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« on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 08:47:43 »
My laptop is about shot. It's old and worn out. Now I'm having problems with the browsers crashing - either IE or Firefox. Long list of problems with it. I've been holding off purchasing a new one, but really - it's about time.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a dependable laptop that wouldn't cost over $500?

I was considering a chromebook, but something about storing everything on a cloud makes me nervous.

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« Reply #1 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 09:00:47 »
My laptop is about shot. It's old and worn out. Now I'm having problems with the browsers crashing - either IE or Firefox. Long list of problems with it. I've been holding off purchasing a new one, but really - it's about time.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a dependable laptop that wouldn't cost over $500?

I was considering a chromebook, but something about storing everything on a cloud makes me nervous.

Look at QVC

You might or might not pay more but I just replaced a desktop with a dell laptop for a hair over $500... then bought a 3 year extended warranty that covers drops and spills for another $150.

But if you do look there look there they will have some on extended payments of 4 to 6 months.

I got mine for 6 month payments.

They do have them also for under $500 depending on screen size... Mine is 17" which is closer to the desk top it replaced.

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« Reply #2 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 09:15:05 »
Thank you, Rella! I will look at QVC, and I do like their easy-pay plan. I've never had any problems with purchases from them, except for a few weeks ago when I purchased a mattress set. I recently went from a king size mattress to a queen. I bought a queen size Serta mattress set from them, but it felt like I was sleeping on a pile of rocks. Literally, the most uncomfortable mattress I've ever owned. Getting it returned and my account credited was a nightmare. It took several phone calls to get my refund. That's the only problem I've ever experienced with them, though.
 

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« Reply #3 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 09:51:38 »
Specs are more important than where you get it.

I would never do QVC or a payment plan place.  You end up paying more than its worth.

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« Reply #4 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 09:54:33 »
2nd thing

Firefox sucks.  It has had a memory leak for quite a while now and it crashes intermittently.  Never use IE.  Never.

I suggest Chrome.

Sounds like you need someone to clean up your OS


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« Reply #5 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 10:03:08 »
Specs are more important than where you get it.

I would never do QVC or a payment plan place.  You end up paying more than its worth.

I shopped the same machine as I always do before buying from them and their price when I bought it
was the same as the "sore" prices and even Dell.... though to be truthful it was during cyber week.

I ALWAYS USE FIREFOX.... I have never had any issues with them in over 6 years. I wont use IE and as far as chrome.... not for me

The payment that QVC offers is interest free... and when you do not have hundreds available at once... especially this time of year.... for me... at least... it is helpful


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« Reply #6 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 10:03:33 »
Texas, I actually have two laptops. On one, I use Firefox (because my college recommended it for blackboard) and IE. This is my oldest laptop. I have another laptop that is a bit newer, (but still old) but just as many problems. I only use Chrome on that one, and Chrome keeps crashing. I've had Chrome crash 4 times on that machine.
Both of them are HPs, if that makes a difference.
I also have a cheapo tablet, that works perfectly. It's a Le Pan, and only cost me $85. Love it, except it's a tablet and doesn't have all the function of the larger machines.
So, when do you stop trying to clean up and repair a laptop and when do you move on to a new one?

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« Reply #7 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 10:20:36 »
Rella, how do you like that Dell? My nextdoor neighbor won't buy anything but Dells. My daughter recently bought a top of the line MacBook, and says it's the best machine she's ever owned, but I'm not willing to drop that kind of money on one.

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« Reply #8 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 10:23:51 »
My laptop is about shot. It's old and worn out. Now I'm having problems with the browsers crashing - either IE or Firefox. Long list of problems with it. I've been holding off purchasing a new one, but really - it's about time.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a dependable laptop that wouldn't cost over $500?

I was considering a chromebook, but something about storing everything on a cloud makes me nervous.

I have a Chromebook and with an SD card you can have tons of storage space. I love mine and the only reason I don't use it more is because the screen is so small so make sure you buy one with a big screen.

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« Reply #9 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 11:17:37 »
Texas, I actually have two laptops. On one, I use Firefox (because my college recommended it for blackboard) and IE. This is my oldest laptop. I have another laptop that is a bit newer, (but still old) but just as many problems. I only use Chrome on that one, and Chrome keeps crashing. I've had Chrome crash 4 times on that machine.
Both of them are HPs, if that makes a difference.
I also have a cheapo tablet, that works perfectly. It's a Le Pan, and only cost me $85. Love it, except it's a tablet and doesn't have all the function of the larger machines.
So, when do you stop trying to clean up and repair a laptop and when do you move on to a new one?

Depends on your comfort level with the software.

What OS do you run?  What is your processor and RAM?

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« Reply #10 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 11:36:00 »
I used FF for years and finally gave up a few years back after repeated Flash crashes and over usage of system memory. Recently FF has released an x64 version with a proper x64 Flash plug-in. I've tested it and it seems to work well.


If you wanted to get rid of your old FF install, save your bookmarks and settings to an html file and use something like Revo uninstaller to uninstall FF, it will get rid of all the extra folders and registry settings.

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« Reply #11 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 11:50:46 »
On my oldest laptop - the one using Firefox and IE-
Windows 7, 4.00 GB, Intel 13 CPU 2.4 GHz
On the newest computer (I'd love to get this one working better) - the one using Chrome that keeps crashing-
Windows 8.1, Ram 8.00 GB, Processor AMD A8-4500 M, APU 1.9 GHz
This newest computer eats up batteries like nobody's business, too. I've already replaced the battery once, and now I'm getting notification it's time to replace it again which will be over $100. Still...if I knew I could get a couple of more years out of this one, I wouldn't mind purchasing another battery, but with the crashes, IDK.

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« Reply #12 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 11:52:20 »
I compared the deal of the day on QVC to a similar laptop on NewEgg.  QVC has some good marketing, but their specs are lower.   You get more for your money from what I've seen outside of QVC.

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« Reply #13 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 11:53:56 »
On my oldest laptop - the one using Firefox and IE-
Windows 7, 4.00 GB, Intel 13 CPU 2.4 GHz
On the newest computer (I'd love to get this one working better) - the one using Chrome that keeps crashing-
Windows 8.1, Ram 8.00 GB, Processor AMD A8-4500 M, APU 1.9 GHz
This newest computer eats up batteries like nobody's business, too. I've already replaced the battery once, and now I'm getting notification it's time to replace it again which will be over $100. Still...if I knew I could get a couple of more years out of this one, I wouldn't mind purchasing another battery, but with the crashes, IDK.

Both are new enough you should not have to consider a new laptop.  What may be necessary is a reinstall of the OS (after you get all your data off). 

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« Reply #14 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 11:56:09 »
My laptop is about shot. It's old and worn out. Now I'm having problems with the browsers crashing - either IE or Firefox. Long list of problems with it. I've been holding off purchasing a new one, but really - it's about time.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a dependable laptop that wouldn't cost over $500?

I was considering a chromebook, but something about storing everything on a cloud makes me nervous.

I have a Chromebook and with an SD card you can have tons of storage space. I love mine and the only reason I don't use it more is because the screen is so small so make sure you buy one with a big screen.
littleoldme, I had about talked myself into a chromebook, but a friend talked me out of it. She said it's useless if I'm away from wifi. Well, not that I think about it, I never take my computer anywhere, so that's not an issue. When I travel, I only take my phone and sometimes my tablet.Thanks for the reminder about screen size, though, because that's important to me, too.

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Both are new enough you should not have to consider a new laptop.  What may be necessary is a reinstall of the OS (after you get all your data off).

OK, I will try. Why does this make me as nervous as all get out?  ::prayinghard::

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« Reply #16 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 12:20:21 »
My laptop is about shot. It's old and worn out. Now I'm having problems with the browsers crashing - either IE or Firefox. Long list of problems with it. I've been holding off purchasing a new one, but really - it's about time.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a dependable laptop that wouldn't cost over $500?

I was considering a chromebook, but something about storing everything on a cloud makes me nervous.

I have a Chromebook and with an SD card you can have tons of storage space. I love mine and the only reason I don't use it more is because the screen is so small so make sure you buy one with a big screen.
littleoldme, I had about talked myself into a chromebook, but a friend talked me out of it. She said it's useless if I'm away from wifi. Well, not that I think about it, I never take my computer anywhere, so that's not an issue. When I travel, I only take my phone and sometimes my tablet.Thanks for the reminder about screen size, though, because that's important to me, too.

Here's the thing: where do you go where you don't have wifi? You can get free wifi at the restaurant down the street, at the coffee shop, maybe at the library. And if you don't have wifi, what are you going to do with your Windows based computer anyway? Most of the people I know who use a laptop read and send email, surf the net, and do all the things you need wifi for.  Aside from that, if you need to do some text processing, you can still use Google docs when not connected to the internet (this is a relatively recent development) and it will sync when you re-connect. Now is probably not a good time to buy one because they are probably all picked over, but you'll be able to find them after the first of the year.

Good luck.

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« Reply #17 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 12:25:16 »
You're so right, littleoldme. I will try to hang tight with my pretty purple laptop for now and hopefully a reinstall on the OS will help. I'll look for good prices on chromebooks later.  ::smile::

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« Reply #18 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 12:45:04 »
So, does anyone has advice on the best battery replacement for my newest HP? The last time I bought a battery, I bought it from a local store, and paid over $100 for it, and it didn't last long at all. Evidently, I got ripped off. Looking on Amazon, and reading the reviews, these replacement batteries are often a piece of junk.

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« Reply #19 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 13:02:39 »
I'd try to get one from HP directly.  Off brand batteries can be dangerous.

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« Reply #20 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 16:21:45 »
Rella, how do you like that Dell? My nextdoor neighbor won't buy anything but Dells. My daughter recently bought a top of the line MacBook, and says it's the best machine she's ever owned, but I'm not willing to drop that kind of money on one.

I have had two Dell desktops and 2Dell Laptops and one Lenovo.

Both laptops were bought from QVC and the one had the hard drive die when it was not quite a year. Dell sent a box and replaced the hard drive and sent it
bac to me with no charge.

I know a lot of geeks who like Lenovo and one sold me the one I have....  For a long time  I would be using and it would ut off an die and I would need to restart
several times a day. My geek could find no issue in his shop and at some point to me it must be my electricity... That is a true story.... obviously I do not use him anymore (plus he sold me an older machine claiming it was a couple of years newer) and after 3 years or so, it is working perfectly now.

So, for me I would likely always choose Dell. And they work with my HP printer.

As to Mac.... I know people swear by that but I myself have been a bit leery.

If you are eating up your battery on your laptops an't you use the cord with it.

I do nothing on mine without them being plugged in unless I take it to another location for a few min. Then plug it back in.

And as other have suggested... maybe you can get your system working as it should. Even if you need to get a pro to do it.

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« Reply #21 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 19:20:51 »
I compared the deal of the day on QVC to a similar laptop on NewEgg.  QVC has some good marketing, but their specs are lower.   You get more for your money from what I've seen outside of QVC.

Ummm, Texas...never, ever come between a woman and her QVC deals.  ::giggle::

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« Reply #22 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 19:37:59 »
I compared the deal of the day on QVC to a similar laptop on NewEgg.  QVC has some good marketing, but their specs are lower.   You get more for your money from what I've seen outside of QVC.

Ummm, Texas...never, ever come between a woman and her QVC deals.  ::giggle::

Their deal of the day was about $200 too much based upon specs.

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« Reply #23 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 19:41:11 »
Rella, how do you like that Dell? My nextdoor neighbor won't buy anything but Dells. My daughter recently bought a top of the line MacBook, and says it's the best machine she's ever owned, but I'm not willing to drop that kind of money on one.

I know a lot of geeks who like Lenovo and one sold me the one I have.... 

I have a Lenovo and it's okay but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy another one.

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« Reply #24 on: Sat Dec 19, 2015 - 19:45:47 »
The HP site wants $119 for the battery I need for my HP Pavillion. It gets dubious reviews, too. Sigh...IDK, I guess I'll get it. It's better than being plugged into the wall all the time, and definitely less expensive than a new computer.

 

     
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