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9m, 1d agoPosted 9 months, 1 day ago
Looking for a laptop for uni for sub £300, only needed for ms office, browsing and watching videos
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9m, 1d agoPosted 9 months, 1 day ago
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Would you buy used? Or need it to be new?
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If you don't mind using Google Docs instead of Office I'd highly recommend a Chromebook. If your university runs off Google apps you'll get unlimited cloud storage too so it's great.

Take a look at this subreddit, it's very US centric but should be a lot of help.

Some Chromebooks have android apps making them even more useful, if I were getting one now I'd definitely get one with this compatibility.

edit: have to say I definitely wouldn't recommend Windows at this price, it'll come with loads of bloatware, only have a hard drive so will boot slowly and it'll slow down a lot quicker than a chromebook.

Edited By: deanlfc on Aug 26, 2016 21:22: added info
#5
Laptop i3 under £100, SSD drive £50, Linux free, all software free :-)
#6
deanlfc
If you don't mind using Google Docs instead of Office I'd highly recommend a Chromebook. If your university runs off Google apps you'll get unlimited cloud storage too so it's great.

Take a look at this subreddit, it's very US centric but should be a lot of help.

Some Chromebooks have android apps making them even more useful, if I were getting one now I'd definitely get one with this compatibility.

edit: have to say I definitely wouldn't recommend Windows at this price, it'll come with loads of bloatware, only have a hard drive so will boot slowly and it'll slow down a lot quicker than a chromebook.


Or just install Ubuntu.
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abzycar
deanlfc
If you don't mind using Google Docs instead of Office I'd highly recommend a Chromebook. If your university runs off Google apps you'll get unlimited cloud storage too so it's great.
Take a look at this subreddit, it's very US centric but should be a lot of help.
Some Chromebooks have android apps making them even more useful, if I were getting one now I'd definitely get one with this compatibility.
edit: have to say I definitely wouldn't recommend Windows at this price, it'll come with loads of bloatware, only have a hard drive so will boot slowly and it'll slow down a lot quicker than a chromebook.
Or just install Ubuntu.

I mean you could but ChromeOS will be less hassle, easier to use and guaranteed to work with the hardware.

Edited By: deanlfc on Aug 27, 2016 14:53
#8
I would second vote for a chromebook, especially if you want to use for note taking in lectures, as they have great battery life.
#9
deanlfc
abzycar
deanlfc
If you don't mind using Google Docs instead of Office I'd highly recommend a Chromebook. If your university runs off Google apps you'll get unlimited cloud storage too so it's great.
Take a look at this subreddit, it's very US centric but should be a lot of help.
Some Chromebooks have android apps making them even more useful, if I were getting one now I'd definitely get one with this compatibility.
edit: have to say I definitely wouldn't recommend Windows at this price, it'll come with loads of bloatware, only have a hard drive so will boot slowly and it'll slow down a lot quicker than a chromebook.
Or just install Ubuntu.

I mean you could but ChromeOS will be less hassle, easier to use and guaranteed to work with the hardware.


But more versatility. You can't run exes on Chrome OS, pretty much destroying the purpose. What is the point of a laptop if it only works if you have Internet?
#10
You can't run exes on Chrome OS

Why would you need to run exes if all you want to do is web browse and word process?

If there is some software that OP needs to use once in a million years he could just dual boot Ubuntu on the Chromebook anyway but I highly doubt he would need to.

What is the point of a laptop if it only works if you have Internet?

All of the things you would want to do offline on an Ubuntu machine at this price you would be able to do on a Chromebook. If you have have an example I'd be happy to here.

As pointed out above also, generally Chromebooks have a great battery so if you were to be doing something such as word processing while on the go you would be able to do it for longer anyway.

As a student myself using a Chromebook as my only laptop since January and using a Windows laptop for the year and a half before that I didn't find any difference in what I could do with the laptops for productivity (I could play games on my old laptop but at the price OP is saying that is hardly worth taking into account). Also as a student there is virtually no time when I don't have internet, at home there's internet and then when I get to uni there is internet all over campus.


I just don't see the need in complicating OPs choice when it is the definition of an ideal Chromebook use case.

Edit: This'd probably be a nice little buy OP, already has Play Store support too.

Edited By: deanlfc on Aug 27, 2016 20:59: more info
#11
For well under £300 you can could get a once high end business class laptop that has a better build quality that regular consumer models. One example, HP EliteBook 2570p 12.5" 3rd gen i5 (2012). eBay sellers have them going at around the £155 price or lower. The money saved can be used for food, digs, travel, future festivals.

Edited By: royford on Aug 28, 2016 23:18

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