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    • united4ever
    • By united4ever 14th Mar 17, 10:55 PM
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    New Laptop - Fairly basic needs - any deals on?
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    • 14th Mar 17, 10:55 PM
    New Laptop - Fairly basic needs - any deals on? 14th Mar 17 at 10:55 PM
    Hi, I am not looking for a new laptop for surfing, excel and word for under £200 ideally....just something that will hopefully last many years and not start to slow down after a year or so. Any advice?

    Also, what is the best, free anti virus software out there these days?

    Thanks in advance
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    • toshi
    • By toshi 14th Mar 17, 11:35 PM
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    I am not sure if this proposal is suitable for you,

    Frankly all brand new computer less than 200 is a disposable grade, (No manufacturers won't give you more than 1 year warranty)

    If you don't mind using a decent second hand, you may find second hand top-end business notebooks are sold ridiculously cheap at eBay.

    I mean top end business models, HP Elitebook, Lenovo Thinkpad, Dell Latitude, original price is 600- 1500 pound, manufacturers intend to offer up to 5 years warranty. They are far far better quality and reliability than consumer models.

    This is a purely suggestion, I have no intention to recommand any specific model yet. Some reseller offers even 1 year warranty,

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/sis.html?_nkw=Dell+Latitude+E6220+CHEAP+LAPTOP+Cor e+i5+2520M+2+50GHz+WINDOWS+10+HDMI+Warranty&_trksi d=p2047675.m4100

    Get A SSD MODEL, (Later you can upgrade a bigger SSD)

    If you are familiar with computer setup, you can find no hard disk model at silly price. I myself bought HP Elitebook without hard disk at 50 pound, and install a brand new 256GB SSD 70 pound, Setup Windows and LinuxMint. This secondhand with a SSD solution is far more reliable than a brand new hard disk computers (400 pound)

    Please do research by yourself and feel free to ask any questions.

    Happy computing
    Last edited by toshi; 15-03-2017 at 12:51 AM.
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 15th Mar 17, 12:04 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 12:04 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 12:04 AM
    For that money I would definitely go eBay a used Thinkpad T400 series. I have one, my GF has one, I use one at work, they're solid machines and very fast.

    But do NOT buy from sellers that show generic images, there used to be reputable laptop re-conditioners out there, but now there are 100's of them selling broken laptops. Make sure the images shown are of the actual laptop and show all angles, make sure it has a genuine charger and battery, make sure it's listed as being in good working order and that the OS is genuine with all the correct drivers installed.

    Obviously there is a risk, but play it right and that risk is very very small.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 15th Mar 17, 1:56 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 1:56 AM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 1:56 AM
    Hi, I am not looking for a new laptop for surfing, excel and word for under £200 ideally....just something that will hopefully last many years and not start to slow down after a year or so. Any advice?
    Originally posted by united4ever
    So what are you looking for? (I guess that was a typo?)

    Also, what is the best, free anti virus software out there these days?
    Originally posted by united4ever
    I find that Avast has been most effective in cleaning up infections, but you need to choose a "custom" installation to make sure it doesn't install components you don't want or need.

    The Rescue Disc has worked really well at cleaning up really stubborn infections. And the Software Updater tool is quite handy too.
    • BadBehaviour
    • By BadBehaviour 15th Mar 17, 5:26 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 5:26 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 5:26 PM
    I suggest that you have a look at http://mcscom.co.uk/.

    They seem to have very good prices for refurnished stuff and I've seen them recommended on here a few times by long-standing members.
    • united4ever
    • By united4ever 15th Mar 17, 9:31 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 9:31 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 9:31 PM
    So what are you looking for? (I guess that was a typo?)



    I find that Avast has been most effective in cleaning up infections, but you need to choose a "custom" installation to make sure it doesn't install components you don't want or need.

    The Rescue Disc has worked really well at cleaning up really stubborn infections. And the Software Updater tool is quite handy too.
    Originally posted by esuhl
    Ha ha, yes that was a typo! sorry...I went very budget/high risk in the end: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262755519372

    Plugging it in during use is no problem - Anything over 2 years is a bonus! I have a work laptop which we can mostly use for personal use too but when i am working away my wife needs a machine. Was hoping not to have to buy one but hopefully this machine will suffice.
    • BadBehaviour
    • By BadBehaviour 15th Mar 17, 11:41 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:41 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:41 PM
    Ha ha, yes that was a typo! sorry...I went very budget/high risk in the end: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262755519372

    Plugging it in during use is no problem - Anything over 2 years is a bonus! I have a work laptop which we can mostly use for personal use too but when i am working away my wife needs a machine. Was hoping not to have to buy one but hopefully this machine will suffice.
    Originally posted by united4ever
    I would have spent that money on a proper business laptop even if refurbished. You could have easily found one under £200 and they have usually a much longer lifespan than cheap consumer laptops. This has practically no warranty anyway and it's not built to last, plus it has no storage space basically and updates will be a problem.

    It's cheap yes but I don't think it is money well-spent honestly. I hope you don't get offended because I am just expressing my honest opinion.

    Also the CPU is very weak in this one and if you had gone for a refurbished business laptop you would have got an older i3 or something which anyway wipes the floor with any Celeron for around the same price.

    Wish you well anyway with your new purchase
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 16th Mar 17, 9:20 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 9:20 PM
    For that money I would definitely go eBay a used Thinkpad T400 series. I have one, my GF has one, I use one at work, they're solid machines and very fast..
    Originally posted by Strider590
    A million times this. Thinkpad T430.

    This company has been selling them on Ebay for years and is recommended. They give a 12 month warranty though if you check the serial number on Lenovo's website you may find there's some extended warranty still available as it follows the machine, not the purchaser.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/newandusedlaptops4u?_trksid=p2047675.l2559
    • were
    • By were 17th Mar 17, 12:59 AM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:59 AM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:59 AM
    A million times this. Thinkpad T430.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    Is it fast enough to support Kodi and Sky in HD?
    Last edited by were; 17-03-2017 at 1:03 AM.
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 17th Mar 17, 1:53 AM
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    Is it fast enough to support Kodi and Sky in HD?
    Originally posted by were
    What?! Are you on the right thread?
    • henm2
    • By henm2 17th Mar 17, 6:39 AM
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    "What?! Are you on the right thread?"

    Sounded good to me. Anyhow back to the OP question. I also would recommend the machine linked below. I bought an X200 Thinkpad from the same seller a couple of years ago and it has proved to be a bargain. The one below is £135.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-Thinkpad-T420-Windows-10-Laptop-i5-2520M-2-50GHz-4GB-Ram-250GB-Warranty-/232194704148?var=&hash=item360fe20314:m:mTT8eNIsoI 74xRLpJM_Vyaw
    Last edited by henm2; 17-03-2017 at 6:46 AM.
    • EdwardB
    • By EdwardB 17th Mar 17, 12:14 PM
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    Ha ha, yes that was a typo! sorry...I went very budget/high risk in the end: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262755519372

    Plugging it in during use is no problem - Anything over 2 years is a bonus! I have a work laptop which we can mostly use for personal use too but when i am working away my wife needs a machine. Was hoping not to have to buy one but hopefully this machine will suffice.
    Originally posted by united4ever
    "What?! Are you on the right thread?"

    Sounded good to me. Anyhow back to the OP question. I also would recommend the machine linked below. I bought an X200 Thinkpad from the same seller a couple of years ago and it has proved to be a bargain. The one below is £135.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-Thinkpad-T420-Windows-10-Laptop-i5-2520M-2-50GHz-4GB-Ram-250GB-Warranty-/232194704148?var=&hash=item360fe20314:m:mTT8eNIsoI 74xRLpJM_Vyaw
    Originally posted by henm2
    Thanks to all for advice, I am going to check some of those suggestions out, both the suppliers and the models.

    Am I right in thinking that the OP now has what they need?
    Please be nice to all MoneySavers. That’s the forum motto. Remember, the prime aim is to help provide info and resources. If you don’t like someone, their situation, their question or feel they’re intruding on ‘your board’ then please bite the bullet and think of the bigger issue.
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 17th Mar 17, 12:44 PM
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    Ha ha, yes that was a typo! sorry...I went very budget/high risk in the end: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262755519372

    Plugging it in during use is no problem - Anything over 2 years is a bonus! I have a work laptop which we can mostly use for personal use too but when i am working away my wife needs a machine. Was hoping not to have to buy one but hopefully this machine will suffice.
    Originally posted by united4ever
    A recommendation for anyone buying these sorts of cheap devices/laptops.....

    Please PLEASE do NOT leave these things plugged into the mains unattended!!!!

    If Sony managed to make a high end laptop that could spontaneously burst into flames, that should tell you how much trust to place in very cheap Chinese made alternatives.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
    • united4ever
    • By united4ever 17th Mar 17, 9:55 PM
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    It's been delivered and still unopened but I am going to return it - partly based on some of the wise words in this thread. I'll pay return postage and look at some of the much better suggestions here again. Feel a bit of numpty for messing the seller around....I should have slept on it before ordering.
    • surfsister
    • By surfsister 18th Mar 17, 7:51 AM
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    I got an acer laptop from John Lewis in the bargain area (new) for £100 was £160 with 2 yr guarantee and lots of computer help from the staff (about 16 so an IT whizz). It's been fine and is quite a large screen so good for watching films. May have been lucky but worth a look if near. They hide them on a bottom shelf somewhere with a red clearance sign.
    Probably no help but you can get a laptop for a £100 (I had a £50 john lewis voucher so it was only £50)
    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 18th Mar 17, 3:16 PM
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    Not all business machines will have a webcam, so check before ordering if necessary.
    • were
    • By were 18th Mar 17, 3:37 PM
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    NiftyDigits, that is not a badpoint? Also I have not see a decent pic from one yet?

    I had a thinkpad years ago, and it was a brilliant machine.
    Last edited by were; 18-03-2017 at 3:41 PM.
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