New laptops, desktops, and netbooks for $400 or less+


Laptops are the bargains today. The technology has finally become truly mobile and efficient. The price dropped so much that it makes sense to change laptops every year. The future is uncertain however. Internet has offered a great deal of freedom so it can be developed until it is truly profitable. As any other industry, dependency rules and once enough development has been done, Internet is to become a source of dependency and constant revenue. Internet is not free because we are great people. The more ways are found for humans to become dependent on Internet, the closer it gets to becoming not free. Computers have been traditionally part of the industry that produced money since the cyberspace is worthless for now. If the computer prices stay low, where will the next big payoff come from?


Got $400? That’s all it takes to get one of several computers we recommend in our latest Ratings of laptops, desktops, and netbooks (available to subscribers).

There are lots of bargains out there right now as manufacturers recently released a slew of new models, and prices are dropping on the old ones to make way for the latest stock. You can still find some great systems among those “older” models.

For example, we recommend a Toshiba laptop that costs just $380. For that, you get a 15-inch model with a 250GB hard drive and 3.5 hours of battery life. We also recommend a Compaq desktop that’s just $350, and would make a good basic system for routine computer use. If your space is limited, there’s a $400 Acer computer that’s compact, but full of features.

If you’re in the market for a smaller laptop or an all-in-one system, there are plenty of bargains to be had. For example, although all-in-one desktops are generally more costly than other desktops, we recommend a $780 Dell all-in-one. Thirteen-inch laptops have always cost more than their larger counterparts, but $900 is no longer an uncommon price for a slim-and-light system like those we recommend from HP and Apple.

Speaking of Apple, the company last month dropped prices on most of its systems. For example, prices on both the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro dropped by $300, and those models have been upgraded, so you get a better computer for less money.

And of course, if you’re in the market for a secondary system for easy toting and Web surfing, take a look at our Ratings of netbooks, where you’ll find our recommendation for an Acer system that has 9 hours of battery life. —Donna Tapellini


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