$250-$525 business laptop for startup employees

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    Summary: I'm looking to buy Windows 10 laptops for startup employees with limited budget. Primary use will be Microsoft office apps, and access to ERP/accounting apps.
    I'm considering a 250 USD budget (buying straight from wholesalers) and options are HP 255 G6 or HP 245 G5, or Lenovo IdeaPad 130. I'll probably pay to upgrade ram to 8GB on whichever model we obtain.
    Which of the 3 do you suggest? And am I shooting my self in the foot by getting these models instead of increasing the budget to 525 and getting a Lenovo E570 (or E470) instead?

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Up to $525

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    UAE or Egypt

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: HP, Dell, Lenovo
    b. Dislike:
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    MS Office applications, accounting app, access to an ERP

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Online is ok

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    in a month or so

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3-5 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    not applicable

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
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