Hello, I'm not very good about hardware. Is it possible to buy secondhand office laptop for research and programming studying for 270$? Could you advice me any models to check? Any popular models may be?

Upd: I'm in Russia. Prices higher by 10-30% from stores of EU region (like computeruniverse).

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It's a pretty much country/region specific question, as models and prices vary greatly, unless you are interested in buying from Amazon, E-Bay or AliExpress, but then, if something goes wrong, you may have great problems.

My advice would be to check for refurbished and second hand computer suppliers in your country, that mostly acquire the computers from corporations, give at least 3 month guarantee, and have a decent reputation. Possibly also a local company, that imports a lot of used comps from abroad, but I would expect them to give 3 month guarantee as well.

If you post models, that seem to be easy to get, where you are, it will be much easier to answer your question.

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prices vary to much depending of the country of the op

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Thank you for your response. I'm in Russia. Prices here higher by 10-30% from stores of EU region (like computeruniverse).

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Not sure where you are but you might want to check out local 2nd Hand/Pawn shop. If you have a local PC parts distribution/wholesale or just general IT show, those are times and places to check out. Basically imo, you want to good screen, bigger screen size will cost a little more, you need RAM for programming, its for debugging, a good CPU too, you won't need graphics so just integrated graphics will do.

Not too sure what $270 will get you in your country perhaps you can go online and pick a few models so we'll have a better idea. Over here, at times a notebook which is a low-end laptop mainly for browsing purpose bundled with the local telco. You probably would not want a model more than 3-5yrs old imo. Cheers~

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I thought 13" screen and 6GB of RAM is okay, isn't it?

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I think 6GB is too little personally. Depending on what I have open, my tower can idle at up to 5GB usage. When I have 24GB ram it’s nothing, but I would suggest at least 8GB to give yourself some buffer, maybe even 16 but I admit I am a fan of being over prepared.

I think for $270 (USD?) you could find a machine that gets what you need. If it’s just office/ school stuff, I think a nicer i3 or lower end i5 (as well as AMD equivalents) will do the job. I think second hand is your best bet, but at least as far as what I’ve seen in the US (which may not be quite your experience) an entry level 13” should be possible.

Have you looked at a surface or chrome book? If they’re available and in your price range, they might be good options to consider.

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Thank you for answer.
Yes, it's USD prices.
I daven't heard something about Chromebook! Cool, thx!

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Sorry for the late reply. 13" and 6GB is working on bare bones imo. You want to work on a larger screen so you dont have to squint your eyes to focus on the screen. You need large screen space to see most of your codes when programming and debugging. Alternatively for getting a smaller screen you may want to hoke it up to a lab monitor or a larger screen with cable whenever to offset it; that's another solution.

Since you mentioned researching it also means you're browsing internet often. Nowadays the browser tech uses a large amount of RAM especially if you open alot of tabs. Which means without opening much applications in the background, you might have about 3GB used before you start browsing with leaves your with 3GB thus I'll recommend at least 8GB. If you idle your browser, the RAM intake just keeps stacking.

You may also want to look at y9our telcos where they might offer tablets with your mobile plan. Using a Bluetooth headset as the tablet doubles up as a mobile too. Its doable but I am just unsure about your situation and the prices there. Also understand that iPads/Samsung Galaxy pads are powerful enough imo though I am not sure if debuggers run smoothly on it. It should not matter much but if you compare prices of a Mobile set + a price of a notebook vs just a 2nd/cheap notebook if it gives you more value then go for a pad. And if ipad/galaxy pad is the choice ask if they run external applications like debuggers well to the salesperson if not call their Customer service center to enquire. I do not think otherwise since they are simply smaller built PC named smartfones and pads. Cheers~

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Thank you for your response and advice.

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Is it possible to buy secondhand office laptop for research and programming studying for 270$?

You should invest something more imho

If you are not going to do fancy stuff I would recommend an used lenovo thinkpad with 8GB ram, a decent 15' monitor (13' is not bad, better mobility but ewww your eyes will cry), and a decent i5

If you are going to develop mobile apps (android studio with emulators, etc...) you should really wait, save some moneys and buy something better

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Thank you for your response and advice =3

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