Need laptop for secondary PC, learning Linux

Discussion in 'Mobile Computing' started by FlamingTP01, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. FlamingTP01

    FlamingTP01 [H]Lite

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    On my journey to build a new computer, I picked up a dell XPS 13 at costco to use in the meantime. the screen has a vertical line of dead pixels, no visible damage, going to return.

    Anyway, I need a laptop for general work, web browsing, learning Linux, and as a backup so I can access the internet and diagnose issues with my regular PC hardware.

    My only needs are this: Standard USB A, and a fast processor for boot up and "instantaneous" basic tasks. I also want to use it to help me learn Linux.

    Most likely use case is table top, plugged in.

    budget is $500-1000 not including shipping and taxes. Honestly I'm surprised it's not that easy to find a 3-400 dollar laptop with a 3+ghz modern CPU and garbage everything else just for this sort of task.
     
  2. dthree

    dthree n00bie

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    Are you asking for recommendations? Plenty of deals out there.
    Check slickdeals, wait for black friday, or try ebay/forums/craigslist for used laptops
     
  3. FlamingTP01

    FlamingTP01 [H]Lite

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    Forgot about black Friday. Mostly just looking for recommendations. Most things you can typically pick up at a store are either way too slow for even basic office work or they are just overkill. I wish you could build a laptop just like you can a desktop.
     
  4. defaultluser

    defaultluser I B Smart

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    You don't need a 3+ ghz processor for instant-response on a notebook, you need a 2.5 ghz processor with an SSD.
     
  5. FlamingTP01

    FlamingTP01 [H]Lite

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    Alrighty then, if that's all I need there should be something locally available then. Thanks for the input.
     
  6. defaultluser

    defaultluser I B Smart

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    Just make sure it's a Core i3 2.5GHz or better and you'll be fine. No Pentiums or Celerons (because half the time those are rebranded Atom cores)
     
  7. FlamingTP01

    FlamingTP01 [H]Lite

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    Oh I know about the celerons trust me. I'll probably pick something up this weekend.
     
  8. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    dell has some good deals and the latitudes are built good. you can get an elcheapo if you want but what was said about the cpu and ssd are very good points.
     
  9. toast0

    toast0 Gawd

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    Pentiums and celerons are fine enough, as long as you check that it's not an atom; it's a pain to check, especially since Intel has started naming atom's somethinglake and making it even more confusing, but if you get the core count and speed that you need, then it's just binned slower chips with stuff like hyperthreading turned off.
     
  10. 123Lanoix

    123Lanoix 2[H]4U

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    System 76 sells laptops with ubuntu on them