I know it's a Celeron, and I know it's Fry's B&M, AND it's Windows 8...so getting all the negative out of the way, it looks like a great deal for a quality brand and decent machine for many.
I'm looking for a basic notebook for my elementary-school son. Based on experience with other machines with equivalent CPU benchmarks, I think this machine would be a solid performer. Heck, it's more powerful than 2/3 of the desktops I have running in my house right now.
What do you think? Is $247 a good buy for this machine and processor? I'd prefer an i3, but anything worth buying is $350+ and this rig won't be used for gaming beyond web-based games, otherwise essential web browsing, office productivity, etc. I can pop Win7 on this too or leave Win8 and add ClassicShell, so I'm not concerned about Win8.
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posted: May. 5, 2013 @ 6:23p
Good enough for what most people do: surf web, email, write documents. Great price, as good as I've seen. Double check but it can be upgraded to 16GB. It's a 22nm ivy bridge type of cpu. i3 is clocked faster. The website says order online and pick up at front checkout til Thursday May 9 but the print add says over on May 4????
posted: May. 5, 2013 @ 9:48p
jfshopper said: Good enough for what most people do: surf web, email, write documents. Great price, as good as I've seen. Double check but it can be upgraded to 16GB. It's a 22nm ivy bridge type of cpu. i3 is clocked faster. The website says order online and pick up at front checkout til Thursday May 9 but the print add says over on May 4????
I noticed the print ad limit too but looks like the deal Is good through the 9th. I ended up buying the Toshiba B980 machine using the 100 off coupon from Staples for $280 a/r. There were a few extras of the B980 processor plus extra ram and HD space that the extra $30 made sense to me.
posted: May. 7, 2013 @ 2:54a
I bought the Lenovo G575 from Fry's back in October 2012 for around $227.
The only complaint I have is the weak hinge on the G575. Lots of posts/complaints, especially on the Lenovo forums. The bottom screws attached to the hinge falls off. Once the screw comes off, the bottom hinge moves up and down as you open/close the lid. Ultimately the case on the laptop will come apart due to the bottom hinge moving as you open/close the lid.
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