Laptop for college course

cmalone

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looking for advice for basic laptop for college course (law). Lectures online and doing written assignments ... any recommendation.

Existing laptop is over 5 years old and did the job - but now broken unfortunately

Any good deal out there ?
 

cmalone

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Thanks for that. Sorry for a basic question - is MS office or similar separate. I see on that website that you buy a licence for 1 year .., is this the modern way ?
 

Nutso

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You can still buy a single user licence for MS office, which is better value if you plan to get a few years out of your laptop.
There is also the Google version (google docs / sheets etc) and open office, both of which are good and free if cost is an issue.
 

michaelm

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Yeah, I'd go for a single user licence (student version maybe) over a subscription . . although I just use LibreOffice which is free and can 'open' and 'save as' MS Office file formats.
 

cremeegg

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Certainly no need to spend on Microsoft Office.

I use OpenOffice extensively and love it. I use text document, spreadsheets and presentations. It's free.
I use Google docs occasionally and so far so good. Excellent for sharing.

I must check out LibreOffice, though I doubt I will move from OpenOffice.
 

Futurelookin

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Resurrecting this thread, folks, in the hope that I can get an up to date recommendation. I need two laptops as Christmas gifts - one for a kid in 5th year and one for a kid in his second year of college.
Neither are required to be v high spec / tech. College course is not related to design / animation etc. It's mainly for homework assignments, googling, word / excel docs and email. Budget is tight at €350 a piece (if I could spend less I'd like to and give them the cash balance).
I think both get word and excel licence access via their school / college.

Wondering if there's any lingering Black Friday offers or upcoming Cyber Monday opportunities.

Thanks in advance.
 

Nutso

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For that type of usage a Chromebook would be suitable. I recently purchased one from lenovo.com for my Dad who just needs docs/spreadsheets/surfing. It uses the google docs / sheets / etc so doesn't need office but it can open office docs so is compatible. The one I got for my Dad was the Chromebook S330 @ €225 but with a 10% discount. A couple of days later there was a 15% discount. There are usually some discount codes floating around at this time of year so worth keeping an eye out.
 

EmmDee

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For that type of usage a Chromebook would be suitable. I recently purchased one from lenovo.com for my Dad who just needs docs/spreadsheets/surfing. It uses the google docs / sheets / etc so doesn't need office but it can open office docs so is compatible. The one I got for my Dad was the Chromebook S330 @ €225 but with a 10% discount. A couple of days later there was a 15% discount. There are usually some discount codes floating around at this time of year so worth keeping an eye out.
+1 - and there are a range so you can go from the fairly cheap to a bit more pricy. Would suggest getting enough "RAM" (4G I suspect - others may have views).

Advantage of Chromebooks is security. They will always be patched and up to date. Don't need to worry about downloading updates as you might with a Windows machine
 
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