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My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Tablet

By Tom Dunlap, PCWorld    
Mar 21, 2011 4:00 PM

Everywhere I go these days, my friends slam laptops. They tell me my PC of choice is a dying breed and sing the praises of their new, "post-PC" Apple iPad.

They carefully pull out their Apple device. I admire it and then say: "So where do you insert the DVD? How do you bang out a long e-mail on a touch keyboard? Oh, and guess how much less I paid for my little Lenovo ThinkPad X30 laptop than you did for your iPad."

I recognize that the iPad is thin, light, and easy to travel with, and I understand the advantages of portable entertainment. But if you don't need the prestige of having the latest-and-greatest tech, I believe you can get all that and much more for much less than the cost of a new tablet. All you have to do is tote around another measly pound or two.

If you're willing to take a chance on used equipment, you can find slightly older laptops on Craigslist starting at about $200. Also check out PCWorld's Daily Deals.

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