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    laptop recommendation

    Primary use is email, social media, youtube and online banking. Not looking to spend more than $400 if possible.

    Thanks.

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    Hello

    If you are going to carry it around, I'd recommend some of the light ultrabooks in the 14" range, we have 4 Lenovos that we use in my family, mostly Yoga and IdeaPads. I do like Lenovo and Dell brands.

    For a budget laptop, I'd still look for decent processor/ram/ssd, something like those specs:
    Processor: Intel i5/i7, or AMD Ryzen 3/5/7 (7nm technology, great performance and power-efficient processors) with over 6k Passmark scode (https://www.cpubenchmark.net/laptop.html)
    RAM: 8GB
    SSD: 256 or 512GB

    Here is a decent one for $500, but not spectacular, and a bit large for my taste at 15.6" : https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-x5...?skuId=6420333

    Walmart has some decently priced laptops sometimes, now there are a lot of "Back to School" sales going around. If not new, I've also bought slightly used/refurbished laptops from fleabay too. I will look around and post a link if I find something good.

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    Lenovo is my "go to" brand for our clients. However..business class models only, and..that takes it well out of your price range.
    If I had to buy a laptop for myself and I had to keep the budget that low...I'd shop the Lenovo factory outlet and find a firesale on a refurb, quality Thinkpad T or X series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post

    Walmart has some decently priced laptops sometimes, now there are a lot of "Back to School" sales going around.
    That's what I did the last time (at least I could see what I was getting into). I suppose I could go to a walmart store, but they way things are now.....

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    How much memory does Windows 10 need to run smoothly? I have no experience with the latest OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Lenovo is my "go to" brand for our clients. However..business class models only, and..that takes it well out of your price range.
    If I had to buy a laptop for myself and I had to keep the budget that low...I'd shop the Lenovo factory outlet and find a firesale on a refurb, quality Thinkpad T or X series.
    Looking.

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    8 GB is enough for a laptop to run Windows 10 smoothly. I wouldn't buy 4 GB models. Oh, and when I mentioned Walmart I meant their online store.

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    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-x5...?skuId=6420333

    Thats 100 bucks over your budget but its decent.

    In the 400 dollar range everything is old CPUs or Celerons. Even for a little **** box for watching videos I'd want an ssd and like Philip said you want 8 GB of ram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    8 GB is enough for a laptop to run Windows 10 smoothly.
    As I thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    In the 400 dollar range everything is old CPUs or Celerons.
    True.

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    I can really recommend you Lenovo as well. I have my laptop over 7 years and it still works absolutely fine. The only disadvantage is that it is a little bit big and heavy, so it’s not that comfortable to carry it around. But my next buy will be definitely a Lenovo, too.

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    Lenovo, Dell, ASUS in that order
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