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    Budget notebook

    OK I got tasked with buying a 'second hand 'notebook for a university student in Philippines to use .
    However found I new CHUWI herobook pro notebook for$ 2280 on the Fortress website .
    It's right on budget .
    Any comments appreciated as to whether it's a reasonable buy or not .
    Thanks


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    Please check your private mails.
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    Have a read of these reviews. I always start with the 1 stars. https://www.amazon.com/product-revie...ews-filter-bar

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    The processor is from the stone Age so it's extremely slow. Unless the university student uses it solely for light tasks such as wordprocessing it's better to choose a more expensive laptop.

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    University student? Better check for an old Lenovo Thinkpad. These things are hard as hell to break, easy to maintain and spare pieces are easily available. Get something like a Core i3-i5 (I'd skip any celeron or the likes) from anything after say 2015, 8GB of RAM and an SSD. Done.


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    I would +1 the secondhand Thinkpad (in fact, I have been running a couple for the past five years for casual use).

    X or T series, with an SSD, possibly throw in a new battery too. They ran external/replaceable batteries up until a couple of generations ago.

    I'd expect this to come in at... perhaps a couple hundred(?) above budget if you include the replacement battery.

    I would have extremely low expectations on any cheap Chinese budget laptop.

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    stay away from CHUWI, i bought two of them for cheap as chips in the past, only thing the laptop is good for is watching youtube or reading emails, it is slow as [email protected] I use as a back up for my kid if her normal laptop has issues for any zoom or online classes.

    Bought from Expansys back in Aug 1st 2020 for fun LOL

    Chuwi LapBook Pro $2,299.00 HKD
    Chuwi HeroBook Pro $1,499.00 HKD

    If I were you I would go to SSP golden computer center or Wan Chai computer center (top floor at the back large laptop selling place with many models to choose from, tell them your budget and they should have some better models than CHUWI)

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    If you go to SSP, there's a whole second hand building next to Golden Computer Center. New Capital Computer Plaza. It's full of second hand computers of all kinds. You might be able to easily find a Thinkpad in decent condition. Just as jgl suggests, the X and T series are specially durable. Ideapads and the like...not so much. I bought there an HP miniPC to act as home Jellyfin (Plex-like) server and hypervisor in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timonoj:
    If you go to SSP, there's a whole second hand building next to Golden Computer Center. New Capital Computer Plaza. It's full of second hand computers of all kinds. You might be able to easily find a Thinkpad in decent condition. Just as jgl suggests, the X and T series are specially durable. Ideapads and the like...not so much. I bought there an HP miniPC to act as home Jellyfin (Plex-like) server and hypervisor in general.
    You can easily find secondhand Thinkpads in there, there are several stores that specialise in recycling corporate IT gear (usually desktops or ultra small form factor) and some of these also refurb Thinkpads. They do seem to be quite specifically Thinkpads as well, though some stores also do other brands.

    If you go this route, use it at home for a month or so before sending it off.

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    The "problem" with secondhand Lenovo's of a "certain age" is that they can be incredibly slow to boot-up when fitted with the original "spinning rust" (Hard Disks).

    Yes, Lenovo's are mostly tough but they weigh so heavy on the arm/shoulder.... which is why I first travelled with a small Lenovo Netbook or latterly with a Chuwi - which was so light to carry around.... and they come with NO heavyweight "spinning rust" to take great care of their equipment. [eSSD fitted]

    Of course, the Philippines student would probably love a Lenovo X1 laptop - but even second hand they are expensive !!!

    For the record : The computer manufacturers are concentrating on the HIGHER PRICED computers since the profit levels are higher than "wasting" difficult to acquire IC's in cheap computers because of the "squeeze" on availability of components these days.

    Me? Now I can't travel, my expensive Lenovo X1 stays at home, as does my Chuwi - from commie China - which I would take for short sojourns away for HK when I really don't wish to risk loss of my Lenovo !

    Just DON'T get any low capacity eSSD/SSD - I had an Asus of 32GB storage for a few weeks - there wasn't any easy way to comply with Windows when it demanded to "update" into a sadly lacking in space storage eSSD of 32GB !!


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