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    Cheap Windows laptop for ad-hoc use

    Can anyone recommend a cheap Windows laptop that has mutliple USB 3.0, 3.1 ports, an SSD and 8GB RAM? I don't need Windows on it as I can transfer my Windows 10 Home license from my very old netbook that is unusable now due to it being too slow. Price would need to be less than £300. There are many on eBay that may fit the bill but I'm not sure of the differences in all of the mobile CPU versions (AMD, Intel). There are also lots of 'Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program' sellers but the laptops look to be in poor condition and it looks like the seller has just swapped out an old HDD and replaced with a cheap SSD.

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    Re: Cheap Windows laptop for ad-hoc use

    Quote Originally Posted by Taz View Post
    Can anyone recommend a cheap Windows laptop that has mutliple USB 3.0, 3.1 ports, an SSD and 8GB RAM? I don't need Windows on it as I can transfer my Windows 10 Home license from my very old netbook that is unusable now due to it being too slow. Price would need to be less than £300. There are many on eBay that may fit the bill but I'm not sure of the differences in all of the mobile CPU versions (AMD, Intel). There are also lots of 'Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program' sellers but the laptops look to be in poor condition and it looks like the seller has just swapped out an old HDD and replaced with a cheap SSD.
    Dare I say it, Black Friday is next month. You'll probably get some good deals on last season stock if you can wait til then.

    This was the closest to your budget but lacking 3.1 USB
    https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/leno...uk/version.asp

    Then this has everything but goes over your budget by £50.
    https://www.ebuyer.com/874549-hp-255...op-6bn96ea-abu

    I'd personally keep an eye on these and similar spec for Black Friday, they may swing into your budget.
    Sadly eBay is a minefield so you would just have to keep looking if you're going used.

    It's virtually impossible to specify a laptop without a Windows licence without going to a build specialist.
    You could try a Linux one, but often they're purposely under spec'ed, Microsoft also pressures the manufacturers to not supply drivers so there's no guarantee that Windows would work as intended


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    Re: Cheap Windows laptop for ad-hoc use

    Quote Originally Posted by Taz View Post
    Can anyone recommend a cheap Windows laptop that has mutliple USB 3.0, 3.1 ports, an SSD and 8GB RAM? I don't need Windows on it as I can transfer my Windows 10 Home license from my very old netbook that is unusable now due to it being too slow. Price would need to be less than £300. There are many on eBay that may fit the bill but I'm not sure of the differences in all of the mobile CPU versions (AMD, Intel). There are also lots of 'Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program' sellers but the laptops look to be in poor condition and it looks like the seller has just swapped out an old HDD and replaced with a cheap SSD.
    https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/refu...8aAvgEEALw_wcB

    Refurbished (A1 grade) Lenovo IdeaPad 330S AMD Ryzen 3 2200U 4GB 128GB 15.6" FHD for £250, enough left to upgrade RAM and perhaps SSD.

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    Re: Cheap Windows laptop for ad-hoc use

    Refurbished Dell Latitude E74xx or 74xx or 54xx series would fit the bill. I was looking for a similar rig not too long ago.

    These are typically ex-contract corporate jobs so expect to see 90% of them treated as such - be prepared to slog through lots of 'grade C' examples.

    Fortunately, a £300 budget would easily net some well-cared-for 'grade A' examples.

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