Which laptop to learn coding ?

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Hi all

I'm looking to get a laptop within the £300 Mark so nothing mega fancy, it's just so I can learn abit of coding and browse the Web, watch YouTube etc?

Could anyone recommend anything for me please? I've not got a clue when it comes to laptops

Thank you
 
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You could probably get away with almost anything 2nd hand or refurbished. Not sure what sites i can mention on the forums, but plenty options available.

Have had a quick look and can find refurb 11th gen i3 laptops for under 300, but most seem to come with only 4GB RAM.

A chromebook might be an option as well?
 
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You could probably get away with almost anything 2nd hand or refurbished. Not sure what sites i can mention on the forums, but plenty options available.

Have had a quick look and can find refurb 11th gen i3 laptops for under 300, but most seem to come with only 4GB RAM.

A chromebook might be an option as well?

Cheers for the reply bud, yeah I was considering second hand, will have a look at some market places...

What about a lenovo thinkpad?
 
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Wouldn't want anything below 16GB RAM for programming tasks. You'll use up 8GB easy. You need to triple your budget to get something suitable. Don't blow your £300 on something trash.
 
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Cheers for the reply bud, yeah I was considering second hand, will have a look at some market places...

What about a lenovo thinkpad?
Not had any recent experience with Thinkpads, at least not since the Lenovo takeover from IBM.

Just had a look and could find a refurb Thinkpad T460 under 300. Only downside could be screen res, the ones i can find are all HD 1366x768 (not 1080p Full HD). Personally i think i would struggle now with anything under Full HD.

External monitor could be an option if you think you'll be at a desk. I got an old netbook out a cupboard during 1st lockdown to play with Linux and try and start learning javascript and python. Is an old 12" Acer machine but had full HD res.
 
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Wouldn't want anything below 16GB RAM for programming tasks. You'll use up 8GB easy. You need to triple your budget to get something suitable. Don't blow your £300 on something trash.
I think if it's just for learning 8GB will be enough to get started, and if the laptop supports replacing the RAM then could do so later on.
 
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