Where Can I Buy a New Laptop?

Where Can I Buy a New Laptop?

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Bob

Parkersburg, WV

#1 Feb 1, 2013
A friend asked me to pick him out a good laptop. He lives in the country and the only nearby stores are Sears and WalMart. His sister will be in the Columbus area next weekend. She can pick it up from a store in or very near (such as Reynoldsburg) Columbus. Could someone please reply with a list of stores in the area that sell laptops so that I can look at their websites and compile a short list of recommended choices for him? Thank you very much in advance!
HRr

Columbus, OH

#2 Feb 1, 2013
Stay away from Best Buy. Why not order on online from amazon.com ? Or get a macbookpro from the apple store if you can afford one. Windows will go slow, then buggy, then kaput.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#3 Feb 1, 2013
dell.com

Order on line, good deals.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#4 Feb 1, 2013
I like Dell desktops, but I don't like Dell that much for laptops.

Staples or Micro Center is your best bet. I like HP because of the way the keyboard feels.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#5 Feb 1, 2013
Bob wrote:
A friend asked me to pick him out a good laptop. He lives in the country and the only nearby stores are Sears and WalMart. His sister will be in the Columbus area next weekend. She can pick it up from a store in or very near (such as Reynoldsburg) Columbus. Could someone please reply with a list of stores in the area that sell laptops so that I can look at their websites and compile a short list of recommended choices for him? Thank you very much in advance!
Want good and cheap? Get a Toshiba Satellite. Ordered online from Best Buy and picked it up at the store for $329.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#6 Feb 1, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
I like Dell desktops, but I don't like Dell that much for laptops.
Staples or Micro Center is your best bet. I like HP because of the way the keyboard feels.
I've had a few Latitudes, absolutely positively reliable. Loved 'em.

I actually bought my last laptop through Best Buy, a Toshiba. Great machine, constant use. I HATE Best Buy's customer service--so I didn't buy the extended warranty and have a friend who runs a PC repair service, so figured if I needed it, I'd have him work on the PC--and I can probably do a lot of the minor fixes on it myself like upgrades, troubleshooting, etc. Never needed taking to the PC repair friend, going on 2 years I've owned this laptop. But the price was too good for what I wanted to refuse, and timing was great. Available, could walk out of the store with it next day instead of wait for shipping. Paid about $500 for a Toshiba Satellite.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#7 Feb 1, 2013
^^price too good for what I wanted to use^^

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#8 Feb 1, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Want good and cheap? Get a Toshiba Satellite. Ordered online from Best Buy and picked it up at the store for $329.
You must've bought yours after I did. Prices really dropped on laptops the last year or two. Sigh. Oh well, I've gotten already two solid years of pounding out of this one...more on the way.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#9 Feb 1, 2013
gokeefe wrote:
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You must've bought yours after I did. Prices really dropped on laptops the last year or two. Sigh. Oh well, I've gotten already two solid years of pounding out of this one...more on the way.
Got mine in October, 2011. Great machine for the price.
Bob

Parkersburg, WV

#10 Feb 1, 2013
Hello,

Thanks for the replies; I hope to see more. He will not purchase any product sold by Apple, a decision that I cannot fault him for. If he is not happy with the Microsoft OS that comes on most non-Apple laptops, I can easily install Ultimate Edition linux on it (and make him happy). He wishes to purchase from a brick & mortar store, primarily because if there is a problem he can drive 2 hours and get a different one or a refund. Columbus is the nearest large city and we both figured there would be numerous stores that sell laptops on-site and, as previously mentioned, his sister will be going there next weekend so it'll be convenient if he wants one from your area. So far I have a recommendation for Staples and Micro Center and a recommendation to avoid Best Buy (any reasons for the recommendations and the warning?). Any other places to look at in the Columbus area? Again, thanks.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#11 Feb 1, 2013
gokeefe wrote:
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I've had a few Latitudes, absolutely positively reliable. Loved 'em.
I actually bought my last laptop through Best Buy, a Toshiba. Great machine, constant use. I HATE Best Buy's customer service--so I didn't buy the extended warranty and have a friend who runs a PC repair service, so figured if I needed it, I'd have him work on the PC--and I can probably do a lot of the minor fixes on it myself like upgrades, troubleshooting, etc. Never needed taking to the PC repair friend, going on 2 years I've owned this laptop. But the price was too good for what I wanted to refuse, and timing was great. Available, could walk out of the store with it next day instead of wait for shipping. Paid about $500 for a Toshiba Satellite.
I was toying with the idea of getting a new laptop over Xmas. They guy at Staples was steering me away from the Toshiba and into the HP.

My current laptop is an HP with MS Vista. It's been dropped a few times, and I installed a new keyboard. It's not pretty, but it still works so I held off. I've been pretty happy with it.

My last one before that was an Acer - it sucked. I'm glad it blew up ... the MasterCard warranty gave me my money back.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#12 Feb 1, 2013
Bob wrote:
Hello,
Thanks for the replies; I hope to see more. He will not purchase any product sold by Apple, a decision that I cannot fault him for. If he is not happy with the Microsoft OS that comes on most non-Apple laptops, I can easily install Ultimate Edition linux on it (and make him happy). He wishes to purchase from a brick & mortar store, primarily because if there is a problem he can drive 2 hours and get a different one or a refund. Columbus is the nearest large city and we both figured there would be numerous stores that sell laptops on-site and, as previously mentioned, his sister will be going there next weekend so it'll be convenient if he wants one from your area. So far I have a recommendation for Staples and Micro Center and a recommendation to avoid Best Buy (any reasons for the recommendations and the warning?). Any other places to look at in the Columbus area? Again, thanks.
I would start at Micro Center on Bethel Road if I were you. Their house brand is Power Spec and it's decent from what I hear. Actually our office has one and its fine. Don't have any experience with their laptops though. Go online ... they have a big mail order division. I have never had trouble with Micro Center. Great prices, too. If you haven't been there before, you'll be impressed.

I also like Staples. If you watch the sales, they seem to have good deals on things.

Best Buy I wouldn't buy ANYTHING from. They pissed me off so much one night I created a scene. They wouldn't return a phone at Easton because it was TWO DAYS after the 30 days was up. I argued and argued and argued ... and I SCREAMED at one point. Yes as in the entire store got quiet because I was screaming.

(Very rare for me, but when people lie to me it pisses me off.)

I was pissed because I knew the manager was lying to me. He said there was no way to override the computer. I went to the Reynoldsburg store and they returned it ... no problem.

I was so pissed I drove back to Morse Road just to fling my receipt back at the LYING store manager.

EFF BEST BUY. THEY ARE LIARS AND THEY SUCK.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#13 Feb 1, 2013
This has to be a record for a Columbus Topix thread staying on topic with absolutely no insults, childish remarks or lies.
Now that I've jinxed it...
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#14 Feb 1, 2013
I snap about once a year when some customer service idiot lies to me.

I must have called that idiot manager at Easton a liar over a dozen times in front of customers. While I was trying to get them to give me my money back.

It was like in Fargo when the couple was in the office and the man said "You're a liar Mr. Lundegard. You're a effing liar."

And when I went back with the receipt, I told him I just did this to point out to you and your employees what a liar you are and how you lie to your customers.

Although I was pissed at the time. It was pretty funny the next day.

Again, I'm generally a pretty cool character but every now and then ...

Anyway, don't buy anything from Best Buy. They suck.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#15 Feb 1, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
I snap about once a year when some customer service idiot lies to me.
I must have called that idiot manager at Easton a liar over a dozen times in front of customers. While I was trying to get them to give me my money back.
It was like in Fargo when the couple was in the office and the man said "You're a liar Mr. Lundegard. You're a effing liar."
And when I went back with the receipt, I told him I just did this to point out to you and your employees what a liar you are and how you lie to your customers.
Although I was pissed at the time. It was pretty funny the next day.
Again, I'm generally a pretty cool character but every now and then ...
Anyway, don't buy anything from Best Buy. They suck.
Online, they're fine. Agree with you about the stores.
Bob

Parkersburg, WV

#16 Feb 2, 2013
Thanks for the replies, folks. About the warning to stay away from BestBuy... Respectfully, I cannot hold the fact that they refused to allow a return when you waited until the return-period had passed against said business. In fact, since following even the rules that they, themselves, create seems so rare these days (I guess because those businesses are ran and staffed by US citizens, who on average seem to believe that rules are not for them), I'd give that particular BestBuy store extra credit and have added it to my short-list. As for the employee telling you that he could not accept the return because of the store computer or whatever... I'm going to forgive him that little white lie because I have seen first-hand what happens when a store clerk tries to explain to some stupid mouth-breathing customer that has either too few brain cells to read and comprehend clearly-stated store policies that have been formulated to be easily understood by anyone with a fifth-grade education... or who has the minimum amount of brain cells, but is imbued with such a sense of personal entitlement that they figure the rules shouldn't apply to them; and that they won't if they create a big enough fuss, because the other customers tend to unthinkingly side with the loud customer instead of helping the employees run the guy off the property like he deserves. Err... No offense.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#19 Feb 2, 2013
Bob wrote:
Thanks for the replies, folks. About the warning to stay away from BestBuy... Respectfully, I cannot hold the fact that they refused to allow a return when you waited until the return-period had passed against said business. In fact, since following even the rules that they, themselves, create seems so rare these days (I guess because those businesses are ran and staffed by US citizens, who on average seem to believe that rules are not for them), I'd give that particular BestBuy store extra credit and have added it to my short-list. As for the employee telling you that he could not accept the return because of the store computer or whatever... I'm going to forgive him that little white lie because I have seen first-hand what happens when a store clerk tries to explain to some stupid mouth-breathing customer that has either too few brain cells to read and comprehend clearly-stated store policies that have been formulated to be easily understood by anyone with a fifth-grade education... or who has the minimum amount of brain cells, but is imbued with such a sense of personal entitlement that they figure the rules shouldn't apply to them; and that they won't if they create a big enough fuss, because the other customers tend to unthinkingly side with the loud customer instead of helping the employees run the guy off the property like he deserves. Err... No offense.
Don't agree Bob. First of all, the customer is always right. Returning a $100 home telephone (never used) 32 days after someone bought it (instead of 30) is a no brainer. Instead, they chose to make an enemy for life. Lying to a customer compounded their idiocy. People are busy - they don't have time to deal with this stuff.

Besides, if they won't return something that's never been opened, how do you think they'll treat you if something is wrong with the item?

Second, do you think it's smart for students to get suspended for bringing plastic knives to school? That's what happens when you apply rules without common sense. Likewise when you have an unhappy customer BEST BUY IS TRYING TO SCREW because he's two days late.

Rules are only supposed to be guidelines and not intended to operate like computer programs. There is ALWAYS supposed to be human judgment applied when interpreting rules.

They made an enemy for life. I haven't set foot in a Best Buy since they LIED to me and tried to RIP ME OFF.

Use Google. Read about Best Buy. You will see that I am not the only unhappy camper.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#20 Feb 2, 2013
P.S. It was the STORE MANAGER not some grunt who lied to me. The MORON STORE MANAGER who claimed he used to work for HH Gregg and that he knew for a fact that they wouldn't do what I asked, because he worked there even though I had just returned my phones there.

LYING SACK OF EXCREMENT.

Shop Best Buy at your own risk. Especially Best Buy at Easton.
Spookhere F trolls

Toledo, OH

#22 Feb 2, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
P.S. It was the STORE MANAGER not some grunt who lied to me. The MORON STORE MANAGER who claimed he used to work for HH Gregg and that he knew for a fact that they wouldn't do what I asked, because he worked there even though I had just returned my phones there.
LYING SACK OF EXCREMENT.
Shop Best Buy at your own risk. Especially Best Buy at Easton.
Best buy sucks. Something about them and Kohls that piss me off in less than thirty seconds or thirty feet inside the door.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#23 Feb 2, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Think $1500 more!
$2,600(my MBP '08)
I agree with the BestBuy issue you run into there. I personally like MicroCenter. I've had some good help from them, plus they seem to be a little more knowing and caring about your questions. Let alone cheaper.

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