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Offline JackieWashington

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Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:28:23 »
Hello all,
please recommend me a good budget laptop. I want to use it for office work, youtube videos and some programming. No gaming.

Thank you.

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 16:57:49 »
I use the HP Envy 13 - second hand, I got this for 400. I have the i5 model and the 2.7k screen which is awesome for multi tasking. Can just about edit 4k video on Premier Pro and full HD easily. Size wise its very slim & lightweight, similar to the new Mac book airs. I got this particular model as I think it packs the biggest punch for it's size, performance & price. There is also a i7 version available for a little extra.

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 18:02:38 »
I would second the HP Envy models. My wife and I changed to the range last year and have been very pleased with the performance and light weight.

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 19:59:33 »
The only advice I would give is get a lappy with an i5 or i7 processor.  I mean if you get a cheapo one with crap processor, then in my opinion its simply not worth it due to the aggravation and annoyance from the thing being so slow.  Made the mistake of buying a cheap laptop for my son a few years ago.  never again.

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 21:58:07 »
The big supermarkets often have some pretty good deals on low end laptops. You don't get a huge choice, But they tend to be seriously cheap.

Just go in when you've got half an hour or so and use your phone to google for reviews on anything they have in your price range. They usually have a couple for sale that's worth having, But like Gav said, I wouldn't go for the lowest price laptop they have. I've had quite a few brand new (but crappy spec) laptops inflicted on me by work. You may think you'd be fine using something with a budget basement spec, But after you've installed a couple of programs, having to wait for 3 minutes from pressing the power button before you finally get to the desktop can be a serious drag.
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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 02:33:04 »
Yeah add above minimum I would look for is i5 and a SSD which will really help the performance. Boot time is hugely influenced by the SSD. A old HDD will give you the few minute boot

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 06:05:43 »
I just very recently picked up a used Lenovo X230 I5 with 8gig ram on ebay for £132, its quick and does what i want
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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 08:23:33 »
Just got an Asus Zenbook UX which has been good so far.

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 08:51:59 »
I got an Asus before Christmas and its doing ok ? Only thing now is the free anti virus software Mc fee has run out what to go with next ? I've used some free stuff like Avg but I think they were just spying on me all the time and it used to take for ev e r to start up.

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 16:00:38 »
I recently purchased 10 Dell touchscreen i5 laptops from here:-

https://www.europc.co.uk/outlet/laptop

Very pleased, all were factory refurbishments but actually brand new with three year warranty.

No connection to seller, just satisfied customer.

This is the model be bought for teaching staff:- https://www.europc.co.uk/dell-inspiron-13-5378-2-in-1-windows-10-home-64-bit-intel-core-i5-7200u-2-5ghz-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-13-3-1920x1080-fhd-touchscreen-dell-1-year-premium-onsite-warranty-122737.html


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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 17:59:29 »
I got an Asus before Christmas and its doing ok ? Only thing now is the free anti virus software Mc fee has run out what to go with next ? I've used some free stuff like Avg but I think they were just spying on me all the time and it used to take for ev e r to start up.

Yeah AVG has slowly become more and more bloated and intrusive over the years. I am now using Avast.
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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 19:03:49 »
I'll have a look, the other one was malware bites or anti malware bites I've used.

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 20:40:43 »
I got an Asus before Christmas and its doing ok ? Only thing now is the free anti virus software Mc fee has run out what to go with next ? I've used some free stuff like Avg but I think they were just spying on me all the time and it used to take for ev e r to start up.

Check out Sophos Home, its free for up to 10 devices. I've just replaced Kaspersky AV with Sophos.
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/sophos-home

https://home.sophos.com/?cmp=701j0000001eKoNAAU&utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=UK-EN-SophosHome-Search&utm_content=search&utm_term=sophos%20home&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqvWlwObV2AIV6Z3tCh0lcQAgEAAYASAAEgL0-fD_BwE


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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 20:44:29 »
I'll have a look, the other one was malware bites or anti malware bites I've used.

Careful how you Google this, Its Malware Bytes (Bytes as in megabyte!), misspelling it can get to a fake version that is just the opposite of what its supposed to do!
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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2018, 11:35:45 »
IMO - Malwarebytes is a good anti malware option, I believe they are expanding the range but I'd hold off on that until others have tested.
The two AV that consistently come top of the detection lists are normally Kaspersky and Bitdefender. I know at least one person shouted "it's the Russians!" at the mention of Kaspersky but here's the thing, don't assume the Americans & UK aren't going through everything you do already, there are lots of ways and unless you know how to really dig-in you are exposed and should focus on keeping normal viruses and exploits out of your PC and software up to date, pick a good AV to do those roles and don't assume you are using the PC, or internet, privately. If you don't block Facebook, Twitter, Doubleclick, Linked-in, Google etc at the router firewall you'll be filling databases every page click.

I still use Kaspersky because it is fast and effective, I also don't think the US companies are any more trustworthy than Rusians and in many ways we drop our defenses in some directions. I have little to interest the Russians and work on the assumption what I do is out in the open anyway.
I'm sure Sophos is good (the centrally managed, commercial one often gets a slating from memory) but it will have US back doors, so it's not about avioding ALL back doors it's about how many you are prepared to have and to where. (Destroying the Illusion).

I'll second the good CPU thing, I bought a HP laptop in about 2007, went for the higher end CPU (was worse battery life) have only just retired it from light duties due to USB power and battery charging issues, have only ever upgraded one CPU in a laptop, as by the time you can't live without they are expensive rare buggers (even if you can change it).


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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2018, 15:45:33 »
" ... good budget laptop". 

How about a top of the range i7 of a couple of years ago for under £500?   I'm currently rocking a Toshiba Portege R930-14X Ultrabook that will crunch through video rendering in moments.

For the past few years I have been buying and recommending IJT Direct for A-grade refurbished ex-business laptops that would originally have cost around £2,000.  Of course not the latest i7 but then if you were buying at the top end today you'd be laying out between £1,200 and £2,000. 

Today IJT are advertising a Dell i7 E7240 Touchscreen Ultrabook with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD for £499.   Of course, they've got cheaper and lesser spec'd models if thats above your budget.

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2018, 10:33:26 »
What are peoples opinions on this;

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-Elitebook-8460p-Core-i7-2-7GHz-4GB-250GB-Laptop-1600x900-Radeon-6470M-/362209510183?hash=item54555e8327

It would just be for processing videos. My only concern is that its running Windows 7, how long before that's obsolete/no longer supported?

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Re: Can anyone recommend me a good budget laptop?
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2018, 12:40:16 »
I'd be a bit careful, it mentions i7 then i5 pross, which one seems a lot for the money.