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Laptops for the Kiddies...time for school!!
08.07.10 | chickensoup

Posted on 08/07/2010 3:19:10 PM PDT by Chickensoup

I own an Acer Aspire 6920 with 64bit 4 gig Ram Runs at a 2.0 It has a lot of storage but I cannot figure out where to look to tell you how much.

I need to replace the Acer with a similar or slightly better machine. I will give this machine to my son, to homeschool, except it has vista on it so I am thinking of replacing the vista with the new os 8. Good idea.

Please do not discuss alternative os universes with me because I can barely manage with MS, never mind something that requires thought.

I also need a lower end computer for my 12 year old for homeschooling.

This Acer has been a jewel. I want the same quaity but I dont see anything similar for any sort of reasonable price...I think I paid around 850 for this guy.

Any thoughs from the Freeper laptop community?


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Thank you.
1 posted on 08/07/2010 3:19:12 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

OS 8 is a MAC app; thought you were only comfortable with Microsoft?

Or did you really mean Windows 7?
Be sure you know which it is you want before you go buy it...


2 posted on 08/07/2010 3:25:08 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Chickensoup

That computer is no slouch. Why do you need something better (other than the fact that it has Vista)?

For $700 - $800 you can get a pretty nice laptop these days. Used to be, you would pay a lot more for a large screen, but not so much anymore.


3 posted on 08/07/2010 3:26:02 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Now 100% flag free.)
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To: Chickensoup

Check out the refurbs from Toshiba. Some of the best Window’s computers you can get. Getting a factor refurb also has several advantages. First is price, usually 50%-70% of a new model. Second, they go through more quality checks than an off the assembly line model. One of every 100 off the assembly line may be checked while every single refurb is checked. Finally, you usually get the same or similar warranty as a new model.

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/bstorelist.to?coid=-29405


4 posted on 08/07/2010 3:26:30 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Chickensoup

I had an Acer that finally died. It was excellent, though not loved by the critics.

Go to Best Buy. Get a Sony VAIO (?) or Asus. Dell is OK too.

Apple is pricey for what you get. But I still have my Macbook Pro, now 4 years old.

But for the cheap side, Best Buy has all levels. Probably would avoid Gateway (owned by Acer). I bought one for youngest son and it had everything out of date.


5 posted on 08/07/2010 3:27:03 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: Redbob

Or did you really mean Windows 7?
Be sure you know which it is you want before you go buy it...

I meant windows 7.... been around too many mack users lately


6 posted on 08/07/2010 3:27:30 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: smokingfrog

It is time to retire it. My son can use it but I havenot found a replacement with the dolby home theatre and everything else.


7 posted on 08/07/2010 3:28:52 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: Chickensoup

Just bought an Acer Aspire laptop for the girl’s Christmas/birthday at Walmart for $298. 15.6” screen, Windows 7, 200G+ hard drive, 2G AMD processor. Sorry, don’t remember the precise HD and processor specs. I just knew it was more than she’d need for what she does.

Also heard Best Buy has a similar laptop for around the same price but I don’t know any more about it.

YMMV locally.


8 posted on 08/07/2010 3:30:31 PM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Chickensoup

Dell 17.3 Inspiron Intel I5 processor and 500 GB.


9 posted on 08/07/2010 3:30:31 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Chickensoup
Just a note on the storage: I assume since you listed that you have 4GB of RAM that you mean you can't figure out how to see how much disk storage space you have.

Anyway, just hit Windows-E on your keyboard. That is, hold the Windows logo key down and while doing so, press the E key. This will launch Windows Explorer and if you have Windows 7, you should be able to see how much space your drive(s) have left.

10 posted on 08/07/2010 3:30:43 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: mnehring

What is a professional DOWNGRADE in operating systems?

First listing of the link you sent.


11 posted on 08/07/2010 3:31:40 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

c is 130
d is 105

THank you that is a button I have never pushed befor.


12 posted on 08/07/2010 3:34:21 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: Chickensoup

That is a good question. My guess would be that it can be configured to run XP. Some corporate networks still have that as a standard (my work does).


13 posted on 08/07/2010 3:35:17 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: nodumbblonde

Thank you


14 posted on 08/07/2010 3:35:30 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: Chickensoup

Both the less expensive and the more expensive need to go fast, both will run Dragon Naturally speaking, a resourse user.


15 posted on 08/07/2010 3:36:33 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: mnehring

Have you purchased refurbished products before? Are cosmetic defects always expected?


16 posted on 08/07/2010 3:39:07 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: Chickensoup

Look at Dells: I have Dell laptops that I use daily, 9 - 10 hours a day, for analysis programs that require all of the processor speed and all the memory. The latitude D610 is about 5 years old and the M90 is over 3 years old, and they and their predecessors work flawlessly.

I’d recommend a Dell to anyone.


17 posted on 08/07/2010 3:40:23 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: James C. Bennett

i have not purchased refurbished but the estranged did for one of the other kids and it was little, fat and square.


18 posted on 08/07/2010 3:40:27 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: Redbob

Thank you. Did have horrible dell experience which has scarred me for life.


19 posted on 08/07/2010 3:43:06 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: Chickensoup

I have 272 ACRES and NO CHILDREN. So, why should I continue to pay more in taxes than it cost me to buy it?
Explain it to me, please.


20 posted on 08/07/2010 3:44:49 PM PDT by hkp123
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To: Chickensoup

A Dell XPS should be able to do everything you want.


21 posted on 08/07/2010 3:46:25 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Now 100% flag free.)
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To: Chickensoup

Although you’ve had a good experience with Acer, I have not. I’ve owned several over the years and every one of them was a subpar machine. You might consider yourself fortunate that you’ve had a good Acer experience and not push the envelope. ;-)

MM


22 posted on 08/07/2010 3:46:51 PM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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To: James C. Bennett

We have two Toshiba laptops and you couldn’t tell them from new other than the boxes weren’t branded. I usually buy most electronics as refurbs right from the manufacturer. The only time I recall a cosmetic defect was one power mac that had a small scratch. Usually they will disclose if there are defects like this in the description.


23 posted on 08/07/2010 3:48:26 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: hkp123

I have 272 ACRES and NO CHILDREN. So, why should I continue to pay more in taxes than it cost me to buy it?
Explain it to me, please.

What?


24 posted on 08/07/2010 3:50:45 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: mnehring; Chickensoup

Thanks! I’ve always thought refurbs offer fantastic value for money, but was apprehensive about receiving products with ugly physical defects.


25 posted on 08/07/2010 3:52:17 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: MississippiMan

yourself fortunate that you’ve had a good Acer experience and not push the envelope.

Point taken.

But if Dell is left out and everyone tells me to avoid gateway and HP and Ibms old company Levino. What is left?


26 posted on 08/07/2010 3:52:25 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: mnehring
". I usually buy most electronics as refurbs right from the manufacturer."

The only "refurb" I bought was an HP laptop I bought as new from Best Buy, it lasted the warranty period plus one month, when the motherboard crapped out. I didn't know it was previously sold until I contacted HP to register it, and found I wasn't the first purchaser.

I don't recommend HP nor Best Buy...

27 posted on 08/07/2010 3:56:15 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: whitedog57
Probably would avoid Gateway

Yea. Was a time when I worked in the personal computer industry 15 years ago that Gateway was one of the premier companies.

Now I want to take a baseball bat to the one I just bought a year ago. The other I bought on the same day has already been retired to the bone pile in my garage.

Been having various problems with them within a month after getting them.

28 posted on 08/07/2010 4:04:14 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Chickensoup
What is a professional DOWNGRADE in operating systems?

Has Vista on it when normally but was retrograded to XP at the factory. Lot of customers request this service, and some places charge extra for it.

29 posted on 08/07/2010 4:06:37 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: James C. Bennett
I have purchased refurbs personally, and professionally for the field techs I used to drive like hebrew slaves. Most of the time, there are 0 cosmetic defects on the refurbs.

Out of 25+ refurbs, 0 problems. I generally prefer the HPs and avoid Dells.

/johnny

30 posted on 08/07/2010 4:09:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks!


31 posted on 08/07/2010 4:11:34 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: JRandomFreeper

Hey Pharoh, where did you get those refurbs?


32 posted on 08/07/2010 4:13:08 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: Chickensoup
Mostly online from the manufacturer or from the Tandy Warehouse in Ft. Worth. It was hit and miss what you would find at Tandy as far as brand and capabilities.

/johnny

33 posted on 08/07/2010 4:15:21 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: James C. Bennett

Twice I have bought refurb from Dell. The Dell Outlet has a search engine that lets you check off boxes to select or avoid units that have cosmetic defects as opposed to other outlet products. Here’s the Dell Outlet to the highest level of laptop search. http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfh/notebooks/ct.aspx?refid=notebooks&s=dfh&cs=22
I don’t see the boxes displayed on the left there but I know they exist somewhere in the search procedure because I just bought a unit there.
Dell latitudes are indeed great but I believe they are on the expensive side compared with their Inspiron line. And I believe Dell still lets you customize the exterior of the laptop to colors or designs the kids can choose.
There’s an article on Cnet.com right now about a 2010 review of back-to-school retail computer options. Here’s the link: http://news.cnet.com/back-to-school/pc-reviews/?tag=topPanelArea.0


34 posted on 08/07/2010 4:19:52 PM PDT by ransomnote
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i have not purchased refurbished but the estranged did for one of the other kids and it was little, fat and square.

That's really too bad - but what about the refurbished computer?
.

35 posted on 08/07/2010 4:30:22 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Only criminals, dictators and democrats fear armed citizens.)
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To: Redbob

Does you phone tech help speak english?


36 posted on 08/07/2010 4:32:37 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Iron Munro

That’s really too bad - but what about the refurbished computer?

You have made me laugh in the middle of a tough work weekend. Thanks.


37 posted on 08/07/2010 4:33:34 PM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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It sounds that you , like me, do not use your computer for work , gaming, or graphics ...

I know you do not want to spend much.. but as a basically computer dumb woman I have a mac book...

The mac tells you how to do everything or does it for you ..it is a great computer for the computer challenged and they are less likely to get a virus ... mac stores also have classes or you can make a free appt with a mac “genius” to learn a specific function.. also if it has a problem a trip to the mac store genius will help you..you do not have to talk to some jerk in India

They are expensive but they too can be bought refurbished or 2nd hand from craigs list

I can use my husbands HP , I have no problem with windows.. but i so like the mac user friendly system that I will probably continue to break my budget every 3 years or so to update.


38 posted on 08/07/2010 4:42:00 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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Sure, glad I could help with that. For your <= $850 price point, I think Cheetahcat’s suggestion is a good one. Something like a Dell Studio 15 with an I5 processor in it would meet your needs. I wouldn’t go less than 4GB of RAM if you want to run Windows 7 — and I would very much recommend running Windows 7 rather than XP.


39 posted on 08/07/2010 4:50:15 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: Chickensoup

You must be tired...it is MAC users..
Speaking of MACs, if there is a MACsuperstore near you, you might check it out. Ours here ( not to be confused with the Apple Store) does carry used MACs that have been reconditioned for modest prices. It might be worth a look see.


40 posted on 08/07/2010 4:55:55 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: mnehring
I have a Sony Vaio laptop which has been very good (5 years old XP), looking to by a newer one . Will look at the Sony site, any opinions on the Sony Vaio?
41 posted on 08/07/2010 5:01:14 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Chickensoup

I’ve personally had awesome service from Thinkpads (IBM/Lenovo) and recommend them often. They’re pricier than many other brands but IMHO worth the little extra.

MM (in TX)


42 posted on 08/07/2010 5:05:44 PM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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To: Chickensoup

Windows 7 will likely make it run like the proverbial bat. Machines had to be musclebound just to make Vista go at all.


43 posted on 08/07/2010 5:27:04 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Chickensoup

bump for later


44 posted on 08/07/2010 5:29:18 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: Irish Eyes

I honestly don’t have experience with Sony. Currently I have Apple and Toshiba at home and Dell for work, all have been great. I have had terrible experience with Gateway.


45 posted on 08/07/2010 6:05:00 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Chickensoup

Go to Dell.com. Look at the bottom of the page for “Dell Outlet”. You can find laptops at about half price.


46 posted on 08/07/2010 6:24:07 PM PDT by CodeToad ("Idiocracy" is not just a movie.)
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To: Chickensoup

GO to fatwallet.com and slickdeals.net hourly and keep your eye out for laptop deals.
If you are willing to sign up for certain rebate programs, you can now buy an equivalent laptop for under $450 all inclusive shipped to your door.

Also, check out the lenovo factory outlet, (horrible customer service, incredible prices)

the dell refurbished outlet,

if you have a microcenter retail store near you, check out the microcenter.com open box laptop section,

check out the newegg.com open box/return section

sign up for the buy.com daily email (though buying a laptop from buy.com is a frightful experience if anything is defective)


47 posted on 08/07/2010 7:28:46 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: mnehring

Thanks for the reply. I have only had an IBM Think Pad (years ago and) and the Sony Vaio. I had great luck with both but things have changed a lot in the last few years (5)


48 posted on 08/07/2010 7:46:05 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: celtic gal

Actually, not to be pedantic, but it’s Mac (or Macintosh), not MAC. MAC is an acronym for Media Access Control, the physical address of your NIC (Network Interface Card). I’m sure you really wanted to know all that. :-)


49 posted on 08/07/2010 11:24:07 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: ransomnote

Thanks!


50 posted on 08/08/2010 12:56:31 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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