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Looking for an inexpensive laptop for casual use

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  • May 5th, 2019 4:02 pm
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Mar 7, 2011
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Looking for an inexpensive laptop for casual use

Hello,

Looking for a laptop for casual use, as the hard drive on mine crapped out and it won't even boot to bios anymore.

Thank you!!

Budget: Up to $1000 but as low as possible would be great. Preferably less than $500

Screen size: around 14"

Screen resolution: No preference

Touch screen: No preference

Weight: Around a couple pounds? As light as possible

Main purpose of laptop: General browsing, paperwork, etc. Think "university" laptop features. No/very limited gaming will be done on it.

If you will be gaming, what are the most demanding games you will play and at what settings? Not applicable

Is battery life an issue? As long as possible. Had a zenbook previously with around 8 hours.

Thank you!
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How old is your old laptop? If it's only the harddrive that died can you just install an SSD drive and reinstall Windows?

Or is this your excuse to get a new laptop?
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ds2chan wrote:
May 1st, 2019 2:57 pm
How old is your old laptop? If it's only the harddrive that died can you just install an SSD drive and reinstall Windows?

Or is this your excuse to get a new laptop?
+1

Replace the HDD with an SSD for under $100. There's a constant stream of new RFD threads on SSD deals. Upgrade RAM to 8GB if it's now only 4GB. Reinstall Windows 10.

Unless the system is more than 5 years old it will continue to perform all of the tasks the OP requires. If your system is quite old and you need to replace it, then consider buying a quality refurbished system, e.g. a ThinkPad or a business model Dell from a reputable seller.
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bylo wrote:
May 5th, 2019 8:13 am
+1

Replace the HDD with an SSD for under $100. There's a constant stream of new RFD threads on SSD deals. Upgrade RAM to 8GB if it's now only 4GB. Reinstall Windows 10.

Unless the system is more than 5 years old it will continue to perform all of the tasks the OP requires. If your system is quite old and you need to replace it, then consider buying a quality refurbished system, e.g. a ThinkPad or a business model Dell from a reputable seller.
Agree with this, swapping HDD for SSD, upgrading ram, and doing a fresh install will make the computer feel like new
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Depending on if you need "programs" or not, have you considered a Chromebook. I'm using one now and it's fantastic. Boots up in no time and no worries about stuff like crawling hard drives. If it feels sluggish, it's no issue scrubbing it and refreshing it - no programs to reinstall or anything.

Since buying one around Xmas, haven't opened a laptop since.
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