Good laptop around $300

Anddey

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Hello! I need to get a new laptop for my brother that is around $300 since his old one is too slow. He watches youtube and plays minecraft. The laptops i found are: http://www.microcenter.com/product/476554/Ideapad_V110-15ISK_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Black
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01K1IO3QW/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1491660669&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=laptop&dpPl=1&dpID=41HfDkXXyeL&ref=plSrch
http://www.microcenter.com/product/474105/Aspire_ES1-572-321G_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Midnight_Black

So which one of these should i get? The cheaper the better, and i think the lenovo is solid but i heard some people say it's slow? Is the 500gb hdd(enough for my brother) fast and reliable? Is the laptop reliable? I know the acer ones have kaby lake cpus that are like 6% faster and it has 1080p and a backlit keyboard but i really dont want to pay $100 more for them. If you have any other laptop suggestions, post it below!

Also, I'm not gonna build a pc for my brother because he doesn't need it and it's more expensive since i would need to get a monitor and keyboard.

And is microcenter legit? Their prices seems too good to be true! And i couldn't find the laptop model anywhere else!(could they be rip offs?) Are the stuff 100% new and not used?

Thanks for reading and replying! ;D


 

geofelt

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5400rpm drives are built for battery savings and are abysmally slow.
I will not buy a laptop without a ssd.

What is the current laptop?


If you can replace the current hard drive with a ssd, the results are magical.
I have done this on every laptop I own.
Buy a Samsung ssd of sufficient capacity and use the free Samsung ssd migration app to copy the C drive to the ssd.

 

Rahul_153

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these two are the best ones under 300 https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Ideapad-110-i3-6100U-Memory/dp/B01MXEQQO6........ https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-i3-6100U-Windows-ES1-572-31KW/dp/B01J42JPL4.... but if you can pick up from store microcenter price is great
 

Anddey

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Okay thanks for the replies!
He has a dell insperion 3000 series with a i3 5005u, 6gb 1600mhz ddr3, and a 1 tb hhd.
So if i buy a new ssd and install it the laptop would be fast? Thanks!
 

USAFRet

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Assuming you put the OS and everything on the SSD, it will be faster.
 

jaguarskx

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A SSD will make a laptop more responsive because it has much higher read / write speeds compared to a hard drive. However, it does not make a laptop more powerful.

If your brother wants better performance (higher frame rates) in Minecraft, then adding in a SSD into his current laptop will not do it. The SSD will allow the laptop to boot up / shutdown more quickly and also load Minecraft faster (assuming Windows is cloned to the SSD and Minecraft is installed on the SSD).
 

Anddey

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Thanks for the replies! The laptop isnt really slow, it's just buggy. For example, when i open file explorer, it would take like 10 mins just to load a folder! And minecraft runs fine on it too...for like 3 mins. When i first launch minecraft, the game would run at like 200fps but after 3 mins, the fps just goes down to 20fps...and when i exit minecraft, the whole laptop would be laggy until i restart it or put it to sleep and wake it up. Browsing the internet and watching videos is fine but that's all it can do! Also, how do i reinstall windows on the ssd? I need to deactivate the windows key and then reactivate it on the new ssd but idk how! Thanks!
 

USAFRet

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That's a software issue, or maybe possibly a failing HDD.
I have an old Toshiba laptop. Celeron 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, Win 10 Pro. 2009 era.
It is nowhere near that slow.

Possibly just a clean install of the OS would clear up a bunch of issues.
 
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