The Ultimate Cheap Notebook?

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 …

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  • Marty B O’Malley

    Cheap Notebook Suggestion:

    Instead of buying a NEW low grade cheap notebook, how about buying a 2-3 year old USED top-of-the-line notebook.

    This makes sense if you prefer to drive a used Chevette instead of a brand new Yugo.

  • Jerrod Williams

    Recently Dell has been selling notebook computers through their small business area for $499 with free shipping. It comes with a 1.8 GHz AMD, a 14.1 screen, and a CD RW/DVD Drive, as well as 512 GB of RAM. It is the Inspiron 1501 series. I have purchased one and it is a well put together machine as far as I can tell. It seems to give good bang for the buck. (Of course you can pay a little extra and upgrade, as alaways with Dell. That is what they hope you will do, but the basic package is quite nice). Just go to notebook, small business to check it out.

  • Bob

    MacBook. Keyboard is fine — despite its appearance.

  • quentin

    My girlfriends daughter bought a Gateway laptop at Bestbuy back in september.It’s a 1.6Ghz Intel P4,512MB ram,60 Gig hard drive15 inch screen,cdrw/dvd rom,built in wireless networking,vga output for external monitor,etc. So far its seems to be put together well and everything works great.It was only $399 (about $430 out the door after taxes) and that was over 4 months ago. Im sure they can be found for the same price with even better specs or with the same specs for even less now.

  • Jeff

    Any time you wanna visit, you can spend a day with my Acer.

    Central CT

  • TonyP

    Dell XPS m1210 – 12.1 inch screen, but what a view! Brilliant and high quality, high tech under the hood. Yes, thay’re a little pricey, but keep your eyes open for the specials and you won’t be disappointed…I’m not.
    I paid a little more to up the specs and this thing flys! Better/faster than my work desktop system.
    Highly recommended.

  • Curtis

    I am looking to update to a more portable laptop. I have a Dell XPS M1210. Even though it is very portable I paid too much for it just to get it stolen at school or in the coffee shop. I am lost though when it comes down to the acer or asus that runs lynx. Ya I agree with the other comment about the XPS well worth the money.

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