Budget Laptop

PearlWhiteGT

New DJ
Mar 28, 2018
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I know there is a thread on laptops right now but I'm looking for a inexpensive one, preferably around $300 or so if possible. Don't mind spending a little more if I have to though. I'd also like at least a 15" screen. I just need it to build a music library with and to use with rekordbox while playing music for my own house parties. I don't know much about them so not sure what I should be looking for when shopping around for one. Any advice would be much appreciated.
 

steve149

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steve149

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DJ Bobcat

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Nov 8, 2014
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Oklahoma City
... right now but I'm looking for a inexpensive one, preferably around $300 or so if possible. Don't mind spending a little more if I have to though...
This probably is NOT the best forum for the budget minded. Rule #1, as previously posted means; “You get what you pay for”. That said, sometimes you can find good used gear (and computers) at budget prices. With computers, it’s often hard to tell how hard of a life a used one has had, and laptops are more difficult to repair if you buy one that needs a little fixin’. If you buy a refurbished laptop from a good reseller, though, your chances of getting a good one are pretty good. This one is from NewEgg...

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 110 (80UD001RUS) Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6200U (2.30 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 520 15.6" Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

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... It’s close to your $300 budget, but has a lot of good features for the price. While I prefer the ThinkPad (I own one) over the IdeaPad (consumer grade), I find Lenovo’s to be well engineered and very reliable. If you want a quad core i5 CPU, you’re probably gonna have to pay closer to $400.
 
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Jeff Romard

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If it's just for your own parties buy a $40 tablet off Wish and expand the memory...

if you really feel the need to get the laptop go look for a used one it's not mission critical
 

PearlWhiteGT

New DJ
Mar 28, 2018
4
40
Thanks fellas and I completely agree with the “You get what you pay for”. If I need to spend more money for a laptop to use with rekordbox and my controller to play and mix music then I will. I'm a newbie who is just trying to learn the skills of becoming a DJ, not a paid DJ though. My goal is to learn enough to DJ my own parties and parties for friends and family. I recently purchased a DDJ 400 with rekordbox and now I'm trying to build a decent music library but my current old MacBook Air is shared by my wife, daughter and I so need something else to use. I greatly appreciate the help and advice from all of you. Thanks.