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£300 budget - what can I get?

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by Cromulent, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. Cromulent

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 1, 2007

    Posts: 3,785

    Location: England

    My father is looking into getting a cheap laptop to use for controlling a Raspberry Pi when he is out and about, and I was wondering what is considered good in this price bracket currently? It has been a long time since I have looked at the laptop market and I have no idea about cheap budget laptops so if anyone could offer some advice I would appreciate that. He says he'll be prepared to go with a refurbished one if it is in good condition as well.
     
  2. pcfarrar

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 6, 2016

    Posts: 1,088

    A refurbished business laptop like the Dell Latitude E7450, £300 should easily cover a 5th gen i5 with SSD.

    You can get brand new HP 255 G7, Ryzen 3 laptops for £300 but the quality is really poor compared to the Dell latitude.
     
  3. wiiija

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Northants

    I've got one of those its actually a really good laptop, quality isn't bad at all obviously nothing compared to my xps13 but not bad! I upgraded to 16gb ram and a 512gb m2 though, the screen is VA and a lot better than TN that you usually get on these budget laptops, i payed 340.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2020
  4. zom247

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    Joined: Sep 29, 2004

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    Location: Wilt of the Shire

    Would either of these laptops be good for just surfing and a bit of work using MS Office? My Samsung R60+ is about 12 years old now and really slow, even with an SSD and due to the processor it will only run W8.1.
     
  5. petertr2000

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 7, 2011

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    I'm struggling to understand this part to be honest. Could you explain more about what the laptop will actually be used for?
     
  6. petertr2000

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 7, 2011

    Posts: 258

    There's no obvious reason why a Core2Duo system (my best guess) would'nt run Win10 just fine. With an SSD and 8GB ram (you should be able to pickup 2nd hand at a nice price).
    But it's not going to be lightening fast either way.

    A £300 Ryzen laptop - get 1080p screen, 8Gb Ram and an SSD as mandatory min specs, and it'll be fine for any "normal" laptop use.