We're hunting for ex-lease laptop(s) to replace dead/dying technology. Price range under $400
Windows 7, DVD player, not too heavy, good battery life, 4GB+RAM, 250GB+ HDD
recommendations? brands to avoid?
You'll get bad luck stories with every brand. With those requirements you probably have to take whatever you can find.
Dell and Toshiba have been good for me. Asus not bad but failed and had a problem getting it fixed. Surface Pro out of your price range, and a bit quirky.
No idea, but PBTech has a couple of HP's on their 24th birthday sale, unless you've looked already
HP Probook would be my recommendation.
We got an ex-lease one from PB Tech a few years ago for about $350 I think.
We chucked an SSD into it and installed Windows 10 Pro and hasn't missed a beat.
It gets used all day every day.
Good batt life , on a used laptop
Time to get realistic.
Factor in the price of a replacement batt .
Who knows, you may get a good batt, chances are its not . Its not new after all.
Also, laptops can get a hard life. You take the chance of having some issues ,and may have had some rough treatment, factor that into the equation.
Its up 4 sale because someone decided its past its useful, economic life .
My used lappy works great, batt life is not so good .
The Dell 6300/6400 series are generally good laptops, we had oodles of them well out of warranty at my last employers, and they kept going even after the hardlife the staff gave them.
But do factor in (as mentioned above) battery and maybe swap out to an SSD. Weight wise, for under $400 you're still looking at a "full size" system.
XPD^ / DemiseNZ
Disclaimer - It wasn't me, the dog ate my keyboard, my account was hacked, I was drunk, ALIENS.
We ended up getting a Lenovo (V11o IIRC) - which was listed in the ex-lease dept but was actually brand new on clearance ($393), being last year's model. Windows 10 :-/ A bit plasticy and fairly entry-level CPU and graphics-wise, but will do for business. Biggest drawback for my touch-typing wife is half-sized right-hand shift key - the payoff for having a real numeric keypad.