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A Journey to Find the Perfect Tablet PC

UPDATE 2: The laptop below is actually my old(er) tablet. I found a newer HP TC4400 for only a tad bit more and sold that one.

Tablet PC’s round 3:

Well, my cherished 60 dollar laptop decided to cut out on me short, so it was time for me to upgrade. The new laptop, an HP-Compaq (because they still haven’t figured out what to name themselves) TC4400, was similarly acquired on eBay, but the price tag was a bit higher. It was only $78.89 for the laptop + $7.05 for the adapter + $3.50 for some stupid cover that wasn’t included and + $21.99 for a hard drive, since this is my first SATA laptop (I’ve finally stepped into the “future” and the only SATA hard drive I actually had was coincidentally broken.) I added another GB of ram with a stick that I had lying around, why I had it is beyond me, and I already had a stylus for it because I have two older tablets. All in all, it cost me $115, much lower than any computer on the market today, but I can already tell that it was well worth it! The computer comes with a fingerprint reader, which has been a nerdy dream of mine since I first heard of them, and a fancy dual core processor (although they’re up to quad core by now, I’m sure.) It was also my first laptop that actually ran Android 4.0 without a problem, something I hadn’t expected to work at all, to be honest! For once, I bought a laptop that actually has a mousepad and actually has decent battery life (around 3 hours), so it’s a great feat in my book. But chances are, I’ve bored you to death reading off all the specs of a laptop and how amazing I am for getting it. So, in lieu of your boredom, here are some pictures to make you more jealous:

Now, a lot of people always ask me how I get things for such a cheap price. I always say that I got it from ebay and immediately I get death stares that scream, “How could you” or “You fool!” Who’s the fool now?

UPDATE: The laptop below is actually my old tablet. I found a more unique HP TC1100 for the same price and sold that one. Tablet PC’s round 2:

The TC1100 is unlike any PC i’ve ever seen. It’s a slate with an attachable keyboard, not a laptop. I loaded mine with Windows 8, and it couldn’t be a better experience. (And I have less than 1GB of RAM.) If I didn’t know any better, I would say this laptop is from 2009. Its design is amazing, and for a PC from 2003, it’s thin! I wouldn’t DARE go back to the tablet I boasted about above! There’s literally no comparison to my new toy! Go buy one and shove it in an iPad lover’s face!

Laptop 1:

Recently, I set out on a quest to fulfill my childhood dream of owning a Tablet PC. I’m cool, I know.

Now, if you’re trying to find a tablet PC under $100, ebay is the first place to look. (I got mine for $60 on ebay and +$30 for the special stylus (NO, a DS stylus will NOT work – lesson learned) and an IDE hard drive.) Just for my own use, I bought 2 1GB RAM sticks for $15 each, but that’s not at all required.

It’s sad to see that a laptop once worth $2,450 USD is now worth barely a cracked iPod touch.

And you would think the battery would be crap by now, but I still get around 2 hours worth of use – that’s actually more than one of the newer laptops in my household!

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$90 for an ink cartridge? AWW HELL NAW.

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A few days ago, I stopped by a to Staples to find a replacement ink cartridge for my printer, since someone else in my household had decided to print a 70+ page document for themselves. Whether or not they read the document or not (they didn’t, in case you’re wondering) doesn’t matter, because every printer runs out eventually and chances are, the cartridge weighs only a few ounces – if that. So whenever my life is in peril, I turn to the website that solves it all: eBay.
There, I learned about a little known cheat that would save me quite a few bucks. Apparently, ink cartridges are refillable and the ink only costs a few bucks to get yourself. Thanks HP for not mentioning that on, you’ve been a real pal for all these years.

So I bought a pack just to try (I’ll post a link on the bottom so you can use it as a reference) for $6.40. With a price tag like that, how could I not give it a try?It was extremely easy to refill with the pictured directions, so there’s no point in explaining it, but I recommend having a few paper towels on hand…

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All in all, it saved me 80 bucks. So I can’t complain about having ink covered hands. But I really suggest you give this a try, because you’re only lining the pockets of massive corporations that know they’ve been ripping you off for years. No big deal.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320886254920?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649