For $200 how does a new vs used Windows 10 laptop compared to a Chromebook?
Used HP EliteBook on Amazon: http://austin.tech/elitebook
Samsung Chromebook 3 on Amazon: http://austin.tech/chromebook3
HP Stream 14 on Amazon: http://austin.tech/stream14
5 Reasons to Buy a $188 Laptop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi2Ri9-K3_E
Well I have that same Samsung Chromebook he mentions and it's really just meant for browsing the net and only to a certain extent. You're better off saving a $100 more to that 200 and get a new laptop for more features. You also have to keep in mind that buying an old laptop means it'll probably run up to windows 7. in a moment they won't support windows 7 .. .. anymore like XP and Vista.
Hey Austin, 2 weeks ago my laptop stopped working. The GPU (7760m) burned out (yeah, I know :-/) and I had only $200 left. After lot of looking I found that none of the laptops in present market can serve my purposes (like 20+ tabs in chrome :P Visual Studio and CSGO in 80-100 fps). So, I chose a used HP Pavilion P204TX with extra 4 Gigs ram. It was my friend's and 3 years old. When I opened the chassis I was shocked seeing the cooling paste was still not hardened like it should have been. My friend doesn't know how to do these stuffs and I'm pretty sure I'm the 1st one to open. Also, believing my friend was telling truth, it is not been used more than an hour per week so you know :P So far, I'm happy about my decision. For me, the risk was worth a shot.
This is in euros so IDK about the US, but Lenovo ThinkPad x230 I got for €140 and upgraded to 8gb ram and 120gb ssd from another dead laptop. Lightweight, lots of ports, small form factor. Installed Lubuntu. Not for real gaming, but I can still play online games like Curve Fever whilst running a screen recording software in the background. Treated myself to a kebab with all the money I saved.
I managed to score a brand new Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 460 on eBay sometime last year for only about £350. I love it as it works really well as a school laptop and can even handle some light gaming (though the focus is definitely on productivity). It is lightweight, very powerful, has a touchscreen and stylus for those who are into that. It has the classic thinkpad nipple ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) and a fingerprint reader, which saves me so much time. The battery life is good, even with a fairly bright 1080p screen.
He say old, he say big , i say best Laptop ever made . If they ever build same HP Elite Book but newer specs , i will be first in line . First i can open it and clean it in minutes (no screws no hasel ) . Put SSD in it and some RAM , and you have best student laptop ever .
The HP Elitebooks meet my needs. Docking, expansion, and a business/professional end laptop. It’s what I have always had as a laptop. And I do need an optical drive and the track point. That’s my my preferred pointing device, and please. My current laptop is 6 pounds m. I can handle the weight
Obviously : used laptops. Since the transition of 4th gen to 5th gen Intel cpus , low end laptops are pieces of shit , I have a low end laptop that is so much upgradeable that I can swap the Celeron cpu to an i7 cpu (equivalent to an i5 6300 HQ), I can put up to 32 GB of ram (infinite Google Chrome tabs xD), I can put a Bluetooth adapter , a external graphics card via the wifi module , remove the dvd writer for another hard drive , upgrade Even the screen and the keyboard (thanks to the simplicity of older laptops , I only have to find a screen with enough pines for a better looking 1080p panel).
In conclusion , you can have almost a gaming laptop for a third part of the price .
Bought the EliteBook 8470p because of Austin Evans.
It came with a 320GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM - which I upgraded to 8GB.
This laptop is worth the money, I paid 180 USD on ebay for it and besides the battery, everything is perfect. The keyboard is just wonderful to type on and the machine is plenty powerful, even when not comparing it to Intel Atom garbage.
If you want to use this for school or for everyday use, this is a great laptop. Just make sure to buy a new OEM battery and you will be set.