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Posted: 4/19/2016 1:38:01 PM EDT
Started looking at cheap laptops to replace our ancient Toshiba.  It's primary use will be tuning the programmable ECU in my Miata, but I'd also like to be able to use it for web surfing and productivity.  In other words, not very demanding.  Been basically considering two paths:

1). Get something stupid cheap ($300-400), replace HDD with SSD if I get annoyed with startup times.

2). Get a midrange system ($550-700) that already has a SSD.  

Number 2 would also have more RAM and a better processor, but I know very little about laptop CPUs and their relative speeds.  Which route would you recommend, and any specific models?
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 2:27:17 PM EDT
If I was looking for a laptop for what you are doing I would look at the MS Surface 3 Pro. Not going to be a gaming box yet will do everything you need it to do with ease.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 2:27:32 PM EDT
Cheap laptops are like cheap everything else.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 2:57:39 PM EDT
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If I was looking for a laptop for what you are doing I would look at the MS Surface 3 Pro. Not going to be a gaming box yet will do everything you need it to do with ease.
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Only problem: no rigid keyboard.  That would make it tough to enter new values for the VE/AFR/Spark tables in the car.

What are some good brands these days?  It's literally been a decade since I last bought a laptop.

ETA: This will be a secondary computer, have a nice desktop for most stuff.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 3:41:03 PM EDT
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Only problem: no rigid keyboard.  That would make it tough to enter new values for the VE/AFR/Spark tables in the car.

What are some good brands these days?  It's literally been a decade since I last bought a laptop.

ETA: This will be a secondary computer, have a nice desktop for most stuff.
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If I was looking for a laptop for what you are doing I would look at the MS Surface 3 Pro. Not going to be a gaming box yet will do everything you need it to do with ease.

Only problem: no rigid keyboard.  That would make it tough to enter new values for the VE/AFR/Spark tables in the car.

What are some good brands these days?  It's literally been a decade since I last bought a laptop.

ETA: This will be a secondary computer, have a nice desktop for most stuff.

Go with whatever is cheap/on-sale at walmart.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 5:30:55 PM EDT
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Started looking at cheap laptops to replace our ancient Toshiba.  It's primary use will be tuning the programmable ECU in my Miata, but I'd also like to be able to use it for web surfing and productivity.  In other words, not very demanding.  Been basically considering two paths:

1). Get something stupid cheap ($300-400), replace HDD with SSD if I get annoyed with startup times.

2). Get a midrange system ($550-700) that already has a SSD.  

Number 2 would also have more RAM and a better processor, but I know very little about laptop CPUs and their relative speeds.  Which route would you recommend, and any specific models?
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http://www.provantage.com/hp-h6l26ut~7HPP98H1.htm
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 6:26:57 PM EDT
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I like the looks of that!  I'd assume no Win10 upgrade though, right?
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 6:37:53 PM EDT
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I like the looks of that!  I'd assume no Win10 upgrade though, right?
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I like the looks of that!  I'd assume no Win10 upgrade though, right?


I haven't had any issues upgrading refurb license machines.
Link Posted: 4/19/2016 6:51:41 PM EDT
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I've serviced a metric shit ton of those, they're like goddamn tanks.  I'd take a referb of those any day.
Link Posted: 4/20/2016 12:52:16 PM EDT
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I've serviced a metric shit ton of those, they're like goddamn tanks.  I'd take a referb of those any day.
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I've serviced a metric shit ton of those, they're like goddamn tanks.  I'd take a referb of those any day.

Thanks!  Ordered it today.
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