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Buying a Laptop for a College Student

June 25, 2009

Young woman at a dorm room desk using a laptopI'm wanting to purchase a laptop computer for my son who just graduated from high school, for his future college needs. What are some basic necessities to look for? And how are the wireless expenditures charged? I am clueless!

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By ck from Huntingtown, MD

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June 25, 20090 found this helpful
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HP is a good dependable brand and not too expensive. My husband bought one over the christmas holidays to have for nursing school. He used it during spring semester and loves it! It has a built in wireless card so internet access is very easy. Be sure and get word processing software, such as Microsoft, so your son will be able to type papers and projects on it.

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June 26, 20090 found this helpful
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I would definitely involve your son as I am sure he knows exactly what he needs in a laptop and people at Best Buy or other computer stores will talk to you about each feature and allow you to compare prices, etc.

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July 3, 20090 found this helpful
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My sons liked Macbooks. You can go to a computer store and talk to the tech guys. They are very helpful.

Apple had tons of discounts and extras that came along with the laptop because my son was enrolled in post-secondary school. This enabled us to buy a really good computer.

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What you get depends a lot on what sort of stuff he will need to do on it and your budget.

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I need a laptop for college so I can carry it with me. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could find an affordable laptop? I can't afford a new one.

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