#1
In September, my high school and my sister's middle school (along with many other schools in the Peel region) will be switching over to WiFi instead of having school computers.

My question is if there are any brands/models of laptop I should look for, and if there are any to stay away from. Pricewise, it would be better if they were under $500.00 (including tax), as my mom will have to buy three.

It will have to access the Internet and run Word, basically. It doesn't need it to be the newest device on the market.

EDIT: I honestly know next to nothing about laptops, so excuse my lack of knowledge.
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#3
i've got a toshiba satellite that was around 700$, but it's the larger model. i'm pretty sure the smaller ones are a bit cheaper, and it's honestly really great. comes with windows 7

edit: something like this sounds like it'd be great for your needs
http://www.toshiba.ca/web/product.grp?lg=en&section=1&group=643&product=11012&category=
(Toshiba netbook)
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Hopefully you can open this: http://www.peelschools.org/media/news2002/120328.htm

It explains everything.

If you can't, it just basically says: Peel wants students to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to access the Internet. Instead of getting a math textbook, science textbook, history, etc., it will all be online, saving money.
#5
Go with Asus or HP
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i've got a toshiba satellite that was around 700$, but it's the larger model. i'm pretty sure the smaller ones are a bit cheaper, and it's honestly really great. comes with windows 7

edit: something like this sounds like it'd be great for your needs
http://www.toshiba.ca/web/product.grp?lg=en&section=1&group=643&product=11012&category=
(Toshiba netbook)



It looks good to me, but then again, I know next to nothing about laptops. The price catches my eye, though. As long as it surfs the web well and won't lag to hell if I have Word open, it'll suit the cause perfectly.
#8
i would recommend against HP. all of the 3 i have had have had the fan fail relatively early in its lifespan. i'd say asus or toshiba.
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Lenovo makes great laptops, Asus and Toshiba are good. Don't buy a Dell.

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#10
All I've ever owned are HP, and I've never had problems with them. They're in the median price-range and quality, compared to other computers, and I think that's what you're looking for.
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It looks good to me, but then again, I know next to nothing about laptops. The price catches my eye, though. As long as it surfs the web well and won't lag to hell if I have Word open, it'll suit the cause perfectly.


it is a good price, but remember it doesn`t come with Word. Word usually comes in a package with PowerPoint, Excel, etc. that you have to buy. it will come with a Word Processor, which basically does the same thing
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#14
Unless someone can find a model that costs less than $320, I think I'm sold on the model Siren Song suggested.
Nothing will be bought until about August though, as there might be sales on for going back to school.
Thanks for all the replies Pit.
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Quote by Vermillionpart2
Unless someone can find a model that costs less than $320, I think I'm sold on the model Siren Song suggested.
Nothing will be bought until about August though, as there might be sales on for going back to school.
Thanks for all the replies Pit.


that`s great! Toshiba`s really are great laptops. I`ve had mine since September 2010 and I haven`t had a single problem. It`ll be fine as long as you take care of it, and have an anti-virus. Just don`t forget Word will come in a seperate package with its own price, which is partially why I suggested the $320 laptop ($180 leaves you space to also buy that package).
The only thing you might not like is the 10.1 inch screen , but if all you want to do is use Word and surf the web, you`ll be fine
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Raspberry Pi? $25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BbufUp_HNs

otherwise HP makes good laptops, I've had many laptops and my favorites have been HP
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#17
All you need to worry about is how porn will look on the screen.

Every time I go to buy a laptop, I picture what 3 Congo 10 inchers gang-banging a star wars twilik cos play boy will look like on that 15 inch screen.
#18
toshba satelite... my best friend and his brother have the 500's and they treat theirs like shit, but they stood the test of time
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All I've ever owned are HP, and I've never had problems with them. They're in the median price-range and quality, compared to other computers, and I think that's what you're looking for.

I've had two HPs and they were the biggest pieces of shit I've ever seen in my life.

Fan failures, disk failures, video cards burning out, useless battery life (not to mention having to replace the batteries every six months), and they come preloaded with a bunch of useless shit that slows them down like no tomorrow. You may have had a good experience with HP, but I will never buy another HP product for as long as I live.

I'm running Samsung lappy at the moment. I was a bit wary about buying Samsung as they aren't as established in laptops as other brands, but I decided to take a gamble and I haven't looked back. I've had it around 8 months and it has been the best laptop I've ever owned.

All that said, if you want to buy into a more established laptop brand, I don't think you can really go wrong with Toshiba.

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