Help [$100 laptop]

TStokes97

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I am looking for a laptop that is able to run a word processor and use word online, I really won't need it to do much more than that. Maybe light internet browsing, I found this on amazon will it be suitable for these purposes? I really only can spend $100 right now, if you have suggestions I am open to them. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000YFVSAW/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1421125242&sr=8-2&dpPl=1&dpID=41Z5NLMhlSL&ref=plSrch&pi=AC_SY200_QL40
 

Tarken

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I would think it would be fine. To be honest, a type writer would do what you want. The only thing I could think of is that it is not going to be able to be upgraded to any new operating systems, so going online might be an issue as far as security is concerned.
 

TStokes97

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Jan 12, 2015
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Yeah a typewritter would, do you think I could use email on this thing? So I can email what I type?
 

GoCubsGo

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I wouldn't bother. You will find that some sites aren't going to be viewable if you cannot update your browser to something slightly newer. On the other hand, for simple word processing, it should be fine.
 

dacreativeguy

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I am looking for a laptop that is able to run a word processor and use word online, I really won't need it to do much more than that. Maybe light internet browsing, I found this on amazon will it be suitable for these purposes? I really only can spend $100 right now, if you have suggestions I am open to them. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000Y...&dpID=41Z5NLMhlSL&ref=plSrch&pi=AC_SY200_QL40
That's a 10yr old computer!!! Find a good deal on a Chromebook or get an HP Stream. For $199, you get 1 year of Office365 free. http://www.microsoftstore.com/store...-Signature-Edition-Laptop/productID.309174400
 

TStokes97

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Jan 12, 2015
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They're like $70, but yet. There's also an HP stream 11, which is an 11" laptop that comes with a keyboard ;)

Unfortunately, it's $200, so a bit pricier.
I found the keyboard on amazon for $35, I think its what I'm gonna buy, the 7in will fit easily into my bag to school. Thanks everyone for all your help, I'm not particuarlly tech savy.

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this looks vintage, i want to buy it. Should i? Also it won't get u far in internet
If you can use it or collect them I see no reason why not, you know far better what its capable of than I do.

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You can get an HP Stream 7 for $99 which is light years ahead of that iBook. It's a small but very powerful tablet that runs Windows 8.1 and it comes with 1 year of Office 365. Just make sure you get the Microsoft Signature Edition to avoid HP bloatware.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store...-Signature-Edition-Tablet/productID.308781500
Thanks for that reccomendation, I love my windows phone so I am sure this will be great too, I just hate my ASUS computer freezes all the time since the day I got the thing. I'm sure this tablet will meet my needs.
 

TStokes97

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Jan 12, 2015
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They're like $70, but yet. There's also an HP stream 11, which is an 11" laptop that comes with a keyboard ;)

Unfortunately, it's $200, so a bit pricier.
I'm considering saving away some money an waiting to buy the 11" stream over the 7" one, hard choice I hear the 7" can be slow because it has 1gb of ram tough choice.
 

BrettApple

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I'd stay away from the iBook unless you know what you're doing. I grabbed a higher spec 2005 model (1.33/1GB/80GB) off eBay for $40 too. I wouldn't pay more.

I too would suggest a Chromebook or the Stream 11. I'm not too fond of Win 8, but at least it's a full OS if you need it. But the Chromebook should be less prone to bloat and malware.

You can usually find used laptops around $100 on Craigslist/eBay. I sold my old Dell Vostro for $80 last year. Worked perfectly fine. Had Windows 7, Office 2010, dual core AMD Athlon X2, 2GB RAM, and a 160GB spinner. A decent browsing/writing machine. Slow, but it got the job done. Much faster than an iBook though.



I'm not questioning your info but where are they for that price? The lowest I found was $300
Saw a couple on eBay for $110-115, but without an OS or without an HDD. So, no functional ones.

I grabbed a perfectly good 2009 MacBook for $199 middle of last year. Deals can be had there, just have to be careful and buy from a good seller.

But for $100, a used Chromebook sounds like the best option at this point. DON'T get a netbook though. Run away from anything with an Atom, and Win 7 starter.
 
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TStokes97

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Jan 12, 2015
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I'm going with the HP Stream 11" or 7" not sure which its a hard choice for me, I like the 7" but 1gb of ram seems like a set back and it is kind of small but might be workable, does the 11" have word on it or would I need to buy that seperatly?
 

TStokes97

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Jan 12, 2015
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Here's a review on the HP Stream 11. It's not bad for the price.

YouTube: video
This sold me on it, I think it will do for my simple needs don't need it for movies/video I have a kindle fire hd for entertainment stuff so the Stream 11 should fit my needs thanks everyone!
 

gochi

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I'm not questioning your info but where are they for that price? The lowest I found was $300
thats odd i got mine with 2 batteries and in decent shape for $80 off ebay

14" screen 1050p hi res and 3lbs with protection from water spills and drops....its worth it. i get 4 hour battery life.
 

TStokes97

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Jan 12, 2015
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Well thanks for the suggestion though, I'm going with a Stream 11" just hoping it doesn't have alot of bloatware from HP
 

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