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What is the best laptop I could get for $350?

Asked by mazingerz88 (25925points) February 2nd, 2012

I’m thinking of getting my 14 year old niece a laptop but I wouldn’t want to spend more than said amount as she would just use it for surfing and researching in the net. Your suggestion would be very much appreciated, thanks! : )

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Michael_Huntington's avatar

she would just use it for surfing and researching in the net.
Then you should buy her a netbook, not a laptop.
I’m using an Asus netbook right now. It was around $300.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Michael_Huntington Yes, thanks. I just went to HH Gregg and saw a netbook which I find to have too small a screen, hence the choice of getting a laptop instead.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I’ve seen a lot of good Toshibas at that price, and I just checked the HH Gregg site. They have one for less that $300.

basheersubei's avatar

I know that you’re asking about a laptop, but I just couldn’t resist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_pi

This thing costs 25–35 US dollars, and is as big as a credit card. Take a look, (it’s not a laptop), but it might suit your needs.

I hope this helps…

Keep_on_running's avatar

I don’t know many quality laptops for less than $350 dollars, unless they’re second-hand. You should get a netbook. I don’t think a 14 year old would mind the screen being a few inches smaller.

jazmina88's avatar

I got an HP at walmart this month. So far, wonderful.

I got a Toshiba at Staples and had trouble quick with recharging.

Both under $350. It can be done.

YARNLADY's avatar

I saw several re-furbished laptops on the Dell site earlier today for $199.

jerv's avatar

$350 is a bit low for a new laptop, but you could find a decent refurb for that without too much hassle. Hell, you can find a lot of them! However, I think a netbook or tablet would be more appropriate.

Personally, I have a soft spot for the Acer Aspire One, partly because mine was faster than most of it’s competitors (even those costing $400–600), partly because I liked the keyboard and trackpad better, and partly because after I got rid of it, it managed to last a year in the hands of my 12-year-old cousin. Now that may not sound like long, but this boy is rough on his stuff; that netbook outlasted four cellphones!

Then there is the Toshiba Mini, a decent little machine for around $250.

@jazmina88 That surprises me. My experience is that HP gets problematic quick while Toshiba lasts forever. Reliability surveys show that that is about normal. HP is notably unreliable while Toshiba is like the Toyota of the computer world; a reputation for quality.

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