Author Topic: Household laptop recommendation  (Read 563 times)

Magnum Valentino

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Household laptop recommendation
« on: February 25, 2021, 03:13:47 PM »
Hello again to the subforum that solves literally all my problems.

My wife and me want to put a laptop in the living room for occasional use - browsing, getting the Tesco order in, very minimal.

Can anyone recommend the cheapest GOOD laptop on the market at the moment? Mac's far too capable and expensive so I imagine Windows is the way to go. I'm hopefully not going to using it to download anything but in these modern times do you need to pay for antivirus and that sort of thing? It won't be used for streaming or anything very intensive, but on the other hand, I don't want it to be so underpowered that loading web pages is a chore, either.

Thanks all for any help you might offer :-)

Famous Mortimer

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Re: Household laptop recommendation
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2021, 03:23:17 PM »
ETA Prime on Youtube does some excellent reviews of low-cost electronics, might be worth checking his stuff out.

Zetetic

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Re: Household laptop recommendation
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2021, 04:28:43 PM »
in these modern times do you need to pay for antivirus and that sort of thing
No.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Household laptop recommendation
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2021, 08:47:46 PM »
Used or refurbished thinkpad with warranty will give you much longer life than a cheap new low-spec laptop.

Tony Tony Tony

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Re: Household laptop recommendation
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2021, 11:19:11 PM »
You could even consider moving away from Windows if you have an ageing laptop around that is creaking under the weight of Windows 10 (or even buy a cheapo second hand one which isn’t too trashed cosmetically).

There are quite a few free operating systems around that once installed are just as much point and click GUI operated as Windows.

Most recommended seems to be Chrome OS which seems to suffice for what you described i.e. a bit of web browsing maybe some social media and perhaps light word processing. Just don’t expect it to handle multimedia applications and you won’t go far wrong.

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