Any laptop suggestions? My budget is around £400, preferably AMD but Intel is acceptable
RAM isn't an issue as I have a spare 4GB ram stick
It's mainly just for programming, so a fancy GPU isn't important

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    What OS are you going to use?
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    I'd go with any laptop and throw in an SSD but of course you need 16GB RAM at least unless you really don't require them but I doubt tbh

    But usually Lenovo has cheap laptops
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    for 500$ you wouldn't get any discrete GPU so no worth mentioning it.

    Other than that, you should just buy the cheapest laptop with a decent screen (you'll be looking at it a lot). Add RAM later if you need it (depends on what you work on, or work with), and add the SSD yourself, as it will be cheaper. For a Linux machine, for most programming stuff, you won't even need a lot of space. 60GB-120GB is enough.
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    @AndSoWeCode that seems sensible
    what would your advice be on dual vs quad core?
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    @j4cobgarby depends on the size of your projects, if you are building heavy ones for example compiling Linux kernel then a quad core will be better

    but it all comes down to specs, I had a core 2 quad that performed same as core I3 just because of the difference between data bus speed between both, one was 800MHz and the other was 1300MHz

    but again it is based on what your requirements are for your projects
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    You shouldn't really worry about the CPU. As long as you're not doing CPU-intensive tasks like gaming, rendering, data crunching, anything on the market will be sufficient for your needs.



    I would not buy this because of the CPU. I'd want 4 cores. But for the price given, this is the best I could find on this site that doesn't include a preinstalled Windows.

    Why I think it's good:

    1. Non-glare, Full HD monitor. It's hard to find in this price range. You'll be looking at it all day, it better be damn good.

    2. Built-in SSD. Out of the box it will be fast with most office stuff you throw at it.

    3. 15.6" @ less than 2kg. You get screen real estate without added weight.

    4. 8Gb will be enough for a slim Linux and desktop environment plus a couple of dev tools and some basic usage.
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    It also has a new-ish CPU, so no junk stuff. Low power means no fan noise and overheating.

    Will you be gaming, rendering graphics and coding videos on it? Not in your wildest dreams.

    Will you be able to develop for web, or system apps? Definitely yes!

    Will you be able to make Android apps? Ehmmm... not really, but you're welcome to try.

    If that's OK then go ahead and buy it, or something similar, from whatever retailer you wish. If not - then why not add a couple of hundred and get a more well-built package?
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    If built-in Windows and potential driver problems on Linux don't scare you, you can try this thing, which does seem better on paper, though smaller and without a num pad (bummer)

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    Its Not only about the generations
    Most Laptops got ddr3L (or ddr4) Sticks, no normal ddr3 ones
    they run with lower Power and mixed ram voltages in one system can fuck it up a Bit. Except that high voltage RAM isn't supported on most mobile devices
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    @urxvt that's true, but the old stick came from a laptop
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    Is a Chromebook running the linux subsystem an option?
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    @wrkuijpers it would've been, but I've already bought a laptop now :)
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    @j4cobgarby That's great. What did you decide?
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    @wrkuijpers a Lenovo ideapad, it's great, would recommend for anyone reading this in the future
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