Recommend a budget laptop please!

Globalti

Legendary Member
I'm retiring at the end of the month and will lose my work laptop so need a replacement. I only use it for emailing and web surfing and I'd be willing to spend around £300 to £400.

Any suggestions? I'll get it from PC World.
 

Milkfloat

An Peanut
Location
Midlands
Does it have to be PC World? Would you look at secondhand?
 

FrankCrank

Professional layabout
I thought the consensus these days for that kind of work was a Chromebook: instant startup, quicker, lighter, better battery life...£200 +/- ought to do it, no?
Good call, forgot about them. If only emailing and web surfing, should suffice.
 
Location
London
For the usage you describe I'd get a chromebook.
I have two.
Feel free to ask me any questions about the things
edit - I see I have been beaten to it by others :smile:
 

Dave7

Legendary Member
Location
Cheshire
Can I ask a question (or 2).
I am thinking of a new something or other
What exactly is a chromebook?
I also only surf and email.
Can you download photos to it?
Are there any things it wont do that you think we need to be aware of ?
Thanks.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Can I ask a question (or 2).
I am thinking of a new something or other
What exactly is a chromebook?
I also only surf and email.
Can you download photos to it?
Are there any things it wont do that you think we need to be aware of ?
Thanks.
Chromebooks aren't designed for work applications I think like Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Your things it'll do fine
 

Cycleops

Legendary Member
Location
Accra, Ghana
@Dave7 A Chromebook runs on the android chrome operating system which is a much lighter OS than windows so doesn’t need a very powerful processor to run fast. It also uses less power so battery life is longer. Most of the better ones also have a touch screen so you can use it like a tablet, better for viewing media and surfing. They also update automatically
I ditched windows laptops years ago and use a iPad now which is also brilliant for the above tasks and the iOS is a breeze to use. My kids have a Chromebook and it’s also perfect for them, very simple to use. My preference would be for an iPad, go into an Apple and try one.
 
Location
London
Can I ask a question (or 2).
I am thinking of a new something or other
What exactly is a chromebook?
I also only surf and email.
Can you download photos to it?
Are there any things it wont do that you think we need to be aware of ?
Thanks.
They are essentially very simple compact long battery life things that use the internet for lots of stuff - they come with a fair wack of free online storage where you can store all of your stuff.

Onboard storage is limited but there is nothing to stop you plugging in a pendrive for more offline storage.

Having most stuff online and little offline is actually something I find protects me from my own recurring stupidity in not backing stuff up properly.

Contrary to what some folk think you can do a fair amount of stuff offline - type documents etc etc.


Yes you can download photos - in fact if you later decide that some are embarassing in any way you can wipe the entire thing and reinstall the system in less time than a windows laptop would take to decide if it needs to update you.

You don't need a virus checker.

You can sync them with an android tab so that all the same stuff is available to you.
 
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