Fairly soon, I'll be in the market of searching for a laptop, since I don't feel like carting this bulky PC off to college with me, and while I'm there I'd like to be out a lot, and do things at places such as cafés and the like. Now, I'm poor (y'know, not even mentioning the student loan debt I'll soon be in), so I can't afford these nasty $1,000+ death-machines. Nor do I want those peewEee PCs, or whatever you nuts call them. I actually like to have a decent resolution, believe it or not.
Here's what my ideal notebook would look like:
- Cheap (major factor---I'm not getting any less poor!)
- Monitor can at least support 1024x768 resolution
- Built-in 802.11g technology if possible
- Decent hard drive space (I really just can't manage under 40GB so well)
- CD-ROM drive is a must
- No OS, or else a Linux OS (it would logically be cheaper then, yes?) --- I can supply my own; I don't want to pay for an OS that I already own or don't want. If it's cheap and has to come with Windows, that's OK too.
- Not ancient. I actually have a laptop right now that I can't install any OS on because its BIOS is so old it errors to its own doom when trying to boot from a CD, and has no floppy drive.
It's frickin' hard (for me, at least) to find sites that actually sell laptops with no OS or with Linux OSes pre-installed. And if I do find such a site, they feel the need to max out every other spec so that the price is still beyond my reach. I don't need the latest dual-core processors (hell, I'm pretty fine with the Celeron D my PC has been running since I bought it), don't need a 300GB hard drive, and most certainly not 4GB of RAM. I've tried that tuxmobil.org reseller site and it's basically useless. The pages I find that sell to the U.S. basically want to ship out something with "Ultimate" in the title, meaning they're selling something a few thousand dollars more than I can afford.
I'd hate to say it, but at this point it looks like I'll have to turn to eBay. Eww. Any help, my fellow Earthicans?