Due to a wine spillage (how middle class) our old laptop has given up the ghost. It was getting past it anyway – the battery didn’t hold its charge so we had to keep it plugged in, there was a big crack in it, and one corner of it always heated up so badly that the plastic casing started to melt!
Anyway, I’ve been considering a replacement and I’ve found that refurbished desktops are extremely cheap. I’ve added a link here for an example at just over £100. At that price I wouldn’t mind if it only lasted a couple of years.
My question is – is it worth it or is it a false economy?
Our needs and considerations are quite meager:
– Don’t really need online gaming or anything too fancy
– I don’t actually need wifi – it’s really just for occasional use so it can sit near our telly (which will double as a monitor) and can plug straight into the BT router wibbly thing.
– Need to use: Google (basic browsing), Amazon, Hotmail, Facebook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, maybe Youtube on occasion, The Afterword (of course), Windows media player (to import CDs and put on my phone to listen to on the go), music/audio editing on Audacity or similar, online banking, basic photo editing…. and that’s about it really.
– Video editing would be nice, but not essential – I know that’s quite resource-heavy (in the past I’ve done a couple of basic video montage things for my wife’s primary school, that kind of thing).