Which is a reasonable notebook?

  Housten 16:13 13 Mar 2017

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,

I am sorely, at least I think so, of the sound advice that you hand out, on a very regular basis.

I have had an Acer Aspire One 722-C62kk with an 11.6” screen and 4GB for a couple of years. And it has done – and is doing – the job I wanted it to do; namely to take on holidays with us so we can keep in touch with friends whilst on the holiday. But we are just back from 2 weeks in Lanzarote and I must admit that I have found it s-l-o-w. I do not know anything about chips and, therefore, would be very grateful if someone could recommend a notebook with a faster chip in it. This is where I will probably annoy some of you: I would like one that is 5 to 10 times faster!! Also I am not looking for a new notebook – these all seem to come with Windows 10 which I do not like – but a second hand one with Windows 7 preferably 64Bit Home Premium or similar with USB 3.0 port(s). I am quite willing to go to £100, but for a good one am willing to stretch up to £200. If a company that trades in second hand notebooks has options and any of you know a reasonably reliable one that would also be helpful.

I know I am being picky, but at my time of life I am getting more and more specific and that is why I am asking you gentlemen.

Any and all – no matter how rude – replies will be very gratefully received.

  Al94 17:43 13 Mar 2017

For the apparent usage I suggest a chromebook such as this would be ideal Acer

  The Kestrel 19:13 13 Mar 2017

Have you thought of moving to a tablet instead of a laptop? I too had an Acer Aspire one with a 11.6" screen, which I found bulky and heavy to carry around on holiday.

I now have a Samsung Galaxy Tab A with a 10.1" screen which is far less bulky and much lighter. It can do all the things I used to do with the Acer, email, surf the net, upload photographs etc. I bought mine for under £200, but they are now slightly more, no doubt due to the drop in the value of the pound. click here

  Housten 14:36 14 Mar 2017

Good Afternoon, gentlemen,

I have tried a tablet – 3 times to be exact! – and could not get any to work. I do not like 10 which all new units have been loaded with. Which is why I am looking for a notebook with a – hopefully – faster chip than the one I have at present.

Thank you for your replies.

  Forum Editor 15:00 14 Mar 2017

For the use you mention - keeping in touch with friends whilst on holiday - a tablet is the perfect choice. It will be smaller and lighter than a notebook, and every bit as capable.

Your hope of getting a notebook that is 5 to 10 times faster than your current machine for around £100 is unrealistic. For that kind of money you will not get anything suitable.

Spend £200 on a good Android tablet - it will be a far better choice. Fast, and easy to use.

  wee eddie 15:02 14 Mar 2017

£200 is about the bottom of the market.

You might manage to get something 'second hand' which suits your requirements

  Gordon Freeman 21:01 14 Mar 2017

Rather than a tablet, or notebook, why don't you consider a smartphone?

You can email, text etc., for keeping in touch with friends, if you feel the need, plus no 'win 10' concerns.

What does a notebook offer you over & above a smartphone (which is more portable anyway) if yr just using it to contact yr friends?

  The Kestrel 21:29 17 Mar 2017

I disagree with wee eddie regarding the cost of a decent tablet. My Samsung Galaxy Tab A, which now costs a little over £200, has an octacore processor, 2Gb of RAM and decent HD graphics. On line it is very fast, in fact faster than my Acer laptop. Although not a Windows tablet, Android OS is pretty intuitive and will not take to long to master if new to this OS.

  Housten 15:45 18 Mar 2017

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen, Many thanks for your replies but smart 'phones or tablets or any such I am not interested in. As I mentioned in one of my posts I have tried a tablet - not an expensive one - but I could not get it to connect to my router. WHY?? I do not have the foggiest notion. The firm were very helpful and sent me TWO further units and FULL INSTRUCTIONS as to how to get WiFi to absolutely no effect!!! As I do not like smart 'phones anyway and - now - do not trust tablets it looks like I will have to stick with what I have got.

  bremner 10:24 19 Mar 2017

"Good afternoon gentlemen" - very polite but what about the ladies who contribute to the forum?

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