EBAY refurbished Dell Latitude E5430 Laptop 3rd gen I5, 14.1" screen, HDMI  from £119.99 sold by newandusedlaptops4u, Refurbished - Grade 2
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EBAY refurbished Dell Latitude E5430 Laptop 3rd gen I5, 14.1" screen, HDMI from £119.99 sold by newandusedlaptops4u, Refurbished - Grade 2

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Found 13th Jul 2016
Refurbished - Grade 2
Dell Latitude E5430 Laptop 3rd gen Core i5 2.60GHz, 500GB, 1yr Warranty HDMI Webcam usb 3.0.
upgrades available -
ram -- 4/6/8 gb
hdd -- 500/1tb/120gb ssd
os -- windows 7/10
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Condition Refurbished - Grade 2 (See Below)
Make / Model Dell Latitude E5430
Processor Intel Core i5-3320M
Processor Speed 2.60GHz
Memory 4GB DDR3
Screen Size14.1" Widescreen. Intel HD Graphics. 1366 x 768 Resolution WEBCAM
Hard Drive 500GB SATA
Drive None - Blanking Plate installed
Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Loaded and Licensed with COA including Service Pack 1
Battery Tested & Working
Ac Adapter Yes
Wireless Yes
HD Ready Yes
Network Internal
USB Ports 3
Various PCMCIA, HDMI, VGA, SD Card Reader

Saw the other dell listed here but thought a 14" screen would be nicer for £10 more but just ordered and also got £10 voucher off from paypal!!!! sweet
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What makes this better than yesterday's 6230 deal?
Refurbished electronics is tested, repaired (if needed) and repacked by an authorised repair centre or manufacturer and in 99% cases it's hard to tell it apart from a brand new device.

This laptop is a beaten, scratched piece of crap with very likely a dead battery sold by some guy selling ex-lease laptops on ebay.



Edited by: "BenderRodriguez" 13th Jul 2016
BenderRodriguez

Refurbished electronics is tested, repaired (if needed) and repacked by … Refurbished electronics is tested, repaired (if needed) and repacked by an authorised repair centre or manufacturer and in 99% cases it's hard to tell it apart from a brand new device. This laptop is a beaten, scratched piece of crap with very likely a dead battery sold by some guy selling ex-lease laptops on ebay.



​"Some guy selling ex lease laptops." He must be a pretty busy guy with 42447 feedbacks on eBay 99% of which are positive?
Feedback is that he is rude...
Looks fine to me.

Each of the grades gives you an idea of what you are going to get and the seller has a good feedback score.

Note that the £119.99 is for 4Gb RAM/500Gb disk/Windows 7

Most expensive option is for £8Gb RAM/120Gb SSD/Windows 10 for £164.99
I have to smile every time I see the refurbished bit in the title of items on here, whether it is a phone or laptop. Second hand is the word, refurbished my foot. how do you refurbish a laptop?. Repair is an option if it is faulty. Refurbished sounds better I guess. Now if they where all as new I might be a bit more convinced but the fact these items are graded, depending on condition tells me they are tested, in other words formatted and OS installed and just tested
Edited by: "Bendown" 13th Jul 2016
This "company" sent me a "refurbished" laptop that was full of coffee....these ARE NOT REFURBISHED...THEY ARE SIMPLY WIPED AND SENT OUT...AVOID!
sircoynie

This "company" sent me a "refurbished" laptop that was full of … This "company" sent me a "refurbished" laptop that was full of coffee....these ARE NOT REFURBISHED...THEY ARE SIMPLY WIPED AND SENT OUT...AVOID!


There are a few fellows on hotuk self promoting this company, and will likely be responding to your comment today assuring you what an amazing laptop you will be getting, the amazing customer service from this company, etc.
This whole deal should be spammed. The guy posting it is not even a genuine user.

You will be getting a used laptop, reaching the end of its user life, the type that are sold by the pallet in auction houses across the UK. Ebayer sellers sort them, grade them, and call them "refurbished". The better ones will be called "immaculate", so Grade B is bad! They are definitely not from some "deal" with the council or business'.

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Edited by: "yankyg" 14th Jul 2016
Bendown

I have to smile every time I see the refurbished bit in the title of … I have to smile every time I see the refurbished bit in the title of items on here, whether it is a phone or laptop. Second hand is the word, refurbished my foot. how do you refurbish a laptop?. Repair is an option if it is faulty. Refurbished sounds better I guess. Now if they where all as new I might be a bit more convinced but the fact these items are graded, depending on condition tells me they are tested, in other words formatted and OS installed and just tested



You're absolutely spot on! I bought 5 laptops from this company in the last year and have ended up with a very mixed opinion of them now. In summary the first 3 were as described barring one minor issue (a DVD-rom instead of a DVD-rw) which they resolved quickly. Then I got a Lenovo ThinkPad which was in the most gross condition imaginable - it was definitely NOT refurbished and had literally wads of hair (dog hair I presume) under all the keys, the fan was making a strangled cat noise and it was generally filthy. To be fair to them again they did send me a satisfactory replacement and were apologetic however I was rather astounded that they could have allowed it out in that condition in the first place. I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt but the 5th and final machine I got from them was also sub par - it had unlisted screen blemishes, was also very dirty, had an unactivated copy of Windows without SP1 - I ended up resolving this myself but I shouldn't have had to. My general opinion of them is they're very slap dash and it definitely is luck of the draw with what you end up with. That being said they WILL replace items if you're unhappy so it's worth a punt if you can be bothered with the hassle of exchanging. Anyway to get back to the original point I agree they're NOT "refurbished" in the sense most people would expect.
So I can buy this with the normal hard drive, remove the blanking plate, install the hard drive there, get an ssd and install it so I have 2 drives? Or is it better to just get the version with the ssd direct from them?
balexandrov

Feedback is that he is rude...



I'd be rude too if morons left feedback like this:

http://i.imgur.com/rB6lfKC.png

What a spanner.
Bendown

I have to smile every time I see the refurbished bit in the title of … I have to smile every time I see the refurbished bit in the title of items on here, whether it is a phone or laptop. Second hand is the word, refurbished my foot. how do you refurbish a laptop?. Repair is an option if it is faulty. Refurbished sounds better I guess. Now if they where all as new I might be a bit more convinced but the fact these items are graded, depending on condition tells me they are tested, in other words formatted and OS installed and just tested



Your comment let people think that it the same for all sellers which is completely untrue. ​Refurbished from Tesco or argos are not "used" as you seem to imply. They are returned from unhappy customers and they're fairly new
I need a laptop for my son to take to Uni. If this is going to be hit or miss does anyone know of a cheap laptop similar spec?
rossygnol

Your comment let people think that it the same for all sellers which is … Your comment let people think that it the same for all sellers which is completely untrue. ​Refurbished from Tesco or argos are not "used" as you seem to imply. They are returned from unhappy customers and they're fairly new



Actually I can dispute this from experience.

I bought a 'refurbished' Lenovo android tablet from Argos, one was faulty and send it back, it's replacement was too!
Both were clearly customer returns one of which was not at all new - one had no working wifi which could have been new. I sent it back and it's replacement had a worn out USB socket, which would have only occured after months of use. So they were not refurbished at all as the refurbishing process would have identified this.

In the case of these guys, they will go through the item and thoroughly check the functionality in most cases, and offer some kind of warranty. But that is down to individual sellers.

I would suggest the only time to trust the label refurbished, is when purchased from the original manufacturer, e.g. camera manufactures and printer manufacturers who will sell refurbished goods which you can rely on.
davey_cole

I need a laptop for my son to take to Uni. If this is going to be hit or … I need a laptop for my son to take to Uni. If this is going to be hit or miss does anyone know of a cheap laptop similar spec?



What's your budget? Normally most Uni's have the option to rent a laptop from them for very little cash which might be another option.
I've had one from these lot, you will get an end of life battery that's been conditioned to last a couple of weeks, and the laptop will be in a well used condition, with a worn out keyboard.
so factor in extra budget for replacements
"Refurbished" means nothing anymore - most of what the high-street stores sell as 'refurbished' are just customer returns (which may or may not have faults and may or may not have been checked for those)

In this case, you're likely looking at the scrag-end of a massive consignment of laptops - the better ones sold for more money as Grade 1 or whatever else - the tatty/scratched/worn ones end-up sold-off cheaply.

That's not to say it won't work and may be fine if you don't mind some marks etc. but buy with your eyes open and be prepared to test it thoroughly, likely have to replace the battery (if you care about that)

At the very least, check it matches your required spec, check the cost of batteries/keyboards/memory upgrades - go into this with eyes FULLY open and shop around, there's LOADS of places selling this stuff and some have better rep than others...
Edited by: "therealjohnpeat" 13th Jul 2016
Very good for the specs, got some in past for family, all very happy, one came with brand new battery, was a nice surprise.
Heat
Proceed with eyes open when buying 'refurbished' laptops. These are ex-business machines, some of which have had light use, others trashed. Most batteries will have little capacity left. Do your research first !
1. Choose a make & model with a good rep e.g. older Lenovos X201 and T420s are like tanks, some X1 Carbons are unreliable. I don't know about Dell models.
2. Choose a model for which you can find a hardware maintenance/disassembly manual easily - I have ones for my T420 and T430. As a matter of course, I strip mine, clean throughly and repaste the cpu with Arctic Silver as all the ones I've looked at have dried out thermal paste. I've also replaced a noisy fan with a quieter one.
3. Choose a supplier that people here like - I've bought from Tier One Online, but there are other decent vendors.
4. Don't put up with something that isn't as advertised. The first one from Tier One had a dodgy ethernet socket, but they replaced it quickly, pleasantly and at no cost to me, so guess where i'd go next time.
... and no I have no connection with them ...

Oh, and consider replacing the HDD with an SSD, which brings new life to an old machine. Keep the HDD to backup the machine.
Edited by: "Hootwo" 13th Jul 2016
davey_cole

I need a laptop for my son to take to Uni. If this is going to be hit or … I need a laptop for my son to take to Uni. If this is going to be hit or miss does anyone know of a cheap laptop similar spec?


Your son will expect this to work away from an AC point, but the battery provided will probably be worn, giving an autonomy of 30 mins - 2.5 hrs IME, so factor in at least the cost of a new battery.
I've got a couple of these and they're built very solidly and are pretty ugly , but if battery life is a concern, I'd steer clear - I've owned 2-3 3rd gen Intel Core laptops now and each one has had rather rubbish battery life. The 4th gen and later are so much better for working away from AC power - they'll typically cost nearer to £200 but will usually be in newer condition as well, with less worn batteries. - Sellers like the one in this post typically aren't selling many of the 4th gen or later because they haven't gone ex-lease yet.
I recommend sticking with business class laptops if it needs to last 2-3 years (dell e5440 for instance, or Lenovo T440), they have typically better build quality than consumer laptops that I've seen.
sircoynie

This "company" sent me a "refurbished" laptop that was full of … This "company" sent me a "refurbished" laptop that was full of coffee....these ARE NOT REFURBISHED...THEY ARE SIMPLY WIPED AND SENT OUT...AVOID!

fish323

What makes this better than yesterday's 6230 deal?



Or maybe that this seller has had dozens of their items posted as good deals by dozens of members with plenty of members posting their positive experience with the seller, who has made 42000 sales and managed to ensure that over 41500 of them are happy with the purchase. I firmly expect you won't reply due to your ego as you refused to reply to anyone asking a reasonable question of you yesterday.



No minor blemishes on the screen is about the only advantage. The differences outside of specifications is this is a larger laptop with the 14inch screen but it won't be a massive size difference. This being an E5xxx series means this is one of the Dell lower tier models that features mostly plastic construction without the fancy metal alloys and so on, however the build quality will be above that of your typical low end consumer laptop that you get for £300. Beyond that it's fairly similar.
Edited by: "Astec123" 13th Jul 2016
Voodle

I've got a couple of these and they're built very solidly and are pretty … I've got a couple of these and they're built very solidly and are pretty ugly , but if battery life is a concern, I'd steer clear - I've owned 2-3 3rd gen Intel Core laptops now and each one has had rather rubbish battery life. The 4th gen and later are so much better for working away from AC power - they'll typically cost nearer to £200 but will usually be in newer condition as well, with less worn batteries. - Sellers like the one in this post typically aren't selling many of the 4th gen or later because they haven't gone ex-lease yet. I recommend sticking with business class laptops if it needs to last 2-3 years (dell e5440 for instance, or Lenovo T440), they have typically better build quality than consumer laptops that I've seen.



My E6330 that I picked up about 18months ago still managed just shy of 3 hours on battery and to be honest most of these sorts of models the batteries are really cheap. Picking up 3rd party batteries on ebay for some can be hit and miss but I've found if you do your research first you can get a decent battery for about £25 that will typically manage to achieve most of what a 1st party battery would.

As to 4th gen and later machines while there are fewer of those options they do still come up as some companies will take out a contract for devices when they start up and these sorts of things have a habit of syncing up with other major bills such as building leases and other major expenses. As a result many will take a slightly more expensive deal to replace their next rollout of hardware for a shorter period so that their budgets are not hammered all in one go. The plus side is for consumers like us we get a good range of quality hardware to pick from. Though the best value in my experience of buying 2nd user business IT kit is found with stuff that's 3-4 years old, this is even more so now the improvements in processors and hardware generally has slowed down year on year and that a 3rd gen i5 is hardly much worse than 6th gen equivalent.
You just have to wonder how much they buy the laptops for in bulk. It would be nice if a non-profit bought the laptops instead and offered them to people on low incomes. Or to anyone.

Are the margins thin? Or are they charging 50-100% more than they paid for them?

Edited by: "supermann" 13th Jul 2016
decent deal i would say £119 for a dell latitude e5430 3rd gen i5 3320m 4gb ddr3 ram 500gb sata hard drive 14.1 screen hdmi and usb 3

good solid machine with specs that would easily fly through todays tasks no problem for just over a ton

heat added

whats with all the same names repeating their posts from yesterdays other dell 6230 2nd user machine ?

go away an howl at the moon ffs
supermann

You just have to wonder how much they buy the laptops for in bulk. It … You just have to wonder how much they buy the laptops for in bulk. It would be nice if a non-profit bought the laptops instead and offered them to people on low incomes. Or to anyone.Are the margins thin? Or are they charging 50-100% more than they paid for them?



It depends on the machines in question and their actual value as to what they will pay for them but typically on 3 year old machines the figures I've heard they will pay about £40-50 per unit. However, we're talking about them buying in bulk such as 100 of these often the only knowledge they will have of what they are getting will be seeing them stacked on a pallet, so they are spending often figures of £5000 to buy a batch of machines that may be pretty much scrap or could be hardly used.

When they get the machines they then have to weed through them working out which ones are irreparable and for parts, which ones need repairs, and what ones just need an external clean, drives wiped, any errors dealt with, PAT testing, windows installed, grading them for sale and then repackaging. Obviously all this sorting is time consuming.

While generally machines that are not obviously faulty will get a fairly basic spruce up to take them apart, clean out dust and so on generally is too time consuming even on a large scale so often machines will just get a wipe down. Sellers of these sorts of devices know that there will be duds that get through that buyers wont be happy with but then again if buyers wanted even better guarantees of condition they would also need to expect to pay for the extra expense. Considering an hour of my time when it comes to IT repairs I value at about £20 on an adhoc basis, a company is paying a qualified technician, plus the joys of paying taxes on everything, PAYE, equipment costs, training costs, cost of running a business generally and so forth I think these prices are pretty reasonable.
Banned
Whats the difference between this and yesterdays deal on e6230?

which is better please. E6230 or E5430?
zubsati

Whats the difference between this and yesterdays deal on e6230?which is … Whats the difference between this and yesterdays deal on e6230?which is better please. E6230 or E5430?


The E6230 is lighter and has better build quality, but has a 12" screen and typically a smaller battery
The E5430 is well built but uses more plastic (the screen back is aluminium though and it has magnesium frame internally with plastic covering), it has a 14" screen with the same resolution. Which one is better depends on how well you get on with small screens
Astec123

It depends on the machines in question and their actual value as to what … It depends on the machines in question and their actual value as to what they will pay for them but typically on 3 year old machines the figures I've heard they will pay about £40-50 per unit. However, we're talking about them buying in bulk such as 100 of these often the only knowledge they will have of what they are getting will be seeing them stacked on a pallet, so they are spending often figures of £5000 to buy a batch of machines that may be pretty much scrap or could be hardly used. When they get the machines they then have to weed through them working out which ones are irreparable and for parts, which ones need repairs, and what ones just need an external clean, drives wiped, any errors dealt with, PAT testing, windows installed, grading them for sale and then repackaging. Obviously all this sorting is time consuming. While generally machines that are not obviously faulty will get a fairly basic spruce up to take them apart, clean out dust and so on generally is too time consuming even on a large scale so often machines will just get a wipe down. Sellers of these sorts of devices know that there will be duds that get through that buyers wont be happy with but then again if buyers wanted even better guarantees of condition they would also need to expect to pay for the extra expense. Considering an hour of my time when it comes to IT repairs I value at about £20 on an adhoc basis, a company is paying a qualified technician, plus the joys of paying taxes on everything, PAYE, equipment costs, training costs, cost of running a business generally and so forth I think these prices are pretty reasonable.



But surely it doesn't take much to check if a machine is working? Granted, the operating systems may have been wiped, it may be time consuming to check everything but a basic check shouldn't require a professional.

I'm not pointing the finger at the ebay sellers necessarily, just surprised that they'd be sold in bulk without any checks as they'd be worth more. I guess identifying the working ones would decrease the value of the junk ones they're sent with.
Edited by: "supermann" 13th Jul 2016
they're unlikely to be employing highly skilled and paid technicians to check these, it's probably low skilled/paid peeps that check it boots up and appears to work, probably 3mins including wiping screen/keyboard. At £6 an hour (or whatever min wage is) you are going to see little interest given in proper testing.

Agree that refurbished means customer returns and anything else is second hand.
ollie87

What's your budget? Normally most Uni's have the option to rent a laptop … What's your budget? Normally most Uni's have the option to rent a laptop from them for very little cash which might be another option.



​About £150 - £200
supermann

You just have to wonder how much they buy the laptops for in bulk. It … You just have to wonder how much they buy the laptops for in bulk. It would be nice if a non-profit bought the laptops instead and offered them to people on low incomes. Or to anyone.Are the margins thin? Or are they charging 50-100% more than they paid for them?


I wouldn't bother with this one. Many of the people posting positive things about this ebay seller, have in the past themselves, posted deals for this ebay seller. It reeks of self promotion. The company has various trading names too. Decide for yourself.
If the mods would look into this, they will see a link between various user accounts, some that have only joined Hotuk just to list an item or two, than go on to list a laptop from this ebay seller.

Edited by: "yankyg" 13th Jul 2016
money-talks

I've had one from these lot, you will get an end of life battery that's … I've had one from these lot, you will get an end of life battery that's been conditioned to last a couple of weeks, and the laptop will be in a well used condition, with a worn out keyboard.so factor in extra budget for replacements



If the keyboard is badly worn, complain to the seller and get a refund / part refund. A new keyboard is probably only a tenner and takes 10 mins to fit

EDIT : Just found a brand new one on ebay for £9.45 delivered.

ebay.co.uk/itm…538?hash=item2a6a4fce82:g:7KMAAOSwMNxXYZHQ


Edited by: "pgilc1" 13th Jul 2016
supermann

You just have to wonder how much they buy the laptops for in bulk. It … You just have to wonder how much they buy the laptops for in bulk. It would be nice if a non-profit bought the laptops instead and offered them to people on low incomes. Or to anyone.Are the margins thin? Or are they charging 50-100% more than they paid for them?



Chances are they are getting them for £0 or a few pounds at most IF they are the recycler or an affiliated company of the recyclers. They will have large contracts with big businesses to dispose of all old IT equipment in an Environmentally friendly, and Environmentally legal way, so most of them will have further disposal costs with other equipment (eg the lead in old CRT screens) and what they lose on all of that, they'll claw back on the likes of these. OR they may just buy in bulk from the recycler

I'm curious as to how much cheaper you think computers should be for people on low incomes? And how you would decide who is on a low income and whos just wanting a bargain to resell?
Edited by: "pgilc1" 13th Jul 2016
spannerzone

they're unlikely to be employing highly skilled and paid technicians to … they're unlikely to be employing highly skilled and paid technicians to check these, it's probably low skilled/paid peeps that check it boots up and appears to work, probably 3mins including wiping screen/keyboard. At £6 an hour (or whatever min wage is) you are going to see little interest given in proper testing.Agree that refurbished means customer returns and anything else is second hand.



It'll have had to have had the hard disk professionally wiped too, then a fresh install of Windows. All of which takes time.

But yes, thats "refurbished" in the same way as a used car is "refurbished" by a trader by driving it home from auction and giving it a wash.

Its a used laptop, not something that has been restored to new condition.
Edited by: "pgilc1" 13th Jul 2016
supermann

But surely it doesn't take much to check if a machine is working? … But surely it doesn't take much to check if a machine is working? Granted, the operating systems may have been wiped, it may be time consuming to check everything but a basic check shouldn't require a professional. I'm not pointing the finger at the ebay sellers necessarily, just surprised that they'd be sold in bulk without any checks as they'd be worth more. I guess identifying the working ones would decrease the value of the junk ones they're sent with.



They'll either be affiliated with the recycler who has deals with big businesses or councils, or they'll buy off them by the pallet load.

By the time you do a boot up, install the OS, etc, you've probably had it running a couple of hours. Thats the extent of the testing. If its been running that long, then chances are its fine. If it blue screens or knocks off, they'll probably use it for spares or sell it on "spares or repair".

supermann

But surely it doesn't take much to check if a machine is working? … But surely it doesn't take much to check if a machine is working? Granted, the operating systems may have been wiped, it may be time consuming to check everything but a basic check shouldn't require a professional. I'm not pointing the finger at the ebay sellers necessarily, just surprised that they'd be sold in bulk without any checks as they'd be worth more. I guess identifying the working ones would decrease the value of the junk ones they're sent with.



Checking it's working is one thing but given the requirements to blank systems (even bulk solutions to this issue) takes time. When corporate machines are retired, most companies outsource the secure data destruction matters to the refurbishing firms or have it agreed in the contract that this will be done on their behalf (many have refurb outlets have 'affiliate' or sister companies which deal with that aspect).

The issue that these firms don't necessarily require trained labour to do the job is true, but the people that are doing it need to be certified that they are trained to do it correctly and an audit trail be in place, especially when these items may contain traces of personal information of 1000's of people.

Sadly a lot of buyers seem to expect it's just a quick couple of minute job to get these machines back up and running ready to be resold, when in fact the process (while a lot of it automated) does take quite a long time and a reasonable amount of work and it's not a case of just slapping it in a new box after wiping down with a wet rag. I seem to remember a blog of one refurbished machine supplier saying it takes on average 3-4 hours to complete the disk wiping, reinstall of windows from an image file and associated tasks on the average laptops they were selling.

As to selling in bulk, it's the main way these places stay in business because buying individually would mean that they can pick and choose. The leasing companies just want to get their money, not faff about trying to offload a batch of broken computers no one wants.

spannerzone

they're unlikely to be employing highly skilled and paid technicians to … they're unlikely to be employing highly skilled and paid technicians to check these, it's probably low skilled/paid peeps that check it boots up and appears to work, probably 3mins including wiping screen/keyboard. At £6 an hour (or whatever min wage is) you are going to see little interest given in proper testing.Agree that refurbished means customer returns and anything else is second hand.



See the above. It's not nearly as simple as you make it sound.

yankyg

I wouldn't bother with this one. Many of the people posting positive … I wouldn't bother with this one. Many of the people posting positive things about this ebay seller, have in the past themselves, posted deals for this ebay seller. It reeks of self promotion. The company has various trading names too. Decide for yourself.If the mods would look into this, they will see a link between various user accounts, some that have only joined Hotuk just to list an item or two, than go on to list a laptop from this ebay seller.



You seem to talk a lot of talk but don't offer any viable alternatives that people could opt for as a viable alternative. Are you still having a strop about yesterday?

Please post some links of the deals posted by people of self promoting this seller. I think you clearly don't understand the meaning of the term, if you feel it's self promotion then there's a report button, I suggest you start collecting the reasoning for your assumptions and report it to the mods and admin to be assessed. Your posting history suggests by the way you seem to assess things that you work for Amazon.......


pgilc1

If the keyboard is badly worn, complain to the seller and get a refund / … If the keyboard is badly worn, complain to the seller and get a refund / part refund. A new keyboard is probably only a tenner and takes 10 mins to fitEDIT : Just found a brand new one on ebay for £9.45 delivered.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Dell-UK-Keyboard-for-Latitude-E5420-E5430-E6220-E6230-E6430-FWJJ4-/182172241538?hash=item2a6a4fce82:g:7KMAAOSwMNxXYZHQ



Or get the backlit one for about £5 more (a well worthwhile upgrade) as I love it on mine.
davey_cole

I need a laptop for my son to take to Uni. If this is going to be hit or … I need a laptop for my son to take to Uni. If this is going to be hit or miss does anyone know of a cheap laptop similar spec?



​Honestly, this will be a "miss"

Get a new one that has maximum battery life at the start ...slowly diminishing with time.
Gollywood

​Honestly, this will be a "miss"Get a new one that has maximum battery l … ​Honestly, this will be a "miss"Get a new one that has maximum battery life at the start ...slowly diminishing with time.



So spend several times the cost of this to save the £20 or so price of a battery? Get real.

Batteries are replaceable items and dont cost a fortune. I stuck one into this cheap Dell i have for £9.99 from a UK supplier with a years warranty.

If the battery is holding no charge at all, the seller should replace it, if its holding charge for an hour or more, chances are it will do for the forseeable future.

Whilst an entry level new laptop can be had for probably £250, its going to be just that - an entry level machine built down to a price and with hard to replace parts. These are proper business spec machines that can take a bit of use and abuse and can easily be upgraded or modded.

I'd have one of these all day long over say a new netbook with 32GB of disk space at this price, and not everyone can afford to / wants to spend hundreds on a laptop.

My son bought himself a £700 Sony laptop to go to university. By year 3 it looked like it had been kicked up and down the street and he then managed to drop it and break the screen. I put a new screen in it for him off of ebay for £70 but i ended up selling it for him for £100 at the end of his university time and was lucky to get that.

Something like this might take a battery or two over that time, but you'll lose an awful lot less on it compared to a new machine, for what is (or should be) just going to be a workhorse during term time,


Edited by: "pgilc1" 13th Jul 2016
pgilc1

If the keyboard is badly worn, complain to the seller and get a refund / … If the keyboard is badly worn, complain to the seller and get a refund / part refund. A new keyboard is probably only a tenner and takes 10 mins to fitEDIT : Just found a brand new one on ebay for £9.45 delivered.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Dell-UK-Keyboard-for-Latitude-E5420-E5430-E6220-E6230-E6430-FWJJ4-/182172241538?hash=item2a6a4fce82:g:7KMAAOSwMNxXYZHQ



I see you didn't mention the knackered batteries, so like I said factor in the cost of all the likely replacement parts, and the labour to fit them if you are unable

You have replied to several comments in detail, you sound like the seller to me !
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