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Inez Ulrich  Identity Verified
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Apr 28

Hi there,

my old notebook is slowly but surely breaking down and I need something to work with. My Budget is low so I cannot buy something really good. I only have about € 250,- and I'm thinking about some used Notebook. But which one? Do you have any recs for me? I'm no specialist, but just as an example, would this be something to work with for a few months?
https://www.notebooksbilliger.de/sonderposten%20vorfuehrware%20gebrauchtware/gebrauchtware/lenovo%20thinkpad%20t430%20273130

Thanks for your help!


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Rolf Keller
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Might be ok Apr 28

The price is ok for a 14 inch screen and a non-ebay vendor.

1 -- Battery. There is no clear statement about the battery, though. "Der Akku ist neuwertig" means, that it is not new. You might be frustrated because the capacity might be rather low.

2 -- 1366 x 768 Pixel. The vertical resolution is somewhat low.

3 -- Windows 7. Support from MS (security updates)?
https://support.microsoft.com/de-de/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet
https://support.lenovo.com/de/de/solutions/ht116956


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Endre Both  Identity Verified
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Lenovo T series is a great choice Apr 28

A used Lenovo T series notebook (preferably with some initial warranty as provided in your link) is a great choice for low-budget professional use. The T4x0 is a good size, though if you don't carry it around much, you could consider the T5x0 with its larger display (less relevant if you attach an external monitor as you should).

The previous version (T420) had a keyboard that is generally considered better for extensive typing, but the T430 is a bit more technologically advanced (CPU, graphics, ports).

The price is great, too (though you could always check past sells on Ebay, which is full of used pro notebooks, to get a feel for the market.

You should exchange the mechanical hard drive for an SSD (to be had at < 100€) before putting the notebook into use, and schedule a RAM upgrade to at least 8 GB soon.

Endre


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Inez Ulrich  Identity Verified
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Thanks Apr 28

Thanks, Endre! I guess, the offered Notebook will have to be enough as I cannot spend more than those 200-250 bucks at the Moment (do you know these times when you think you finally have more financial freedom and then of course all kind of things start breaking down, car, washing machine, computers.....?)

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Dealer recommendation Apr 28

Without mentioning a specific notebook, I have had successful dealings on several occasions with a firm called IJT Direct:
http://www.ijtdirect.co.uk/?il=1&gclid=CJy7yLvLxtMCFWYq0wodvwMBIQ


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CafeTran Training
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Chromebook Apr 28

If you don't need Windows, you could consider buying one of these nice Chromebooks. I have very good experiences with them.

Prices start at 230 Euro.


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Inez Ulrich  Identity Verified
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windows Apr 28

Thanks again for your replies!
I will stick to Windows, don't want to bother with a new system now


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Inez Ulrich  Identity Verified
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keyboard Apr 28

just another question: isn't it advisable to use an external keyboard (something ergonomical) as well?

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CAT Apr 28

CafeTran Training wrote:

If you don't need Windows, you could consider buying one of these nice Chromebooks. I have very good experiences with them.

Prices start at 230 Euro.

Is it possible to install a CAT on these PCs?


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CafeTran Training
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No CAT for ChromeOS Apr 28

David GAY wrote:

CafeTran Training wrote:

If you don't need Windows, you could consider buying one of these nice Chromebooks. I have very good experiences with them.

Prices start at 230 Euro.

Is it possible to install a CAT on these PCs?


As far as I know, there are no CAT tools for ChromeOS. However, you can of course use any online CAT system in the Chrome browser (e.g. Across, Wordfast Anywhere (on days that it's online)).


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Inez Ulrich  Identity Verified
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Thinkpad T430 Apr 28

Rolf Keller wrote:

The price is ok for a 14 inch screen and a non-ebay vendor.

1 -- Battery. There is no clear statement about the battery, though. "Der Akku ist neuwertig" means, that it is not new. You might be frustrated because the capacity might be rather low.

2 -- 1366 x 768 Pixel. The vertical resolution is somewhat low.

3 -- Windows 7. Support from MS (security updates)?
https://support.microsoft.com/de-de/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet
https://support.lenovo.com/de/de/solutions/ht116956


I've decided to buy this one:
https://www.notebookgalerie.de/gebrauchte-laptops/lenovo/thinkpad-t430/a-20038/

I know, I don't have too many Options, so this will have to do it

What do you think of it?


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Rolf Keller
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SSD write endurance Apr 28

applecherrypie wrote:

I've decided to buy this one:
https://www.notebookgalerie.de/gebrauchte-laptops/lenovo/thinkpad-t430/a-20038/

What do you think of it?


The SSD is rather small, the remaining components are suffient. Anyway run an SSD test tool from the SSD manufacturer. As the SSD has been used for several years in a way unknown to you, its Write Endurance might be a problem.


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Inez Ulrich  Identity Verified
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found another one Apr 28

Hi,

I have ordered this one now, a bit more expensive, but I thought this really might make a difference, also with Windows 10and the bigger (or larger? I don't know) SSD.


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To lease or not to lease... Apr 29

A colleague recently mentioned that she leases all her hardware as you are then able to afford top-notch products at an affordable monthly amount. The advantage of this is you can offset the leasing amount every month, whereas when you buy new hardware this has to be offset over a number of years. It sounds like an interesting concept.

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Don't buy used machine Apr 30

On a new machine you have at least a year guaranty. In your case I would rent a machine or pay in installments. At least here dealers through everything at you saying buy now, pay next year.

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