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Best Source for new Laptop

Discussion in 'Community Broadband & Computers' started by afgm, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    I am looking to purchase a new laptop. Basic machine, for internet, word and excel. Not much more. Looking for something around $500.

    Any suggests on the best best stores to visit for options? Online stores?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    Microcenter in Vienna is good and usually has some reasonably priced refurbished models. Crutchfield is an online vendor that we've had good experience with - they are located in Charlottesville so shipping is quick. They also have a "scratch and dent" outlet for discounted items.
     
  3. wahoogeek

    wahoogeek New Member

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    you can find quite a few decent models for that price. We just picked up an HP dv6##### at microcenter for about that. We just happened to be near there at the time otherwise a local shop will have similar or close-enough prices. They have a two week return policy.
     
  4. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Look at Dell and if you're not in a hurry, wait for a sale. You'll get a quality laptop at a very reasonable price. Dell's refurbs are an amazing value and come with the same Dell warranty. They have sales weekly so monitor their site and the models/config you like and when it's within your price range, pull the trigger.
     
  5. Mike-and-Kim

    Mike-and-Kim Member

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    Newegg is my favorite online, once you've bought from them they'll send you email sales. They also seem to know when you've been looking at things and send you targeted email sales. They have really good prices to begin with. Bought 2 15" Acer laptops a while back for ~$400 ea for Kim and daughter.

    Costco is good from a warranty standpoint, they have a concierge service (included) we've used. We had a Dell XPS8300 with a bad motherboard. Really easy to get through to an actual person to talk to. I think it is a 2 year warranty and 3 if you use american express.
     
  6. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    Liked ASUS and HP in our last laptop round of shopping. Models are always going to be a 'flavor of the month' discussion. I recommend going to best buy to compare form factors, key board feel, ergonomics.. and use that info to narrow your field. Then find the right model of compromises.. and just buy from best retailer that has the closest to that target. Best Buy, HHGregg - but pay taxes. Dell, wait for the deal (and use online coupons!). Newegg is solid for online ordering.
     
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    hornerjo Senior Member

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    Another plus for dell outlet. I've bought a desktop and 2 laptops there, all have been perfect (all bought with 20-25% off coupons too).
     
  8. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    Interesting you say ASUS flynnibus. That's what we ended up with from MicroCenter.

    i3 processor, all the other stuff, for $449. Right in the price ball park.

    Thanks everyone. (by the way where is a Dell Outlet around here)
     
  9. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    Ha ha! I win! afgm went with my store recommendation!

    But seriously, enjoy the new PC!
     
  10. hornerjo

    hornerjo Senior Member

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    Dell Outlet:
    http://www.dell.com/content/segmenter.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dfo

    Dell Outlet coupons (one site of a gazillion, do a google search):
    https://twitter.com/#!/DellOutlet

    If you don't see a coupon for the system you want on dell outlet, just wait for one if you have the time.
     
  11. MikeK

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    +1 to this post. My latest laptop is from Costco, they usually have good monthly deals on Dell and/or HP. The laptop previous to that (still use also) was from New Egg. I really like the reviews on New Egg.
     

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