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Recommendations for cheap (__cheap__) notebook/laptop

I'd like to buy a small (10-12 inch screen) very inexpensive (sub-$300) notebook, to use for reading PDFs, taking notes, and very light coding (i.e. emacs and python). Any recommendations would be most welcome. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Apr 21, 2014 - 16 answers

My eight year old is dying! (Laptop that is..)

My eight year old laptop is about ready to bite the dust. For the last year and a half it has had permanent residence on my desk as it cannot function if it is not plugged in. The screen must be at the correct angle or it completely cuts out. It struggles to download documents and music. She has been good to me, but it is time to begin thinking about purchasing a new computer. Problem is, I’m fairly out of touch with the market now. Here are my needs with regards to a laptop. You tell me what I should be looking for. [more inside]
posted by Driven on Oct 28, 2013 - 15 answers

MacBook for College Student?

My friend's daughter is going off to college to major in media studies. What would be the best MacBook -- new or used -- for her? Ideally it would be able to handle video editing, while still being light. It needs to be as cheap as possible, but it should run Mountain Lion so she can get through most of her college career without having to replace it. What do you suggest? (NB The "Mac" part isn't negotiable.)
posted by lore on Aug 3, 2013 - 22 answers

LaptopFilter: is this ASUS ultrabook the machine I want?

I'm getting a new laptop. A new variant of the ASUS UX32VD Zenbook (model: UX32VD-R4010P) seems to tick all my boxes. But I'm good at talking myself into things, so please help me sanity-check my choice. Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by pont on Feb 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Will an ASUS Zenbook Prime survive a daily bicycle commute in a rear pannier?

Will an ASUS Zenbook Prime survive a daily bicycle commute in a rear pannier? [more inside]
posted by cimuir on Aug 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me pick a new computer

Processor and general build quality question: Should I buy a Samsung Series 3 305V5A-T04AU Notebook or HP Pavilion dv6-6B00TU Notebook? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Tips to buy a laptop?

Need a new laptop, help me pick one. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on May 21, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645

How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645 notebook? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

CAD laptop

Seeking advice on a laptop/notebook for CAD. That may also (possibly) be able to run a Playstation 2 emulator. [more inside]
posted by hayeled on Nov 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Is this a fair price for a used Macbook Pro?

Is this a fair price for a late-2007 17" Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by arkhangel on Aug 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me buy a laptop

Help me choose a new laptop [more inside]
posted by vincele on Jul 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Windows machine with a Mac feature?

Notebook PC: I'm considering getting a nicer Windows notebook to use in addition to my MacBook Pro and there is one key feature that I've only found on Macs: 2-finger scrolling on the trackpad. [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Mar 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Help me find the best available solar bag.

What is the best solar-powered laptop bag available? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Jan 14, 2011 - 4 answers

help recommend laptop

Recommendations for a new laptop... price range $1800-1300... I get to pick out a new laptop for work, i'll probably get a better deal (gov't rate) then what is publicly listed, but any suggestions??? I haven't had new hardware for a couple years, so i'm not sure whats the best at the current time. My only requirements are listed below: [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Jan 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Weird BSOD on Acer Aspire 3100 Laptop

Picking up Acer Aspire 3100 Notebook causes blue screen of death! [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Dec 31, 2010 - 1 answer

mmmm...chrome

I need a SEXY laptop. Budget 1000 Euros (but willing to stretch if its worth it) I love chrome, polished metal, glass and the black or white macbooks! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Dec 27, 2010 - 14 answers

Is my keyboard dead or is this fixable?

How do you tell if a keyboard is shorted out? Mine is behaving very oddly after a minor liquid spill. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Nov 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Old hack, new trick?

Netbook/Windows Starter 7 question: What is the filename (and path) for the default, non-changeable background (wallpaper) image? Can I just save what I want as that file and have it use that instead? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I fix my acer laptop in Osaka?

Where can I repair an Acer Laptop in Osaka? [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Oct 18, 2010 - 1 answer

New laptop

I need a new laptop! I'm looking to spend under $1000. [more inside]
posted by pbeans on Oct 14, 2010 - 8 answers

How to get the best bang for my buck in a notebook?

What's a powerful notebook for a traveling gamer? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Oct 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Please Help Me Find Good Computers for My Two 7th Grade Boys

My two boys, both starting 7th grade in a couple of weeks, need computers...laptop or smaller? Smaller relates to cost? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Aug 21, 2010 - 27 answers

Need a new laptop; too many choices!

Hoping to get some input on a new laptop decision – are the ones I’m honing in on good options? What might differentiate them? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Jul 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommendations for new laptop with nice, sturdy hardware.

I'm thinking about replacing my 2 year-old 15" Macbook Pro but I can't find a non-Apple laptop that feels like it doesn't have cheap hardware. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 13, 2010 - 33 answers

New laptop time (I hope my current laptop doesn't read this and get angry).

Windows laptop suggestions or feedback. Details inside. Not looking for "Buy a Mac" as an answer. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Apr 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Please recommend a full powered notebook for a hackintosh install.

Please recommend a full powered notebook for a hackintosh install. [more inside]
posted by sockpup on Apr 14, 2010 - 12 answers

How to access advanced BIOS settings on an Asus notebook?

Some time ago I was able to access hidden BIOS settings on my M50Vm Asus notebook and change memory settings for my video card. Now I need to change them back but have no idea how to access it again. I know that there is some magic key combination (and it's not ctrl+F1) but Google seems useless. [more inside]
posted by przepla on Mar 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Supplier-independent notebook database?

I need a a new notebook. I'd like to use a website/database that lets me input selection criteria and that gives me a list of all the notebooks that fit the bill, no matter which company produces them. [more inside]
posted by insouciant on Mar 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Ultraportable Laptops?

Help me choose and buy a thin and light (ultraportable?) laptop or netbook. [more inside]
posted by jckll on Feb 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Can I use this laptop in a dim room?

Do all new Lenovo laptops, or at least all Ideabooks, have the keyboard light? I love the keyboard light built into the top of the screen, but can't figure out if the Y550 has it, and the vendor has not been able to answer definitively.
posted by theora55 on Jan 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Domain or Stand-Alone? So Complex.

How do real IT shops handle laptops in a Windows domain? [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter on Jan 5, 2010 - 7 answers

What lightweight but powerful laptop should I buy?

Which light-weight yet powerful laptop should I buy? I like the Sony Vaio Z, followed by the MB Air and the Thinkpad X200. Am I missing any models? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Dec 10, 2009 - 22 answers

What Bay Area stores carry the Dell Adamo?

Where can I see a Dell Adamo (not the new XPS, but the one that was released last year) in person, in the San Francisco Bay Area? Frys doesn't seem to carry it, and I don't know who else would. I'm considering buying one, and want to handle it and check out the keyboard, weight, etc., in person, before making a decision. Thanks for any help you can provide :-)
posted by Susan PG on Nov 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Looking for the perfect laptop for traveling

Looking for the perfect laptop for traveling. Priorities are durability, lightness, and battery life, in that order. Performance is not too important, but it must run Windows 7 like a champ. Willing to consider netbooks. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Oct 29, 2009 - 19 answers

Stolen macbook - hard drive data safe?

Someone stole my 2009 macbook pro. I doubt they can guess my password. Given that, how likely is it that they can access my hard drive's data (I didn't do anything special beyond the default to encrypt it or anything)? Can my Applecare plan transfer to a new laptop? Anything else I can do to help destroy the value of the computer? I don't need any advice about police reports, etc. - but Apple-specific advice welcome.
posted by shivohum on Oct 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me buy a netbook, camera, and bike.

Help me buy a netbook, a low-end digital camera, and a bike. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Oct 3, 2009 - 16 answers

Looking for an attractive laptop sleeve.

Seeking recommendations for durable and attractive laptop jackets (the kind that you leave on when the laptop is in use). [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Aug 23, 2009 - 3 answers

New laptop - help me choose!

New laptop choices - Fujitsu? Sony? Dell? HP? I know what I want in a notebook, but trying to figure out which maker will best meet my needs. I'm an English and Theatre teacher soon to move to Norway and I don't think my old laptop will last much longer. Looking for a Core 2 Duo and up, a 4-500 gig hard drive, Nividia or ATI graphics, a decent amount of RAM about a 16" screen. [more inside]
posted by aimeel on Jul 4, 2009 - 27 answers

Other good gaming laptops under $1000?

Under $1000 laptop: I have my eye on a particular model; am I missing any others in my research? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Apr 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Pixels not included.

I'm at my wits' end trying to find a suitable LCD monitor to use as a secondary screen for an oldish Toshiba laptop. [more inside]
posted by _dario on Mar 28, 2009 - 4 answers

I haz a Macbook, now what?

Got a new Macbook, but not sure where to go from here... [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on Mar 22, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me understand Li-ion laptop batteries.

I'm about to purchase an aftermarket Li-ion laptop battery on eBay. However, I'm quite confused about the differences in specs for mAh and number of battery cells. Which is more important and how are they related? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Feb 16, 2009 - 7 answers

One cheap laptop with everything, please.

Cheap, lightweight(ish) PC laptop with an optical drive? Or should I just spring for a MacBook? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 6, 2009 - 14 answers

A laptop lock that can't be defeated by pens or pennies

Is there a good $50-ish laptop/notebook lock out there that *can't* be opened by a toilet paper tube, ballpoint pen, penny, or other common item? [more inside]
posted by Ky on Jan 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Should I get a new battery or a new laptop?

Should I buy a new laptop battery or a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Nov 15, 2008 - 15 answers

Is my new (aftermarket) power adapter safe for my laptop?

Can I damage my laptop by using a power adapter that has a slightly higher wattage than the original adapter? The original adapter was 65W, and the aftermarket one is 70W. The voltage is switchable. My original adapter had a voltage of 18.5V, this one says that if I need 18.5V, I should choose 18V. Any chance of damaging the computer by using this one? [more inside]
posted by leticia on Nov 13, 2008 - 8 answers

Middle click on the new MacBooks?

I find myself unexpectedly in the market for a new laptop, and I'm considering switching to a Mac. I know the new MacBooks can finally do a proper right-click, but can they also do a middle-click without some awkward key combo? On my current laptop I just tap in one corner of the trackpad to middle click, and I can't imagine browsing the web without middle clicking. [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Nov 11, 2008 - 13 answers

WSXGA+ LED, where art thou?

LongshotFilter: Does anyone know if any 15.4" WSXGA+ panels with LED backlights are coming to market soon? [more inside]
posted by knave on Oct 24, 2008 - 3 answers

I want a laptop, not a craptop.

Laptop Battel! Help me decide which manufacturer deserves my hard-earned money. I've narrowed it down to Dell vs. Toshiba vs. Lenovo. Also, RAM: 2gb or 3? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Oct 22, 2008 - 26 answers

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