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    • first78
    • By first78 16th May 19, 1:48 PM
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    Can I buy a laptop paying instalments?
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    • 16th May 19, 1:48 PM
    Can I buy a laptop paying instalments? 16th May 19 at 1:48 PM
    I really need a laptop so that I can Skype my family, apply for jobs and write a CV. Does anyone know where the best place to get a cheap one that I can pay for in instalments please?
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    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 20th May 19, 11:18 AM
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    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but if a laptop has windows 10 installed does this mean it will have Word on it?
    Originally posted by first78
    Nope. Word is not part of Windows, it is part of Microsoft Office. If no mention is made of Word/Office the it isn't on there.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 20th May 19, 11:22 AM
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    Here is an example of the device Motorguy mentioned if you wanted something smaller to carry around; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X230-12-5-Intel-Core-i5-3rd-Gen-2-6GHz-Notebook/163695673513

    Though no warranty and some damage. But comes with SSD fitted. Just an example.
    • first78
    • By first78 20th May 19, 1:30 PM
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    Here is an example of the device Motorguy mentioned if you wanted something smaller to carry around; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X230-12-5-Intel-Core-i5-3rd-Gen-2-6GHz-Notebook/163695673513

    Though no warranty and some damage. But comes with SSD fitted. Just an example.
    Originally posted by EveryWhere
    The size isn't too important really, just want something that will do the job and last for as long as possible.
    • first78
    • By first78 20th May 19, 1:33 PM
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    The laptops mentioned, ThinkPads, can be expected to last for many years as they are built more solidly than many consumer laptops and often tend to be supported by the manufacturer for longer.

    So it's not about the current price, as these laptops could easily cost £700 when new.

    So you are buying a £700 laptop for £80.
    Originally posted by EveryWhere
    That is perfect then! Just need to find one with a warranty of some sort. I'm guessing I'd be able to install Word at some point if I wanted to? Also would I be able to connect a portable hard drive to it to save photos and documents? I'm really sorry for all the question but the way, I really appreciate all the help a lot.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 20th May 19, 1:45 PM
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    Looks like a Grade C to me. They've simply added A+ & B+ to eliminate the need for stating C.
    Originally posted by EveryWhere
    Grade B - it says so in the details, right above where it gives the definitions for A+/A etc.

    The X230 does look a better spec machine though.
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    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 20th May 19, 5:48 PM
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    Grade B - it says so in the details, right above where it gives the definitions for A+/A etc.

    The X230 does look a better spec machine though.
    Originally posted by DoaM
    Seems the point just missed you....
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 20th May 19, 6:07 PM
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    That is perfect then! Just need to find one with a warranty of some sort. I'm guessing I'd be able to install Word at some point if I wanted to? Also would I be able to connect a portable hard drive to it to save photos and documents? I'm really sorry for all the question but the way, I really appreciate all the help a lot.
    Originally posted by first78
    Ask as much as you like if, to help you to make the best decision. Better to do so, than to not ask and make a mistake.

    Yes, but do check with the vendor before purchase if the laptop has a webcam. If not, we can look for another.
    What is your max budget? That you can actually afford without creating more problems for yourself.
    You don't need the latest spec, but having a solid state drive is preferable, as it makes the device snappier and more robust.

    It would be really helpful to you if you have a friend that could swap drives for you and install an operating system. It's really quite easy.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 20th May 19, 6:33 PM
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    Seems the point just missed you....
    Originally posted by EveryWhere
    Seems the point was thus not well made, as I suspect I'm not the only one who "missed it".
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    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 20th May 19, 7:27 PM
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    Seems the point was thus not well made, as I suspect I'm not the only one who "missed it".
    Originally posted by DoaM
    Hmmmmm....

    OPEN BOX - GOOD AS NEW
    This describes a device which is as new. The original packaging may have been opened or the security seal broken. Some open box items (typically components) are excess stock from our manufacturing warehouse and as such may be bulk packaged or loose. Regardless of the packaging, these items will be as new, with any remaining manufacturer’s warranty.

    GRADE A - GREAT CONDITION
    This describes a device which is very clean and of a desirable quality. It should be in nearly new condition with no noticeable scrapes or scratches and absolutely no dents or damage. Every element of the hardware is functional with no known faults in the system. Most items will not come with original package, apart from the odd occasion.

    GRADE B - GOOD CONDITION
    The device will be clean with few small scratches on the casing which are but nothing significant. No scratches on the screen or speakers. All system hardware is fault free and in working order. Most items will not come with original package, apart from the odd occasion.

    GRADE C - WELL USED
    The device is still in clean and tidy condition but has signs of use. Some small scratches and/or dents on the casing are permitted but nothing that affects the function of the machine. No damage to the screen and no faults with any of the system hardware. Most items will not come with original package, apart from the odd occasion.

    Condition: Grade: B

    A+ Refurbished excellent- in a very good condition, no sign of use.
    A Refurbished Good - in a good condition little sign of use.
    B+ Refurbished Good - in a good condition a cosmetic sign of use (marks, scratches).
    B Refurbished Good - a visible sign of use, some visible dents scratches or and marks.
    See it now?

    One vendor is using + in way that allows them to describe as B Grade what Encore describes as C grade.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 20th May 19, 8:58 PM
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    Looks like a Grade C to me. They've simply added A+ & B+ to eliminate the need for stating C.

    £85.69 is not cheaper than the Encore laptop at £81. In addition, the Encore laptop had a slightly better CPU.

    But the eBay laptop has a one year warranty and Windows 10 Pro installed. So just as good value if not better. Plus the OP can make an offer on it to bring it down to the price of the Encore laptop.
    Originally posted by EveryWhere
    The encore unit was showing @ £90.00 for me when i clicked. Has the price changed or was there a 10% off offer floating about? I didnt click it when you first posted.

    Yes, you're probably right RE: Grade C. It was a just a cursory look for a relatively comparable laptop.
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    • first78
    • By first78 21st May 19, 5:32 AM
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    Ask as much as you like if, to help you to make the best decision. Better to do so, than to not ask and make a mistake.

    Yes, but do check with the vendor before purchase if the laptop has a webcam. If not, we can look for another.
    What is your max budget? That you can actually afford without creating more problems for yourself.
    You don't need the latest spec, but having a solid state drive is preferable, as it makes the device snappier and more robust.

    It would be really helpful to you if you have a friend that could swap drives for you and install an operating system. It's really quite easy.
    Originally posted by EveryWhere

    The maximum I could afford right now is £100, I guess if I waited a month or two I could get another £100 or possibly £150 together.

    I just want something reliable for Skype and, if at all possible Word would be great.

    I don't have any techie friends who could help with anything technical unfortunately.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 21st May 19, 6:19 AM
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    The encore unit was showing @ £90.00 for me when i clicked. Has the price changed or was there a 10% off offer floating about? I didnt click it when you first posted.

    Yes, you're probably right RE: Grade C. It was a just a cursory look for a relatively comparable laptop.
    Originally posted by motorguy
    Yes, there is a 10% discount code. Will post it if needed.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 21st May 19, 6:22 AM
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    The maximum I could afford right now is £100, I guess if I waited a month or two I could get another £100 or possibly £150 together.

    I just want something reliable for Skype and, if at all possible Word would be great.

    I don't have any techie friends who could help with anything technical unfortunately.
    Originally posted by first78
    For your needs £100 is fine.

    In which city are you located?
    • colejames
    • By colejames 21st May 19, 7:31 AM
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    Yes, you can buy a laptop on installments. Some sites offer this great opportunity to just facilitate the customers. You must have,

    1) Find the best laptop for personal needs. Every laptop brand, type, and model is different
    2) Pay with a credit card. Paying with credit card is optional, but it allows paying slowly over time

    Credit card is a vital element to buy a laptop on installments online.
    • first78
    • By first78 21st May 19, 7:59 AM
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    For your needs £100 is fine.

    In which city are you located?
    Originally posted by EveryWhere
    I'm in Stoke on Trent
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 21st May 19, 4:01 PM
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    I'm in Stoke on Trent
    Originally posted by first78
    Too far from me.


    Anyway, you can see more details about the laptop here;

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad-L530-15-6-034-Laptop-Core-i3-2-4GHz-4GB-500GB-Windows-7-8-Pro-/183631769580


    Another good option is here; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-Thinkpad-X240-Laptop-Intel-i5-4200U-128GB-SSD-8GB-RAM-Win-10-Pro-Grade-B/182698380248

    as it has an SSD fitted, a more powerful processor and more RAM, so it will be very quick. But the small screen may not be as convenient for you.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 21st May 19, 4:15 PM
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    Similarly; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Latitude-E6440-Laptop-Intel-i5-4200M-2-50GHz-8GB-Ram-128GB-SSD-Win-10-HDMI/183292427699 for £130

    Though only 90 day warranty. 14" screen, so perhaps more comfortable.

    So if you can wait and save a bit more, then it's all installed for you.
    Last edited by EveryWhere; 21-05-2019 at 4:24 PM.
    • J B
    • By J B 21st May 19, 4:16 PM
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    I'm in Stoke on Trent
    Originally posted by first78

    Closer to me than E/W


    ST? postcode
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 21st May 19, 5:22 PM
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    Yes, you can buy a laptop on installments. Some sites offer this great opportunity to just facilitate the customers. You must have,

    1) Find the best laptop for personal needs. Every laptop brand, type, and model is different
    2) Pay with a credit card. Paying with credit card is optional, but it allows paying slowly over time

    Credit card is a vital element to buy a laptop on installments online.
    Originally posted by colejames
    It isnt.

    Read the first two lines of post #13

    Also an interest free credit card would make more sense than accruing credit card interest.
    Last edited by motorguy; 21-05-2019 at 7:02 PM.
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    • first78
    • By first78 21st May 19, 5:26 PM
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    Closer to me than E/W


    ST? postcode
    Originally posted by J B
    ST6 postcode
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