10-09-2014, 09:01 AM
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  • Crag
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Hello Folks!

I was wondering if any of you know where I can get my hands on a laptop for my sweet wife who is going back to "virtual" school. She needs to have a Wi-Fi card and be able to run MS Office, primarily Word for any projects or whatever she will turn in on the go, IE at Starbucks.

I'm looking for something CHEAP...but still good. I looked at Dell, but just got all confused by their offerings. I have a Dell for work, and it's a great pc, but was provided by the company, so I'm not sure what to get.

My budget is $300 or below. She has a new PC at home she will do the majority of work on, but I think it's a good idea for her to also have a laptop or tablet or something just in case.

Let me know, and thanks a lot for the input!

Matt

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 10-09-2014, 09:47 AM
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  • Rufus
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I think you can get a fully equipped Chromebook for your budget; they start at $199.

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 10-09-2014, 10:14 AM
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  • Crag
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(10-09-2014, 09:47 AM)Rufus Wrote: I think you can get a fully equipped Chromebook for your budget; they start at $199.
But a chrome book won't run MS Office which is a requirement for her university...

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 10-09-2014, 10:24 AM
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  • schnebbs
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does office need to be native on the machine itself? just wondering because microsoft offers what they call office online, which is free and only requires an internet connection.
(i work in a mac-native industry, so i'm not sure of all the system requirements, but it could be worth a look...)

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 10-09-2014, 10:58 AM
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  • Crag
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(10-09-2014, 10:24 AM)schnebbs Wrote: does office need to be native on the machine itself? just wondering because microsoft offers what they call office online, which is free and only requires an internet connection.
(i work in a mac-native industry, so i'm not sure of all the system requirements, but it could be worth a look...)
That's a good question...I'll have to check it out...thanks for the suggestion!

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 10-09-2014, 11:06 AM
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That Office Online thing might work...

There are plenty of good laptops out there for cheap though. About 6 months ago, I picked up an HP with 4 gig of Ram, a 1 TB HDD, and a 15" touch screen for $250. It's not the latest and greatest processor, but my wife uses it for work (MS Office) and playing on FaceBook. Works perfectly well for that. I think I got this one at Fry's online and picked up at the local store.

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 10-09-2014, 11:11 AM
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  • Crag
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Thanks!

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 10-09-2014, 11:37 AM
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  • Coyote
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You can get a refurbished Dell Latitude at Staples for $180, just add MS Office:
http://www.staples.com/Dell-Latitude-E64...MgodETYAEA

There are other models as well.

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 10-09-2014, 12:19 PM
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(10-09-2014, 11:37 AM)Coyote Wrote: You can get a refurbished Dell Latitude at Staples for $180, just add MS Office:
http://www.staples.com/Dell-Latitude-E64...MgodETYAEA

There are other models as well.

That is a great price and may be just what we are looking for!

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 10-09-2014, 01:55 PM
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Look at refurbs and scratch/dent/ding models. They've all been factory retested. Most of the time it was just a hard drive or power supply failure. Dell, Lenovo, and newegg are all good places to look for them.

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