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# 193735 22-Mar-2016 16:14
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I'm heading overseas (Central America) in a month's time and I'm looking to buy a (cheap) secondhand laptop as a gift for a charity organisation in Guatemala.

At the moment I'm looking at ex-lease laptops on particularly on TradeMe. However, there are a lot of different companies out there and some of them don't seem to have the best feedback.

Any recommendations for:
-Where to buy good secondhand laptops?
-Recommendations on what to buy? - at the moment I'm looking at maybe a HP Compaq 6930P or possibly a HP Elitebook 2540p, but I'm open to suggestions, just my budget is limited.

I'm not worried about battery issues - it just needs to be able to be plugged in and run off a power supply. Only choosing a laptop because it is easy for me to take with me.

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!

The charity I'm donating it to is Forma Guatemala ( who help with education and scholarships for rural Mayan children. I've had a bit to do with them for several years now so I know that they are geninue group who do make a difference.

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  # 1517758 22-Mar-2016 16:21
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I do contract work for a charity where we give away free reconditioned computers, including laptops.  Details here:




They are based in Manurewa, South Auckland, and I've found them very helpful.  



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  # 1517777 22-Mar-2016 16:27
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That looks like a good option thanks!


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  # 1517778 22-Mar-2016 16:29
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I am selling a really nice toshiba sattelite pro, not sure what your price range is?

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  # 1517805 22-Mar-2016 16:50
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PBTech sells a lot of ex-lease stuff.

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  # 1517842 22-Mar-2016 17:48
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Thanks Wasabi - the laptops at PBTech are above my budget for this. Sorry Ludez, I think your laptop is definitely above my budget range.

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  # 1517918 22-Mar-2016 19:28
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I used this lot last year and picked up an ex lease notebook. The notebook had a few superficial marks but have had good service along with decent product so far

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  # 1518894 24-Mar-2016 11:29
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Thanks everyone for your help. Have managed to find a very tidy Toshiba Tecra M11 i5. Just testing it out now - looks like it's going to work out really well.

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