lowest priced new laptop

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id like the lowest priced new laptop. I need it with at least a few hundred GBs of hard drive space (so i guess that would be a traditional physical SATA drive), webcam, cd/dvd drive, and windows (any version) on it.

Ive been debating these two

please tell me which one i should get and why. AM I right that the wireless card in the microcenters Lenovo computer is up to 3* better (in terms of range and speed) than the one in the bb's HP computer because we're talking about 802.11ac vs. 802.11b/g/n? also the mc's laptop has twice the hard drive space, and is even cheaper than the bb's laptop. the pasmark score of the mc's laptop is a bit lower than bb's, but its not a big difference right?

so am i right to conclude the mc deal is better. if you know of an even better deal please let me know


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id go with something will intel over an a4 or a6. something in maybe a quad core pentium flavor.

Wireless speed specs are highly overstated. Don't expect 3X the range/speed no matter what the specs say. WiFi speed varies greatly depending on many factors. And you'll need a good AC router with that AC card to get any speed/range benefit.

These days, I'd want an SSD instead of a hard drive for the big speed benefit. SSDs are getting very affordable. You can do the upgrade yourself later to an SSD if you are willing to do some work, but not everyone wants to.

Personally if price is a big factor I'd go with a Dell refurb. I know their normal prices aren't great but their frequent sale prices are pretty good and you get a much better laptop IMO. The pro lines are usually more solidly built and as the Dells are pretty common spare charges/batteries/docking stations are easy to pick up on eBay cheap.

Current promo:

Looking at their site they actually have a code CHEER6430 for 60% off a 6430. No idea how long that will last. Personally I prefer an SSD as it makes such a difference in how a machine performs so I'd pick something like:
was $155 shipped in the cart. If you want something with a HD for more storage they have options there too.

I am biased- You can pick up a Chromebook at very good prices any time of the year! I believe Chrome will be the browser of the future AND it is very user-friendly and almost NEVER get a virus on a Chromebook!

Chromebooks are also extremely limited. They are great for some things but cannot run any Windows software, etc. (I'm not a Windows guy - I run Ubuntu Linux on my PCs.) I wouldn't want the limitations of a Chromebook personally, though I know some people can live with them.


For the lower end laptops, I have found that an AMD processor is better than an Intel, especially the Intel Pentium N3700, which seems to find its way into the lower end, sub-$300 laptops).

mastav said:   id go with something will intel over an a4 or a6. something in maybe a quad core pentium flavor.
And if you have an intel i7, don't go and get an i3, no matter if it's 2 or 3 generations newer. You will hate the slowness.

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