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Acer Aspire3 15.6in Celeron 4GB 128GB Laptop
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8214537

ASUS VivoBook X512 15.6in Athlon 4GB 128GB Laptop
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8764348?rec=PDP[8214537]:bottomSlider:P1:OHAT:alternative:8764348:izbEXe4oQaYgZtiCMdhw
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the 2nd link is the better computer tech specs wise but the first computer come with more things. If you are going to be using to play some games with decent graphics I would go with the 2nd link. But if you are here for work then the first link would be better. Personally I wouldn't go for a laptop with less that 256gb ssd storage if you are gaming but if you keep all your work on one drive or something like that or a thumb drive you should be fine.
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(Original post by HaydenFordz)
the 2nd link is the better computer tech specs wise but the first computer come with more things. If you are going to be using to play some games with decent graphics I would go with the 2nd link. But if you are here for work then the first link would be better. Personally I wouldn't go for a laptop with less that 256gb ssd storage if you are gaming but if you keep all your work on one drive or something like that or a thumb drive you should be fine.
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Thank you!

Its not for gaming, so would u say the acer one?

Also, Asus comes with is 'Microsoft Windows 10' and the acer comes with windows 10 home, is there any difference between them?
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Acer Aspire3 15.6in Celeron 4GB 128GB Laptop
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8214537

ASUS VivoBook X512 15.6in Athlon 4GB 128GB Laptop
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8764348?rec=PDP[8214537]:bottomSlider:P1:OHAT:alternative:8764348:izbEXe4oQaYgZtiCMdhw
My vote to go to Laptop 2 as the Athlon CPU, while still underwhelming in the grand scheme of things, is much more powerful, and is lighter at 1.68kgs compared to 1.9kgs, though you might be better off spending the extra money for something a bit better, settling for a Chromebook, or finding a used laptop as most of the new Windows laptops for around this price aren't particularly great.
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As above, the second Athlon based laptop is the more powerful of the two, but neither are particularly good laptops. At this budget, you may be better off with a Chromebook or a used laptop. I wouldn't recommend spending £300 on a new Windows based device because they just outright aren't very good.
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As above, the second Athlon based laptop is the more powerful of the two, but neither are particularly good laptops. At this budget, you may be better off with a Chromebook or a used laptop. I wouldn't recommend spending £300 on a new Windows based device because they just outright aren't very good.
I need to download stuff which I cant currently do on chromebook. What is the starting price of a new Windows laptop that you'd recommend?
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I need to download stuff which I cant currently do on chromebook. What is the starting price of a new Windows laptop that you'd recommend?
The cheapest laptop that's actually worth buying is this ASUS X409MA for £350.

I'll point out that I've written a guide here, which might be helpful:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6621668
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The cheapest laptop that's actually worth buying is this ASUS X409MA for £350.

I'll point out that I've written a guide here, which might be helpful:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6621668
Thank you, I have browsed the guide and its brilliant!

Regarding windows 10 S, when you take the laptop out of S mode, does it become windows 10 home?

Also, from what I gathered you can't go back to windows 10 S? Is this true?
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Thank you, I have browsed the guide and its brilliant!

Regarding windows 10 S, when you take the laptop out of S mode, does it become windows 10 home?
Usually, yes.
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Usually, yes.
Why is it windows 10 S laptops are cheaper then?

Also is it free to get out of S mode and into windows 10 home?
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Why is it windows 10 S laptops are cheaper then?

Also is it free to get out of S mode and into windows 10 home?
Usually, Windows 10 S is found on cheaper ~£300 laptops in order to reduce slowdown.
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Usually, Windows 10 S is found on cheaper ~£300 laptops in order to reduce slowdown.
oooh ok!

one more thing (sorry) this laptop is 256gb SSD, but its in windows 10 s mode, so if I was to take it out of s modeto put it into windows 10 home. Whats your opinion? https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...93910-pdt.html
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oooh ok!

one more thing (sorry) this laptop is 256gb SSD, but its in windows 10 s mode, so if I was to take it out of s modeto put it into windows 10 home. Whats your opinion? https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...93910-pdt.html
On the whole, there's nothing really to complain about for £300 - that's a lot of computer for the price.
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The cheapest laptop that's actually worth buying is this ASUS X409MA for £350.

I'll point out that I've written a guide here, which might be helpful:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6621668
Going back to this, thanks for your time btw

This laptop is also £350, and is 8gb ram. Is it any good? https://www.argos.co.uk/product/6829498
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Going back to this, thanks for your time btw

This laptop is also £350, and is 8gb ram. Is it any good? https://www.argos.co.uk/product/6829498
That's actually a pretty good laptop for the price tbh.
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What is the starting price of a new Windows laptop that you'd recommend?
Typically I say £350-400 is the bare minimum to spend on something new, depending on if you can find a decent deal. However in the long run I typically say aim for around the £500-550 mark, as that's where you start to find actually good laptops. That's not to say you can't go cheaper, but you'll outgrow a cheap laptop faster. I've always considered it better to spend £500 today, and get a laptop that'll last far longer, over regularly spending out on £300 machines because of poor longevity. There's no guarantee that a £300 laptop will become unusable, but you're sort of setting yourself up for failure.

Ultimately though what I recommend is rarely relevant. What matters is your budget. It's always nice when someone can stretch their budget, since they can get something that's actually worth buying. But what you're willing and able to spend is what actually matters.
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That's actually a pretty good laptop for the price tbh.
Seconded. Of all the laptops mentioned so far, this would be my recommendation. I can't really see any of the typical complaints I'd have at £350.

Makes me miss the old days when you could get an 8250U at £350 though.
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That's actually a pretty good laptop for the price tbh.
ok thank u!

its gonna be out of stock for a while tho so probably gonna have to go for something else
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Seconded. Of all the laptops mentioned so far, this would be my recommendation. I can't really see any of the typical complaints I'd have at £350.

Makes me miss the old days when you could get an 8250U at £350 though.
ah thanks

such a shame tho bc its going to be out of stock for ages yet, so will probably have to find something else
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