As a computer repair shop the question of how best to replace defunct and senile hardware is constantly on our mind(s). The answer inevitably depends on price point, so to simplify the issue, we will assume that the reader is interested in getting above average performance as cheaply as possible. And what might surprise most readers is that the price point for above average performance begins around $400.

Firstly, if you’re in the market for a new laptop, don’t take your wallet anywhere near a big box store. Best Buy, Walmart, and others have become unnecessary middle men since the advent of online shopping. With that said, where should you look? For those looking to save money, nothing can beat the infinite selection of Ebay. But the sheer quantity of Ebay’s offerings can be daunting, and many are priced well above $400. Here, the concept of a manufacturer refurbished (MR) laptop will reduce the options to a manageable size. Sometimes a manufacturer refurbished laptop can have some cosmetic blemishes but all of them of are fully functioning. Often these laptops are made available when a manufacturer has received a supply of a leased laptops after the contract has expired, sometimes these laptops are factory seconds, but as a consumer this deal is a the best available. These laptops are rarely more than 3 years old and often come with warranties. The premium for a new product is about a egregious computer market as it is in the auto market.

Now once you hone your search results somewhat you will want a few specs with which to compare and contrast products. Here is a list of specs that DeeDoc considers above average, and are more than enough for mundane computer use:

Processor: Any I3 or I5

RAM: 4-8 gigabytes

Hard drive: 500 to 750 gigabytes

Highest Rated Laptops of 2017:

  • HP Spectre 13
  • Dell XPS 15
  • Dell XPS 13
  • Asus ZenBook UX303
  • Apple MacBook
  • Lenovo Yoga 900S
  • Gigabyte Aorus X3 Plus v5
  • HP Spectre x360.


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