Con­clu­sion

Tech Advisor - - GROUP TEST -

Bud­get lap­tops un­der £500 can ap­peal to the truly im­pe­cu­nious, such as stu­dents and those on low in­come. Don’t jump to buy one if you’re just try­ing to scrimp on a com­mod­ity por­ta­ble though, un­less your per­sonal time is un­lim­ited or not val­ued, as you’ll have to in­vest ex­tra pre­cious hours in us­ing and main­tain­ing them. Take the Dell Vostro for ex­am­ple, with up-to-date In­tel pro­ces­sor yet still wast­ing our time in slow Win­dows patch­ing and long re­boots.

You can dodge Win­dows al­to­gether of course – take the eBuyer ProBook with its Ubuntu Linux. Yet de­spite its Linux pre­in­stal­la­tion by HP, we found the Wi-Fi per­for­mance woe­fully in­ad­e­quate, while

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