There are several tips and tricks to finding inexpensive notebook computers, both in the online marketplace and at regular brick and mortar stores like Best Buy, Circuit City and Walmart. While in many cases the cliche of you get what you pay for can hold true when it comes to buying inexpensive notebook computers, if you do your homework and only buy from reputable businesses, the adage does not have to apply to you.
The first step to take as you are looking for inexpensive notebook computers is to define what your price range is for the purchase. If you define inexpensive as anything under a thousand dollars, you will find that you will have a lot more options to choose from than if your price range is under five hundred dollars.
Next, decide which brand of inexpensive notebook computers you are wanting in buying. This will rule out any choices. As an example, if your price range is under a thousand dollars, you probably will not be able to find a tablet style inexpensive notebook computer or Apple brand notebook within your price range. If you do not have a preference, but are looking at inexpensive notebook computers to perform basic tasks like surf the Internet, check your email and write things in a word processor, just about any laptop will suit your needs.
Once you have narrowed down what you can afford and what you are looking for in inexpensive notebook computers, start checking out the websites of different companies. Good places to start are www.dell.com, www.compaq.com or www.sony.com. Get an idea of what everything costs, then start looking through the ads in the newspaper. Most brick and mortar stores like Best Buy, Circuit City and WalMart have regular sales on inexpensive notebook computers, making them even more affordable (and sometimes even cheaper than you can find directly from the manufacturer online).
As you are doing this, make note of a rebates being offered on the inexpensive notebook computers that you are looking at, either online, direct from the manufacturer or by the store itself. When and sales, this can cut the cost of owning a inexpensive notebook computer by as much as 20 percent or more. When it comes time to actually purchase one of the inexpensive notebook computers that you have researched, decide whether or not you need an extended warranty. These usually cost more money than they are worth, but can give you more confidence in your purchase.