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Which used small laptop with decent sound?


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#1 bdpoop

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 09:04 AM

Hi

 

Looking for a used small 10-13" laptop for my wife to replace her ageing Atom based Samsung N30.

 

I tried an i5 Lenovo X220 but whilst it was certainly powerful enough the sound was just way to quiet to watch online streaming etc.

 

It also needs to be Windows 7 for a variety of reasons.

 

Budget is around £150 so I guess I am looking at something 3-5 years old.  Battery life needs to be good as well although I suspect on most a new battery may be required.

 

Needs to be a decent processing power as well.

 

I Think the main thing is the sound really.  

 

Any recommendations?



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Posted 07 June 2016 - 09:21 AM

Go out hp zbook 15 from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQZ7GIM/?&tag=laptop-magazine-20
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Posted 07 June 2016 - 10:34 AM

Thanks but thats a 15" laptop not 11-13"



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Posted 07 June 2016 - 11:36 AM

Look out for https://www.amazon.com/HP-13-r010dx-Detachable-BeatsAudio-Refurbished/dp/B00P8CUXWK/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1465316838&sr=8-3&keywords=11to+13+inch+laptop and http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-spectre-13-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-256-gb-solid-state-drive/5190001.p?id=bb5190001&skuId=5190001

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 03:02 PM

Just plug in your headphones, if the length of a cord is too constricting just get bluetooth headohones. I personally have a Lenovo E540 and it works well and has great sound output. However its a 15.6 inch display


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Posted 13 June 2016 - 04:12 PM

Just plug in your headphones, if the length of a cord is too constricting just get bluetooth headohones. I personally have a Lenovo E540 and it works well and has great sound output. However its a 15.6 inch display

 

Yes thats all I do on my laptop but my wife refuses to use headphones. :(



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 05:52 AM

Laptop speakers are tiny & the speakers in small laptops are even tinier. So laptop sound quality is generally abysmal because of the speakers. If using headphones is not an option what about external amplified speaker unit(s) - you can get wired units (with external mains power or USB powered or (rechargeable?) battery powered - or you can use a Bluetooth speaker or Bluetooth soundbar (which could be mains powered or have a rechargeable battery).

 

You can always leave the speakers behind when the laptop needs to be portable (or some of the battery powered Bluetooth speakers are quite compact but still with much better sound than a bare laptop).



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 06:29 AM

Thanks.  Yes I think this is probably the best option.  She will probably moan about speakers though as well as being a bit of a faff. :D

 

Sound in her little Samsung was ok (ish) but as said the much higher spec and newer Lenovo we tried wasnt as loud so I Was hoping someone would come on and say "ive got such and such and its fine".  I think some of the newer ones are not too bad as the speaker technology has improved.  Thing is if you buy something online you cannot check which is why I was looking for a recommendation.



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 06:24 PM

Is windows a requirement? try a chromebook, several newer models have google play compatibility


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 03:13 PM

Is windows a requirement? try a chromebook, several newer models have google play compatibility

 

Yes it is really.  Needs to run Sage and Office as well as store a fair bit of stuff.  So minimum 250gb hd, 4-8gb ram, i3 or i5 etc.






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