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Topic # 183753 29-Oct-2015 03:05
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Mainly will be used for internet and low demand programs. Must be light, solid build very important.

Any recommendations :)

Thanks!

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  Reply # 1415861 29-Oct-2015 06:13
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An ex lease from pbtech?

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  Reply # 1415898 29-Oct-2015 08:16
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I could suggest what not to get. Don't get a Celeron with 2GB of memory as it will be frustratingly slow. My cousin did this and effectively it is little more than an expensive paper weight, as they never use it. I would not get anything less than an i3.

This is very good value, but comes in at $619

http://www.extremepc.co.nz/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=292_319&products_id=9176

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1415900 29-Oct-2015 08:25
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Ive got a second hand HP Probook its a core i3, 6GB Ram and a 120GB SSD, Windows 10, off the top of my head i think its 14" PM me if interested will get 
more details, would be well under your budget

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  Reply # 1415911 29-Oct-2015 08:29
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Chromebook? They're great. Can get a decent one for that.




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  Reply # 1415917 29-Oct-2015 08:42
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"Solid build" and "light" means that you should avoid cheap new consumer grade laptops. Instead you should look at second-hand business or professional grade laptops.

Your processing requirements are modest so there will be a lot of choice on Trade Me, for example.

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  Reply # 1415920 29-Oct-2015 08:45
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I imported an Acer Aspire 112p laptop from the States. With shipping costs it was just over the Customs threshold so I got hit with GST and extra charges which brought the total up to just about exactly $600. This model comes with both Celeron and Intel N3540 CPU. I knew enough to specify the Intel chip. The display is 12 or 13 inches, don't remember exactly. For my purposes it has been an excellent little computer, though the touchpad seems to have issues. It does have a fairly solid feel to it and is small enough to be easy to pick up with one hand and use in the lap (wow, an actual 'lap' top). I would give it a high rating if not for the touchpad. Screen is bright, battery life amazing, a really good little computer. I use it a lot for streaming and general browsing.






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  Reply # 1415927 29-Oct-2015 09:07
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michaelmurfy: Chromebook? They're great. Can get a decent one for that.


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Chromebook fits the scenario well




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  Reply # 1415937 29-Oct-2015 09:21
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did someone send me a PM about the laptop? i got a email there was a message waiting but geekzone says no new messages heh

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  Reply # 1415941 29-Oct-2015 09:25
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jackfry: Mainly will be used for internet and low demand programs. Must be light, solid build very important.

Any recommendations :)

Thanks!

What size screen are you thinking of?



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  Reply # 1417724 31-Oct-2015 15:14
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gzt:
jackfry: Mainly will be used for internet and low demand programs. Must be light, solid build very important.

Any recommendations :)

Thanks!

What size screen are you thinking of?


I'm getting it for a sibling. They originally wanted an iPad but only wanted it for internet browsing mostly. So I thought a cheaper laptop would be a better option and give more functionality. So screen size doesn't really matter since most likely anything will be bigger than an iPad screen.

Would also prefer just to buy from retail since it's a gift.



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  Reply # 1417726 31-Oct-2015 15:14
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michaelmurfy: Chromebook? They're great. Can get a decent one for that.


This

Chromebook fits the scenario well


This is looking like the best option atm. Any model you would recommend? Don't know anything about chromebooks.

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  Reply # 1417728 31-Oct-2015 15:23
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Touch is a good functionality to have for casual browsing.

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  Reply # 1417732 31-Oct-2015 15:29
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jackfry:
MikeB4:
michaelmurfy: Chromebook? They're great. Can get a decent one for that.


This

Chromebook fits the scenario well


This is looking like the best option atm. Any model you would recommend? Don't know anything about chromebooks.


I have the Toshiba Chromebook 14 (1080p model, 4gb ram) and love it. Get around 12hrs battery from it.

I'd recommend going into a store and having a play with some. Would go with the 4gb ram models personally. Acer have a 11" 4gb model for $380 IIRC which I also have and is great for general browsing.




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