What is the best laptop I can get for a college freshman for $400?

by on February 11, 2011

Q: I have $400. What kind of laptop with internet and webcam can I get for a college freshman.

4 Responses to “What is the best laptop I can get for a college freshman for $400?”

    For $400 you will not get a lot of options. To get the most out of it i might suggest a mini laptop/netbook. Dell/HP as well as many other companies carry netbooks.

    If you are looking for a full size laptop you will end up with a lower end device unless you shop around with manufacturers and stores for a sale.

    If you are looking to have a full size laptop with webcam and “internet” (I am assuming you mean WiFi) you might want to put and extra $200 to get a reasonable laptop that does not have bottom of the line features.

    Or you can always finance through dell and HP and pay most of it off with the $400.

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    unless you hit a good sale your options at the $400 price point are small.

    You’ll find a lot of good deals on http://slickdeals.net/ and http://fatwallet.com for laptops. I’d suggest you keep an eye on the forums of those sites for these kind of deals.


    Thanks, I may be able to go up to $500. What do you think of the different laptop auction sites? Are they worth the time and are they good machines?


    I’d skip on the auction sites, and stick with the deal sites I mentioned. That way if there is a problem with the computer when you get it you’ll stand a better chance of getting your issues resolved.