Reply To: Looking to buy a laptop

Ed P
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Why new? Based on Dave’s previous advice I purchased a used Lenova Thinkpad from Microdream. Not only is this an approved centre for recycling Microsoft products they run a complete laptop refurbishing system eliminating any knocks/dings etc to give a like-new appearance. I was very pleased with the product and it meant that someone else ate the 60% first-year depreciation that is normally seen for non-Apple laptops. (Apple products tend to have a lower rate of depreciation).

Many of these laptops are ex Office use and come with an industry standard tpm module, which means with only a little work you can get a fairly secure baseline on which to install a reputable AV package.

Although you are not concerned about price a second hand route can give you a very high quality laptop at a reasonable price.