My mom needs a laptop, and I need help finding her one.


#1

Okay, today’s woot brings up a perfect opportunity to ask a question for which I need an answer, and kind of soon. My mom is looking for a laptop for $500 or under. It has to have a wireless card (and it needs to be safe with crypto-something, I know fark-all about wireless and notebooks), and she’d like it to have a DVD drive, but that’s not a necessity. What would be my best bet as far as a computer that won’t break down and will last for a while. She doesn’t need anything fancy, it just has to be within her price range. Provide any links to products online.

We’ve found one at circuit city that we’re thinking about, so any that you suggest would have to be better (or you could just say that this notebook is a good one). In the Sunday ads, they’re advertising one for $499 (with massive rebateage). Here’s what it advertises, and I can’t provide a link to it for you guys to study, because it’s not on the website!
Toshiba Satellite Notebook
-Intel Celeron M Processor 360J
-DVD/CD-RW
-256 Megs of RAM
-40 Gig HD
-802.11g wireless


#2

Peteromans11…gonna weigh in here? I know you’ve gotta’ know of a deal!


#3

Any help guys? I mean, will this laptop work? Just letting me know that it’s a solid laptop for the money is a huge help. I have to buy this sucker for her tomorrow (it’s my day off, but she’s on the whole day), so I’m kind of on a deadline. Anything you guys could tell me would be supremely helpful.


#4

Dude that laptop BLOWS… Celeron 360L Mobile… ROFL
256mb? lol… decent hd however thats extremely expensive for that laptop dude not to mention rebates take MONTHS if you ever do get them

  your best bet would be eBay. I'd find some Dell inspiron laptop at eBay.com. Would be your best bet + it'll last for years.

   good luck

#5

[quote user=“Invictus”]Dude that laptop BLOWS… Celeron 360L Mobile… ROFL
256mb? lol… decent hd however thats extremely expensive for that laptop dude not to mention rebates take MONTHS if you ever do get them

  your best bet would be eBay. I'd find some Dell inspiron laptop at eBay.com. Would be your best bet + it'll last for years.

   good luck[/quote]

Here’s the thing, I trust Toshiba’s record of repair far more than I do Dell’s (consumer reports just came out, placing Toshiba at the best as far as needed repair). Plus, Toshiba’s tech support can’t be any worse than Dell’s (I had a Dell, and the tech support was godawful), and the Toshiba from the store is still under warranty (unlike anything I’ve seen from e-bay). Finally, I looked at e-bay and Inspirons were pretty much all over $500.


#6

[quote user=“herrsmith”]

Here’s the thing, I trust Toshiba’s record of repair far more than I do Dell’s (consumer reports just came out, placing Toshiba at the best as far as needed repair). Plus, Toshiba’s tech support can’t be any worse than Dell’s (I had a Dell, and the tech support was godawful), and the Toshiba from the store is still under warranty (unlike anything I’ve seen from e-bay). Finally, I looked at e-bay and Inspirons were pretty much all over $500.[/quote]

i’ve had excellent experiences with HP laptops. just my 2 cents.


#7

I’ve been looking, but <$500 is still tough shopping for a laptop.


#8

Peteromans11…gonna weigh in here? I know you’ve gotta’ know of a deal!


#9

Any help guys? I mean, will this laptop work? Just letting me know that it’s a solid laptop for the money is a huge help. I have to buy this sucker for her tomorrow (it’s my day off, but she’s on the whole day), so I’m kind of on a deadline. Anything you guys could tell me would be supremely helpful.


#10

Dude that laptop BLOWS… Celeron 360L Mobile… ROFL
256mb? lol… decent hd however thats extremely expensive for that laptop dude not to mention rebates take MONTHS if you ever do get them

  your best bet would be eBay. I'd find some Dell inspiron laptop at eBay.com. Would be your best bet + it'll last for years.

   good luck

#11

Here’s the thing, I trust Toshiba’s record of repair far more than I do Dell’s (consumer reports just came out, placing Toshiba at the best as far as needed repair). Plus, Toshiba’s tech support can’t be any worse than Dell’s (I had a Dell, and the tech support was godawful), and the Toshiba from the store is still under warranty (unlike anything I’ve seen from e-bay). Finally, I looked at e-bay and Inspirons were pretty much all over $500.


#12

i’ve had excellent experiences with HP laptops. just my 2 cents.


#13

I’ve been looking, but <$500 is still tough shopping for a laptop.