YoucancallmeAl wrote:Thanx all for the ideas.
My current laptop is a piece of shit I've had for 3.5 years and is getting slower and slower and freezing up all the time.
Since I'm planning to go to the Philippines in just a couple months (and spend 8+ months there), should I buy a new laptop BEFORE I leave or bring the shitty one on the road and buy a new one once I get there?
In other words, are there better cheaper deals on laptops in poorer countries or are they just as expensive no matter where you go?
Brand new laptops can be bought for $300 and up from Best Buy or Walmart. Smaller netbooks start at $250 ish. Netbooks are great for traveling and light usage from the hotel, or where wifi is avail. You can also look into used laptops on craiglist. If you buy a Mac laptop, I would suggest buying the Apple Care extended warranty. Buying laptops with your AmEx card may also include extended warranty coverage.
My old traveling laptop was a Sony VAIO, I think it's around 3 lbs. These days I have to haul my large work laptop with me and it can be a pain. Usually I put the laptop in the laptop bag and stuff it inside my check-in luggage.