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Jed Zeppelin

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Looking for a reasonable home laptop for the wife and I to share. Nothing fancy needed, no gaming or anything particularly cumbersome. Just something with a decent-sized monitor for occasional streaming (I will often watch games off to the side on laptop while we both watch something on the big screen) that can handle whatever other basic household usage. No Macs. Would probably be looking in the max 500ish range although I have not bought a laptop in some time so I have no idea how realistic or unrealistic that is. The last one I bought was a little Acer that I didn't really love and was too small.
 

saintnick912

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You'll be pretty limited in screen quality at that price range. If you don't have any special software needs (including MS Office), and you'll always have WiFi, you might get some good mileage with a Chromebook. We have one that we use for web/streaming, and it supports multi-login really easily.
 

Omar's Wacky Neighbor

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"decent-sized monitor" is a key phase: the smaller the display, the more upcharge for squeezing everything into the tighter form factor.

Head over to SlickDeals hot deals forum and see what they've found. You can get a great 15.6" laptop for well under $500. BUT the first thing that you should always check is the specs on the display; that's the place where they cut the most corners with last year's leftovers.

ALSO would likely avoid any Gateways. Someone (maybe Walmart) bought the name and is cranking out sub par laptops at bargain basement price.
 

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"decent-sized monitor" is a key phase: the smaller the display, the more upcharge for squeezing everything into the tighter form factor.

Head over to SlickDeals hot deals forum and see what they've found. You can get a great 15.6" laptop for well under $500. BUT the first thing that you should always check is the specs on the display; that's the place where they cut the most corners with last year's leftovers.

ALSO would likely avoid any Gateways. Someone (maybe Walmart) bought the name and is cranking out sub par laptops at bargain basement price.
This is right. Luckily for you, a laptop with a larger display is actually cheaper than a smaller one. Just make sure it's a full HD 1920x1080 display and not some low res junk. This one fits the bill...

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ITL05 15.6" Laptop Computer - Blue; Intel Core i5 11th Gen 1135G7 2.4GHz Processor; 8GB DDR4-3200 - Micro Center
 

Omar's Wacky Neighbor

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This is right. Luckily for you, a laptop with a larger display is actually cheaper than a smaller one. Just make sure it's a full HD 1920x1080 display and not some low res junk. This one fits the bill...

Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ITL05 15.6" Laptop Computer - Blue; Intel Core i5 11th Gen 1135G7 2.4GHz Processor; 8GB DDR4-3200 - Micro Center
And Paterson has iirc 3% sales tax and the store is VERY easy to get to right off of 80. So you;ll save a few more bucks there as well.

OR @Jed Zeppelin could use any of the 5 or 6 BestBuys in Paramus, just for convenience.

EDIT and MicroCenter has a rather user friendly 15 day return policy. And if you want to save even a few more dollars, check out the Open Box section of their website.
 
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