One Washington woman thinks $54 million might do the trick. Raelyn Campbell is suing retail giant Best Buy Co. for not only losing the laptop she brought in for repairs, but also for allegedly lying to her for months to cover up the loss.
Campbell said the now-lost laptop, which cost her about $1,100, held a copy of her will, copies of her tax returns downloaded from H&R Block, about 200 albums' worth of music and a list of expenses related to the renovation of her house. Much of the information was either backed up or stored in hardcopy form, but a lot of it is still now lost, she said.
It all started in May of 2007 when Campbell, who had a three-year service warranty in hand, brought her year-old, 14-in. Compaq laptop into her local Best Buy store in Washington. She said she was told that it would take two to six weeks to fix the faulty on/off button on her computer. She handed the machine over and began to wait.
After a month, Campbell said she called the Geek Squad, Best Buy's computer service subsidiary to check on the status of the laptop. She said they told her they had no record of her computer. Concerned, she called the store directly and left a few voice mails, which she said were never answered. Then on the Fourth of July weekend, she went into the store, where she was told they didn't have the machine. The Geek Squad apparently had it after all. She was told to call them again.
Then Campbell said in August she went back into the Best Buy store and spoke with someone at the service desk. The clerk allegedly told her that there was no record of the laptop ever leaving the store. It was never even sent to the Geek Squad. "I asked him, 'Can you explain to me why they've been giving me all these responses if they never knew where the computer was all along?' He said, 'I have no idea.'"
According to Campbell, someone at the Best Buy store created a computer record early in July that should have been created when the laptop was first dropped off in May. "That led to a lot of confusion and me going on a wild goose chase. It was a false record," said Campbell. "I cannot understand how they could have been oblivious to the fact that the computer was missing. I think there was a coverup. Someone created a false document. I try and give the benefit of the doubt to people, but there were too many lies told and too many actions taken that tell me they just wanted this to go away and they wanted to cover this up."
"They also seem incapable of understanding that the lawsuit is not about a stolen laptop and its contents, but about a systemic breakdown in their property and privacy protection practices," she added. "I'm just trying to get them to do what they should have done in the first place."
i bought this little laptop and wiped the system right out of the gate. the software pre-installed on the machine slows it down alot. a fresh copy of windows and Ubuntu on the system gave it new life. very fast for the little thing it is when the OS's are installed without all the fat added into it. Had no issues with it since. It makes a very nice Linux machine as well.
Priced at just $330, the Compaq Presario CQ60-211DX is a reasonable alternative to the $300 Wal-Mart laptop. As usual, there are a few notable differences. The processor is an Intel Celeron 585 (single-core, 65nm, 2.16GHz, 1MB L2, 667MHz FSB), which should provide similar performance to the Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM. However, you get 2GB RAM and the standard Intel GL40 Express Chipset/GMA 4500M chipset/graphics combination. Since this is an outlet item, we're not sure how long it will be available, but it's certainly a better alternative than the $450 Celeron 585 laptops we found at Wal-Mart.
This is possibly the best option in terms of bang for the buck right now, as you can get a dual-core AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 processor (dual-core, 65nm, 2.0GHz, 2x512KB L2, 3600MHz HyperTransport) and Windows Vista Home Premium for only $380. This laptop also uses an NVIDIA GeForce 8200M chipset and provides a 250GB hard drive. There's no webcam and it only ships with 2GB RAM, but you can upgrade the memory quite easily to 4GB for under $50. Battery life is listed as 2.5 hours, which is another drawback, but if you don't need to run on battery for long periods of time this should be a decent inexpensive laptop.
There are several similar Dell laptops listed at Best Buy for under $500; the best in terms of price and features is another outlet item, the Dell Inspiron I15-156B currently selling for $400. This one comes with an Intel Pentium T4200 (dual-core, 45nm, 1MB shared L2, 2.00GHz, 800MHz FSB), 3GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, GL40/GMA 4500M chipset, and Windows Vista Home Premium. Battery life is again listed as 2.5 hours.
The final Best Buy laptop we want to mention is another Dell, this time a 14" Inspiron I1440-016B-BLK model. Once again the price is $500, and many of the specifications are similar to the above 15.6" Dell laptops. What's interesting is that this 14" laptop has more memory (4GB) and Vista Home Premium 64-bit along with a 320GB 5400RPM hard drive. The upgrades don't end there, as you also get Gigabit Ethernet and an LED backlit LCD. For the same price, why would anyone want to choose the larger Inspiron 15 listed above? The only question is battery life, which Best Buy doesn't specify. Dell's Inspiron 14 gives you the option of a 4-cell 37Whr, 6-cell 48Whr, or 9-cell 85Whr battery; the 4-cell battery will obviously weigh the least, but battery life would be very poor. Incidentally, putting together the same system at Dell's site ends up with a price closer to $600, though you do get the added flexibility of choosing your components (i.e. the battery). For $500, the basic Best Buy model has a very good feature set - and you can always add a larger battery in the future if necessary.
While it's aimed at gamers, there is plenty here for students who need a powerful allrounder laptop. It's got an 12th Gen i5 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card and 512 GB SSD. We think this is great choice if you're looking for one of the best student laptops, and it's even got the power to be one of the best laptops for coding and programming on a budget too.
The laptop has a 4.6 stars out of 5 average rating on Best Buy, with praise for the power on offer and the battery life, as well as how good the display was. One reviewer ran a series of benchmarks, too, and was mighty impressed by it.
Even with the discount, the price might be a bit too high to consider it one of the best laptops for students, but those serious about their gaming, and visual quality in general, will love this machine!
Bottom Line: In just the last several decades, computer technologies have advanced so significantly, that you can spend $200 today for a basic laptop computer that has performance standards that are almost infinitely better than the notebooks available in 1994 that cost more than $5,000 (in 2016 dollars). You can get computers today with thousands of times more memory, speed, performance and disk storage space than computers in the mid-1990s at a fraction of the price.
The best Cyber Monday laptop deals that have caught our eye include a whopping $2,000 off the ThinkPad X1 Carbon at Lenovo (opens in new tab). Want a big screen? The LG Gram 16 is just 2.6 pounds but packs a 16-inch display, and for now it's $340 off at Amazon (opens in new tab). Need something ultra versatile? Microsoft's Surface Pro 8 is still $400 off (opens in new tab) in an incredible Cyber Monday deal.
The sales range from some of the best MacBooks and workhorse machines to the best gaming laptops we've tested, now available at bargain prices. So read on for the best Cyber Monday laptop deals you can still get right now!
Lenovo IdeaPad 1i HD laptop: was $249 now $99 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)Best Buy's Black Friday deals include $150 off this Lenovo IdeaPad laptop with a 14-inch HD display, Intel Celeron N4020 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. It's an ideal low-cost pick for everyday use or light work tasks, and thanks to its 10 hours of battery life it's a great device for use on the go as well.
HP Laptop 17z: was $649 now $379 @ HP (opens in new tab)This laptop is a great productivity machine thanks to its 17-inch display and comfortable keyboard. It comes with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and runs on Windows 11. The laptop also charges to 50% in 45 minutes.
Dell XPS 13: was $1,349 now $999 @ Dell (opens in new tab)This Dell XPS 13 laptop features a 12th gen Intel Core i7-1250U CPU, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD storage and a 13.4-inch display. It's a sleek and powerful laptop for $350 off.
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360: was $1,649 now $1,149 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is an ultra-thin 2-in-1 laptop that's tailor-made for people who are always on the go. This configuration features a 15.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a 12th gen Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: was $1,509 now $1,349 @ Dell (opens in new tab)Dell's take on the Surface Pro is a well-equipped 2-in-1 laptop meets tablet. It sports a 13-inch display, a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1250U, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. And with $160 off the price, it's now more appealing than ever.
MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $799 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)The MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its Apple Silicon. The M1 CPU also helped it reach over 14 hours on our battery test. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It's no longer Apple's latest laptop, but it's an amazing deal at this price.
MacBook Air (M2/256GB): was $1,199 now $1,049 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)The MacBook Air M2 boasts a load of new features. It includes a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display (2560 x 1664), Apple's new M2 w/ 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p FaceTime camera, four-speaker system with Spatial Audio, and MagSafe charging. In our MacBook Air M2 review, we called the Editor's Choice laptop an unbeatable combo of performance, design, and battery life. 781b155fdc