View Full Version : A cheap, decent laptop....

12-28-2005, 04:25 AM
I just want a laptop mostly for watching dvds on planes. I don't want a portable dvd player. Looks like all laptops under $1000, except for iBooks, are semi-fragile and can go bad within a year. So, is that $500 Dell really a piece of junk? How bout Gateway? Are they all junk under $1000? I know all about getting an extended warranty. Thanks in advance.

12-28-2005, 04:45 AM
I just got and like the Toshia Equium L20 i think its less than $1000 but mine was bought in the uk so i dont know price in dollars

12-28-2005, 05:32 PM
try dell computers

12-28-2005, 05:54 PM
I'm on my second IBook. If Apple does what you need, ie not a lot of games, then I think they are great. I haven't had any recent experience with Dell or Gateway laptops but the last few times I've helped friends with Dell or Gateway desktops they've been total junk. My .02.

Sorry don't know of any good cheap windows based laptops at the moment but I haven't been impressed with Dell or Gateway service or quality wise.

Capt. Willie
12-28-2005, 06:33 PM
I bought one of those $500 Dell laptops a couple months ago. Had problems with it from day one and even worse problems with Dell's costomer service. Ended up returning it. My advice would be to stay away from them. Actually, after this experiance, I'd never ever buy any product from Dell again.

12-31-2005, 01:47 PM
dell all the way

12-31-2005, 02:16 PM
For watching dvd's, most laptops will do just fine. Just make sure you get a spare battery. Running a movie on a high resolution (I have PowerDVD Platinum) takes a lot of power, and the last time I tried watching a movie on my Dell, it made it to about 1 hour 45 minutes and then shut down due to battery shortage.

12-31-2005, 02:50 PM
An iBook should fit the bill. Laptops under $1000 are risky. If you're a student, definitely get an iBook (price reduction).

12-31-2005, 04:09 PM
Don't buy a Dell or a Gateway laptop (they are rated higher for desktops). You should be able to get a stripped Fujitsu or Lenova Thinkpad for $1000, check their respective websites for specials.

12-31-2005, 10:51 PM
Try newegg dot com. they have some of the best stuff available for great prices. Good luck.