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Sep 7, 2017
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I might have to try Craigslist because I don't know if it's just me, but the laptops offered for black Friday/cyber Monday have been underwhelming.
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Feb 4, 2016
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Bumpski

Looking for a laptop for the rents ~$500

Thanks
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neverhaveiever wrote: honestly in that range, I am a fan of a used probook/elitebook. they perform well and are built to last. They will kick any laptop in the $400 range that is brand new into next year.
I was always told get a Lenovo Thinkpad in the $200-400 used range. Is there an advantage to the HP ones compared to the Lenovo ones?

Also, is there a durable used version of ultrabooks? I like thin 13" ultrabooks, hate going back to the bulkier laptops with generally poor battery.
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Nettles wrote: Also, is there a durable used version of ultrabooks? I like thin 13" ultrabooks, hate going back to the bulkier laptops with generally poor battery.
Now, you're pressing your luck! :)

You can't have it all for < $400. You could go with the Lenovo ThinkPad x230 at 12" for roughly $200-300 used, but it's not conventionally thin as an ultrabook.
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StrangeBrewed wrote: What's youroppinion on this one with 8gb of ram?

https://m.visions.ca/#/home-productdeta ... ctId=36946
Here's the correct link for those on desktop:
https://www.visions.ca/catalogue/catego ... ctId=36947

It's probably the best deal at the moment for this price range. 3rd-gen i5 with 8GB RAM. How fast is the HDD? $298 is not a bad price when buying from a store.

For $100, you can get the same laptop with 16GB RAM:
https://www.visions.ca/catalogue/catego ... ctId=36945

For video editing, that might be better, but for regular users, 8GB should be more than enough.

Hopefully, the battery is in good condition.

If you come across any other deals, let me know and I'll chime in with my thoughts.
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It has a 5400rpm western digital hard drive. If you were to guess how much faster a ssd hard drive would be (maybe a BF special) how much difference would you see?

And how hard would it be to copy everything over from the current hd to a new add which I've never done before.
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StrangeBrewed wrote: If you were to guess how much faster a ssd hard drive would be (maybe a BF special) how much difference would you see?
It's a decent difference:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/2048120 ... gains.html

You can do more searches to find more articles or videos on the subject.

But, in your original post, you said that you can't even surf YouTube because you have (such) an older computer, the current Elitebooks you have listed will easily handle YouTube no question.
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Ok so in your opinion, Would I be better off upgrading ram or ssd if it basically came down to watching YouTube and playing Facebook games?
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If it comes down to internet surfing, you will feel the most difference if you upgraded the hard drive to a SSD.

Most people do not require 16GB of RAM. More RAM is required for multitasking and for memory-intensive tasks. Just don't have like 100 tabs open in your web browser and you should be fine :)
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Haha alright. Thanks for all the help! Now I have to figure what size ssd would fit in the laptop and decide if i should getvone now or at Christmas
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You don't even have to upgrade to a SSD right away.

See if you like the Elitebook as-is. You might be happy enough with performance that you don't need to spend that extra money on a SSD. The performance should be multiple times better than what you're working with now.
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Another candidate - Dell Latitude E6440 - 4th-gen core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB HDD - $322:
https://www.dellrefurbished.ca/laptops/dell-latitude-e6440-87702.html

128GB HD could be SSD, but it's hard to tell from the listing. Needs more research.

You lose a bit with the memory, but if the HD is SSD, could be a consideration.

Also keep an eye on Cyber Monday for Dell refurbished laptops for a potentially, better deal:
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/dellrefurbishedca-dell-refurbished-red-friday-event-save-50-2146358/#p28522399
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Looking here as well for a laptop under $400, I would like to find a 15.6" i5, 8GB, SSD refurbished. 2 months ago I bought for my father what now seems like a pretty good deal a Lenovo T530, 15.6", 3rd gen i5, 8GB, 128GB SSD for $350.
A few days ago my laptop craps out and I thought I could find a similar spec unit for roughly the same price. After searching for 3 days now of all online vendors, no such luck in finding what I'm looking for. One online site even increased their price by $30-40 for black friday and then gave a 20% promo code which doesn't even work. WTF!!!

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