I've been looking for a new laptop to run Linux Mint on for a while. I'll be using it mainly for programming, studies and the usual multimedia tasks. There are some prerequisites it should fulfil, which makes finding an adequate one rather difficult. However, I'm sure some of you will know a laptop that suffices.
The following aspects are important to me:
- Budget: 450€
- Screen size: 14''
- Resolution: 1920x1080
- OS: ideally none since that will enable me to save money; As said, I'm going to install Linux Mint on it anyway. Therefore, it's important that Linux Mint will work fine on it. Currently I'm having a bit of trouble with Linux Mint MATE on a small laptop. The terminal and the task bar aren't fully displayed every now and then.
- RAM: 4GB at least
- Memory: no eMMC, no M.2, only SATA so I can put in an SSD, which I've already got
- DVD drive: none to avoid unnecessary noise
- Battery life: 8 hours at least
I'd also be willing to get a second-hand model, which in many cases gives you the opportunity to purchase quality hardware that's made to last at low cost. Unfortunately, I've got no experience with second-hand laptops though. If you think I should keep away from that, I will follow your advice. However, if you've made positive experiences with second-hand hardware, it might be an option. I'd just like to avoid getting a laptop that's damaged in a way that makes it nearly impossible to use, such as scratches on the screen or keys that get stuck all the time. If the case has a few scratches on the outside or the battery needs to be replaced at acceptable cost, then it's fine.
I'm curious to see if anyone knows a laptop that suits me. I'm looking forward to your replies!
Thanks a lot in advance!