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As far as computers go, there are those that prefer Mac, which are great computers, and it’s nearly impossible to get a virus with one, but they’re pretty expensive for most.
I also recommend Toshiba and Dell computers. I’ve had a lot of success with both.
If you don’t have a problem with buying refurbished products (Refurb or No?) then you can save a lot of money that way.
If you are only going to use the computer for surfing the web, checking email, writing documents, databases, and spreadsheets, you can save a lot of money by purchasing a mini such as Asus EEE or a Dell Mini.
You can also save a lot of money by looking for free alternatives to software:
Instead of Microsoft Office, get OpenOffice.org or use Google Documents.
Instead of paying for antivirus or antispyware software, check out AVG (free version–see this tutorial).
If you use Photoshop, check out GIMP (free).
But if you take it into geek squad, they will generally not check if a unit is owned by you or your father. If it is on the police watch list, they can and usually do check, but since it’s your fathers, it doesn’t matter.
Best buy DOES check for illegal activity on your hard drive such as child porn and WILL report it.
I wanna buy a new laptop for college… but it will be used for everything, not just school stuff. (Pic editing, vid editing, personal use, work use, etc.) I want it to be a FAST computer, that doesn’t over-heat, and doesn’t have common problems such as: speakers stop working randomly, crashes, etc.
What type of laptop is the best and why? Please and thanks for any advice!
I am a senior in high school. My family’s desktop is a dinosaur by computer standards and is very slow and unreliable. I need to buy a laptop for college and I figured I would buy it now to use for my last year of high school. I’ve narrowed it down between a few choices.
Toshiba Satellite P500-ST6821 – $935.00
HP HDX16t – $1,019.98
HP dv7t – $949.98
Dell Studio 17 – $799.00
Can anybody help me decide which on to get? My parents aren’t helping me pay for it so I don’t want to spend too much but I also need it to last at least 3-5 years. Any other suggestions are welcome too. Thanks for any help.
Im in the same situation as you…paying for my own laptop…i have a family firend who is a comp. Expert….so he told me to get a sony vaio…..it looks like you have a budget for around 1000….you can get the sony laptop which is really good quality for a good price….
Every one reccomends the CS series for college students…..but i got the FW series which is just a little bit more (my total was $919.02) but the CS u can get for least $750
rite now they are having a sale… You can cutomize the laptop and upgrade with out adding extra….
This is the website…
please do e-mail me if you hve any questions…
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