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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm in the market for a new laptop for low-intensity stuff like word processing and browsing the internet (no gaming, potentially some photo editing). I've come across two refurbished laptops on Newegg that have caught my eye.

T450: $310 CAD

-Intel Core i5 5th Gen 5300U (2.30 GHz)

-8gb RAM

-125gb SSD


T450s $650 CAD

- Intel Core i7 5th Gen 5600U (2.60 GHz)

-12gb RAM

-360gb SSD


 I'm going to be running Linux Mint 19.1 on it. The T450s is objectively the better machine, just wondering if the T450s is worth more than double the price of the T450 given what I'll be using it for.


 What do you think?

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I would say the T450... But... that 125gb does seem a little low imo.

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With your use-case in mind i do not think that the i7 model offers enough to be worth the price hike.


- 8 gb Ram outside of Gaming or Video Editing is still fine,

- The 125 gb SSD you could replace with a 500 gb or one for cheaper than the Upgrade to the i7 model would cost


and i mean both of those CPU's are still Dual Cores with HyperThreading even if the i7 has higher base and Boost clocks and slightly more cache.


EDIT: Looked at the potential specs and do check the Display they had 3 different Variants for it including a low end 1366x768 one


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If all else is the same except the spec you listed, get the 450. If you end up needing more space upgrading is pretty cheap.

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T450. The T450s is 

  1. Way too overprized
  2. Not enough to be worth the prize upgrade; if a GPU would have been included, that was good enough, then maybe.
  3. Linux Mint doesn't require that much resources. Even a 32-Bit-CPU runs the 64-Bit version. Weird but true. I tested it.
  4. The T450 is just a better option. End of story.
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On 1/24/2019 at 9:12 AM, YellowJersey said:

T450: $310 CAD

-Intel Core i5 5th Gen 5300U (2.30 GHz)

-8gb RAM

-125gb SSD

this is the bang for the buck,


imo getting an i7 is just overkill and waste of ur money (except ofcourse if ur gonna do some really heavy stuff, but cad is not that heavy) 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Got the T450 yesterday. The screen resolution is only 1600x900, but it's a 4 year old laptop that cost $320 CAD, so I'm happy. It also came with a 250gb ssd instead of the advertised 125gb ssd, so bonus! Didn't stop me from immediately slapping a 500gb ssd in there, though. I might put an extra stick of ram since one of the slots is vacant.

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