If you’re looking to buy a new laptop and your budget is tight you may think you don’t have many options. The good news is budget Chromebooks don’t cost that much to buy new, and you can get your hands on one for even less if you’re happy with a refurbished one.
The good news with a Chromebook is that there is less to worry about if you’re buying one second-hand or refurbished. This is because they are very similar to mobile phones when it comes to resetting them. Unlike a refurbished Windows laptop where you would need to ensure it came with a fresh Windows install. A Chromebook can easily be switched back to factory settings with a PowerWash.
Therefore, when you buy a refurbished Chromebook what you’ll receive is a laptop that has been reset to its original settings. You don’t have to worry about what the laptop had been used for previously and what was installed on it. When you turn on a Chromebook that has been Powerwashed it will act exactly the same as if you bought the laptop new.
Lenovo Ideapad 3i Chromebook
At the moment you can get your hands on a refurbished Lenovo IdeaPad 3i Chromebook from laptops direct for just £129.97. This is much cheaper than what you would pay if you were to buy it new. Before spending your money though you’ll want to know what this laptop is capable of, so we’ll look at that right now.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i is a Chromebook from the budget range. However, don’t let that put you off as you’d be surprised what a budget Chromebook is capable of. Unlike a Microsoft Windows laptop, which needs a lot of processing power due to the OS. ChromeOS is incredibly lightweight, so you can get many tasks done without the annoying lag you get with Windows.
If you’ve ever bought a cheap Windows laptop you will know what I mean. They are absolutely awful to use and that gets worse the longer you own the laptop. This isn’t something you get with Chromebooks, as they are fast and continue to perform fast no matter how long you’ve used them. This is why I’ve been using Chromebooks since they were first released in 2011.
Lenovo Ideapad 3i Specs
This particular model that is being sold at Laptops Direct comes with the following specs. An Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 14-inch display.
If you’ve used laptops other than a Chromebook previously you may think the RAM and storage are a little low. This isn’t something you need to be concerned about as you can get all of the things done I mention below with 4GB of RAM. As I’ve already mentioned ChromeOS is incredibly lightweight, so 4GB is fine for a budget Chromebook. Find out more about how much RAM you need for your Chromebook.
The amount of storage you get on a Chromebook is a lot less than you get with a Windows laptop. This is because you don’t need to install as many programs. Therefore, you don’t need a lot of storage space. In fact, I did a little experiment to see how much I could install on a Chromebook with 32GB, and it was a lot.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3i comes with 64GB of storage, so you will not have any issues in terms of storage. Find out more about how much storage you need for a Chromebook.
What you can do with the Lenovo Ideapad 3i Chromebook
If you’re looking for a laptop to surf the internet, use social media, watch Netflix or YouTube movies or book your next holiday. You’ll be happy to know all of this can be achieved with this Chromebook.
If you need a laptop for productivity reasons then you’ll find using a word processor, spreadsheet or presentation software is readily available on ChromeOS. In fact, unlike MS Windows where you would need to buy this software. It’s all available free of charge when using a Chromebook because you have instant access to Google Office software. Best of all you don’t need to install anything, as it’s all available directly from your desktop.
Another great advantage of owning a Chromebook is that you get access to Android apps. If you own an Android phone or tablet you have probably already used these apps. The same apps you use on your phone can be used on your Chromebook. Advanced Android apps such as certain games that require a lot of processing power, may run a little slow on the Lenovo Ideapad 3i, but the majority of them should still work.
If you’re looking for a laptop and don’t want to spend too much money then a Chromebook is the obvious choice. Getting your hands on a refurbished Chromebook can save you even more money.
The Lenovo Ideapad 3i available at Laptops Direct is classed as a Grade A1 refurbished. All retailers have a different grading system when it comes to refurbished products. Therefore, I’d always make sure you check this out before buying. The Grade A1 at Laptops Direct is described as a product in excellent cosmetic condition and looks like new.
At these present times where everyone is watching their money. It makes sense to consider buying a refurbished Chromebook if your budget can’t stretch to a new one. I really don’t think you’ll notice much difference, so if you are after a bargain it might be the right choice for you.