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(9,964 posts)
Fri Sep 1, 2023, 09:44 AM Sep 2023

i have to buy a laptop and thought maybe labor day sale. what do i have to look out for/

so water spilled on puter and shift no longer works so no capital or question marks or exclamation. i only use it for normal stuff but not gaming or work or whatever else people do that needs lots of power or whatever. though i do not like slow, i get impatient. and i am computer stupid and need easy.

is there anything i have to make sure i have in a laptop/ i generally just grab the lowest price.

thanks for the information.

btw another reason i tend to go cheapest is cause i tend to spill on it like water, wine, diet dr pepper, so behooves me not to invest too much.

there has gotta be a karen....

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i have to buy a laptop and thought maybe labor day sale. what do i have to look out for/ (Original Post) LizBeth Sep 2023 OP
I would try a fan on it for a couple days Emile Sep 2023 #1
+1 LizBeth Sep 2023 #3
What do you use your computer for? highplainsdem Sep 2023 #2
thank you for the info. really i use it for like du, fb, apply for jobs, resumes LizBeth Sep 2023 #4
You're welcome! highplainsdem Sep 2023 #5
Suggestion - may or may not apply to you, but here goes. usonian Sep 2023 #6


(24,112 posts)
1. I would try a fan on it for a couple days
Fri Sep 1, 2023, 10:02 AM
Sep 2023

before buying a new tablet. You never know you might get lucky and the shift may start working again.


(49,371 posts)
2. What do you use your computer for?
Fri Sep 1, 2023, 10:26 AM
Sep 2023

I saw you were advised in the GD thread you posted, which was locked, against buying a Chromebook.

Chromebooks aren't hard to figure out - school kids use them - and they're inexpensive and light.

I have a Dell laptop that's a couple of years old (and my previous Dell laptop lasted 6 years), but earlier this year I bought a Chromebook I really like, this one


but I bought it when it was on sale for $100 off.

One thing you HAVE to check before buying a Chromebook is the AUE or Automatic Update Expiration:


You'll sometimes see very cheap Chromebooks, new ones but older models, with AUEs only a year or two away.

My Chromebook is a new one but a 2021 design with an AUE in June 2027. Still a lot of computer for four years for only $169. This is a review of the cheaper version that doesn't have a touchscreen: https://www.techradar.com/reviews/acer-chromebook-314

I also have an inexpensive tablet, a Fire HD 8, that I bought just for jotting down notes (much more usable than a phone, especially with the free Microsoft 365) but found so ridiculous easy to hold and carry once I put a handle on the back - I got this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071R5HMYP/ but there are lots of different types - that I use it much more than I ever thought I would, including for DU (I'm using it now). These tablets go on sale fairly often for about $60, so with a strap/stand/handle that's $75 or less.


(9,964 posts)
4. thank you for the info. really i use it for like du, fb, apply for jobs, resumes
Fri Sep 1, 2023, 11:00 AM
Sep 2023

pay bills you know the just everyday things but i do not do anything special. and pictures. looking to buy a computer presently, lol. i think this one has run out of space because it will not let me load from phone anymore. i have a fire but i end up two finger typing and that takes a lot of time. i am much faster on a laptop keyboard.

i am going to look at your links, thank you.


(49,371 posts)
5. You're welcome!
Fri Sep 1, 2023, 12:53 PM
Sep 2023

I hope they'll help.

If you're wary of Chromebooks, you can find lots of helpful videos on YouTube, some done for young students so they're very clear and easy to follow.


(10,310 posts)
6. Suggestion - may or may not apply to you, but here goes.
Fri Sep 1, 2023, 02:21 PM
Sep 2023

I got a big tablet and a keyboard case for it.
That makes it a laptop in effect.

YMMV, as I got the expensive one for its large screen and my primary uses:
1. I put piano scores on it, so I can play without lugging the printed ones around. ( and a gesture turns pages for me)
2. I put my best photos on it to show off (I do not trust cloud providers to do anything but lose or steal my work)

If you are a klutz (looks in mirror) at least the keyboard is cheap to replace.
It's also a tablet, so all the virtues of that apply.

The keyboard case is also a stand. The tablet kept slipping off the music stands (which are made for printed scores) until I got the case.
Just fold the music stand down. Voila.

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