My tenant asked me what he could buy new for $200.00 or less on a lap top. I personally know nothing about lap tops. Never owned one and no interest in one for myself. Any help would be appreciated please.
$200 buys a junk Microsoft PC and a dead Apple Mac.
For surfing, email and everyday stuff, Chromebooks are king.
Costco has great prices and guarantees; their selection changes all the time.
I think $299 is the best they have on line right now.
Here is a nice Asus from Amazon. Asus is the best quality per price of any computers. Refurbs are generally even cheaper.
Remember, an ultra-cheap computer will be nothing but trouble. It won't perform, the screen will be terrible and it won't last.
For $200, you really have to know your laptops and pick up a used one on eBay. It's surprising how some of them hold their value. I'm going to dump my Surface Pro 5 when the Surface Pro 8 comes out. I don't think it will cost me that much to move up once I factor in getting rid of the old one. I just bumped into a guy who has an old laptop running Windows 95! It's over 20 years old. It's like those old Novell servers you'd find running in a closet that's been up for years but everyone forgot about it.
For that price, buy a used HP Elitebook. They were generally treated well, and came off lease in good shape. I paid $150 for my 8440p, in great shape. Throw a cheap SSD in it, minimum 4gb of ram, and you'll be off to the races.
I use an 8730W at home that I think I paid $250 for, and it's treated me amazingly well over the years.
I personally know nothing about lap tops. Never owned one and no interest in one for myself. Any help would be appreciated please.
What do you want to do with a "laptop"? Do you have any software or particular use in mind? Are you ok with it not storing any excessive amount of files like photos or video? Are you planning to keep another desktop around in addition to the laptop?
Without knowing this we can't really recommend anything for you.
You may find a halfway decent chromebook at $200.. Check out the new kindle fire hd10. A lot of machine for the price.
FIRE HD 10
Stay away from the Kindle Fire anything. This is an advice from someone who knows their quality vs a real tablet, and a firmware engineer on wireless device. Stay far away unless it is free.
During Black Friday you might be able to score a decently cheap laptop from Lenovo Ideapad 300 series, nothing fancy but good enough for my mom to browse web on. I got lucky 2 years ago and got her an i3 with 4GB DDR and 512GB HDD and a 17" display (no longer available) for around $330 or so. These days you can probably get a 15" display similar spec one for $330, it is not the best but it is heck of a deal for something usable for a few years.
$200 means used lease return with very short warranty, or something with design problem like the Walmart one (single channel DDR, cooling issue that throttle your machine, questionable plastic hinges or display quality).