Laptop recommendation

andyrr Posts: 1,819
edited April 2019 in The cake stop
My 15 year old daughter's Lenovo laptop is damaged and either needs replaced or repaired and then moved down the line to he younger sister.
It's around 3 years old, an Ideapad 310 with 8gb Ram and it's a broken case around a rear corner/hinge plus 2 duff keys. Local small repair place quoted £100+ (assuming they could get parts) so to me verging on uneconomic. If I could repair, using glue, the case, I'm not sure about a keyboard fix hence investigating replacement. Battery life now minimal.
Have seen a few decent looking machines for £350'ish, (HP / Lenovo/ Dell) but not sure what processor etc to aim for at that pricepoint, also seen SSD drives which have smaller capacity but are faster I think.
Any pointers please?

After a few hours I've seen a few machines that seem appropriate ... ws-10.html ... hotukdeals ... 097uk.html ... 9-pdt.html ... #DetailTop


  • meursault
    meursault Posts: 1,433
    Get the fastest processor and graphics card for your budget, the rest is mainly hype.

    It does depend on usage though, just internet browsing/homework? Then you don't need the highest spec.
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  • andyrr
    andyrr Posts: 1,819
    Y, is for general use, homework, watching films etc but is likely to have increased use for music-related work, such as recording & editing.
    Not sure how easily comparable real speed is across the different processors speed, Intel and AMD etc
  • ayjaycee
    ayjaycee Posts: 1,277
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  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,884
    Check Morgan, Microdream et al for refurb. Just bought from Microdream a Lenovo X230 core i7 with 480gb SSD, good price, excellent condition, fast as, very happy.
  • robert88
    robert88 Posts: 2,696
    IMO you want an SSD one. They boot up much quicker and are quieter and cooler. Mine's a fairly cheap HP thing about 2 years old. I get by on 256Gb internal drive plus external drive for the bulky stuff. Came from ebuyer, no probs.
  • CiB
    CiB Posts: 6,098
    An SSD is good if it's the right type, and big enough for Windows + updates + apps. See this recent Gaurdian Ask Jack on that very subject. ... -10-laptop

    I also noticed this in the same place - Best Laptop For A Child, about £200 - ... ws-macbook
  • eric_draven
    eric_draven Posts: 1,192
    I bought a Dell Latitude E6430 about 12 months ago,it was a refurbed unit with the latest windows in it for £180 from a local small computer shop,does everything i wanted it to browse listen to music via speakers YouTube etc I don't game,the main reason i went this route is all the new laptops have nowhere to rip a CD which is something I still buy and do

    Maybe worth this sort of route if it is for your kids
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    if its just for docs, browsing, email & videos etc any budget laptop with a reasonably long battery life then ditch Windows and install this free Linux distro its as close to a Mac experience without having to be a tech to use it.
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