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    Is it worth considering buying a computer with a low frequency processor such as this one

    I need some advice for when an “excellent” deal such as this one is available
    --- So you’ll know its already out of stock but I need a couple of opinions because the price was only available for one day and I don’t tend to make a decision in only one day unless I have at least a decent understanding of what I’m buying

    Lenovo B50-45 15.6" Notebook - AMD E1-6010 1.35GHz, 4GB DDR3L, 320GB HDD, 15.6" HD Display, Windows 7/8.1 Pro 64-bit – 59441913 for only 199.99 down from 399.99

    On the processor, the 1.35GHz concerns me (It is a dual core processor):
    --- Would it be worth considering and if so how could I reasonably determine that?
    --- I do not have a computer repair business but I have plenty of family & friends who call me and complain about how slow their brand new computer is
    --- Sometimes I check them out but usually there isn’t much that can be done that I’m aware of
    --- Uninstalling bloatware and minimizing startups are helpful but their computers still run on the slow side

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    I'm not confident in Lenovo as a consumer brand after the Superfish malware incident...

    http://www.cnet.com/news/superfish-t...e-than-adware/

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    The CPU doesn't seem to be that bad when compared to an i3: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i...vs-AMD-E1-6010. For a cheap computer, seems quite ok.
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    A lot of tablets aren't much faster.

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    This Toshiba Win 7 x64 laptop only has a 1.3GHz processor which I didn't find out about until after I bought the machine - its price (£329) was also its selling point for me at the time and while I don't game, it seems okay.

    Win 7 and 8 require a min 1.3GHz so the 1.35GHz should be a little more adequate than mine.

    The 4GB of RAM in the Lenovo will help and you could always get a larger HDD if you think the 320GB may be too small for your needs.

    Lenovo use to have a good name until the Superfish thing cropped up but it's easy to check if it's still on and would seem easy enough to uninstall, so I wouldn't let that put you off.

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    You might take a look at the ASUS EeeBook X205TA at $199...

    http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lap...eeebook-x205ta

    Lenovo complaints go beyond Superfish...

    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/computers/lenovo.html

    Like anything else, do your due diligence before purchasing.
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    What will you be doing with the computer? WSL regulars can better advise on whether the possible purchase will or will not do.
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    Lenovo B50-45 15.6" Notebook - AMD E1-6010 1.35GHz, 4GB DDR3L, 320GB HDD, 15.6" HD Display, Windows 7/8.1 Pro 64-bit – 59441913 for only 199.99 down from 399.99
    That's a "sucker-punch" kind of deal that many people fall for.
    Especially when you KNOW that processor is to darn weak to do anything with.
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    Thanks everyone for your inputs. The reason I inquired about such an example is because I'd like to be ready for making the correct decision when I see them. There have been times when someone has asked me to help them buy the right computer and my answer always has been "I will only on one condition - I'm not out to spend your money, but I will not help you buy a computer with weak specs" and I follow through on that even when I'm told "but I don't do anything except read my email and look around on the internet". I'm just a simple cmptrgy not an expert but fortunately I've had a pretty good sense of what is involved in buying a computer with decent specs especially since I can ask decent questions right here in WS

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    depends what you need to do

    you can buy cheap laptops if you look around
    faster ones for under $200 now




    Quote Originally Posted by cmptrgy View Post
    I need some advice for when an “excellent” deal such as this one is available
    --- So you’ll know its already out of stock but I need a couple of opinions because the price was only available for one day and I don’t tend to make a decision in only one day unless I have at least a decent understanding of what I’m buying

    Lenovo B50-45 15.6" Notebook - AMD E1-6010 1.35GHz, 4GB DDR3L, 320GB HDD, 15.6" HD Display, Windows 7/8.1 Pro 64-bit – 59441913 for only 199.99 down from 399.99

    On the processor, the 1.35GHz concerns me (It is a dual core processor):
    --- Would it be worth considering and if so how could I reasonably determine that?
    --- I do not have a computer repair business but I have plenty of family & friends who call me and complain about how slow their brand new computer is
    --- Sometimes I check them out but usually there isn’t much that can be done that I’m aware of
    --- Uninstalling bloatware and minimizing startups are helpful but their computers still run on the slow side

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