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Best small laptop (13inch ish) under 500 bucks

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Best small laptop (13inch ish) under 500 bucks

first time asking questions here. just to save some time shopping around lol.
coworker daughter is looking for a small laptop under 500 for university use. saying all the other students these days have small flashy laptops. budget is a bit tight for 500. any recommendations? 13.3 inch and under and hopefully full HD screen would be nice. i don't think exist unless try craiglist.
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ASUS VivoBook Flip TP401MA at microsoft store. It was $349 around boxing day, but it's now $399, still decent price. There was a big thread here around that time, you can search that for more information.
You can easily add a m.2 sata ssd to expand storage. They are around $60-70 for 250gb

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RFDQ1016 wrote:
Mar 14th, 2019 3:11 pm
ASUS VivoBook Flip TP401MA at microsoft store. It was $349 around boxing day, but it's now $399, still decent price. There was a big thread here around that time, you can search that for more information.
You can easily add a m.2 sata ssd to expand storage. They are around $60-70 for 250gb

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/p/asus- ... verviewtab
That's probably the best you're going to do for a new FHD notebook in the $500 range. However, it's going to chug and likely fall apart within a couple years. Another option would be to get a refurbished laptop. You'll get much better quality and performance that way (any new sub $500 notebook is going to be pretty poor in terms of build quality). Thinkpad T450s with FHD and an SSD can be had in the $500 range (though it's 14"). Dell has 13" business units with FHD screens that are also a couple generations old that can be found in this price range.
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Save 25% with coupon code STPAT25

https://www.dellrefurbished.ca/laptops? ... lution=264

Dell Latitude E7450
System Identifier: 194484

$539.00
Processor: Intel Core i5 (i5-5300U) 2.30 GHz
Memory: 8 GB
Hard Drive: 128 GB
Display: 14" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Cosmetic Grade: A
OS: 64-bit Windows 8.1 Professional

Easily upgraded to Windows 10 pro.
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Save 25% with coupon code STPAT25

https://www.dellrefurbished.ca/laptops? ... lution=264

Dell Latitude E7450
System Identifier: 194484

$539.00
Processor: Intel Core i5 (i5-5300U) 2.30 GHz
Memory: 8 GB
Hard Drive: 128 GB
Display: 14" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Cosmetic Grade: A
OS: 64-bit Windows 8.1 Professional

Easily upgraded to Windows 10 pro.
That sounds good to me - $404 after the coupon. You could spend the extra $100 of budget to get a bigger SSD (500GB is $80-100 depending on the model).

This machine is going to eat any $500 new laptop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The one thing to be careful with is the battery - they tend to get worn down after a couple years. Might have to invest in a new one if the computer is going to be lugged around to lectures, library, etc. Still worth it even if you have to spend $100 on a new battery.
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birthdaymonkey wrote:
Mar 14th, 2019 7:41 pm
That sounds good to me - $404 after the coupon. You could spend the extra $100 of budget to get a bigger SSD (500GB is $80-100 depending on the model).

This machine is going to eat any $500 new laptop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The one thing to be careful with is the battery - they tend to get worn down after a couple years. Might have to invest in a new one if the computer is going to be lugged around to lectures, library, etc. Still worth it even if you have to spend $100 on a new battery.
but you might have to replace battery soon
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Mar 14th, 2019 4:23 pm
That's probably the best you're going to do for a new FHD notebook in the $500 range. However, it's going to chug and likely fall apart within a couple years. Another option would be to get a refurbished laptop. You'll get much better quality and performance that way (any new sub $500 notebook is going to be pretty poor in terms of build quality). Thinkpad T450s with FHD and an SSD can be had in the $500 range (though it's 14"). Dell has 13" business units with FHD screens that are also a couple generations old that can be found in this price range.
Unfortunately, I don't think the ones with the 500GB HDs are SSDs in this batch.
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Get a used ThinkPad, then tell the daughter to tell everyone else that flashy is just to cover up the fact that their notebooks are pieces of crap. ThinkPads are timeless beauties, like a plain black dress that Audrey Hepburn would wear.
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Thanks folks for the great answers. I think he will pick up one of these you guys recommended. I’ll report in when he bought lol. I’ll email this post link to him and he can pick.
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Are you open to the 2012 Mid macbook pro?
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rabbit wrote:
Mar 15th, 2019 2:16 am
Get a used ThinkPad, then tell the daughter to tell everyone else that flashy is just to cover up the fact that their notebooks are pieces of crap. ThinkPads are timeless beauties, like a plain black dress that Audrey Hepburn would wear.
i had IBM r51 since new. didn't break after over 10 years. sold for 80 bucks in the end lol. was like over 2000. i dropped it a few time. no damage at all from desk height. even the original hard drive is still working in the end. felt fast at the time but later is a bit slow. i didn't have good impression on lenovo after the name change. but i am sure quality is just as good as IBM. you know what would be funnier is get her to pick up a real IBM and bring those that will be more flashy hehe.
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rabbit wrote: Get a used ThinkPad, then tell the daughter to tell everyone else that flashy is just to cover up the fact that their notebooks are pieces of crap. ThinkPads are timeless beauties, like a plain black dress that Audrey Hepburn would wear.
And then she will be socially isolated
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smartie wrote:
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And then she will be socially isolated
Only by people who aren't worth spending time with anyway. Cool people flock to Thinkpads.
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smartie wrote:
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And then she will be socially isolated
Maybe, but just think of the money she'll save by not sitting at coffee houses with a fruit logo, all lined up in front of the window. Not that sitting in front of a computer in public is being social ...
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To be flashy, you could also buy a wrap for the laptop you choose...

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