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I've been told to stay away from the Chromebooks due to the build quality and overall underwhelming feel of it. I'm looking for a laptop thats around the same price point ($300 or less) that can get the same job done. I need it for schoolwork and just web browsing.
    
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New or used? Recertification? Location? Size preference?
    
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Hi,

I would suggest DELL INSPIRON I3531 which comes around 269$..
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I recommend you buying an Acer Aspire ES1. It works well, Windows 8.1 is just flawless. It has 4GB of RAM and a good enough processor for simple tasks.
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Honestly, your best bet is to see if you can stretch the budget a little. All of the Windows laptops in that price range are terribly compromised models with super-slow HDD's and bottom-of-the-barrel Intel CPU's--dual-core Celerons that perform at a lower level than a six-year-old Core 2 Duo. If you absolutely can't top $300 and you want something that will last a few years and not frustrate the heck out of you, you might want to look at refurbished and/or closeout deals.

To give you an idea, this laptop benchmarks about 80 percent faster than an Inspiron i3531 with a Celeron N2830, even though the CPU in it was originally released in 2009.

When I was in the same situation, I took a lightly used older C2D laptop (the one in my sig), added an SSD and one of the fastest CPU's you can drop in it, and it has more than twice the CPU performance and several times the disk performance of any of those cheap Celeron-based laptops being sold now.

If you want something shiny and new, though, and you can stretch to $400, you can get something like this Dell, which has two and a half times the CPU performance of the Celeron with its 2c/4t i3 processor. Believe me, it's worth that extra $100 to get into that performance class.
     
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New or used? Recertification? Location? Size preference?

New or used is fine. I have location put on already? Size preference at least 11" or bigger.
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Honestly, your best bet is to see if you can stretch the budget a little. All of the Windows laptops in that price range are terribly compromised models with super-slow HDD's and bottom-of-the-barrel Intel CPU's--dual-core Celerons that perform at a lower level than a six-year-old Core 2 Duo. If you absolutely can't top $300 and you want something that will last a few years and not frustrate the heck out of you, you might want to look at refurbished and/or closeout deals.

To give you an idea, this laptop benchmarks about 80 percent faster than an Inspiron i3531 with a Celeron N2830, even though the CPU in it was originally released in 2009.

When I was in the same situation, I took a lightly used older C2D laptop (the one in my sig), added an SSD and one of the fastest CPU's you can drop in it, and it has more than twice the CPU performance and several times the disk performance of any of those cheap Celeron-based laptops being sold now.

If you want something shiny and new, though, and you can stretch to $400, you can get something like this Dell, which has two and a half times the CPU performance of the Celeron with its 2c/4t i3 processor. Believe me, it's worth that extra $100 to get into that performance class.

I can stretch my budget by about $100. No more than that though.
    
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Try looking for an a54c with the i3-2330m

It did well for me while I was studying for my certifications
    
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Check craigslist. Past two weeks ive bought two ultrabooks. One for $100 that needed $65 in battery and a lenovo flex 2 for $200. There were ALOT better deals if i would have driven over an hour.
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Check craigslist. Past two weeks ive bought two ultrabooks. One for $100 that needed $65 in battery and a lenovo flex 2 for $200. There were ALOT better deals if i would have driven over an hour.

Thing is that I know nothing about laptops whatsoever. I've never had the need to use one. Lol.Guess I should browse craigslist as you said and post back here. I don't mind spending around $350. I just need something that will work with no problems for school work only.
    
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