By virtue of its portability, the notebook is the most personal of personal computers. When your laptop travels with you, it says something about your personal style, as much as a car or an article of clothing. The perils of choosing a cheap notebook that is inadequately engineered and poorly manufactured are many. Bang for the buck is crucial. There’s no living with atawdry-looking notebook that looks like hell and performs like molasses on a January night. The ultimate cheap notebook must provide dependability at an affordable price.
I’ll be the first to admit that finding the magic cheap notebook combination can be a real trick. Read all the reviews, ask all your friends, and you can still end up scratching your head. When budgets are tight, somethings gotta give … screen size, hard drives, memory, and DVD drives all provide opportunities to scrimp.
Needless to say, we’re still looking for a cheap notebook or two here at ranchero indebto. Back in December, Jeff recommended the Acer line. But I’m not crazy about buying a notebook without trying out the keyboard first. With all the time I spend hammering the keys, keyboards are a sticking point for me. (Apologies for the bad pun.)
If you have a favorite cheap notebook, please share all the juicy details. I can live with a smaller screen … I prefer a 12-inch screen, actually. I dig those small form factors, but I know that the most svelte models don’t come cheap …
[tags]cheap notebook, laptop[/tags]