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Family member's laptop is about to die. Can you recommend one in the 200-400.00 range?

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Sister brought her laptop over a couple of days ago. Laptop is probably 8 to 10 years old I think. Toshiba Satellite A505-S6986

The battery is dead because when it is unplugged laptop turns off. When power cord is being plugged in, it is hard to connect to the prong because the prong is sunk back in rather far. I tried to pull prong out of laptop some so she could connect the power cord better. I told her just keep it plugged into the side so it doesn't wear out and revert back in the laptop.

Should she invest in a new battery at this point or save her money to put into a newer computer?

If suggested she get a new laptop, which would give her the best bang for her buck in 200-400 range? She doesn't game or do graphics. She is just a casual user...Facebook, watch occasional youtube, email, surf web, that type thing.

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Dell outlet:

Inspiron 15" 3000 (3567) $387.00 - 15% (cInspironlt15) = $329 + tax & ship
Certified Refurbished
Processor: Intel Core 7th Generation i3-7100U Processor (Dual Core, 2.40GHz, 3MB cache,7.5W)
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
1TB SATA3 512e 2.5inch 5.4K RPM Hard Drive
8GB DDR4 Non-ECC SDRAM 2400MHz (1x8GB)
15.6 inch HD (1366x768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Intel HD Graphics
Black - LCD Back Cover (Non Touch)

Inspiron 15" 3000 (3567) 425.00 - 15% (cInspironlt15) = $361 + tax & ship
Certified Refurbished
Processor: Intel Core 7th Generation i5-7200U Processor (Dual Core, up to 3.10 GHz, 3M Cache, 7.5W)
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
1TB SATA3 512e 2.5inch 5.4K RPM Hard Drive
8GB DDR4 Non-ECC SDRAM 2400MHz (1x8GB)
15.6 inch HD (1366x768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Intel HD Graphics
Black - LCD Back Cover (Non Touch)

Inspiron 13" 5000 (5378) 2-in-1 $437.00 - 15% (cInspironlt15) = $371 + tax & ship
Certified Refurbished
Processor: Intel Core 7th Generation i5-7200U Processor (Dual Core, up to 3.10 GHz, 3M Cache, 7.5W)
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
1 TB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
8GB DDR4 Non-ECC SDRAM 2400MHz (1x8GB)
13.3inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS Truelife LED-Backlit Touch Display with Wide Viewing Angles-IR Camera
Intel HD Graphics
McAfee LiveSafe 12-month
EraGray - LCD Back Cover (Touch Screen)
Dell Outlet Inspiron 13 - 5378 2-in-1


Inspiron 15" 5000 (5567) $488.00 - 15% (cInspironlt15) = $414 + tax & ship
Certified Refurbished
Processor: Intel Core 7th Generation i5-7200U Processor (Dual Core, up to 3.10 GHz, 3M Cache, 7.5W)
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
1TB SATA3 512e 2.5inch 5.4K RPM Hard Drive
8GB DDR4 Non-ECC SDRAM 2400MHz (1x8GB)
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Truelife LED-Backlit On-cell Touch Display
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Intel HD Graphics
McAfee LiveSafe 12-month
Matte Grey - LCD Back Cover (Touch Screen)

Inspiron 15" 5000 (5570) $520.00 - 15% (cInspironlt15) = $442 + tax & ship
Certified Refurbished
Processor: Intel Core 8th Generation i5-8250U (Quad Core,1.60GHz,6MB Cache,15W)
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
1TB SATA3 512e 2.5inch 5.4K RPM Hard Drive
8GB DDR4 Non-ECC SDRAM 2400MHz (1x8GB)
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Truelife LED-Backlit On-cell Touch Display
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Intel HD Graphics
McAfee LiveSafe 12-month
Platinum Silver - LCD Back Cover (Touch Screen)

Inspiron 15" 5000 (5570) $553.00 - 15% (cInspironlt15) = $470 + tax & ship
Certified Refurbished
Processor: Intel Core 8th Generation i5-8250U (Quad Core,1.60GHz,6MB Cache,15W)
Windows 10 Home 64bit English
256GB Solid State Drive
8GB DDR4 Non-ECC SDRAM 2400MHz (1x8GB)
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
Intel HD Graphics
Platinum Silver - LCD Back Cover (Non-Touch)
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Thank you so much. I will definitely check those out. I was going to say that refurbs would probably be ok...get better deal on better computer.
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Of the examples I posted I'd aim for an i5 with a 1080p screen and probably put an SSD in myself.
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Of the examples I posted I'd aim for an i5 with a 1080p screen and probably put an SSD in myself.
Yeah, I'm looking more closely at these now. What's with if it has a SSD, it's non-touch screen. Dell doesn't want you to have SSD and touch screen? Seems like it's one or the other.

I'm not one to add or change out components. But these do have nice specs. Thanks again for the suggestions. What does certified refurbs mean to Dell? Returns? Open boxes?

I know the desktop I purchased seemed like new. It's still working for me but doesn't like when I'm in Firefox with too many tabs open. It freezes on me and I have to control/alt/delete to get out and get back in on a regular basis. I probably my fault for having so many tabs open.

Anyway, I'll look around in the Dell Outlet and maybe I can go up in budget 500-600 as posted here in other thread.
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Budget upped to 500-600.

Sister doesn't know what she wants so we're going to Best Buy just to look at screen sizes and touch screens, 2 in 1s, etc. so she has a better idea what she wants.

I was looking at these 2 at Costco. I got to thinking that if she purchased at Costco she could test it out for 90 days to see if all was good and if not she could return it. Plus if purchased at Costco, she could get a 3 year warranty when purchasing with a Visa cc.

How would y'all compare these 2 models? Right now I don't have a list of HER (she has yet to decide if she wants a 2 in 1 or needs touchscreen) must-haves yet so going off that, which of these 2 would you recommend over the other? Thanks. I'm still considering all laptops and making a list.

Acer Swift 3 14"
https://www.costco.com/Acer-Swift...76947.html

Acer Spin 5 13.3" - It goes on sale for about 100.00 less quite often so would be 599.00
https://www.costco.com/Acer-Spin-...76409.html

Acer might not be the best brand but if she has a 3 year warranty these might be worth a look.


This is my list of 'must haves' that I think she should look for:

At least 256 solid state drive

At least 13.30" screen size -
(I'm suggesting that if that screen is large enough, she could buy it for portability and then buy herself a cheap monitor and hook the monitor up to it via HDMI should she ever need to work on a larger screen. This way gives her more versatility.

At least i5 8th gen processor

Memory - at least 8gb ram

Screen resolution - at least 1080-1920

Good battery life

Windows 10

Touch screen if wants it (don't think it's a necessity but if comes with computer with good specs, probably nice to have unless a downside to it)

Illuminated key board


Thanks for any input.
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Do you think a chromebook would work?

https://www.techradar.com/news/mo...us-1233696

I have not used one but figured I would throw it out.
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Do you think a chromebook would work?

https://www.techradar.com/news/mo...us-1233696

I have not used one but figured I would throw it out.
Chrome books are awesome if you only do web-based tasks. It's usually cheaper than windows-based ones unless u want hi-res screen, touchscreen, etc.
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Sister needs Microsoft Office so would need Windows laptop. Thanks though.
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Meh... not a fan of the consumer grade junk from Dell, HP, etc. that tend to only last a couple years if you're lucky. My preference would be a refurb HP Elitebook/ProBook or Dell Latitude. Business grade laptop are typically built with much better quality parts and will last FAR longer than consumer grade stuff. They can easily be found on ebay for under $400 with ~4-5th gen i5 CPU's.... which still often have better performance benchmarks than some of the newer gen stuff, since the trend moved to lower power consumption, integrated GPU's, etc.

Here's a eBay link to get you started. The only additional thing you'd need to decide/filter, is what screen size you want, and whether or not you need an SSD. Many of them already have SSD's for similar prices as HDD's, so I'd recommend going SSD...
https://www.ebay.com/b/PC-Laptops...&_udhi=400

When looking at various laptops, do a google search for the CPU (i5-4310u for example) and then check the benchmark score at CPUBenchmark (should be one of the top 3-4 google search results). Ideally, you'd want an overall score of 4000+ (maybe a little lower if it has an SSD), and a Single Thread score (right underneath the total score) of at least 1500+. If you find a few you like, post the links back here, and we can give you feedback on them.
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