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    Hi,

    I am currently studying my a levels and I want to buy a new laptop particularly for programming and school work with a budget of £300.

    For school work, just research on the internet and using Microsoft office etc. I'm also currently doing a lot of coding work at school including python, html/css/javascript and a bit of java in my own time but I need a new laptop for this as my current one is a bit slow. On top of doing this stuff, I also want to watch movies on it and occasionally check social media but the one thing that worries me the most is that in say 6-12 months it will become very slow.

    Although my budget is £300, I could stretch to £350 but no more than that, please could you suggest some good laptops for me that will meet my needs and also not become slow within a year or two?

    Thanks in advance!

    Luke
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    Hi,

    I am currently studying my a levels and I want to buy a new laptop particularly for programming and school work with a budget of £300.

    For school work, just research on the internet and using Microsoft office etc. I'm also currently doing a lot of coding work at school including python, html/css/javascript and a bit of java in my own time but I need a new laptop for this as my current one is a bit slow. On top of doing this stuff, I also want to watch movies on it and occasionally check social media but the one thing that worries me the most is that in say 6-12 months it will become very slow.

    Although my budget is £300, I could stretch to £350 but no more than that, please could you suggest some good laptops for me that will meet my needs and also not become slow within a year or two?

    Thanks in advance!

    Luke
    Buy a ThinkPad X230 on eBay, then if it's got a low amount of storage/memory (RAM) upgrade it or if you want a SSD instead of a HDD then just buy that and stick it in there. They're made to be upgraded - it takes just one screw on the right side to put in a hard drive and two on the bottom clearly labeled to change out the RAM. I've had mine for nearly 3 years - never broken down or had problems except when i dropped it down some stairs and the LCD lead broke

    You're looking at £150-250 for the laptop and up to £70 for a fresh hard drive (if you want one).
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    You won't find anything brand new for that price I'm afraid. Standard Windows laptops pretty much start at £300 and they're low end machines. Luckily programming isn't the most resoruce intensive task so you'd be alright with a low end machine.

    My only other suggestion is to buy a Chromebook and work off the cloud but I'm not a fan of this for any serious work.
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    Would this be your only machine or do you have a desktop to work on?
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    (Original post by DMcGovern)
    Buy a ThinkPad X230 on eBay, then if it's got a low amount of storage/memory (RAM) upgrade it or if you want a SSD instead of a HDD then just buy that and stick it in there. They're made to be upgraded - it takes just one screw on the right side to put in a hard drive and two on the bottom clearly labeled to change out the RAM. I've had mine for nearly 3 years - never broken down or had problems except when i dropped it down some stairs and the LCD lead broke

    You're looking at £150-250 for the laptop and up to £70 for a fresh hard drive (if you want one).
    Ill look into that thanks
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    You won't find anything brand new for that price I'm afraid. Standard Windows laptops pretty much start at £300 and they're low end machines. Luckily programming isn't the most resoruce intensive task so you'd be alright with a low end machine.

    My only other suggestion is to buy a Chromebook and work off the cloud but I'm not a fan of this for any serious work.
    Oh ok well thanks!
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    Would this be your only machine or do you have a desktop to work on?
    I have a desktop computer to work on with an i5 processor, 8gb ram and an r9 270x graphics card but I wanted a laptop to use for when i'm at college etc.
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    Buy a cheap Thinkpad and install Linux.

    Alternatively, get a cheap Chromebook, and install Linux.
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    Buy a cheap Thinkpad and install Linux.

    Alternatively, get a cheap Chromebook, and install Linux.
    ok thanks
 
 
 
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