Looking for laptop - 550 budget

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  1. thinkpad777

    thinkpad777 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello! hope evreyone is doing ok.
    I'll be traveling overseas because of work and I'm looking for a laptop to take with me.

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    550 dollars (if less even better)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike: HP (had a bad experience with the onboard video)

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Work, maybe teach a few classes online.

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

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    No games

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    At least 4 hours

    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?
    Buying online it's ok

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

    Screen Specifics:

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    High Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)

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

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    512 SSD at least (although if a HDD would be available within my price range I don't mind)

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Today or Tomorrow

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3 years at least

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    1 month

    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?
    I'm working overseas so it wouldn't make sense to pay for on-site warranty.

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  2. N2ishun

    N2ishun Notebook Consultant

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    You sound like an ideal candidate for Dells Outlet store.
    Yes I saw the no refurbished thing, but I also saw the 550 budget, that's going to get a workable lappy, but not a blinging one.
    Here's a brand new scratched model for a solid price although the SSD is only a 256 gig nvme everything else is really nice, it's under your budget, and a solid machine.
    https://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlin...aIgAmc3RgoTIg47ZsJryN5h2BrjVjRrZDwWPF1nwCfbs=
    You can always get a larger SSD....even better, if you look around you can usually get a good coupon, and better yet you *might* be able to talk the guy on the phone (always call) into slipping in a bigger drive or getting even a lower price if you're buying right then.
     
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  3. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Virtuoso

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    lenovo t450s through bestbuy with a 512gb ssd....reasonable and wont disappoint
     
  4. kojack

    kojack Notebook Prophet

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    This. Most of dell's lower end models can be upgraded with ram, larger SSD, and faster wifi if needed.
     
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    JRE84 Notebook Virtuoso

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    i dont know how your going to get a 512 ssd and 1080p 15.6in laptop for 550 but some acers might be worth a look....and if you change your mind on refurb and you should it opens the door too some great options that will last 3-5 years
     
  6. nemt

    nemt Notebook Deity

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    Thanks for this advice on buying from Dell's Outlet listings! I have a similar use case to the topic creator and it's about time I replaced some aging hardware.

    Is there a separate number for Outlet items? Or just the regular Dell US sales line?
     
  7. N2ishun

    N2ishun Notebook Consultant

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    https://www.dell.com/en-us/lp/dell-coupons-codes
    For current coupons
    You can also hit the *chat* at the top of the page at the dell outlet store.
    And yes, just the regular phone number.
    Call 1-877-717-3355
     
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  8. nemt

    nemt Notebook Deity

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    Thanks. Do the online chat reps usually have the same ability to offer discounts or addons as the phone reps?
     
  9. N2ishun

    N2ishun Notebook Consultant

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    yup
     
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