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Best Budget Laptop under $500

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Jan 18, 2017
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soupmaster666 wrote: Fortunately this is a really easy one - get a used enterprise grade system. Examples include the Lenovo T series, HP EliteBook, and Dell Latitude/XPS maybe.

Everything else can be assumed to be absolute shit, the hinges will break, the case will crack, and the charger will fray.


Lenovo had a good reputation in the consumer market, but they blew it in two ways - one is they cheaped out and their consumer laptops now also fall apart after two years. The second is that, on multiple occasions, they preinstalled what can only be described as malicious software into their factory Windows images (for one search "Lenovo Superfish"). edit: for the other, search "Lenovo Service Engine BIOS"
+1. Pick up a T440 or something from Bauer Systems since you're in the GTA. Upgrade the mechanical drive to SSD and you'll have a way better machine that something new for <$500.
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sickcars wrote: As mentioned above, pickup a business line laptop as they are built much better, better quality etc

For example this one - https://www.staples.ca/en/hp-refurbishe ... CA_1_20001
It will be faster & more reliable and better build quality then anything you go buy from bestbuy under $500
I'd price match this one with Mike's computer shop and save an extra 10%. I have one of these and just upgraded the ram and have an ssd on order, it's a tank, it's actually quite fast as is with the 320gb hd.
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Take a look in the used / refurb market for any W520, W530, W540. T420, T430, T440...etc, M4700, M4800, E7440, E7240, 8560W, 8570W...
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HP Elitebook 840 is about that price in used market. Business laptops is the only way to go when buying used.
soupmaster666 wrote: Fortunately this is a really easy one - get a used enterprise grade system. Examples include the Lenovo T series, HP EliteBook, and Dell Latitude/XPS maybe.

Everything else can be assumed to be absolute shit, the hinges will break, the case will crack, and the charger will fray.


Lenovo had a good reputation in the consumer market, but they blew it in two ways - one is they cheaped out and their consumer laptops now also fall apart after two years. The second is that, on multiple occasions, they preinstalled what can only be described as malicious software into their factory Windows images (for one search "Lenovo Superfish"). edit: for the other, search "Lenovo Service Engine BIOS"
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I'm trying to help out a friend whose dell celery laptop hard drive just died.
Her current laptop is a Dell inspiron 3451 laptop.
She just youtubes.
Told her she might as well upgrade but she values battery life.
New laptops without an ssd are already $450 plus b4 tax.
I saw used dell e7240 with 128ssd, 8gigs ram, win 10 preloaded i5 4300u for $290 plus a brand new OEM batter for $120.
I figure this is better than a new $400 laptop with Celeron and 500gb hd.
any thoughts?
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gh05t wrote: I'm trying to help out a friend whose dell celery laptop hard drive just died.
Her current laptop is a Dell inspiron 3451 laptop.
She just youtubes.
Told her she might as well upgrade but she values battery life.
New laptops without an ssd are already $450 plus b4 tax.
I saw used dell e7240 with 128ssd, 8gigs ram, win 10 preloaded i5 4300u for $290 plus a brand new OEM batter for $120.
I figure this is better than a new $400 laptop with Celeron and 500gb hd.
any thoughts?
E7240 isnt bad, is it a A grade unit?

look it over ect. i wouldnt pay 120 for a battery though, im sure its much cheaper. even the m4800 batteries are half that cost and they are usually the higher end batteries, e7240 uses a 20-40$ battery.
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Jan 30, 2013
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I have owned 2 Dell laptops and 2 Lenovo laptops and currently just picked up a Ultrabook from Lenovo Ideapad 720s. Love this new laptop. I don't think you can get wrong with either Dell or Lenovo. I was helping a friend to look at some more budget friendly laptop and the Ideapad 320 line is pretty good too, they are always on sale and you should be able to pick one up below $500 with decent specs.
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Jul 11, 2017
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gh05t wrote: I'm trying to help out a friend whose dell celery laptop hard drive just died.
Her current laptop is a Dell inspiron 3451 laptop.
She just youtubes.
Told her she might as well upgrade but she values battery life.
New laptops without an ssd are already $450 plus b4 tax.
I saw used dell e7240 with 128ssd, 8gigs ram, win 10 preloaded i5 4300u for $290 plus a brand new OEM batter for $120.
I figure this is better than a new $400 laptop with Celeron and 500gb hd.
any thoughts?
Just spend $50 and put a new ssd in that one and reinstall windows 10 done!
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Bella125 wrote: Just spend $50 and put a new ssd in that one and reinstall windows 10 done!
Yeah this is what I told her to do on the cheap as everything else including the battery is good.
But I told her just an ordinary Hard Disk Drive though.
Where can one get an SSD over 64gigs for $50 these days anyway?

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