Upgrading Laptop for Pensioner


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I've been asked by my dad, 70, to find him a new laptop. He uses it for general internet, listening to music, iplayer and MS Office etc. Nothing too taxing or graphics heavy.

What is your budget? £300-350

What size laptop do you want?
Prob ~15.6" due to budget

Do you have resolution requirements?
No pref

Do you prefer a matte or glossy (reflective) screen?
No pref

What will you be using the laptop for?
General internet, music, MS Office

If you will be gaming, what games do you need to play?

How long does the battery need to last?
Not Important

Does it need to be portable?
Used mainly in the house

Do you require Blu-Ray? No

Do you require HDMI output?
Would be useful

Do you have a preferred brand?
Would prefer recognised, not budget brands

Would you be happy with a refurbished laptop? No

Other specs aren't too important as its for basic use. A good quality laptop for a low-end price.

Had looked at this one; ASUS X550CA-XX249H 15.6" Laptop Deals | Pcworld

Any thoughts?

Thanks for your opinions



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The low power version of the i5 is a little redundant if it's not going to be used on battery life and only two USB ports can be a pain if he's using an external mouse.

What about the Toshiba Satellite Pro C50? e.g. the £324 model here:
Toshiba Satellite Pro C50-A-1E2 Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com

It's got a similar or slightly faster processor. It's still the previous generation but the most significant changes in the newer version are video related so not too relevant here.

It also comes with an extra USB port, a matte screen (which is more practical) and seems to get decent reviews for it's keyboard and touchpad quality.

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