I'm thinking about buying a new laptop with web development as the main focus and a little bit of expectations on gaming.

Usage Scenario

Website development (Angular JS) meaning I want to run a terminal process, browser (to refer to documentation), and VS Code all simultaneously.


  • Budget: 400-500 € (463.30 - 579.13 USD)
  • Preferred purveyor location: Europe (to avoid the payment of extra costs)

Other Considerations

  • Gaming (to play some old glories I think that almost every machine built in the last 5 years would have adequate hardware)
  • Can be a refurbished system.
  • Kind of a broad question, pretty much anything on the market right now will accomplish the tasks you want to do. – user1691 Aug 3 '18 at 13:07
  • Technically you're right, but it's also true that there are some alternatives better than others, no? Especially with the criteria that i expressed in my post, there will be a restricted pool of choices, in addition i would be glad to obtain some advice from your experience with the various brand. – AmonDice Aug 3 '18 at 15:38
  • Which country in Europe would you need this to ship to? I have many laptops in mind that I could recommend, otherwise. Until then, I would recommend an SSD equipped laptop, 8+gb RAM, non-U,T, or S series 6th+ generation intel processor, and possibly a low end dedicated gpu. – Bennett Yeo Aug 4 '18 at 8:19
  • I didn't mention the shipping destination because there aren't so much difference in term of shipping cost, but it's also true that some privates may will not ship in other european countries, nonetheless the destination is Italy – AmonDice Aug 4 '18 at 15:21

Due to your tight budget constriction, I was unable to find a laptop without a power-saving series cpu, however; I believe the processing power will be sufficient for your user case scenario. I also did not have to resort to rolling the metaphorical dice for a refurbished laptop to meet your price requirements so that is a plus as well.

I am recommending laptops that could ship directly to Italy (I used the postal code of Rome) today. Both laptops comes equipped with 8 gb of RAM which should be more than enough RAM for your usage case. Both come equipped with discrete graphics -the Nvidia MX150, which is one of the best budget gaming gpus that supersedes the Nvidia 940mx in this category. According to User Benchmark, the MX 150 has a 75% higher average user benchmark than the 940 mx.

Acer Aspire 5 (84ZP) €667,99 + €22.39 international shipping (MSRP: €769,99)


This laptop Features an i7-8550U, 256 GB SSD + 1TB HDD. This option is sold by Newegg, non-European purveyor, but it appears that no tax import or vat cost is being estimated by Newegg. In addition, it appears that it should ship to Italy within 3-5 days.

Acer Aspire 5 (53V6) €699,00 + free shipping (MSRP: €518.01)


This option, is both pricier and has worse specs than the newegg option, but all vendor logistics will take place in Italy. This is the option you should choose if you have any problems with VAT and tax importation that I was unable to account for in option 1.

It features an i5-8250 U and only 256 gb of SSD storage. Although it is a slightly older i5 model than the first options's CPU, according to User Benchmark, it's effective speed in only 4% slower.

  • I'm particularly interested in the first one, nice product but slightly over my budget, i should think about it. What dou you htink about this one? goo.gl/WUGW1g – AmonDice Aug 5 '18 at 7:55
  • It would probably do fine, the reason it's cheaper is b/c of two reasons 1.) No discrete graphics, 2.) 4th generation processor -> no ddr4 RAM. I wanted to recommend you something that would last you a little longer for all intents and purposes. – Bennett Yeo Aug 6 '18 at 20:05

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