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Reliability in the Cheap Laptops you find for Sale

Being able to rely on a cheap laptop to complete what you might think of as basic tasks actually can involve some rather impressive accomplishments within the computer itself. Even the things which you do everyday on your computer still require the perfect work of the components within the laptop (CPU, motherboard, RAM, etc...) operating in conjunction with each other. Today’s cheap laptops for sale may be really affordable compared to the higher ranges of really fast and powerful laptops, but their core components are still representative of the advanced technologies which are at the forefront of mobile computing today. The amazing thing is often that these laptops can be as cheap as they are and still be so fully capable of doing what you need them for in a completely reliable manner.

For many people who rely on their laptops when they are working in areas abroad, they will utilize these same basics as part of their daily routine. Take creating and sending a simple email for instance. There is a need for a connection to the Internet and the cheap laptops for sale today all have a choice of either using the LAN over Ethernet (the cheap laptops for sale all still come with an RJ-45 port built into them) or they use the wireless capabilities which are also already built into the laptops. The user creates an email with their local client or they may use a web based account. The email is addressed and sent over the selected connection whether it is wired or wireless. It sounds much more complicated than it is when we actually do since we do it so frequently and do not need to put that much thought into what is going on behind the scenes so to speak.

So today you should expect that any cheap laptops for sale which you consider buying will have built in networking connections that give you an easy solution to whatever forms of connectivity that you may have wherever you are. If you travel a lot then you may find that not every location which you visit will have a wireless connectivity option established there. This is fine as it simply means that you will use the Ethernet over the LAN instead and then connect out through to the Internet that way. The cheap laptops for sale will provide you with plenty more than just this, but still you will know that even the most mundane basics are going to be accomplished easily right at your fingertips.

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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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Cheap Laptops for Sale Under 200 and what to Expect

Besides the price the good thing about cheap laptops for sale under 200 is that they are quite often used laptops with great features which sold for a much higher price originally. Like practically any other electronic device when they are used they can be a really good solution, and some of the best laptop deals will have lots of useful life ahead of them. This is where condition comes in. Lots of people use their laptop for a few years and then upgrade to a new laptop. When they sell their used laptop it creates a great opportunity.

Cheap Laptops for Sale Under $200

What should you actually look for in one of these used or refurbished laptops? Essentially the condition is going to be what determines the best deal. Take a look at the description to make sure that the computer is in good working condition. This will include things like being able to access the Internet and that it is not running slow. Keep in mind though that a fresh installation of the operating system just like on new laptops is a good idea, and many sellers will already have done this. This will give the laptop a nice fresh start without issues from viruses or spyware. This also helps to remove any personal information which the seller had on the computer.

The actual cosmetic condition of the used laptop is another aspect of what you should consider. The primary reason for this is that when the laptop is in good condition in this respect then it will indicate that it has been well taken care of by the previous owner. This is always a good sign since getting a healthy laptop computer can mean a long life of use and reliability.

HP 255 AMD E1 6010 135GHz 4GB 500GB WIN 7 PRO G4V04UT LAPTOP
HP 255 AMD E1 6010 135GHz 4GB 500GB WIN 7 PRO G4V04UT LAPTOP
$175.00
HP 2000 2D19WM AMD E 300 130GHz 4GB Laptop Computer
HP 2000 2D19WM AMD E 300 130GHz 4GB Laptop Computer
$129.00
HP 250 g6 Laptop Notebook Pc
HP 250 g6 Laptop Notebook Pc
$96.00
HP Probook 450 G2 Intel Core I5 4th Gen Laptop
HP Probook 450 G2 Intel Core I5 4th Gen Laptop
$200.00
HP Pavilion 15 N066US 156 AMD Elite Quad Core 21 Ghz 6GB 750GB laptop
HP Pavilion 15 N066US 156 AMD Elite Quad Core 21 Ghz 6GB 750GB laptop
$191.91
HP Flyer Red 156 15 f272wm Laptop PC with Intel Pentium N3540 Processor 4GB M
HP Flyer Red 156 15 f272wm Laptop PC with Intel Pentium N3540 Processor 4GB M
$120.00
HP Pavilion G42 141 Media Laptop AMD Dual Core 22ghz 3gb 320gb Webcam HDMI
HP Pavilion G42 141 Media Laptop AMD Dual Core 22ghz 3gb 320gb Webcam HDMI
$104.70
HP Elitebook 8440p Laptop 4GB Core i7 M640 28GHz 320GB +Free Ship
HP Elitebook 8440p Laptop 4GB Core i7 M640 28GHz 320GB +Free Ship
$150.53
HP Elitebook 8440p Laptop 4GB i7 M640 28GHz 500GB +Free Ship  Warranty
HP Elitebook 8440p Laptop 4GB i7 M640 28GHz 500GB +Free Ship Warranty
$150.53
HP Elitebook 8460p Laptop 4GB Core i5 2410 230GHz 320GB +Free Ship
HP Elitebook 8460p Laptop 4GB Core i5 2410 230GHz 320GB +Free Ship
$155.24

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For $200 Laptops you should expect the following:

There are numerous makes and models of laptops for sale under 200 dollars to choose from and in this price range they often share relatively similar specifications. Aside from the overall condition of the laptop here are some of the specs that you should typically expect to find:

  • RAM: 512MB and Up
  • Operating System: XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • Hard Drive: 40GB and Up
  • Screen Size: 10.1" to 17"
  • CPU: Pentium 4, Dual Core, Athlon
  • Wi-Fi: Wireless Capabilities
  • Optical Drive: CD/DVD Combo
  • Good Cosmetic Condition
  • Good Operating Condition

Basic specs like this will allow you to use your laptop for all the most popular activities today. From school work and business to gaming and social media, you will find these basic features on most of the cheap laptops which we feature. Just remember that when a used or refurbished laptop has been well taken care of it often shows in its condition as well as its description.

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Dell Inspiron 5100 Cheap Used Laptops

The Dell Inspiron 5100 was released as a desktop replacement system which was designed to provide a good mix between productivity and multimedia capabilities. Today the Dell Inspiron 5100 makes a good cheap laptop for sale under 200 dollars and we see many of them in great condition quite frequently. The typical configuration will include 512MB of RAM and a maximum amount of system memory is 1GB so this is a decent match for Windows XP Home or Professional Editions.

Inspiron 5100 Cheap Used Laptops

The specifications of the Inspiron 5100 used laptops include a Pentium 4 processor usually in the 2.4GHz range. This was not the fastest processor at the time of the release of this laptop but it did help to keep the price reasonable with all of the other features which were typically found on this model. Being a 15 inch laptop the weight is a bit more than what you would find on a 14 inch model though. The extra screen size is actually a plus from a viewing standpoint and the Inspiron 5100 actually provided an S-Video output as well hence the focus on multimedia.

For sound there are the standard built-in speakers and 3.5mm audio out as well for external speakers or headphone use on the laptop. The wireless capabilities include 802.11b and there is the standard Ethernet and modem which round out the network and Internet connectivity options. Additional ports include a pair of USB ports and a FireWire port.

DELL INSPIRON 5100 28GHZ 512MB 40GB DVD CDRW XP PRO SP3 OFFICE PRO WIFI
DELL INSPIRON 5100 28GHZ 512MB 40GB DVD CDRW XP PRO SP3 OFFICE PRO WIFI
$189.99
Dell Inspiron 5100 Notebook Works Great Win XP 14
Dell Inspiron 5100 Notebook Works Great Win XP 14
$75.00
DELL Laptop Netbook INSPIRON 15 5100 I05014494
DELL Laptop Netbook INSPIRON 15 5100 I05014494
$115.00
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 series
$210.00
Dell Inspiron 5100 Windows XP Laptop Computer
Dell Inspiron 5100 Windows XP Laptop Computer
$74.95
DELL INSPIRON 5100 28GHZ 640MB 60GB DVD CDRW XP PRO SP3
DELL INSPIRON 5100 28GHZ 640MB 60GB DVD CDRW XP PRO SP3
$99.99
Dell Inspiron 5100 Windows XP Pro
Dell Inspiron 5100 Windows XP Pro
$39.00

The hard drives are typically 30GB to 40GB on these used laptops. There is an internal DVD CD-RW drive in most of the units we see. As for laptops for $200 and under these days the Dell Inspiron 5100 can give you access to some decent features that are still quite applicable today. Since it was designed as a desktop replacement it is on the heavy side but the system can be a decent workhorse laptop which is affordable and powerful without too many bells and whistles. However as we mentioned the configurations vary so they can be a good solution if you need a solid used laptop for a decent price.

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Dell D610 Laptops For Under 200

Among the various cheap laptops under 200 dollars we see each day are some great standards like the Dell D610 Latitude model.

D610 Laptops Under $200

This laptop provides the user with an Intel Pentium M processor typically in the 1.8GHz range depending on the original configuration. This particular incarnation of the Pentium M uses a 2MB L2 cache with a 533MHz bus. This was at one time an impressive specification yet obviously these days this would be considered quite slow compared to the much faster dual and quad core processors found in laptops.

The older cheap laptops under 200 today do provide people the opportunity to own examples of what used to be quite cutting edge in the world of portable computing. Just because these are not as fast as the new models does not mean that they are not reliable and quick. They can provide a solid basis for normal computing tasks just as they were designed to do. The Latitude D610 laptop which often sells for under $200 typically comes with one or two gigs of RAM and the maximum memory is 2GB to be placed in the two SODIMM slots. Obviously this configuration would equate to two 1GB sticks of memory to max out the RAM.

dell latitude d610
dell latitude d610
$60.00
Dell Latitude D610 Laptop 14 2GHz 2GB 60GB XP Pro SP3
Dell Latitude D610 Laptop 14 2GHz 2GB 60GB XP Pro SP3
$80.70
Dell Latitude D610 Laptop Notebook WIFI Computer PC 17GH Windows XP O Office
Dell Latitude D610 Laptop Notebook WIFI Computer PC 17GH Windows XP O Office
$72.56
Dell Latitude D610 Laptop Notebook WIFI Computer PC 173GH DVD+ Windows XP4+
Dell Latitude D610 Laptop Notebook WIFI Computer PC 173GH DVD+ Windows XP4+
$128.00
Dell Latitude D610 Laptop Notebook WIFI Computer PC 173GH DVD+ Windows XP3+
Dell Latitude D610 Laptop Notebook WIFI Computer PC 173GH DVD+ Windows XP3+
$138.00
DELL LATITUDE D610 P4 M WiFi XP 3 173GH LAPTOP Notebook Computer PC DVD+ 20 C
DELL LATITUDE D610 P4 M WiFi XP 3 173GH LAPTOP Notebook Computer PC DVD+ 20 C
$69.00
Dell Latitude D610 Notebook 186GHz 15GB 40GB CDRW DVD Windows XP PRO 8
Dell Latitude D610 Notebook 186GHz 15GB 40GB CDRW DVD Windows XP PRO 8
$71.99
TWO Dell Latitude D610 Laptop Computer 14000
TWO Dell Latitude D610 Laptop Computer 14000
$140.00
1 Dell Latitude D610 DVD P4 M WiFi XP 3 WI FI Laptop
1 Dell Latitude D610 DVD P4 M WiFi XP 3 WI FI Laptop
$189.98
DELL LATITUDE D610 186GHz 2GB 30GB 141 dvd cdrw Windows XP Serial Port
DELL LATITUDE D610 186GHz 2GB 30GB 141 dvd cdrw Windows XP Serial Port
$125.00

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Among the standard features found in the D610 is an S-Video TV out port, USB, serial port and parallel port. Yes, this is an older laptop as you really don’t see specs like this on newer models but you will frequently find this on the laptops under $200 however.

The diagonal screen size is 14.1 inches. The SXGA display is capable of delivering 1400 x 1050 at 262,000 colors. This model also came with an internal Mini PCI Wi-Fi card and optional Bluetooth wireless capabilities.

One interesting note about the D610 is that they have both integrated and discrete video options. Back when this laptop was first release it would have appealed to those looking for a fast, reliable business class laptop computer with an emphasis on producing quality video in a variety of situations. These days these are basically great laptops for under $200 which still happens to be able to provide people with a solid cheap laptop option.

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Basic Fix for Corrupt File Causing Older Laptop Boot Issue

We see plenty of instances in business settings that still use older laptops with older operating systems installed on them. Many of the roles that these computers play are that of a very specific task, such as a file server for a relatively small group of users in a small department. These may have been in this role for many years and there is no real reason to upgrade them, as it tends to be perceived as an unnecessary expense. “If it is not broken, why fix it” happens to be a saying that applies to many businesses out there to this day when it comes to the computer systems they have on their networks. There is really nothing wrong with this arrangement on internal network segments completely segregated from the Internet.

Recently we resolved a situation which may help anytime a laptop is running say Win2k or XP for example. An error message stating that Windows could not start due to a missing or corrupt file, likely a .dll file, was causing some issue with the boot. This may happen to any computer user so we thought we would share what our approach was to this issue.

Ultimately this was the same install which had been on the laptop for many years. The company maintains a good backup system, and there was no critical data on this particular laptop anyway. Basically the hard drive tested fine and the customer had the Windows install disc available. By booting to this we chose to access the repair options, pressing R here, and then pressing R again at the next screen. Pressing F next will begin a full repair of the install thus replacing the corrupt file which was causing the booting issue.

Typically we recommend keeping an eye on the hard drive for any signs of it going bad after something like this where the customer confirmed that nobody had installed, or attempted to install any other updates or software just prior to the issue. However this was an older laptop which served a minimal, and ultimately easily replaceable, role in the grander scheme of things. While the operating system in this case was Windows 2000 this methodology can be helpful with other similar situations as well. While the vast majority of the cheaper laptops under 200 dollars displayed on Priceit.biz will not be using Win2k, there are going to be very similar steps to attempting to resolve this kind of issue on other Windows operating systems. The key points to always consider however are the data on the drives, which should always be backed up regularly, and the technical abilities of the user. While this is not a complicated process, there are decisions which will need to be made that might be better left to a competent laptop technician.

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