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Posted 23 October 2008 - 06:31 AM

I'm looking for a sub $500 laptop that i can use for school. I would prefer something that has XP, but I'm open to a linux system if possible. I'm not looking for an eeepc, i think i'll need a little more PC than that, plus I have fat fingers...

I know it's kind of like looking for a unicorn, but if you learned gentlemen and ladies have an suggestions, I would love to hear them!
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Re: Laptops

Posted 23 October 2008 - 06:44 AM

When you say that you're looking for a WinXp system I assume you mean you want to avoid Vista if at all possible?
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:03 AM

You would be correct in assuming that sir
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Re: Laptops

Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:28 AM

Amazon has a few, but they're mostly used.

http://www.amazon.co...f...&sort=price

Your best bet would be to go to your local used computers store and buy one of their laptops [spending big $$$ on a used laptop online is risky].

I don't think you'll find many new laptops for less than 500$ though...

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Re: Laptops

Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:30 AM

@Reverand Dave

PM Me....I can get my hands on a 1.4ghz IBM Thinkpad, with a 40 gb hd, and 512 ram, for around 300 if you want it.
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 05:59 PM

I'd also recommend checking out netbooks like the Acer Aspire One. It's not a main-machine replacement, and it is pretty small (about the size of two paperbacks), but they're surprisingly powerful and can run a pretty good range of software. They range from around $350-$600. There's a good amount of information at AspireOneUser.com, including lists of software it can handle.
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Re: Laptops

Posted 23 October 2008 - 06:30 PM

View PostSeanD_RI, on 23 Oct, 2008 - 08:59 PM, said:

I'd also recommend checking out netbooks like the Acer Aspire One. It's not a main-machine replacement, and it is pretty small (about the size of two paperbacks), but they're surprisingly powerful and can run a pretty good range of software. They range from around $350-$600. There's a good amount of information at AspireOneUser.com, including lists of software it can handle.

I was thinking the same, but the OP seemed pretty against them.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 06:40 AM

View PostTom9729, on 23 Oct, 2008 - 06:30 PM, said:

View PostSeanD_RI, on 23 Oct, 2008 - 08:59 PM, said:

I'd also recommend checking out netbooks like the Acer Aspire One. It's not a main-machine replacement, and it is pretty small (about the size of two paperbacks), but they're surprisingly powerful and can run a pretty good range of software. They range from around $350-$600. There's a good amount of information at AspireOneUser.com, including lists of software it can handle.

I was thinking the same, but the OP seemed pretty against them.


From what I understand, the Aspire One and the MSI Wind are good mid-range netbooks; the eeepc is designed to be low-end.

There's a very good thread at the SomethingAwful forms about netbooks, but you have to register (for $10) to be able to read the computer subforum.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 07:25 AM

I've actually been looking into the MSI Wind books and they seem fairly decent. I was just trying to avoid 2 things. 1). Vista 2). A micro book like an 8 inch eee. Some of the 1000h EEEs are pretty nice too.

Thanks for all the input guys I really appreciate it!

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Re: Laptops

Posted 24 October 2008 - 09:57 AM

View PostSeanD_RI, on 24 Oct, 2008 - 09:40 AM, said:

From what I understand, the Aspire One and the MSI Wind are good mid-range netbooks; the eeepc is designed to be low-end.

There's a very good thread at the SomethingAwful forms about netbooks, but you have to register (for $10) to be able to read the computer subforum.

Well it depends which EeePC you're talking about. I guess you could consider the cheapest one as "low end". The newer ones have similar specs to the Aspire One's at similar prices though.

The Aspire One is a little bigger than the Eee [judging from photos]. I can testify that the Eee has VERY small keys [I own a 701].

Reverend Dave, I'd recommend trying them out at a store or a friends house before buying one. :)
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Re: Laptops

Posted 24 October 2008 - 12:14 PM

Tom you're back - where have you been!? Still with your Asus?

There is so much competition for the netbook corner of the market now it's ridiculous, dell are talking about joining that club, I'd still stick with eee tho (or MSI or Acer?), I think the 1000H is one of their biggest?
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Re: Laptops

Posted 24 October 2008 - 12:45 PM

View Posthomemade-jam, on 24 Oct, 2008 - 03:14 PM, said:

Tom you're back - where have you been!? Still with your Asus?

There is so much competition for the netbook corner of the market now it's ridiculous, dell are talking about joining that club, I'd still stick with eee tho (or MSI or Acer?), I think the 1000H is one of their biggest?

I never left, I'm just very busy. :)

I actually started taking my Eee to classes and it's pretty nice. Good for music too, though I only have a 1gb SD card right now..
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 12:52 PM

ah, I've got a 16gb memory stick that I've got rammed full of vidz and music...I haven't started taking it to lessons yet but I'm looking forward to taking it to lectures when I get to uni :)

Just installed packETH on it so I'm looking forward to utilising my injection functionality on ath0.

You still running xandros or did you whack debian on it? Or even eeebuntu?
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 01:08 PM

View Posthomemade-jam, on 24 Oct, 2008 - 03:52 PM, said:

ah, I've got a 16gb memory stick that I've got rammed full of vidz and music...I haven't started taking it to lessons yet but I'm looking forward to taking it to lectures when I get to uni :)

Just installed packETH on it so I'm looking forward to utilising my injection functionality on ath0.

You still running xandros or did you whack debian on it? Or even eeebuntu?

Debian. The Xandros install booted up fast but EasyMode made it feel like just an oversized PDA.
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Re: Laptops

Posted 24 October 2008 - 01:12 PM

Amen to that
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