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Basic office Laptop with CD/DVD and cardreader
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:32:42 AM »
Hi Ari,

i am looking for a Laptop for my parents for 300-400 (300 would be better) for office and normal web surfing.

It should have:
- cardreader
- CD/DVD drive
- maybe 256 GB SSD(i like the speed of a fast booting OS) , they dont need tons of space. Just to save some pictures. 1 TB would be an overkill.

Can you recommend anything?

Thanks
Wolf
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 09:55:49 AM by wolf »

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Re: Basic office Laptop with CD/DVD and cardreader
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 10:29:55 AM »
Hi Ari,

i am looking for a Laptop for my parents for 300-400 (300 would be better) for office and normal web surfing.

It should have:
- cardreader
- CD/DVD drive
- maybe 256 GB SSD(i like the speed of a fast booting OS) , they dont need tons of space. Just to save some pictures. 1 TB would be an overkill.

Can you recommend anything?

Thanks
Wolf

That's a pretty tough one, Wolf. The issue is that manufacturers simply do not equip low-cost laptops with SSDs, even if it could work financially, because the low capacities scare off uneducated consumers. Yes, a 256GB SSD would be enough for most people, but instead you get a slow 1TB hard drive. Also, DVD drives are become extremely rare in laptops, and finding both an SSD and a DVD drive in a low-cost laptop will be impossible. You'd have to raise your budget substantially to get what you want. As an example, here's an Acer laptop with a 256GB SSD, DVD drive, and card reader for 599.00.

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Re: Basic office Laptop with CD/DVD and cardreader
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 11:17:52 AM »
Thanks for the fast Reply. I know this would be a hard question.
I found one which could fit but im not sure if it is a good deal. Since i know almost nothin about mobile cpu could you give me your opinion and if you think this is a good deal feel free to provide me a Link to support this great site.

Nr 1:  HP Notebook 15,6 Zoll, AMD E2-7110 Quad Core 4x1.80 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SATA III SSD https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B077G9F494/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza

Nr. 2 without ssd: Lenovo (15,6 Zoll) Notebook (Intel N4200 Quad Core 4x2.50 GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB S-ATA HDD https://www.amazon.de/dp/B075XQT7WJ/ref=psdc_427957031_t1_B0773TN74Z

Nr. 3: Acer ES1 (15,6 Zoll) Notebook Intel N3350 Dual Core 2x2.40 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1000 GB https://www.amazon.de/Notebook-Graphic-DVD-Brenner-Windows-Professional/dp/B076JF61YH/ref=pd_cp_147_1?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=YRBBF2GSQMDVPYY9B69V&th=1

No cd/dvd drive would not be a big problem since i can connect an external drive.

wolf
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 11:23:15 AM by Ari Altman »

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Re: Basic office Laptop with CD/DVD and cardreader
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 11:38:46 AM »
Thanks for the fast Reply. I know this would be a hard question.
I found one which could fit but im not sure if it is a good deal. Since i know almost nothin about mobile cpu could you give me your opinion and if you think this is a good deal feel free to provide me a Link to support this great site.

Nr 1:  HP Notebook 15,6 Zoll, AMD E2-7110 Quad Core 4x1.80 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SATA III SSD https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B077G9F494/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza

Nr. 2 without ssd: Lenovo (15,6 Zoll) Notebook (Intel N4200 Quad Core 4x2.50 GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB S-ATA HDD https://www.amazon.de/dp/B075XQT7WJ/ref=psdc_427957031_t1_B0773TN74Z

Nr. 3: Acer ES1 (15,6 Zoll) Notebook Intel N3350 Dual Core 2x2.40 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1000 GB https://www.amazon.de/Notebook-Graphic-DVD-Brenner-Windows-Professional/dp/B076JF61YH/ref=pd_cp_147_1?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=YRBBF2GSQMDVPYY9B69V&th=1

No cd/dvd drive would not be a big problem since i can connect an external drive.

wolf

The second two options don't have an SSD, so those are probably out. The SSD is the most important of the three requirements you mentioned, since the other two (DVD and card reader) can be added externally and aren't used all the time.

But I think you've done a great job finding that HP 15.6" Laptop. Its mobile AMD processor is going to be pretty slow, just a bit faster than Intel's Atom line, which is for entry-level laptops (in the $300 range). But it's good enough for browsing and light productivity, and the laptop has everything else you want. It also has 8GB of RAM, which is much better than 4GB at this point (note that I didn't list this laptop earlier because I only found it with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD in the US).

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Re: Basic office Laptop with CD/DVD and cardreader
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 01:31:37 PM »
One last update/question.

is a Intel Pentium 4405U better than a AMD E2-7110 Quad Core?

if yes i just found this Laptop in Warehouse Deals: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01MZICLQJ/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza


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Re: Basic office Laptop with CD/DVD and cardreader
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2017, 01:52:27 PM »
One last update/question.

is a Intel Pentium 4405U better than a AMD E2-7110 Quad Core?

if yes i just found this Laptop in Warehouse Deals: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01MZICLQJ/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza

Yes, the Pentium 4405U is faster, but Warehouse Deals are typically returned merchandise, and I'm not sure if that brand is a reputable one. I think you're better off going with the HP Laptop. A lot of the laptop user experience goes beyond components, as build quality matters a lot. That's why I would never recommend an unknown brand for a laptop.