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btlook1
07-29-2011, 03:22 AM
Ok looking for a decent lap top for the kid who is starting college soon. Promised him a laptop before school starts and yes I have been putting it off all summer. Last couple of home computers have been Dell's and happy with them but open to other ideas but nope not an apple.
Just need a basic laptop with enough umph to get the kid through the next four years....also he needs Word and that good stuff. Open to suggestions....what's a good deal and what's the brand to buy nowdays....Want to stay under $700 or so if I can. Thanks all....

KCWolfman
07-29-2011, 08:59 AM
I just bought the Dell Inspiron 17R at Best Buy for 700.00. I5 processor at 2.9 Ghz, 700 Gb SATA hard drive, 8 Gb of Ram, 64 bit processing system, and rated at 5.9 on the Windows Experience bar. 17.3" display, built in bluetooth (which I use a lot with my phone), built in wireless and built in wifi if I expand my Clear account (in other words wifi on the go without leeching off others).

The only drawbacks I have is that the video card is integrated, but honestly every laptop I have owned I have never taken apart (only added RAM) and I didn't get a bluray player.

The current price at Dell.com is 943.00. But as I said, Best Buy had it for 700.00. That is not a sale price either. I don't know why there is such a huge difference, but I took advantage.

Fish
07-29-2011, 09:11 AM
Here's a some decent ones from Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230060

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246138

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246136

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246149

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230070

vailpass
07-29-2011, 10:11 AM
Have you checked with the college to see if they have any deals?

Also, all manufacturers have a college student discount program where your son can get big breaks i.e. Microsoft Student program lets him get software at low price. Will need his .edu e-mail address.
http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/default.aspx

Or Dell
http://www.dell.com/content/segmenter.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=6099

Whatever you do don't buy text books from the college book store.
You might consider having your son sign up (free) for Amazon Student. It has some great deals on text books, laptops, dorm furniture, etc. and lots of other things a student needs/wants. You also get a year of Amazon Prime free shipping for free.

http://www.amazon.com/b/?ie=UTF8&node=668781011&tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=10648696179&ref=pd_sl_2f62txde0r_e

cabletech94
07-29-2011, 07:32 PM
there was a commercial a few weeks back that if you bought ____________ computer, you also got an x-box system as well.
for the life of me i can't think of the name of the sys, and i'm sure it's a basic game/comp system, but if i can catch the 'mercial again, i'll update.

seemed right in your price range.

Miles
07-29-2011, 11:48 PM
A laptop that will be carried around that much is going to get beat to hell so a business laptop is worth a look. I went through two mid level laptops in 4 years of school and I was being careful. Check out the Lenovo Thinkpad T and X Series.

KCWolfman
07-30-2011, 01:55 AM
there was a commercial a few weeks back that if you bought ____________ computer, you also got an x-box system as well.
for the life of me i can't think of the name of the sys, and i'm sure it's a basic game/comp system, but if i can catch the 'mercial again, i'll update.

seemed right in your price range.

You have to spend more than 699.00 and it has to be direct from Dell, Microsoft, Amazon, or HP. Honestly, you save about 200 or get 200.00 more of computer if you look locally.

If you are thinking of buying an x-box it is a small savings. If you aren't, you really aren't saving any money/.

Demonpenz
07-30-2011, 11:17 AM
I got the xbox-360 deal awhile back. Split the two apart, sold the xbox-360 on ebay for $700. So I got a free laptop and 50 dollars. Not bad for alittle bit of work.

Demonpenz
07-30-2011, 11:19 AM
oh. I included a 1000 dollar giftcard to Red Lobster in the xbox- so that might have sweatened the deal

btlook1
07-30-2011, 11:54 PM
Appreciate all the replies, links and information. Still looking some good deals out there...just having a hard time making a decision! Thanks again everyone!

vailpass
08-01-2011, 10:05 AM
Appreciate all the replies, links and information. Still looking some good deals out there...just having a hard time making a decision! Thanks again everyone!

I trust you found demonpenz' input especially helfpul?