Finding High Quality Cheap Laptops For Students

By: Titus Hoskins

Copyright (c) 2007 Titus Hoskins

These days laptop or notebook computer prices are dropping so fast anyone can afford a good quality laptop. High school and college students will be especially pleased to discover just what kind of machine can be purchased even for those on the tightest budget.

Mainly because cheap notebook computers are cheap in name only, prices have fallen so sharply that high quality laptops can now be purchased at a much reduced rate. You simply get more computer bang for your buck.

There's no real mystery to this price drop. Have you checked out TV prices recently, over time most electronic products drop in price as manufacturing costs are lowered and as the competition heats up.

In addition, new technology comes on stream very quickly, making perfectly good high quality laptops somewhat outdated but completely suitable for students. We are even on our 4th generation laptop technology with Intel's Santa Rosa Centrino platform as featured with some of the newer HP Pavilion laptops.

Laptops are becoming more powerful, more mobile and a whole lot smaller. There are really no significant differences between a desktop computer and a laptop. The performance gap is narrowing as you're reading this, even the lowest priced laptops are now capable of handling most computing chores and applications.

A good student laptop should be sturdy, portable and have some note-taking capacity. Long battery life should also be a consideration. Since the Internet is now an integrated part of every student's life, connectability is another factor worth considering. Some student prefer a tablet form laptop for easy note-taking, although a combination tablet is usually more expensive than a regular laptop.

Where To Find Student Laptops?

There are many places to find good quality cheap notebook computers for students.

Here are some places you might try:

One of the best places to find good quality affordable laptops is eBay, the popular online auction site. So check eBay for the type of laptop you're looking for. If you're not familiar with eBay, make sure you thoroughly check out the seller's history and ratings before placing a bid.

Refurbished Laptops

Refurbished laptops are perfectly usable and shouldn't be ruled out. You can get good refurbished laptops that will serve your needs nicely especially if your funds are limited. Look for special deals, a lot of the major manufacturers will offer refurbished laptops so check with these makers first. Don't forget to check Amazon, they also carry used and refurbished laptops.

Second-hand or Used Laptops

Check with family, neighbors and friends to see if anyone is selling a used laptop. Pass the word around your area that you're in the market for a laptop; with laptop technology changing at a blistering pace many techno snobs are discarding perfectly good machines for a newer model. Just snap one up!

Dell Coupons

Don't dismiss Dell. They make some of the best affordable laptops at a premium price. Remember, never buy a Dell without checking out the countless coupon sites on the web. You can usually get from $100-$500 off your new laptop by using Dell discount coupons and rebates. Making Dell one of your first stops for those on a tight budget.

Hewlett-Packard

You can now get a quality HP laptop for under $400. And even if you're buying a higher priced HP laptop, HP is known to offer great bonuses like a printer, free shipping, higher RAM or hard-drive at no extra cost. Something you should consider as a way of stretching those student dollars.

Monthly Financing

Most major laptop sellers will also offer monthly financing so you can spread out the cost of a new laptop over time. If you buy online, check for free shipping and make it a point to check out the service record and customer ratings of your chosen online merchant.

Regardless of where you search for your student laptop, you should have a simple check-list in mind when buying your student notebook. Is there enough RAM to support your Operating System? Do you need a large hard-drive or storage space? What types of connections does the laptop have? Make sure your chosen laptop is sturdy and portable with good battery life. Make sure you take security measures to protect your laptop from theft by using locks, anti-theft software and biometric devices, laptop theft insurance is another option.

You should also remember in today's tech depended world, a computer or laptop is almost a necessity for most students. A laptop is needed for note-taking, for research, for essay writing and even for communicating with mom and dad back home. Plus, owning a laptop will give any student an edge up on their fellow classmates. All good reasons why no student should be without a notebook computer.

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