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RobJInChiTown

Sub $600 Laptops

@RobJInChiTown How does this look? It seems to tick most of boxes, but is right on the edge of your budget too.

 

edit: alternatively, there’s this one too

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey Everyone;

 

So after a long time, I'm finally in a place where I can afford to get a new laptop. I am currently rocking a Toshiba Satellite A205-S5814 - 15.4" - Pentium T2330 with 4 GB of ram and 500 GB Samsung SSD. I want to upgrade to a new machine, but I can't really afford more than about $600 USD for it. My key point for it are:

 

1. Light -- Sub 3 pounds would be awesome, but realistically, I'm okay with just about any weight.

2. HD/SSD -- Either a 1 TB HD or SSD, but if it doesn't have it, I can upgrade later.

3. Brightness -- The display panel does have to be bright. Old eyes don't see dark screens that well.

4. Ram -- 8 GB minimum with the ability to upgrade. As with the HD though, if it doesn't have it out of the box, I'm okay with it.

5. Processor -- More than two cores please.

6. OS -- Windows only.

7. Connections -- USB 3.0 ports. HDMI/Display Port is not important to me. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc ... yes.

 

In addition, a screen size of 14" or larger and a keyboard that is not like a Macbook and has some travel. I know this might be a fools errand, but a man can dream.

 

Thanks for any help or advice in advance. Cheers.

 

P.S. This machine is mostly going to be used for writing and internet, and possibly Minecraft.

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@RobJInChiTown How does this look? It seems to tick most of boxes, but is right on the edge of your budget too.

 

edit: alternatively, there’s this one too

Edited by star_pilot475

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Main Rig: 

AMD Athlon II X4 650 at 3.1GHz [4 cores, 4 threads] 

Foxconn Alvorix RS-880-uATX

Radeon HD 4200 iGPU

2x4GB Generic 1600MHz DDR3

Seagate Firecuda 2TB 

Seagate Barracuda 1TB

Corsair CX500 (move along...)

HP Pavilion Case

Windows 10 Home, Pop! OS and Linux Mint 64-Bit

32 Inch Samsung TV 1366 by 768 60Hz

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Laptop #1

HP G56

Celeron 900 at 2.2GHz

Intel 4500MHD 

2x2GB Generic 800MHz DDR2

120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

Linux Mint 64-Bit 

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Consoles:

Nintendo Switch 32GB Red/Blue Joy-Cons HAC 001-01 (The revision with better battery life) 

Original PS4 500GB Matte Black (With 2TB WD Elements External Hard Drive) 

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Mobile Devices:

iPad Air 2 64GB Space Grey [running iPadOS 13.1]

iPhone 11 64GB (Product) Red [iOS 13.1]

 

ok, maybe I use night theme a little

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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 hours ago, star_pilot475 said:

@RobJInChiTown How does this look? It seems to tick most of boxes, but is right on the edge of your budget too.

 

edit: alternatively, there’s this one too

Nice. Thanks for the input. That ASUS looks sweet and is in a good price. The ACER looks awesome, but yeah, it's just a touch too much at the high end of my budget. Thansk star_pilot475.

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