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I start college monday. I need something cheap like $250-$275 cheap. I just need something decent and reliable. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 8
Do you require a specific screen size? It is going to be rather tough to find a full size laptop that cheap unless there is a sale w/o considering refurbs. There are any netbooks in your price range though
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Thread Starter 
Don't care about screen size. Just need something that has good enough hardware for the price and won't die.
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Used is the only way to go (or new netbook, or 15" with a dual-core netbook CPU). I'd recommend a Thinkpad T61 or T400, T500 for a well-built, decent-performing system. It's unlikely you'll find anything faster than a Core 2 Duo in a laptop at the price, hence my suggestion - may as well get something high-quality. Another option, used Core 2 Duo Macbook, you might find some for $250-275; if not, you could get a Core Duo Macbook (downside of a Core Duo Macbook - Core Duo is 32-bit, can't run Lion)
 
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I have a Dell Mini 9 that I would be willing to part with. Its been fully upgraded from and the previous owners
    
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With that budget, you def wont be able to buy a viable Macbook, even a C2D. Search Craig's for a local netbook(and through an SSD at it) or a dell clunker.
 
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post #7 of 8
+1 on the Lenovo T61. Hell even an R60 would fit what you want. Those things are quick, built like tanks and just rock. I dropped mine on cement from 6 feet and all it did was scuff the shell. Also there's a drain system not many know about. If water is spilled on the keyboard it'll fall into little canals that'll lead it out the bottom away from important hardware. There's a hard drive monitor built in so when it detects the laptop falling it'll park the heads on the HD so nothing gets messed up. You can get one for less than 200 bucks now days and usually comes equippend with a core duo CPU which is plenty quick. Memory obviously upgradeable. I put Windows 7 on mine and it ran like a dream. The keyboard is the best laptop keyboard I've ever used and trackpoint is just awesome in every way once you get used to it. You won't be playing any new video games on it but anything else it's perfect.

Starting with the T60/R60 they started using a magnesium alloy honeycomb cage in the shell of the laptop in case of impact.

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2nd hand ThinkPad.

My R31 still works and it's ~8 years old...
    
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