Any recommendations for good laptop under £250

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edited 17 December 2023 at 3:36PM in Techie Stuff
Can you recommend a good laptop for everyday use - general internet surfing, writing up of letters, notes etc.  No gaming or such.  Just something with good ram (maybe 8GB or more), great processor, decent battery life, and storage capacity for everyday general use.  A good name that will last me a while.  Not interested in Chromebooks or refurbished models.  Thanks all.
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  • Flugelhorn
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    I use a chromebook which does all that and is within that budget
  • Fufu3333
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    edited 17 December 2023 at 3:49PM
    Flugelhorn, would I get Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc on a Chromebook?  What make is the one you have?
  • Fufu3333 said:
    Can you recommend a good laptop for everyday use - general internet surfing, writing up of letters, notes etc.  No gaming or such.  Just something with good ram (maybe 8GB or more), great processor, decent battery life, and storage capacity for everyday general use.  A good name that will last me a while.  Not interested in Chromebooks or refurbished models.  Thanks all.
    At that price point not really
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  • Flugelhorn
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    Fufu3333 said:
    Flugelhorn, would I get Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc on a Chromebook?  What make is the one you have?
    I have an Acer - no you don't get Word, Excel and Powerpoint but you can use google sheets, write, draw etc etc which can import and be saved as MS Office files. 
  • fatbelly
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    I've bought Refurb Grade A in the past and got what looked like brand new.
  • Bonhomie
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    edited 18 December 2023 at 5:02AM
    Fufu3333 said:
    Can you recommend a good laptop for everyday use - general internet surfing, writing up of letters, notes etc.  No gaming or such.  Just something with good ram (maybe 8GB or more), great processor, decent battery life, and storage capacity for everyday general use.  A good name that will last me a while.  Not interested in Chromebooks or refurbished models.  Thanks all.

    You are obviously fantasising...Great processor, brand new, last you a while.

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  • Unfortunatly you wont get anything new that is decent for £250.
    The absolutle chepeast price poitn that wont want you throwing the thing out the window is aroud £400.

    alternatively as suggested, there are some decent refurbs out there, just get at least a AMD ryzen 5, or intel 8 gen I5 or higher, and make sure it has an SSD drive at least 250Gb & 8GB RAM or more.
  • Doshwaster
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    At that low price point I would look at refurbishment models. A lot of Dell or Lenovos around are ex-corporate stock which have hardly been used and are just put onto the after-market due to bankruptcies. 
  • What does "great processor" mean? Let us know your minimum specs - you've let us know your maximum price already - and we can talk,
  • Fufu3333
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    edited 18 December 2023 at 7:38PM
    finbaar said:
    What does "great processor" mean? Let us know your minimum specs - you've let us know your maximum price already - and we can talk,
    I'm not too clued up on computers so wouldn't know even know what would be a great processor. Perhaps, I could rely on your judgement.
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