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I’m in need of a new laptop, it’s been 6 years since I bought one! 

I’m in the market for a new laptop. My current one is doing fine, but it’s 6 years old - it’s a donation from my parents because my old one (A 2010 MacBook Pro) died last year and they gave me their 2011 MacBook Pro that they never used (because they couldn’t figure out how to connect it to their Ipads and Iphone properly...)


I don’t want to end up in the same boat where this laptop dies and I’m shit outta luck (I really need one for work). I’m going to ask my parents for one for my birthday, but I my budget (and theirs) do not allow for another Macbook - and I would prefer a windows based laptop anyway.

All I need is something that has word and powerpoint, has a decent amount of memory and is portable. Preferably under $600. I’ve looked online, but I frankly have no idea what’s decent at this price point. I don’t understand these new chrome books that seem to be super cheap - they only work with internet/don’t use windows? And I’ve tried to go shopping, but the sales people always try to up-sell me something I really don’t need - like I said, my current 6 year old laptop performs just fine for my needs, I don’t need anything fancy.

Any recommendations?

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