My Lenovo Y410P's bottom case began popping out recently (due to a seemingly common problem in the build quality) and is now cracked near the charger port, such that I cannot open the lid beyond ~50 degrees nor bring it anywhere anymore. I am two months out of warranty and found the estimate for repair to be at least $269, after talking to a Lenovo rep. That is assuming that the only part I needed is the base cover.
I've lost faith in Lenovo after the shaky quality and the rep's insistence that it was the user's fault, so I'm reluctant to spend more money on this computer. That said, the software still works fine as long as I don't open the lid up too much, so I was thinking of hooking the laptop up to a monitor for home use and eventual transition to a desktop, then getting a tablet for when I need to study outside the house. To avoid another disappointment, I was hoping you guys can give me some advice or your thoughts on what I should purchase.
For the monitor, I am hoping to continue to use it after my laptop eventually dies, so durability is a huge factor for me. Price is also key since I am a cheap college student. I've looked around and here are a few that I've stumbled upon: BenQ GL GL2460HM, Acer H236HL, and ASUS VE247H
1) Monitor buying guides recommend buying 24 inches at least, is that the new standard?
2) Is there any merit to the BenQ claims, like the kindle like "paper" reading? I do need to read a lot, so those kinda things would be helpful if it's true.
3) I'm leaning towards the Asus because that's what my friend has, and some experience with the product is better than none, but what do you guys think?
I do play dota, so I would like a decent keyboard with enough keys. My standards aren't super high though, as I've been using laptop keyboards. Ideally, I would be able to use it for both the laptop and the tablet and it would cost less than $30. First, I looked for a bluetooth keyboard, but the choices seem slim. One caught my eye but it seems rather small. Then there's this usb wireless one. I am not a fan of the flat top style of the keys but they seem to the most common ones around. Suggestions are welcome!
I haven't looked too much into this yet since it's not as urgent but ideally, I would want something that I can easily read on (PDFs), can use office (preferably comes with), and windows 8? Sounds pretty basic but I don't know much about the capability of tablets, especially lower end ones. Price wise would prefer <$170? Many seem to be at $169 from what I saw.
Need new monitor, keyboard, tablet. Budget is <$150, <$30, <$170 unless there's a good reason to pay more. Please give me some advice and suggestions. Thanks!