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My old toshibas died hence I’ve been posting on my phone for the last 48 hours I’m not looking to spend loads I don’t need much of a hard drive but I don’t fancy buying a used one off a Facebook selling site all I use one for is posting crap on the internet watching porn Facebook etc and watching dvds on the old toshiba must have lasted me a good 8 years any ideas

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There's a few retailers on EBay or so, that sell perfectly good refurbished machines, of known brand, without some other person's horse porn on it

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Just now, MrPin said:

There's a few retailers on EBay or so, that sell perfectly good refurbished machines, of known brand, without some other person's horse porn on it

I’ve had a culture shock this last 48 hours ie the phone try’s and corrects my spelling and I’ve had to install online banking on it but useing eBay and that PayPal thing might be a step to far it’s also wank no pun intended for watching porn on

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2 minutes ago, MrPin said:

There's a few retailers on EBay or so, that sell perfectly good refurbished machines, of known brand, without some other person's horse porn on it

NOOOOOOooooooo!

They put spyware on it and then empty your bank account!

 

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Computer exchange often have nice enough machines at lowish prices.  Ebay refurbished would be cheaper/better, but CeX have a warranty that isn't completely crap.

[it isn't a good place to sell tech, IMO, but if they don't want the thing (like a crap laptop) they'll sell it on cheaply enough]

If all you do is web stuff you might be best off with a Chromebook -- I think they're great.  There are plenty of cheap ones in Argos etc.

[Obviously, if you get a Chromebook then Google will own you forever, but I assume that I'm not worth owning, so don't worry about it]

 

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If you want go for a refurbished machine, but don't trust the operating system on it (i.e. full of malware or it's Windows 10, which is full of malware anyway) then if you can't get a Windows 7 licence, you could try Chalet OS.

I've had a play with it on an old laptop, and it is pretty similar to Windows 7.  Within an hour of starting the installation process, I was on the net and playing videos in VLC.  I've had a go a linux a few years before, and always given up in frustration, but Chalet OS was fine.  Here's a review of it:

https://www.linux.com/learn/chaletos-linux-those-who-miss-windows-7

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What about: Build one on PC.co uk,  you can customize it to take off all the crap. i3 processor should be fine and would imagine you can get one for under 400 quid. I used to love building my own Dell back in the day. 

Windows 10 cleaner off reddit gets rid of all the spyware. 

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Would normally suggest CRS / Morgan - any of the big resellers than clear out ex company lease stuff, there was another mentioned on here which I cannot remember where pricing seemed good.

Also another shout out for CEX, daughter bought a laptop, had a hinge problem after a couple of months (known issue with model), instant refund and had another machine within a couple of days, no quibble, I was all lined up for having to back her up and force the issue but absolutely none needed, well impressed. They do vary from store to store, some will get stock from other stores delivered to local store (which I prefer as supply is then local and any issues direct back to store, the local one had only just opened up and we had to source direct from site. Their grading system seems to be good, if it states condition A then likely good as new. Another advantage if you have other gear to chop in and you go for credit note you get fairly decent valuation and offset any other purchase. Best to spend money on spot as despite giving out a an ID/card/keyring tag the credits do not go to an account as such and the credit receipt can easily be lost. Also advantage with CEX is they have much greater stock range than the remarkers so you can pick and choose make/model so get exactly what you want.

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Have you not got somewhere to put a desktop?

They are pots better for watching DVDs or YouTube with an extra big monitor; I have one for work in my office and one which basically functions as a TV (without the live broadcasts so no licence) on a wheeled coffee table in the lounge.

The screen quality is head and shoulders above laptops and the viewing experience better as you are looking across at a distance rather than peering down into a small screen.

It's an all in one desktop so the gubbins and DVD sit behind the screen meaning that there is no bulky base unit.

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24 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

Have you not got somewhere to put a desktop?

They are pots better for watching DVDs or YouTube with an extra big monitor; I have one for work in my office and one which basically functions as a TV (without the live broadcasts so no licence) on a wheeled coffee table in the lounge.

The screen quality is head and shoulders above laptops and the viewing experience better as you are looking across at a distance rather than peering down into a small screen.

It's an all in one desktop so the gubbins and DVD sit behind the screen meaning that there is no bulky base unit.

Or, have a docking station for the laptop. Works a treat. 

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2 minutes ago, One percent said:

Or, have a docking station for the laptop. Works a treat. 

If you need a laptop in the first place.  I've had a few from work and owned one but I find that with remote access meaning that I don't have to store anything locally then I don't need to transport anything.

Their remaining value IMO is if you regularly work on the train or hotel rooms and I do neither these days; though I did previously have a more mobile job so it was handy then.

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2 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

If you need a laptop in the first place.  I've had a few from work and owned one but I find that with remote access meaning that I don't have to store anything locally then I don't need to transport anything.

Their remaining value IMO is if you regularly work on the train or hotel rooms and I do neither these days; though I did previously have a more mobile job so it was handy then.

Also handy if you want to use it whilst sat in front of the telly

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I find the very cheap laptops a false economy.. they tend to be really nasty both in terms of performance and build (at least that is my experience).

If buying new I would go for something at least mid range (around £400/£500 mark),   otherwise a tablet if you don't need to do a lot of work on it (around £200 android tablet would be perfect for everything you mentioned except DVDs - particularly recommend Huawei Mediapad M3 10 lite - you could convert all your DVDs to MP4 and stick them on a 128gb flash drive to watch on your tablet).

Otherwise secondhand /reconditioned laptop.    Reconditioned probably best..   less of a gamble.

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33 minutes ago, Libspero said:

I find the very cheap laptops a false economy.. they tend to be really nasty both in terms of performance and build (at least that is my experience).

If buying new I would go for something at least mid range (around £400/£500 mark),   otherwise a tablet if you don't need to do a lot of work on it (around £200 android tablet would be perfect for everything you mentioned except DVDs - particularly recommend Huawei Mediapad M3 10 lite - you could convert all your DVDs to MP4 and stick them on a 128gb flash drive to watch on your tablet).

Otherwise secondhand /reconditioned laptop.    Reconditioned probably best..   less of a gamble.

Yes, a good ex-business laptop by a known brand is  probably the best buy. They have better ketborads, and sometimes facilties for a docking point.

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If I were you i'd ditch the requirement for a built-in DVD drive, and just buy a large screen tablet instead. The days of 'proper' laptops are coming to an end! Especially if all you're doing is a bit of surfing, email and porn

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Small and low power consumption ITX sized box, Firestick, or Android box, etc with LibreElec Kodi for the TV.

Maybe another ITX for the desktop with dvd drive if need the access, keyboard, storage, power.

Tablet or phone used to control the TV (Chromecast, etc) so BBC tax free ready, and to surf while you watch. 

Tablet also for the commute, etc.  Nice and light.  Also take it plus Chromecast on hols to use on their TV.

No need for a laptop if keyboard and large storage not needed, although some tablets still OK.  

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2 minutes ago, Southmartin said:

If I were you i'd ditch the requirement for a built-in DVD drive, and just buy a large screen tablet instead. The days of 'proper' laptops are coming to an end! Especially if all you're doing is a bit of surfing, email and porn

My recent laptop does not include a DVD/BR drive. Just buy a portable one.

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22 minutes ago, One percent said:

Another place to look is dell outlet. @The Masked Tulip Will probably be able to tell you when new stock is added. 

I've gone off the Dell Outlet. Prices a tad high these days. They had 20% off a few days ago but prices seemed to have gone up to counter it.

Argos ebay refurbished store is my preferred choice these days. If you know what you are looking for. 

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