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I'm looking for a laptop for my wife to use for home use. She primarily needs to browse the web and print documents. I'd like to find a laptop at an excellent price-point that will last a long time.

Specifically:

  • I'd like the total cost of the machine to be under $300
  • I'd like the machine to last at least five years, if not ten or twenty.
  • It should have enough ram to comfortably support Windows 10 and any forced windows upgrades in the future. I'm thinking 8GB would be enough for this, but I don't really know.

I've heard that refurbished industrial brands should work well for this, so I've been considering a refurbished Dell Latitude. Others have mentioned that Lenovo Thinkpads are a good choice, but I've heard too many reports of those failing.

My question: What brand do you recommend, and are there reputable sellers who will cover warranty returns if, e.g., the battery fails within 90 days?

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