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HELP!! Best highscool student laptop for under $500

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HELP!! Best highscool student laptop for under $500

My child is taking an extra credit this summer due to boredom (grade 10) so I thought I would treat her and get her own laptop instead of our shared old slow machine. Any recommendations for my limited budget of under $500 all in or less?

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Refurbished Lenovo T-series from Bauer system seems to be a good choice. T-series built like a tank should stand up to the rigors of student Life. Just make sure you get a SSD too.
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Pay 699 and get the ryzen 4500u. Pay once or end up buying another in a year or two.
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What size?

I'm provisioning one of these for a friend, but they demanded 15.6 which is pretty big.
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At less than $500 you have to go for refurbished. I doubt you'll find a decent lightweight model at that price range. If you can stretch to almost $1k you can probably buy a good lightweight that doubles as a 2 in 1. Those are far better and IMO lasts way longer since it has many features.
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Like everyone is saying, get a refurb and honestly, buy one of those business models. They are better machines than the consumer models.

Dell latitude E5450/5550 or Thinkpad T420/430 etc.. to name a few. There is a used laptop ebay deals thread which usually has good deals.
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https://www.laptopcloseout.ca/lenovo-thinkpad-t440s-3
Lenovo thinkpad T440s @$549
i5 4300U 2.1GHz (up to 2.9GHz), 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Solid State, 14.1" LED IPS TOUCH 1920x1080 Full HD Screen, Intel HD Graphics, Wireless AC, Bluetooth, Backlit Keys, Ethernet, Camera, 2x 3 Cell Batteries 1 Internal + 1 Removable (8hrs), Windows 10 Pro 64bit, 20AQ0071US Refurbished A, 1 Year Warranty

https://www.laptopcloseout.ca/lenovo-thinkpad-t440s-4
Lenovo thinkpad T440s @$539
i5 4300U 2.1GHz (up to 2.9GHz), 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Solid State, 14.1" IPS 1920x1080 FULL HD Screen, Intel HD Graphics, Wireless AC, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Camera, 2x 3 Cell Batteries 1 Internal + 1 Removable, Windows 10 Pro, Refurbished Grade Aminus, 1 Year Warranty

https://www.laptopcloseout.ca/lenovo-thinkpad-t450-2
Lenovo Thinkpad T450 @$459
i5 4300 (up to 2.9GHz), 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD, 14.1in 1600x900 LCD, intel HD Graphics, Intel 802.11agn wireless, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav,Secure Chip,, Camera, 2x 3 Cell Battery, Win10 Pro 64, - Ref Grade A-minus, 1 Year Warranty

https://www.laptopcloseout.ca/lenovo-thinkpad-t420s
Lenovo Thinkpad T420s @$349
Intel Core i5 2520M 2800Mhz, 8GB, 128SSD Solid State Drive, 14" Wide 1600x900, Nvidia Dedicated graphics, DVDRW, 10/1000 Network, Wireless AGN, Bluetooth, Camera, USB 3 Win 10 pro 64bit, Refurb A-minus Grade - 1 Year Warranty

Note: T4xxs with an S subfix to designate slim build and less bulky.
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Thanks for the help everyone. Keep it coming!
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Bauer Systems website doesn’t show any products.....how to get their list or inventory??
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another vote for the Lenovo Thinkpad T series - my faves are T420s and T430s.....I love the slim version.

Yes, battery life is shorter but way lighter vs the non-s series.


Built like tanks, great build quality and easy to service on your own as the components are easy to get to.

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ji2o0k wrote: another vote for the Lenovo Thinkpad T series - my faves are T420s and T430s.....I love the slim version.

Yes, battery life is shorter but way lighter vs the non-s series.


Built like tanks, great build quality and easy to service on your own as the components are easy to get to.
Also aim for at least 1600x900 resolution on a 14" screen.
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drdtyc wrote: Also aim for at least 1600x900 resolution on a 14" screen.
++2!

This - or go nuts like me and start buying mod kits & screens for FHD (1920 x 1080) and WQHD (2560 x 1440) screens on T430s & T420s.....lol!

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You might want to consider this Asus chromebook, well built, affordable. Whatever you buy her won't last more than 3 years or so anyway, save your $ for something better later.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/as ... x/14321027
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apnayloags wrote: Bauer Systems website doesn’t show any products.....how to get their list or inventory??
Bookmark their google doc:
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Not $500 all in, but at Bauer, they have an X1 Carbon 3rd gen (2015) for $485 (+shipping, +tax), although with "non US KB". There's a similar one for $525, Microsoft refurbished, with 128GB SSD (vs 256GB SSD in the cheaper model).

At the worst, these should have the FHD ~90% sRGB IPS panels that were used in the T440s/T450s.

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For you dudes who have bought from Bauer before, was Windows already installed? It says that they don't, but I don't remember anyone commenting on this before. I always wipe and install myself, but this may not be an option for some people. Mind you, I really recommend that people learn how to install Windows + drivers themselves.
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Another vote for ThinkPads, they are built tough and pleasant to use. Will last a long time.
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