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Old 03-16-2018, 07:28 PM   #1
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Looking for a new Slackware laptop with a large screen

I need a newer laptop for work. I am looking for a refurbished laptop to replace a Thinkpad T400. But....

I need a large screen. My eyes no longer like small screens. The less time I spend with the T400 14.1 inch screen the better my eyes feel. Much less fatigue and strain. I also want a larger keyboard and number keypad -- the smaller keyboard on the Thinkpad frustrates me.

I want something compatible with Slackware (14.2). I want something a couple of years old to avoid driver issues. I need decent virtualization support -- meaning additional cores and RAM.

I do not keep pace with laptops. I am asking for "Here is what I use" replies. Nothing fancy. That way I have some idea where to start looking.

Please share your make and model if you have a laptop with a larger screen that you like. I think my ideal specs look something like this:

15.6" minimum
Number keypad
Two Alt, Ctrl keys
CPU virtualization support
802.11n minimum
RJ45 ethernet port
Intel video
No webcam

Being refurbished I presume the system will be sold with Windows installed. That doesn't bother me.

Thanks again for your time!
Old 03-16-2018, 08:39 PM   #2
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You may want to look at the HP Elitebook 8570w, there are a ton of the 8460p, 8470p, and 8570w laptops on ebay and newegg. These laptops were sold as leases to corporations around 2011-2012 and now that the lease is up you see them being resold or refurbished for cheap. They are still quite capable machines that should fit your requirements, the only drawback I have found is that they do run very close to the thermal CPU limit if you push them hard.

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Old 03-16-2018, 08:42 PM   #3
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upnort, I have always had good results with refurbished business pc's. My current desktop was a refurb, HP AMD Athlon II 3mghz, 8GB mem, 1.5TB HDD (its been quite a few years now but I think I got it for less than $200, maybe $175)....I would definitely get another PC from them, and highly recommend them if someone is in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico etc...


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