years with another 300 dollar laptop, it's far better than a 600 dollar laptop that you have to replace in year 3.

Why do I write such a damning sentence? It's pretty simple as I've seen too many failures for college students in years 2 and 3 so let's plan ahead and not have it be a disaster.

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