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[*] posted on 10-8-2020 at 12:31 PM
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I’m in the market for a laptop. I live in La Paz.
Any suggestions on finding one. Maybe small business, private party..etc
I have looked online on Office Depot
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[*] posted on 10-8-2020 at 12:41 PM


Quote: Originally posted by geraldalexander7  
I’m in the market for a laptop. I live in La Paz.
Any suggestions on finding one. Maybe small business, private party..etc
I have looked online on Office Depot
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in usa, good brick/mortar store selection/price is costco. does costco in BCS sell laptops?

for simple and cheap, i am a fan of chromebooks.
if you got healthy budget, get an apple.




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[*] posted on 10-8-2020 at 01:01 PM


I highly recommend that you do NOT buy a Mexican laptop if English is your comfortable language. I bought one at Coppel a couple of years back and immediately regretted it. Came with Windows 10 single language version in Spanish only, and an extra cost to add the english pack from MS. The keyboard layout is completely foriegn to anybody familiar with a US keyboard. Most of the punctuation and other symbols are all over the place or missing. Luckily I use an external keyboard , mouse and monitor 99% of the time.

Add to that, laptops and most electronics cost roughly 50% more than you'd pay in the US for the same item. Find something you like on Amazon and have it brought/shipped down. I hope that helps.




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[*] posted on 10-8-2020 at 01:04 PM


¿you have access to Facebook?

Marketplace has an elecronics category, there you can filter by zip code to see only the results closer to weherever you are.
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[*] posted on 10-8-2020 at 01:10 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Casey67  
I highly recommend that you do NOT buy a Mexican laptop if English is your comfortable language. I bought one at Coppel a couple of years back and immediately regretted it. Came with Windows 10 single language version in Spanish only, and an extra cost to add the english pack from MS. The keyboard layout is completely foriegn to anybody familiar with a US keyboard. Most of the punctuation and other symbols are all over the place or missing. Luckily I use an external keyboard , mouse and monitor 99% of the time.

Add to that, laptops and most electronics cost roughly 50% more than you'd pay in the US for the same item. Find something you like on Amazon and have it brought/shipped down. I hope that helps.


xlnt tip! I've been searching Marketplace for a used one (I have two chromebooks and just want a laptop for a music library) did not know about the spanish only deal-e-o!




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If you subscribe to Baja Western Onion you'll notice one or two locals who sell refurbished laptops all the time. I have yet to buy a brand new computer in the 30 or so years I've owned one.



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Quote: Originally posted by pauldavidmena  
If you subscribe to Baja Western Onion you'll notice one or two locals who sell refurbished laptops all the time. I have yet to buy a brand new computer in the 30 or so years I've owned one.


Scott is the guy in Pescadero you want to reach. Don't know if the link below is current but that's where he advertises. He'll have what you're looking for.

Alan is a member here and publishes the Onion. I've deleted the last edition that came through but saw Scott's ad there.

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[*] posted on 10-8-2020 at 03:37 PM


Check out Sams. Much better selection and prices than Office Depot.
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[*] posted on 10-8-2020 at 04:05 PM


What's your budget?

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[*] posted on 10-8-2020 at 08:24 PM


Samsung is my favorite.

Just bought one on Amazon for one of my kids. Much better than Dell. Bright screens, touch screens.




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Quote: Originally posted by Casey67  
I highly recommend that you do NOT buy a Mexican laptop if English is your comfortable language. I bought one at Coppel a couple of years back and immediately regretted it. Came with Windows 10 single language version in Spanish only, and an extra cost to add the english pack from MS. The keyboard layout is completely foriegn to anybody familiar with a US keyboard. Most of the punctuation and other symbols are all over the place or missing. Luckily I use an external keyboard , mouse and monitor 99% of the time.

Add to that, laptops and most electronics cost roughly 50% more than you'd pay in the US for the same item. Find something you like on Amazon and have it brought/shipped down. I hope that helps.


??? You make it sound like some insurmountable problem. I have a laptop I bought in Mexico, it came with Windows 10 and all the language packs and was easy to switch Windows to English.

No English punctuation is "missing" or "all over the place" on a Spanish keyboard, it's just in different places and it's a matter of finding out where. So yes, it's a bit of a learning curve, but it didn't take me more than a couple days to get the hang of it.
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Quote: Originally posted by Lee  
Quote: Originally posted by pauldavidmena  
If you subscribe to Baja Western Onion you'll notice one or two locals who sell refurbished laptops all the time. I have yet to buy a brand new computer in the 30 or so years I've owned one.


Scott is the guy in Pescadero you want to reach. Don't know if the link below is current but that's where he advertises. He'll have what you're looking for.

Alan is a member here and publishes the Onion. I've deleted the last edition that came through but saw Scott's ad there.

http://bajawesternonion.com


It looks like I posted http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=93297#pid1169... about a year ago - although it feels like it could have been centuries before that...




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[*] posted on 10-9-2020 at 09:19 AM


I'll second the motion for Chromebook. For about 200 bucks they are hard to beat. Especially in La Paz where the internet is lightning fast. I bought a 2TB external drive to supplement it's only shortcoming (smallish storage) I have yet to use it.



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[*] posted on 10-9-2020 at 09:21 AM


BTW. I agree you want a computer made for the us. I got such a great deal on Amazon (US) that it paid for the extra shipping and tax. Also got it in 5 days.




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Be sure you install the latest fix for the big security hole in the Chrome book if you buy one.
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[*] posted on 5-19-2022 at 05:42 PM


Chrome books are great. Cheap too. Dont buy used computer when new is so cheap.




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Quote: Originally posted by lencho  

Hadn't heard about it; you have more details? :O


From what I've heard, it stops ppl from breaking into your laptop with the intent of blocking your ability to delete more than 1 forum posts per week.

This may or may not be germane to you.




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[*] posted on 5-20-2022 at 09:59 AM


get the fastest processer speed///dont "cheap out"

your internet is only as fast as the processor

cheap computers have slow processors
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Quote: Originally posted by Bob and Susan  
get the fastest processer speed///dont "cheap out"

your internet is only as fast as the processor

cheap computers have slow processors
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I paid $250 for a Samsung Chromebook, model XE500C12, 10 years ago and have been using it daily since then. 10 YEARS OF DAILY USE!

It works fine for me. But all the software I use runs in the Chrome browser. I don't edit videos or play games on it.

I am impressed with the hardware. It's still like new.

IMHO Samsung makes good stuff. I also have an ancient Samsung android phone.




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[*] posted on 5-21-2022 at 07:25 AM


The Dell Refurbished website sells refurbished laptops and other hardware for a fraction of the cost. I bought a 1 year-old XPS 13 laptop for under $500 in its original packaging. I invalidated the warranty immediately by installing Ubuntu on it. :D



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