New Laptop Needed – Alternatives to Windows 8
August 20, 2014 6:20 AM Subscribe
I’m in need of a new laptop, and I get the impression I ought to avoid Windows 8. What are my options?
My HP laptop hit five years recently and, perhaps unsurprisingly, has decided to turn in its resignation. It still boots, sort of, but the tech people at Best Buy said the hard drive could fail at any point, so I need a replacement. (As a grad student, I really can’t go for long without a computer.)
According to friends, Windows 8 is pretty damn terrible—the interface is clunky, it’s hard to do basic tasks, etc. I do not need that noise.
I’m sure a lot of people will recommend a Mac, but I don’t have that money to pay upfront. (I know, it’s a long-term investment, but still. I’m hoping to spend $600, give or take.) I don’t want a tablet. Can I (should I) buy an old Windows version and install that on a new machine? (My current one didn’t include any installation discs.) Use something else entirely (like Ubuntu or some such, which would be a future AskMe)? D’you know of any reputable retailers for refurbished laptops?
Thanks in advance!