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I would like a recommendation on a thin client laptop.

Requirements

  • Under $150
  • 1280 x 720 screen
  • Capable of decoding video at 720p@60fps
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Less than 2" thick
  • at least 60GB hard drive
  • 4hr general usage battery life
  • USB
  • 13.3" screen

Preferences

  • 15" screen
  • 1920 x 1080 screen
  • Capable of decoding video at 1080p@60fps
  • Ethernet
  • 1" thick
  • SSD
  • Speaker & microphone

It will be used for streaming games from another desktop and surfing the web.

The laptop will surf the web.

The desktop will play games and stream them to the laptop.

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NZKshatriya is correct - the price you're asking for is a little unrealistic for the system you want. However, if we go looking outside that range a way, there are plenty of systems you could have instead.

The Acer Aspire series has served me well, in particular the Acer Aspire E1-570:

  • (+) 1366x768 screen resolution
  • (+) Will happily decode 1080/60 video
  • (+) 1 Ethernet port
  • (-) Only supports 802.11 b/g/n WiFi; not ac.
  • (0) Definitely under 2" thick; not sure about 1"
  • (0) 500 GB hard drive
  • (+) 5+ hours battery life
  • (+) 2x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0 ports
  • (+) 15.6" screen
  • (+) Speaker and microphone; microphone range isn't great but quality is.

also:

  • 4 GB RAM, upgradable to 8 GB (DDR3)
  • SD card reader built-in

I bought mine for around £300, which would have been $450 then but is $369 now.

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  • I will second his recommendation. Adding more ram, or an SSD would be a non issue with this one, seeing as Acer thought well enough to actually have access panels over them. – NZKshatriya Nov 3 '16 at 0:37
  • Looks interesting, although I figured that even a Chromebook would happily decode 720p60 or even 1080p60 video at a fraction of that price. Perhaps I was wrong... – Rubydesic Nov 3 '16 at 20:44

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