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Heads up about Netbooks in the 200 Dollar Price Range

There are instances where a netbook may or may not be the right solution for what you need in a laptop, so here is a heads up if you are comparing laptops in the 200 dollar price range. If you are going to consider purchasing one of the cheap netbooks for sale these days then you really should plan to upgrade the memory from 1GB to 2GB for performance reasons. Do these kinds of laptops under 200 dollars perform alright with just 1GB? Yes they do but they can be noticeably slow to respond even during completely basic stuff like viewing web pages. The new ones are typically going to be running Windows 7 which is much more resource intensive than XP was for example. So if you can afford to, you should increase the RAM to 2GB. Basically on every netbook that we have tested this with, the performance difference is very noticeable.

When using netbooks like this you really should not expect them to be some kind of a desktop replacement anyway. They are small and lightweight and that is essentially their main appeal. They do well for the basic stuff such as online things like email, web browsing, also creating and editing documents and spreadsheets. But when there is only the bare minimum amount of memory installed in the netbook then things will be slow. It is noticeable and really the price of laptop RAM is so cheap these days that you might as well just count on the upgrade right from the beginning.

More new models today will have improved technology like DDR3 for instance which can be noticeable performance wise during basic use. But remember that tying to stay under 200 dollars will limit the model choices. Keeping in mind that the cheap laptops for sale like these are going to be limited in what they can effectively do will help you avoid finding this out later on. Getting a good refurbished laptop on the other hand can be a better option for you if you do need a more powerful computer. One that is larger and has more powerful components, like processor, motherboard and RAM for instance, will ultimately be much more responsive to basic computing tasks. They will also be able to do the more advanced things (meaning the need for more available resources) like video watching or working with large files. The smaller laptops, even with maxed out memory, will still not be a good solution for more than the basics.

There are some new models which do actually have better processors and more RAM though. However they are slightly larger too (13 inch screen sizes for instance) and they are much more than 200 dollars. So at least there is a choice among the various cheap laptops for sale today. The things to consider are how responsive you want your laptop to be. If you do absolutely nothing but the basics then some of the new netbook models can give you a good tool for the job, bearing in mind that they can require a bit more patience when working with them. Or if you want a more versatile and powerful model then the refurbished laptops can be a great choice when the price is a consideration.

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Dell Inspiron 600m Used Laptop

With a fresh installation of Windows XP Professional on the Inspiron 600m it typically performs quickly and responsively providing a great web surfing experience through either the Ethernet port or the integrated 802.11a/b/g wireless networking feature.

There are numerous refurbished laptops under 200 which all offer the same basic functionality as well as reliability for extremely low prices. The Dell 600m is just one of the basic examples of these and can often be bought through the laptops under 200 dollars category. There are several different system configurations you can find on the Dell Inspiron 600M such as processor speed, hard drive size, and the overall amount of RAM (system memory).

The Dell Inspiron 600M is typically powered by the Intel 1.7GHz Pentium 4M processor which is still considered to be an adequate CPU for basic computing activities such as surfing the web, email sending and receiving, office applications, general software usage, watching movies, burning CDs or DVDs, and any other typical activities which is what most people use their portable computers for.

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This model has been around for several years now and was offered in various configurations including 1GB to 2GB of RAM (system memory), as it is designed to take a max of 2GB.

Usually you can find an 80GB hard drive with Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition updated with Service Pack 3 fully installed along with any additional software packages which may be included on the auction laptop which are often refurbished laptops with warranties.

Full burning capabilities in the form of a CDRW / DVD combination optical drive is very common on the typical Dell used laptop computer.

For watching DVD movies on these 200 dollar laptops the 14.1 inch TFT display which offers a maximum 1400 x 1050 resolution is decent. The ATI Radeon 9000 integrated video with 32MB of video RAM offers quite sufficient graphic power designed to play basic games and provide bright, life-like video while watching DVD movies.

The Dell Inspiron 600M includes such practical features as 2 USB ports, integrated Ethernet 10/100 LAN port, microphone and headphone jacks, S-Video port, 15-pin standard VGA connector, PCMCIA Type I/II/III slot, 56K modem, Lithium-Ion battery, and much more. It may be a basic model but when all you need is the basics you wind up saving money because you are not paying for additional features you do not need.

The Dell Inspiron 600m was originally marketed as a thin, lightweight laptop as it weighs in at only 5.2 lbs. making it very easy to carry around while traveling. With a screen which is large enough to watch movies and a keyboard large enough to provide a comfortable typing experience this used 200 dollar laptop may be a bit basic compared to some of the more expensive models but it has proven to be very reliable and can be bought for a low discount laptop price.

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