What is a reliable laptop for a price sensitive consumer?

by on January 19, 2012

Q: I am in the market for a new laptop and price sensitive but I’m also a little gun shy because the Acer I had crashed 3 times over the last year and a half and each time I lost everything because the data was unrecoverable.

I was wondering if you could offer some tips about something reliable. I mainly use the MS Office Suite and QuicksBooks and had been running on Windows XP Professional (but I’m open to changing operating systems) but those are the biggest programs that I run.

I do like taking pictures and often have a lot of pics and HD video but I can keep them on an external hard drive. (I’ve heard that’s better than taking up space on your HD with that kind of stuff.

Other than that, I would just need a CD/DVD burner and at least 3 or 4 of USB ports. A internal web cam is cool but I could always buy an external one.

I’m flexible on almost everything else I think even size. I do take my laptop everywhere so durable and not too bulky would work but I’d prefer a BARGAIN over something cute or sleek. I do use it for hours a day about 7 days a week.

Money is tight and I need a computer that will last long. It’s been hard to find information on life span trends so I was hoping you could help. I read an article about how refurbished computers are often not used and was wondering if these deals could get a me a good reliable computer without the sticker shock.


4 Responses to “What is a reliable laptop for a price sensitive consumer?”
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    First we should discuss the need for a backup solution.

    You can buy an inexpensive external hard drive and just copy and paste your important files to it every once in a while (or try to find free backup software online). The problem with this is you need to know what is important, you need to remember to manually do the copy and paste, and you need to remember to connect the external hard drive to your computer.

    You could spend a few dollars more and buy an external hard drive that has a one touch backup button on it. The key here is you need to make sure to connect the hard drive and run the backup often.

    The best option would be to connect a networked hard drive to your network that comes with automatic backup software. You will need to install the automatic backup on each computer and configure it. Once you do that it will keep your data backed up.

    In the end you could spend $2,000.00 on a new Mac laptop and have a hard drive fail that causes you to lose your data just as easily as you could on a $300.00 machine from anyone else.

    So my suggestion is get the computer that fits your needs and make sure you have a solid backup plan in place.

     
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      My question was about a reliable laptop. You didn’t answer that at all. The backups are not the problem. I already have them. It would be nice to hear from anyone with helpful information on topic about the question I asked.

       
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        I did cover that topic

        In the end you could spend $2,000.00 on a new Mac laptop and have a hard drive fail that causes you to lose your data just as easily as you could on a $300.00 machine from anyone else.

         
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        In the end remember all computers use the same core components. The processor is either from Intel or AMD, the hard drives come from a few various companies and the same is true for the RAM, video card, and monitor. The only thing that changes on the computers is the motherboard, which is made specific for each laptop.