questionsin your pocket you have $300. you badly need a…

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Mine.
Transfer the money to my Paypal account and I'll ship my Acer Aspire laptop to you.

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@iggz: I was going to give you a gold star for asking this question -- it's right up my alley. I see, however, that you already have a gold star.

If you want a good solid laptop with few frills, the Lenovo series isn't half bad. Just stay away from Dell's budget line. It seems to have all sorts of problems. Asus is another good budget brand and has great tech support

EDIT: if you can hold out for another month and a half, you'll be able to find a really good deal on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but I know that you might need it right away.

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http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AO725-0899-Netbook-Processor-Windows/dp/B007Z92SS6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1350095991&sr=8-4&keywords=netbook

It is technically a netbook, but not too tiny and has OK specs. Cheap. Real x64 operating system so you could upgrade RAM if you wanted to.

edit: Just looked at the first posting for the Asus and that's a pretty good deal for a 14" computer. If you want a full size, I don't think you're gonna beat that.

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@lumpthar: I'll give you $250. What's your Paypal address? BTW, I can't have any pr0n websites in the history....please clear the cache first. ;)

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The Dell outlet - refurbs galore. www.dell.com/outlet

There'll be something there for you.

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@capguncowboy: Careful with lenovo's- I bought one last august ('11) because I was so impressed with the reliability of my last thinkpad. This one had to have the motherboard and palm rest replaced last january. At the time I thought it was no big deal and the warranty service was great. Now the same components have gone again, and the warranty has just run out. Costs more to fix than to buy a new laptop. Doing some research now I see this is a common problem with the particular line I bought, but lenovo refuses to acknowledge it.

Steering clear of them from now on.

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@jsimsace: Good enough. Let me make sure my Paypal still works. I'll pop the HDD in the microwave to be sure there is no more pron sitez on it.

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I have two Lenovos, an Ideapad and a Thinkpad. Just got my Thinkpad T420s for $320 thru lenovo outlet...sure its a refurb, but its also i5, 6gb ram, 500 gb.

Have had the ideapad for 2 years with zero problems.

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Pretty much any NEW laptop on sale should work for you. Keep in mind that ONLY Acer, Lenovo and Asus actually design and make the laptops they sell. All the rest of the laptop brands are ONLY marketing brands. That is, HP laptops are designed and built by Quanta (#1 in volume) or Compal (#2 in volume). Dell laptops are designed and built by Quanta or Compal. Apple laptops are actually designed and made by Quanta or Asus. And the list goes on. Did you notice that the two largest laptop makers (Quanta and Compal) do not sell any laptops under their own brand, just under tons of other brands. And yes, Apple actually does NOT do anything on their laptops but pick the color and market them.

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BTW - the Dell Small business web site often has much better deals than the consumer web site. Also as other have noted, check out the Dell (and others) Refurb and closeout web sites. Note that HP generally does not discount their closeout and refurbs nearly enough.

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Best laptop $300 can buy is down at Valley Ball in Van Nuys... Oh, wait. That's a lap DANCE. Totally different. Sorry, got confused.

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Yeah, I think I'll stick out for a good deal on an Asus.

That first one posted just doesn't cut it.