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Old 12-12-2017, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Old 12-12-2017, 04:17 PM
 
Location: NC
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Check this out. I have not read it yet but CR gives decent advice.

https://www.consumerreports.org/lapt...r-500-or-less/
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Do you care about battery life, quality or the display, new versus used refurbished?
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:08 AM
 
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Exactly my thought.
Craigslist for an off-lease Dell.

I have one and it is just fine.

Or hit Ebay for one from someone who moves a lot of computers and has a high rating for them.

Bought a Lenovo for my wife. Had to pick up a Windows 10 key on ebay for $28.00.
Plus $105 for the machine, and we are in fine shape.

The OS is the stumbling block, if you don't get a legit license. W10 can be worth more than a $100 computer.
Until the end of the month you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade IF you claim to need Assistive Technologies. There is no validation required, just asserting this.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:10 AM
 
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That Inspiron 15 - 3552 with the Pentium is the minimum spec I’d recommend. Anything cheaper will not be a good choice.
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:13 PM
 
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For the same money, the business class Latitude E6430 is available.

https://www.dellrefurbished.com/lapt..._term=13167941
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Old 12-14-2017, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Hurray for five-year-old (nearly) hardware today. But at $200 pick your poison. Do you want a low resolution display and ancient hardware or do you want a Celeron, reasonable resolution and 32 GB of eMMC.
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Old 12-14-2017, 01:13 PM
 
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You can keep your Celeron with a CPU benchmark score of 990 while I take the machine with the "ancient hardware" with a CPU with a score of over 4,400.

Unless I just wake up on another planet, the machine with the "ancient hardware" can do everything the Celeron machine can do, but much faster.

There is no comparison. One is a business class machine built to Mil-Specs. The other is low-end mainstream netbook.
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Old 12-14-2017, 01:21 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Not everyone needs a super fast computer and not everyone is a power user. Why would you need or want an i7 if you're a novice?? What you want is a Factory Refurbished. They are new or close to new (not used) and a much lower price. Other than that, if it's for just basics like word processing or spreadhsheets, browsing email etc, you could get a Celeron based laptop for $200 to $250. They are no speed demons but they are functional. I see them all the time. Best Buy comes to mind or online.

Check this page for regular deals.
https://www.dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops/
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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You can keep your Celeron with a CPU benchmark score of 990 while I take the machine with the "ancient hardware" with a CPU with a score of over 4,400.

Unless I just wake up on another planet, the machine with the "ancient hardware" can do everything the Celeron machine can do, but much faster.

There is no comparison. One is a business class machine built to Mil-Specs. The other is low-end mainstream netbook.
As I said, pick your poison. Personally, I'd go for an Acer Aspire 1 if I had to use something under $200. 1366x768 is basically a deal breaker for me. I don't care what what the rest of the specs are. I just cannot stand using something with such low resolution. Having half the screen real estate sucks. Celerons suck. Lose, lose proposition but if that's the budget you pick your poison.

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