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Cheap laptops on sale for every budget! Shop our deals on the latest new, used, & refurbished notebooks from Asus, Apple, Dell, and more! We carry the major brands with all different specifications - from cheap refurbished computers for light internet & business app use to gaming laptops. When you need to work away from your desk or outside of your office, laptops provide you the mobility you want with the performance you need. OutletPC carries carry a wide range of laptops that will meet all of your portable computing requirements. All at low prices and fast shipping the same day you order. Some of the major manufacturers we stock include Dell, Toshiba, HP, and Apple so browse our laptop categories below and find your new device today!
What Laptop should I buy?
Today's laptops have a wide range of functionality and capabilities, ranging from simple web-surfing systems to models optimized for playing today's high-end games. To get the laptop that's right for you, you should consider how you will use your computer, as this will influence your decision on the capabilities of your machine.
Why choose a refurbished or recertified laptop?
Refurbished or recertified laptops are a great choice for multiple reasons. Recertified laptops generally go through an extensive series of redundant quality assurance tests to ensure proper operation. Much like cars, new electronics tend to depreciate at accelerated rates during the first year. It is best to purchase a computer second hand as the performance of the previous years model will suffice for most users. Scratch and dent computers may have slight imperfections to their housing however the important aspects such as the screen and keyboard will be intact.What qualities should I be looking for in a laptop?
This question depends on how you will be using your computer. If you're constantly on the move, you don't want to carry around a massive laptop, so finding a model that doesn't weigh too much will be the most important factor. If you need a mobile workstation, you'll be more concerned with processing power rather than how comfortable it is to carry, so you'll want to look for a model with a powerful CPU and large amounts of RAM. Laptops come in a wide variety of options and styles, so think carefully about how you want to use yours and use that to guide your decision.
Which operating system should I choose?
Gone are the days of using the same operating system on every computer, regardless of its intended function. Today's operating systems are optimized for specific models and uses, so you'll want to take that into account when considering which model of laptop to purchase.
Windows 10 laptops are the latest and greatest models to hit the market. Utilizing Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, these models have quickly become the standard in home & office computing. Combining the clean, familiar look of Windows 7 with the customizable tiles of Windows 8 wasn't easy, but the technology wizards at Microsoft have created a new operating system that is arguably better than the sum of its parts. Every copy of Windows 10 includes several brand-new programs and features which are designed to make your Windows experience easier to manage than ever before. For day-to-day activities you can access Cortana, the new digital assistant that responds to both voice and text commands to answer your questions as quickly as you can ask them. The venerable and familiar Internet Explorer has been replaced by the all-new Edge internet browser, designed from the ground up for a modern internet-browsing experience. And gamers everywhere will rejoice with the addition of DirectX12, enabling smooth, rich graphics for the next generation of high-end computer games. And for anyone who is concerned about losing access to their favorite applications and programs, don't worry! Windows 10 is fully backwards-compatible with programs designed for older versions of Windows, so you can keep enjoying your files for years to come!
Laptops that run Windows 7 function just like your computer at home or work, utilizing a familiar layout that is best navigated by using your touchpad or an external USB mouse. If you love your desktop and want the same experience in a more mobile package, Windows 7 would be a good choice.
Windows 8 is a newer operating system that is usually installed on laptops equipped with touchscreens. Inspired by the intuitive controls used in smartphones and tablet PC's, Windows 8 utilizes a customizable homescreen that can easily be navigated by touch, but still incorporates the added functionality of a touchpad and keyboard. This means you have the accessibility of a tablet, combined with the versatility and processing power of a more traditional laptop.
Long story short, if you want an immensely capable operating system to assist you in your day-to-day work that will be the future standard in PC's worldwide, purchase a laptop installed with Windows 10 today!
Chromebooks signify Google's entry into the world of PC hardware, and are designed to function like a laptop version of the mobile-based Android Operating system. Chromebooks optimized for easy access to all of your Google services such as Chrome, Drive, and Gmail at a single click, as all programs are run through your computer's browser. And as an added benefit all of your data including pictures, settings, and documents are stored online in the cloud, so there's zero-risk of ever losing your important files. If you are looking for a budget laptop that still allows for full functionality, give our Chromebooks a shot.
Instead of Windows, Macbooks run on OS X, which was created by Apple Inc. Though on the surface Apple's latest operating system looks bears a passing similarity to Windows, it functions completely differently, being optimized for multimedia processing. This specialization allows Macbooks to excel at things such as video editing and graphic design, through the use of programs such as GarageBand and Adobe Photoshop. So if you like adding special effects to your Youtube videos or want to create digital works of art, these systems would be an ideal choice for your next computer.
What are my options if I don't like using the touchpad to navigate?
This is a common complaint people have about using laptops, as many users have difficulties working on their portable PC's for extended periods of time without discomfort. To alleviate this, it is common to use an external mouse with your laptop, as it allows finer control and more ergonomic comfort for extended work sessions. We offer a wide selection of external keyboards and mice, both wired and wireless to meet the needs of such comfort-driven consumers.
Another criticism people tend to have about laptops is that they tend to heat up over time, which makes them uncomfortable to use during periods of extended use. Laptop cooling pads are the best way to alleviate this discomfort, as their USB-powered fans pass cool air to the underside of your laptop, lowering system temperatures and increasing performance.
My laptop is very hot - what can I do?
If your laptop is running very hot you can buy a notebook cooler pad to reduce your temperature and keep things stable. A cooler pad basically consists of one or more fans that pulls heat away from the bottom of your notebook and prevent the CPU, memory, & other internal components from overheating. If you're having heat issues you may be getting blue screens or warnings from your system. The good thing about cooler pads is that they are pretty universal so no matter what your brand or size, they will work fairly well.
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What is a netbook computer?
A netbook computer is a cheap way to get laptop portability and performance at a lower cost. For people who want a small laptop with a keyboard on it, typically netbooks are less expensive than full sized laptops with screens ranging in sizes from 7 inches up to 11 inches. We stock a full line of new and refurbished netbooks that are designed to fit any budget. For internet browsing, simple computer use, and basic office / school work, you simply can't go wrong with a netbook!
Is a desktop faster than a laptop?
Not necessarily. Laptops / notebooks have really emerged with desktop-level components or equivalent specifications to make them your 'only' computer. Good enough for graphics editing and processing - good enough for gaming. Notebooks are the preferred option for PC buyers these days. They're easier to move around with you and pack the same punch you would expect from similarly priced desktop setups - with the added bonus of portability.
Top 5 things to look for when buying a new laptopIf you're looking to buy a new laptop and don't know where to start, head on over to the OutletPC.com laptop computers section and start shopping around. Here are some factors to consider when choosing which laptop is best for you:
What Can (and Can't) Be Upgraded or Repaired on a LaptopIn general, laptops are much more difficult to repair than PCs, and it's understandable why they would be. Every model of laptop must be designed very specifically in order to cram all the needed computer goodness into such a small package. Unfortunately, all this engineering leads to a product that is very unique and, therefore, chock-full of low-demand components that are hard to find and expensive to purchase. There are, however, a few simple repairs and upgrades that can be made to your laptop if you've got the know-how.
Why are laptops harder to repair?
Desktop computers are easy; a ten-year-old could build a desktop from the ground up without breaking a sweat. This is because desktops use mostly inter-compatible parts and are all assembled in more-or-less the same fashion. Laptops, on the other-hand, are built with parts specifically designed for their machines. This means that a motherboard for an HP DV6000 laptop will only be compatible with a single model and would be much harder to find than a mass-produced, super-compatible desktop part. Processors, video cards, and connectors are also locked in by the engineers when they create the computer. Laptops can't really be modified.
What can be repaired?
That said, there are a few laptop components that can be repaired and upgraded without too much difficulty.
As always, this is the best bang-for-your-buck upgrade you can make to your system; laptops are no exception. Laptop RAM is pretty simple on the compatibility end; you'll just want to match whatever speed of memory you've already got. To do this, download and run CPU-Z (click here to download CPU-Z), a free program that analyzes the hardware in your system. This program makes finding matching RAM very simple. CPU-Z will also tell you the number of slots you've got, so you'll know how many sticks of RAM your computer can hold. The most difficult part of purchasing laptop memory is determining how much total memory your laptop can recognize. If you pop 8GBs of memory into a computer that can only recognize 2GB, you'll have 6GB of memory that cannot be used. The best and only truly reliable source of this information is the laptop's manufacturer. Contact their customer service and ask them.
Here's a quick example of the RAM installation process. (The background music is epic!)
When you're ready to purchase memory for your laptop, look for SO-DIMM (Small-Outline-DIMM) memory; this is the technical name for laptop memory and refers to the smaller form factor laptops require. Make sure you're buying the same speed of memory as well; if CPU-Z says you're running PC2-6400 (400MHz), only buy RAM that runs at that speed. Installing your RAM will actually be the easiest part of the process. Remove your battery, look for the ram ports, and pop the old RAM out (it should work like the clicker on a pen, push in to release, and it will pop out), and then push the new RAM in. If you can't figure out exactly where your memory ports are hiding, check your manual, manuals are smart.
Laptops use 2.5" hard drives and are very easy to replace or upgrade. The only major compatibility issue is the type of drive connector your machine uses, IDE or SATA. Most computers built in the last 10-years will use a SATA drive, but you can make sure by checking your Device Manager utility (Control Panel -> Device Manager -> Disk Drives), which will say either ATA (SATA) or IDE. Laptop hard drive replacements are especially painless if you use an external hard drive dock (like this one) and "mirror" your old drive onto the new one. This way, all the data on your original drive will be copied onto your new one as is, so you won't have to reinstall Windows or any other programs.
Installation will vary from laptop to laptop since you'll have to determine exactly where it is, but it will always boil down to removing the old drive and popping in the new. There aren't any confusing or complicated steps; replacing a hard drive is just as simple as putting a DVD into a DVD player.
Speaking of DVDs, your laptop's optical drive can be upgraded or replaced in the exact same manner as hard drive! They use the same types of connectors, IDE or SATA, and can be swapped out in the same manner.
Keyboards, Trackpads, and Displays
Laptop keyboards are common collection points for less-than-ideal additions such as coffee, doughnut glaze, and (in my case) your daughter's peanut butter sandwich. A sticky, unresponsive, or possibly smelly keyboard or trackpad can be replaced from home without too much difficulty, as can a burnt out or otherwise broken monitor.
As with the other upgrades I've mentioned, the most difficult part of the process will likely be finding the right keyboard. To find the right model, it's best to turn to Google. Search something like "Laptop Keyboard for HP DV6000" and start shopping. Use common sense-if the keyboard looks like the one you're looking to replace, it's probably a safe bet, if not, I'd keep shopping. The difficulty or ease of finding your keyboard will depend mostly on how common or rare your laptop is. Note, however, that these parts are not upgradable-you can't by a higher resolution monitor or a different keyboard and expect it to work.
Once you've found the right keyboard, you'll have to remove the bezel (the plastic frame around your keyboard), unscrew the old board, disconnect it from wherever it's connected, and then reverse the whole process with your new part. (I know I'm being vague but every laptop will be slightly different so I can't get too specific.) Here's a quick video of the whole process:
Trackpad and display replacements will work the same as keyboard replacements. Find your new part through Google, remove the bezel, unscrew, disconnect, and reverse with the new part. The whole process shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes, and will work out fine; as long as you don't lose the screws (don't lose the screws).