Laptop help!

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Found 2nd Jan
I’m in need of some help to find a cheap laptop. I’m going to be going to college so it will be mostly used for studying, writing essays etc so something fast would be great. My budget is £400. I have no idea at all on what to look for except a processor of i3 or above (I may be wrong). I also would like some advice on maybe buying a refurbished laptop, some advice on what to look when buying. Any advice at all is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
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Maybe Argos on eBay there refurbished laptops have 12 months warranty normally,
You can pick up a bargain at dell's outlet store. They sell decent refurbs there. I also recommend getting an i3 with at least 4gb of ram. For your budget, I'd expect 1080p resolution and an SSD too.
If it was me, i would search for laptops on deal section, then read the comments. I personally would choose i5 processor and small laptop of 14 inch or less. Ideally around 11 inch, but i find these expensive at the moment. 13 inch to 14 inch seem more value in price. I personally dont like refurbished stuff, and laptops are cheap enough not to require purchase of refurbished items.

just my personal preference and not expert opinion by any means
bjrosl9 h, 35 m ago

You can pick up a bargain at dell's outlet store. They sell decent …You can pick up a bargain at dell's outlet store. They sell decent refurbs there. I also recommend getting an i3 with at least 4gb of ram. For your budget, I'd expect 1080p resolution and an SSD too.

m.dell.com/h5/…5bv

Do you think that is a good deal?
Consider Acer products
KatieBisset57 m ago

http://m.dell.com/h5/m/uk/SecondaryInventorySearch?p=%2FOnline%2FSecondaryInventorySearch.aspx%3Fc%3Duk%26cs%3Dukdfh1%26l%3Den%26s%3Ddfh%26sign%3DPXhcOSHtr1T4IOw%252fPR7UdV22UcA6hr9IUw3ZrcOqeSreyE1UPQBFlgCwascdIA8psQ6JCEeHw2%252b%252fiLvgrz46%252bIbGLLA%252b2ASo49uLcSFkb7NlwA4cE2O%252baj%252fRX5t%252f%252f3IHe4GBVPEkaZ1csQBnw9rQY7r6OV%252bR7y5XC%252f6f7d4g7ako6V6n4KsV%252f3%252bsCgZQY8GNM3V2MKhNEnwWodQph555FPm2idowsOfMsSDg6jA33zpYAPU6Cvccc2ZabK4C35bvDo you think that is a good deal?



I think that laptop is poorly balanced (i7 is too powerful, but graphics is weak and resolution is poor) and is overpowered for your needs. Though it is a cheap deal. You should be able to find something cheaper and more suitable. New deals appear quickly every day. I'd look for i3-7***/i5 cpu, 8gb ram, SSD hard drive, 15.6" 1920x1080 resolution. That shouldn't cost more than £300.

I wouldn't bother with a graphics card like the R7, it's crap. A stock i3-7***/i5 is good enough to play casual mobile-like games and games like the sims and championship manager. If you really want to play more graphically demanding games then you should go for at least a dedicated nvidia 940m card.

Also, note that some 15.6" laptops can be quite big, you may want a smaller screen (14") if you want something more portable to carry around with you to class. Take a look at laptops in pc world to get an idea of comparative sizes.
bjrosl1 h, 0 m ago

I think that laptop is poorly balanced (i7 is too powerful, but graphics …I think that laptop is poorly balanced (i7 is too powerful, but graphics is weak and resolution is poor) and is overpowered for your needs. Though it is a cheap deal. You should be able to find something cheaper and more suitable. New deals appear quickly every day. I'd look for i3-7***/i5 cpu, 8gb ram, SSD hard drive, 15.6" 1920x1080 resolution. That shouldn't cost more than £300.I wouldn't bother with a graphics card like the R7, it's crap. A stock i3-7***/i5 is good enough to play casual mobile-like games and games like the sims and championship manager. If you really want to play more graphically demanding games then you should go for at least a dedicated nvidia 940m card.Also, note that some 15.6" laptops can be quite big, you may want a smaller screen (14") if you want something more portable to carry around with you to class. Take a look at laptops in pc world to get an idea of comparative sizes.


Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it. Thank you
KatieBisset1 h, 59 m ago

http://m.dell.com/h5/m/uk/SecondaryInventorySearch?p=%2FOnline%2FSecondaryInventorySearch.aspx%3Fc%3Duk%26cs%3Dukdfh1%26l%3Den%26s%3Ddfh%26sign%3DPXhcOSHtr1T4IOw%252fPR7UdV22UcA6hr9IUw3ZrcOqeSreyE1UPQBFlgCwascdIA8psQ6JCEeHw2%252b%252fiLvgrz46%252bIbGLLA%252b2ASo49uLcSFkb7NlwA4cE2O%252baj%252fRX5t%252f%252f3IHe4GBVPEkaZ1csQBnw9rQY7r6OV%252bR7y5XC%252f6f7d4g7ako6V6n4KsV%252f3%252bsCgZQY8GNM3V2MKhNEnwWodQph555FPm2idowsOfMsSDg6jA33zpYAPU6Cvccc2ZabK4C35bvDo you think that is a good deal?


Yeah decent specs
For large amounts of writing I'd be far more concerned about the keyboard quality. Buying faster, expensive computing bits in a cheap chassis is definitely not the route to go down for that sort of use.

A high brightness screen so you can use it out and about would also be handy, but a big ask at £400 if you buy new.
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