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Solved help to buy a budget laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ncdc, Feb 11, 2020.

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  1. ncdc

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    Actually, I want to buy a laptop around $700 budget for some basic use. I have no idea about the hardware configuration but I have done some research about what specs are important.

    I would appreciate some opinions.

    Thanks
     
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    Brand preference, warranty, and budget.

    For "basic use", pretty much any current model will work just fine.

    I would look for a model with at least 8GB of Ram. Aside from that, I'd choose based on screen size.
     
  3. ncdc

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    Thank you so much for your help and time spent.

    Actually, I have done some research by looking at some of the laptop's lists on a few websites.

    Like from this link (https://www.bestbuy.com/site/shop/laptops-under-700) I like the HP ENVY x360 Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop.

    and then I have checked this website (https://allbudgetlaptops.com/best-laptops-under-700-dollars/) from this list I think Acer Aspire 5 is the good option.

    So which one is the best to buy under $700? or anything else?
     
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    What do you plan to use the laptop for? If you are planning to view a lot of videos then you want something with a good video chip and great display. If you plan to work mainly on files (word, excel, etc.) then a great display is not as important.

    The HP Envy x360 is $999 plus tax so it is not $700. It also weight 2.9 pounds so to me, it wouldn't be useful as a tablet at that weight. (Why pay for a convertible if you only use it as a tablet?)

    My laptop is 11.1", which is fine for this senior citizen. Lightweight and easy to handle is more important for us. My husband and I are both in our 70's and tote our laptops around the house. (Both of them cost under $250 each in 2011 and 2013.)
     
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    Thank you so much for your response and time spent.

    Yes, I will work mainly on files word, excel, etc.
     
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    Then you don't need an exceptional video card. (Of course today must display are very good compared to what we used in the past).
    You probably don't want a Chromebook so if you see that in the list, skip over it.

    I usually looked at several sites and note if the same few devices appear in all the lists then I start reading reviews from people who own the device paying attention to the low rating to see what the drawbacks are.
    https://mashable.com/roundup/best-cheap-laptops/
    Most have too little storage 32GB is on my phone, I want way more on a computer. 64GB is hardly enough either.

    #7 or #10 are possible.

    https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-laptop-deals#section-cheap-laptop-deals-under-400
    https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-laptop-deals#section-cheap-laptop-deals-under-600
    a) Lenovo S145 15.6" 500GB but only
    b) HP 14-inch laptop 256GB (might not be enough storage) 16GB of Intel Optane memory, and 8GB of RAM - I don't understand Optane memory and RAM
    c)Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15.6" 256GB and 8GB RAM
    d)Lenovo IdeaPad S145 15.6" 256GB and 12GB RAM
    e) Lenovo IdeaPad L340 15.6" 256GB and 8GB RAM
    There's some more in the under $600 list scroll through then start reading reviews.

    For me, 256GB is enough storage. My husband and I store our files off the computers. Two or three of our Win 7 computers/laptops only have 250GB hard drives and we aren't close to filling them up.
     
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    Thank you so much for doing research and for providing me this good option.

    I like from this list is Dell Inspiron 15 5000 and I am planning to go with this laptop.

    Once again thank you so much.
     
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    Enjoy the laptop!
     
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