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Hello - I am thinking of buying this laptop off a friend: http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/grade-a1-refurbished-hp-15-ac106na-silver-intel-pentium-3825u-4gb-1tb-win10-a1-n7j41ea-1yr/version.asp?refsourc… Read More
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2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
Hello - I am thinking of buying this laptop off a friend: http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/grade-a1-refurbished-hp-15-ac106na-silver-intel-pentium-3825u-4gb-1tb-win10-a1-n7j41ea-1yr/version.asp?refsource=Ldadwords&gclid=CK_qlajZrtMCFUsW0wod7OcBUg

It's not celeron, i5 or i3 - is its processor ok and are it's specs ok for word processing/ ppt/ Web browsing and other work related software?

How much would you pay for a used one? £100 or £150 ish?

Thanks in advance. :)
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2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
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#1
it's ok for simple work (word, excel , pp) and browsing online. Don't expect that it will be very fast. I personaly for used one will not pay more then 100. But if it's in very used condition like C grade I would pay 50 to 80 £. This is my opinion only. :)
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Vinni777
it's ok for simple work (word, excel , pp) and browsing online. Don't expect that it will be very fast. I personaly for used one will not pay more then 100. But if it's in very used condition like C grade I would pay 50 to 80 £. This is my opinion only. :)


Thanks for the reply.:) Will it be faster than a celeron? I've not had a good experience with celerons!
#3
Hi Sophie. I mightn't be the most qualified to answer your questions but I'm currently looking for a laptop myself. Found this webpage which ranks processors in terms of speed:

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmark-List.2436.0.html

The processor in the laptop you're looking at ranks 329th from more than 1000 listed so for what you're hoping to use it for, I'd say it's grand.
#4
hi its ok for 180£ but not mire than that. ive bought a similad one for uni work 3 years ago for 200£ still going strong...
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germainsophie
Vinni777
it's ok for simple work (word, excel , pp) and browsing online. Don't expect that it will be very fast. I personaly for used one will not pay more then 100. But if it's in very used condition like C grade I would pay 50 to 80 £. This is my opinion only. :)
Thanks for the reply.:) Will it be faster than a celeron? I've not had a good experience with celerons!

Celeron is a brand, not a design, so it encompasses quite a lot of CPUs. Even new the fastest Celeron-branded CPUs are a good two or three times the speed of the slowest. Although these days it's often the other hardware that cause the laptop to feel slow rather than the CPU itself.

This CPU is a dual core broadwell with hyper-threading. It's similar to the i3-5005U with a few minor bits disabled (AVX etc.) and integrated graphics that are half as powerful.

If that doesn't mean much then it's a middle of the road CPU for a laptop, a good powerful CPU for a budget laptop.

I'm not sure on the second hand market, but it'd be a good deal for £150 if it was new or nearly new.


Edited By: EndlessWaves on Apr 18, 2017 23:27
#6
She will be fine.

Pretty much any laptop made in the past decade will be perfectly fine for basic work / home use.

People go overkill on laptop specs when all they will be doing is browsing the net and some word processing.

I'd say upto 150 is a good enough price for a laptop of those specs


Edited By: eset12345 on Apr 18, 2017 23:39: ....
#7
Price depends entirely on the condition. For the specs I'll give £170 max if in pristine condition and still within warranty. Make your way down from there.

The CPU is dual-core and about a year old with decent performance and at least able to play 720p videos on YouTube just fine. The PassMark score is 2599 according to cpubenchmark.net (Core2Duo P8600 in the late 2010 MacBook unibody scores ~1600) which is acceptable for an entry level laptop. It should also be powerful enough for any Word processing or PowerPoint slides.

I can't say anything about 'other work related software' since that can range from coding in R to mating pieces in SolidWorks.

Don't ever ask about web browsing. Thinking about it some more, one would find that any computer in the last decade is designed to be used with the Internet. It's common sense at this point.

If possible don't upgrade RAM unless absolutely necessary. You might find yourself not needing more than 4GB.

You should try and upgrade the HDD to an SSD though, since 2.5" is standard across all laptops, if you get another one with a HDD you can just replace it with the one you've bought for this laptop. Heck even building a desktop will be fine with the drive. That is if you can live with a smaller sized storage.

Edited By: NeVe12p4wNeD on Apr 18, 2017 23:42: bold
#8
Thank you everyone for all the helpful comments and advice. :)

Bought it for £120 and its in great condition. Was struggling to remove my friends account, but think I've managed it now. (Newbie to windows 10!)

Thanks again.

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