Busted laptop? This is the next step.
This is a story of compromise.
So you had an awesome MacBook Pro or Alienware laptop. You loved it. It was fast, it was quiet, it had an awesome display, and you could do everything you could think of with it.
Then your roommate happened. Or your dog. Or your dinner. And now you have face facts.
If you can’t afford a new awesome laptop, these are your best alternatives.
This is the HP Stream 11. This is Windows 8 computer ready for the connected world. It is small, the display is not great, and the hard drive is only 32GBs, but that isn’t why this is cool. This is cool because it comes with 1TB of Microsoft’s Cloud storage called OneDrive, get’s you a year of Microsoft Office for free, and is only $200. The hardware here really isn’t that great, maybe even childlike, and in a pinch I could overlook it, but this really isn’t the computer you want to go through 4 years of college with. For $200, that is the compromise. You buy this one knowing that you’ll have to buy another computer further down the road.
This is the Dell Inspiron 11 two-in-one. This just might be the best of all worlds. This isn’t the most powerful computer you’ll ever own, but it is the most powerful of these three. You get a touchscreen, a pretty good keyboard and trackpad, a display that is way better than average in this class of computers, and… IT FLIPS OVER!!
Now you’ve got a tablet, or a Netflix device that looks a little better on the end of the bed than others. This is our favorite of these two, and it’s just $399. You get a lot more functionality out of the Inspiron, and you won’t get tired of looking at the crisp, bright display.
Stop by The Bookstore to check each of these out. It really pays to get your hands on these to see if the compromises Dell and HP have made will work for you. For many of us, saving your money and getting a more powerful, reliable, and long lasting MacBook or Dell would be a good call, but we’ve all found ourselves in a sticky situation before, where money is tight, and we hope this will help you make the best decision for you!
(PS… If you had Griz Proof Accidental Protection on your busted computer, you’d get a new one without a deductible or any other charge. This coverage is just $249 for 4 years of protection! Ask us for details in the Technology Department)