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# 205715 23-Nov-2016 23:11
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While I'm at it I'm also looking to buy an cheap laptop for the in-laws.

At least 15" screen
Full number pad
Good battery life (I know they don't have a great life on them)
Windows based
Ssd would be ideal, but I guess I could try and fit one
(Ideally an anti glare screen as lots of Windows in house but not an deal breaker)

It doesn't have to be very high spec just enough to run windows 10, excel, websites, etc.

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  # 1676508 23-Nov-2016 23:56
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Why 15" screen?


Personally the panels in most "consumer grade" 15" models are shocking. and very glossy. Spent ages finding a good 14" unit for my wife

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  # 1676513 24-Nov-2016 06:32
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Why 15" screen?

Personally the panels in most "consumer grade" 15" models are shocking. and very glossy. Spent ages finding a good 14" unit for my wife

Mainly because their eyesight isn't that great. And I thought the majority of all laptops were 15.6?


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  # 1676515 24-Nov-2016 06:45
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If you happy with second hand, then a PBTech off lease and upgrade to SSD could be a good option.

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  # 1676518 24-Nov-2016 07:23
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when you say cheap are these cheap enough?

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  # 1676706 24-Nov-2016 13:13
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when you say cheap are these cheap enough?

Yeah still a bit more than they wanted. I was hoping for around $250 (I sold my Toshiba for less, wish I hadn't now lol).

Could pay a bit more for a better spec'd machine if something came up.

I had s look at pb tech and those ex lease were $400 and couldn't see any with a number pad.


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  # 1676718 24-Nov-2016 13:45
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Windows 8. 299. Not great.


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  # 1676721 24-Nov-2016 13:54
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Could try here -

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  # 1677745 26-Nov-2016 05:47
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Thanks for the posts so far, much appreciated.

I've seen a couple that might do the trick.

This seems quite well spec'd:

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