Need advice on laptop manufacturers...

pavetheforest

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Apr 2, 2006
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Hi, My girlfriend is in the market for a laptop for about $700 dollars and under. I tried convincing her to save up for a mac but she wont budge and I can't afford to help her out. Anyway, I'm very computer savvy so technically I dont have any questions, I'm just looking for some direction when it comes to brand. Any recommendations on which manufacturer will give her the best bang for her buck? Im shying away from dell, wondering about acer/hp. If you know of some deals going on within the next week that'd be great too. Thanks.
 

miles01110

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Jul 24, 2006
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The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
Acer computers arent terrible, I'd tend to stay away from HP because I've had unpleasant phone marathons with their customer support. Samsung makes decent computers, as does Sony. I don't know about prices though, I only buy Macs :)
 

dmw007

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May 26, 2005
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You can find some used Apple iBooks or PowerBooks for under $700- do you think that she would be interested in going this route or does the laptop have to be brand-new? :)
 

slackersonly

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Apr 13, 2006
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used ibook. maybe a refurb?
i have a ibm thinkpad from work and it is very durable (much more so than my old dell inspiron)
 

pavetheforest

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Apr 2, 2006
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brand new, and i tried the refurb ibook route. no go, she just wont give in to the beauty of osx and macs overall quality. It kills me! !:eek: Anyway, i think i'm writing off hp and dell...any other ideas?
 

pavetheforest

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Apr 2, 2006
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Pennsylvania
yeah, I saw. Maybe they're trying to enter residential heating industry, portable fireplaces: *beware of open flame/spontaneous combustion*