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    Dave Rice
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    HP EliteBook 840 G1 14-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 4th Gen, 8GB Memory, 180GB SSD, WiFi, WebCam, Windows 10 Professional 64-bit) (Renewed)

    £265 on Amazon

    There were some G2 about for the same price bracket but seem to have gone. Performance wise there was nothing in  it but they have 1600 x 900 screens.

    These are very nice bits of kit.

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    Ed P
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    For a reasonably dispassionate comparison with a Windows laptop, check out this review. I guess you need to define ‘study aid’ a little more thoroughly to see which fulfils the requirement best.

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    blacklion1725
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    +1 for Dave’s suggestion – bought one on his recommendation a while back – really pleased with it. I’ve pimped mine a bit but even out of the box a very nice bit of kit.

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    dwynnehugh
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    In June 2019 I was looking for a new laptop and Dave Rice suggested the following

    HP 255 G7 Ryzen 3 8GB 256GB Full HD 15.6in Win10 Laptop,  Ebuyer Q/find code 874549 currently £329.98 – my daughter is extremely pleased with it and it fulfills all of her requirements.

    Thanks Dave – spot on!!

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    TCBarrett
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    874549

    Hmm.. not sure the quote is working?

    Anyway – study aid – meaning it is for someone that is studying 😀

    Seriously, they need to be able to research (Google stuff) and “do Office stuff” (Google Docs). So, genuinely not anything spectacular. It is currently a no tablets or PCs household. Not sure they even have smart phones. Even if they do, you can’t be writing essays on a phone.

     

    Thanks for all suggestions so far. They look good. Amazing B4B these days!

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    PlaneMan
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    I can’t argue with the suggestions put forward so far but if lightweight and excellent battery life is important then it’s a Chromebook  all the way.

    I’m almost totally on ChromeOs and Android.  A Chromebook with Android support will do all you ask and more.

     

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    blacklion1725
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    Only reason I’d avoid Chromebooks for study is that MS Office is still the standard/assumed office suite (or at least was when my two went through university).  A snappy Windows laptop will do everything a student needs – a Chromebook may not.

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    Ed P
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    The link still works for me, but the site was this:

    https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebooks-vs-windows

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    Dave Rice
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    I get the Chromebook vs Windows if you are in total control and know how to get around the gotchas. But as BL says expectations are you’ll be using Windows / Office and everything is geared to that.

    Then there’s the whole getting ready for the big wide world thing. In business it’s going to be Windows. I know some big names like Airbus have moved Google Apps but it’s still on a Windows machine.

    My kids are pretty tech savvy and things like Linux don’t phase them, but there’s no way they were going to Uni with anything other than a Windows machine. Harriet, who trashes everything (her new Lenovo didn’t last 6th form), went with a refurb Elitebook 8460 that I put an SSD in. Looked like new (it doesn’t now – stickers) and 3 years in (so it’s probably 8 years old+) it’s i5 is still more than capable and isn’t going to fall to bits thanks to the aluminium case.

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    Bob Williams
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    My eldest Gdaughter still has the HP Pavillion d7 that was ours, at least 10 years old now. She has had it about 5 years and you could grow stuff on it! She used it when she was a chef and it really needs degreasing; now she works in a Barclays bank and still uses it for work appointments, etc. I put in another 2GB Ram and an SSD in the DVDRW bay. It is still solid as a rock, quite heavy compared to today’s lappies, gets hammered by her and truck owner/driver BF. They are about to move into their first home together and I jokingly suggested she should pass it to the firstborn. “Of course granddad: it’s a family heirloom now!”

    I think the old HP will have to be shot at some point. It just won’t die from natural causes. They don’t make ’em like that any more!

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