Refurbished HP Elitebook 840 G2 future-proof?

By maartensesink90 ·
Tags: Hardware

Currently, I own a Dell Vostro 15 laptop with 500GB HDD, Intel Celeron 3215U 1,7 GHz processor, and 4GB RAM, running Windows 10. After a factory reset it is still often extremely slow, and I'm looking for a new, better performing laptop. However, I am on a budget.

I am considering to 'upgrade' to an older but more high-end refurbished laptop: HP Eliteboook 840 G2 with 256GB SDD, Intel Core i5-5300U 2,3 GHz processor, and 16GB RAM, also running Windows 10.

Am I correct in thinking this is a considerable step up? I am worried that, since it is an older machine it will be unable to keep up with newer windows updates, etc. even though it should preform better. I would like this laptop to last me a decent while.

I use my laptop mainly for streaming, listening to music, watching netflix and movies, text editing, general browsing and occasionally some heavier photo editing (photoshopping). I'm no gamer.

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I’d say buy it

by ITpro19 In reply to Refurbished HP Elitebook ...

I have the G2 you’re considering buying. I bought it new and have had it for a few years now. Recently I upgraded the HDD to a 1TB SSD and also upgraded the RAM from 4GB to 16GB. It runs great now and also did before the upgrade. Problem was the HDD was sorta slowing it down. Since the upgrade it’s been running so good I can’t believe I didn’t do the upgrade sooner. I guess I was waiting on the prices of SSDs to drop.

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i5's are perfectly servicable even today about the only possible issue

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Refurbished HP Elitebook ...

Here is the size of the SSD I would be considering uping that to 1TB or more 256 Gig is a little small for Windows in any form unless you only load the OS to it and use another drive to store everything and with NB's that isn't the easiest thing to do.

As for the Dell the problems there are the Celeron CPU which is a lot slower than a conventional Intel CPU and the RAM most likely. It's most likely only got 1 4 Gig Module so the RAM is feeding the CPU in Single Channel Mode so that is why it appears slow.

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