3 Back-to-School Laptops to Avoid Like the Plague

MakeUseOf | 8/28/2017 | Kannon Yamada
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Do you want to ruin the back-to-school experience? Buy a cheap laptop (or “netbook”). $100 laptops may cost little, but if they fail, kiss your essays and projects goodbye. You need performance, value, and – above all else – reliability.

So what should you avoid and what’s the cheapest laptop you should buy?

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Where Are the Junk School Laptops and Why Should You Avoid Them?

Where Are the Junk School Laptops?

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Most electronics dealers sell a few junk laptops. Sometimes, they’re cleverly placed in the impulse-buy section of your favorite brick-and-mortar. Other times, they show up in online and paper ads. The only universal rule is this: there’s never a demonstration unit on display because these things look like junk.

Some brands you might see (particularly at Walmart): Ematics, Vulcan, iRulu, iView, RCA, and NuVision. Most of these companies slap their name on a “white label” manufacturer’s product. More or less, they offer nearly identical electronics, differing only in warranty and marketing.

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If you want to avoid buying from a white label company, here’s a handy tip: use a reverse image search to find whether or not you’re buying a white label product. For those on mobile devices, reverse image searches aren’t difficult.

Check Out Some More Uses Of A Reverse Image Search Using TinEye [Chrome]

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Image recognition is getting better by the day. Perhaps, that’s why we keep talking about it so much. The reverse search engine that usually gets most of the clicks is TinEye. We didn’t miss out...

Why Avoid Junk School Laptops?

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According to SquareTrade, low-cost laptops (also known as “netbooks”) suffer from a 20% higher failure rate than larger devices. That’s mainly because, in order to hit a $100 price-point, the manufacturer had to trim off pretty much everything you would associate with a quality laptop.

There are three kinds of school laptops that look...
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