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Started by LemonGrass on Apr 3, 2022 6:27:53 PM
Laptop buying

Hello you computer boffins. I’m looking to buy a laptop around the £500 mark.

Any suggestions? Should I buy first or second hand? Should I spend more than a monkey, or could I spend less?

Talk about it here.

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solvognen - 03 Apr 2022 18:34:24 (#1 of 16)

My partner has a Which subscription and we recently checked out best buys to find her replacement. I'll go dig those out.

thisonehasalittlehat - 03 Apr 2022 18:36:24 (#2 of 16)

It depends what you want to do with it.

solvognen - 03 Apr 2022 18:44:12 (#3 of 16)

Dell Inspiron 14 5000 (5415), £549.00 Typical price

Acer Swift 3 SF314-43, £599.00 Typical price

LemonGrass - 03 Apr 2022 19:07:05 (#4 of 16)

Cheers, sol.

hatters, I want a decent machine that as well as watching entertainment I can use it as a work computer.

And not too large. That’s a factor. I can plug it into my monitor and keyboard at home.

thisonehasalittlehat - 03 Apr 2022 19:11:35 (#5 of 16)

General workhorse then. Do you need to store lots of films and music and photos?

thisonehasalittlehat - 03 Apr 2022 19:14:13 (#6 of 16)

Surface laptop go ssd good general performance not much storage. Currently £450. Light. Good battery. Few usbs. 13". Something like that anyway. Have a look and compare with Dell / HP on specs.

LemonGrass - 03 Apr 2022 19:29:50 (#7 of 16)

I don’t like to store films and photos, hatters.

I may store music, which takes up not m memory nowadays. And I store it on my phone.

Dementor - 03 Apr 2022 20:21:04 (#8 of 16)

Ex-business Thinkpad would be my go to, but that might be anachronistic now.

quattrobhoy - 03 Apr 2022 20:47:31 (#9 of 16)

Dell often sell refurbished (IME nearly - if not - new) from their refurbished site. Also they often have statement credit deals with Amex, if you have one and save the offer.

carterbrandon - 03 Apr 2022 20:49:07 (#10 of 16)

#1: Which write absolute shit about computers.

lammaMia - 03 Apr 2022 21:08:56 (#11 of 16)

Lenovo's AMD Win 11 computers give good bang for the buck. You'll pay extra for a 2-in-1 but it could be useful if you have a need for it. Smaller 14 inch ones are lighter if portability is a priority.

solvognen - 03 Apr 2022 21:17:59 (#12 of 16)

I have a 2021 14" Lenovo Yoga which I'm very pleased with. Not in Lemon's price point sweet spot though. Pleased with my Lenovo 8" tablet too. Reckon they should bung me a few quid for the free plug, mind!

tasselhoff - 03 Apr 2022 21:24:07 (#13 of 16)

Second hand Lenovo sounds like just what the Doctor ordered.

Tomnoddy - 03 Apr 2022 21:27:21 (#14 of 16)

Who?

thePiMan - 03 Apr 2022 22:46:45 (#15 of 16)

CEX is the place for a good quality used laptop and they come with 2 year warranty which is better than all the sellers selling new will give you. I’ve never had a problem with anything from them.

Loogoo - 03 Apr 2022 23:00:47 (#16 of 16)

I have had several ASUS Laptops over the past 20 years. Inexpensive workhorses.

I used all over six years and none have broke. I had to upgrade as Windows became increasingly large and hardware requirements change.

I recently installed Linux Lite on Asus I bought over 10 years ago...great extra machine.

I am currently using an Asus VIVO. Excellent.

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