I recently purchased an ACER 4620 laptop from our local Best Buy for $400. Now, it was a floor model, which generally run cheaper, but here’s a few things they don’t tell you as you’re kicking the ‘ol tires…
Number 1 (or A) Floor models generally do not include a user’s manual. This is annoying, since I had to go to Acer’s website, download the manual and print it out myself.
Number 2 – Be prepared to purchase software (like Windows). My laptop came with a trial version of Vista, as do the rest of the laptops there, floor model or not. What happens is you get 20 uses out of Vista (if you buy a PC) before you HAVE to buy the actual software. Since you’re going to be using it for writing, those 20 trial log-ons won’t get you very far.
Number 3. Virus protection software. They’re gonna whack you for this too, but, if you’re on the ‘net a lot, it may be worth it.
Number 4 – A Memory stick. Gone are the days of the good ‘ol 3 1/2″ floppy disc. They laughed at me when I asked if they had any models that had one.
Number 5. An extra battery and carrying case. Indispensable.
So, all in all, the floor model without ANYTHING else cost me $400. With all the software I had to buy and tax, my bill came to $793 and change.
Just, whatever you do, don’t let the price of the laptop fool you. There are a lot of extras that you may get whacked with that the sales rep conveniently tells you “after” you’ve made a decision to buy that laptop.
My computer goes everywhere with me, even to work. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
I hope this helps out!