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    Laptop buying advice needed!

    by limeharpist.0n ·


    I’m in need of a laptop, but I’m really not particularly tech knowledgeable.

    I’m not going to need this machine to do very many things. It’s mostly going to be somewhere for me to access the internet, and store some of my personal files (which are currently on my work machine).

    I wouldn’t mind it being able to have some gaming potential (nothing too crazy, I usually just play the Total War series, and the odd indy game on steam).

    There’s so much information out there, and new things are coming out all of the time, that I find it hard to make sense of it.

    I’m not looking to spend alot of money, and I’d even be happy looking at a second hand machine, but at the moment I really don’t know what to look for!

    If anything could help, it would be much appreciated!

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      Re: laptop buying advice

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to Laptop buying advice needed!

      Go to 2 or 3 local shops that sell new or refurbished laptops. Discuss your needs and see what they advise.

      Then post the different models you are offered here, with their price and a link to the machine (but not to the shop, as that would be spam).

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      Re: Laptop buying advice needed!

      by Wizard57M-TR ·

      In reply to Laptop buying advice needed!

      This question might encompass more than just Linux, as most of the lower cost laptops run Windows or ChromeOS, but…
      Might take a look at what is termed “new old stock”, by this I mean models originally manufactured 2 or 3 years ago, but never sold! That is what I went for last year to replace my ancient Acer Aspire One from about 2006. I found a Dell Latitude 3190 that suits my needs quite nicely. Less than $300 US at the time delivered. I used DuckDuckGo and Bing to conduct my searches, ended up at the Microsoft Store, of all places. Basically you’ll find models with maybe older CPUs, less memory…but certainly capable.

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