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Laptop recommendation for student

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[OP]
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May 17, 2008
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Burlington

Laptop recommendation for student

Hi,

Does anyone have a laptop recommendation for high school student in the $400 range?

Thanks in advance
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Aug 27, 2020
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I would also be interested in hearing any suggestion as well. My son is entering grade 9 and needs something for school. He has a gaming computer so it will likely only be used for school so nothing special is needed. There are so many choices it is overwhelming. Thanks in advance and following the thread.
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Aug 25, 2021
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If you're willing to spend just a bit more you could grab a refurbished Surface Go for ~$550 using student discounts from Microsoft or if touch is not important, a HP 15 with more memory & storage that's on sale for about same price after applying their 100 off 500 promo.

But if price is more important then dropping down to Chromebooks may be a better option
[OP]
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Thanks hobu12! Ordered the HP 15
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Ideally something light weight. Find a used Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon. I have sold a few of these but above your price range but you may come across a good deal. They are great laptops.
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Used T430 Thinkpad.
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Anything with specs in the 13.3-14" range and under 4 lbs (ideally around 3).

Should have a matte screen instead of glossy imo, it's much better on the eyes for reading over long periods not to mention less glare in brighter lit classrooms or anywhere with windows.

i5 processor, 256 GB SSD or more (no HDD), 8 GB RAM.

I think those are the basics, other features like 300 nits+ brightness instead of 250 nits or 16 GB RAM instead of 8 GB or i7 instead of i5 etc are nice but not needed for most programs (keyword on most).

And they should have a solid USB thumb drive and an external SSD drive.

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