3 Reasons NOT to Buy a $400 Laptop

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  • Published: 13 September 2017
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  • Marcus Volpicella
    Marcus Volpicella  23 hours back

    A really good option if you're on a budget is a used ThinkPad. I have a T440s, and although the screen isn't great (I have the 900p TN panel instead of the 1080p IPS panel) and the processor isn't the best (i5-4300U instead of an i7-4600U), it's an all-around great laptop. It's dual batteries, especially with the external one being hot-swappable, give this thing an INSANE battery life. The keyboard is hands down the best of any laptop I've ever tried, and dare I say better than almost every single desktop keyboard I''ve ever tried. And even with the lower-end processor, the laptop has absolutely no problem handling web browsing and even more demanding tasks like some lighter games, and that was on Windows 10. After installing Pop!_OS, this thing absolutely flies when it comes to web browsing. One time I had around 90 tabs open (long story, don't ask) and it slowed down a little bit, but not by that much. I have the extended battery which raises the laptop up a bit which can be a bit annoying at times, but it helps cooling so much. I have never seen this laptop get warmer than 65 degrees Celcius, even while gaming. There are better value ThinkPads than the T440s, but my point is that a used ThinkPad is an excellent option for anyone on a budget. And if your laptop isn't the best, there;s usually some way to upgrade them. And if something goes wrong, there's a huge community out there willing to help you at any time.

    • MICROSOFT HQ
      MICROSOFT HQ  3 days back

      Can someone tell me a fast computer that can run great on a slow 4g speed hotspot and has memory

      • LEL
        LEL  3 days back

        I have that laptop for basic use it is ok

        • onespeed
          onespeed  4 days back

          What about brands, is HP more reliable vs lenovo?

          • 7Write4This9Heart7
            7Write4This9Heart7  2 days back

            Absolutely not. Lenovo is usually very reliable (note that there are always lemons, no matter the price point - been the #1 PC brand for years), but HP has been shit for years. On some of Linus' videos about HPs, there are tons of comments saying how much HP sucks. There are other comments on other non-Linus videos, too. This is also coming from personal exp with HP AND Lenovo.

        • Legitti
          Legitti  4 days back

          I have 32gb ram and chrome uses it all.

          • Todd the gamer64
            Todd the gamer64  4 days back

            But can they run crysis?

            • maxlol0
              maxlol0  5 days back

              it is great to do something illegal on it and ditch it afterwards. great for cyber warfare secret agents. XD

            • oldskoolhead0
              oldskoolhead0  5 days back

              buy a used precision m4600 m4700 or m4800

              • Kittzy
                Kittzy  5 days back

                Get a HP elite book

                • Ubername69
                  Ubername69  6 days back

                  Big difference between low-end laptops in 2017 and now. I got a laptop with an i5 8th gen cpu, 8 gb of ram, a decent 15.6 inch IPS display, and 10 hours of battery life for $400.

                  • Jdb87002_2
                    Jdb87002_2  6 days back

                    My laptop is $150 it has 4gb ram a 32gb drive and the cpu runs at 1.78 ghz and has a 11.5 inch screen

                  • Fett Up with Puns
                    Fett Up with Puns  7 days back

                    5:07 I thought that chair was her RUMP

                    • Null 42
                      Null 42  1 weeks back

                      I have one like that! but with 500gb of hd and 4gb of ram

                      • Светослав Г.
                        Светослав Г.  1 weeks back

                        I am amazed that WIndows 10 even starts on the 2GB one

                        • ZampaPaws
                          ZampaPaws  1 weeks back

                          Do you really expect me to believe that a laptop with 2GB of DDR3 will actually run Chrome? Linus, stop.

                          • lucosade orange
                            lucosade orange  1 weeks back

                            One word back lit chromebook is all you need!

                            • Random Tube
                              Random Tube  1 weeks back

                              Dell: dongle emergency life line

                              • Allyssa Lord
                                Allyssa Lord  2 weeks back

                                The $400 laptop you could actually find for around $300 and the memory can be upgraded to 8gb. You can't upgrade memory on the $200 version. So for $400 you could get the laptop and upgrade the memory and hard drive.

                                • clark ph
                                  clark ph  2 weeks back

                                  Pewdiepie buy 300$ laptop 2010 for gaming

                                  • nikiplam
                                    nikiplam  2 weeks back

                                    Man you think my parents are gonna give me 1000 dollars?! all i need is a 400 dollar laptop
                                    Edit: I CANT WATCH YOUTUBE WITHOUT LAG ON MY 800 DOLLAR OLD LAPTOP
                                    Edit2:linus you just have gaming stuff and you dont know the good feeling
                                    Edit3:You think we will game on them? You own and always build gaming pc's but not everybody will be that rich

                                    • Zeppy Brawl Stars
                                      Zeppy Brawl Stars  2 weeks back

                                      Just save a extra $400 to get a $800 gaming laptop

                                      • Patrick James Quinn
                                        Patrick James Quinn  2 weeks back

                                        CHUWI AeroBook is 400 dollars, has 8gb of memory, 256gb SSD and 1080p IPS display and has a really decent keyboard and a sleek metal housing. I bought one as a travel companion to my 15 work MacBook and gaming rig and I’m thrilled by what I’ve bought.

                                        • Valra Bellkeys
                                          Valra Bellkeys  2 weeks back

                                          I'd buy the cheap one just for that blue

                                          • Zeek M
                                            Zeek M  2 weeks back

                                            I don't buy laptops unless I have money to burn. which is not often.
                                            I think laptops are the greatest thing since sliced bread yet here's the problem.
                                            I have never encountered any laptop with audio good enough to be used in a studio quality recording.
                                            That seems to be the one weakness of every laptop I've ever encountered. I've never seen one with a "Line In" for that matter.

                                            • Amber57499
                                              Amber57499  2 weeks back

                                              4:04 did you make him sit there with that thing on his lap acting like he's typing and smiling?
                                              Sounds like a very stupid job

                                              • Robert Blasingame
                                                Robert Blasingame  2 weeks back

                                                Just get a macbook pro, idiot

                                                • Bob
                                                  Bob  3 weeks back

                                                  whiny little biotch.......

                                                  • Baha'adeen Al-ees
                                                    Baha'adeen Al-ees  3 weeks back

                                                    For 850 I can get asus, or the low model ThinkPad

                                                    • Asher Bernstein
                                                      Asher Bernstein  3 weeks back

                                                      7:11 Linus why are you cheating on your wife?

                                                      • Liao Michael
                                                        Liao Michael  3 weeks back

                                                        Get a 400 dollar and put an SSD in it.

                                                        • Sparta
                                                          Sparta  3 weeks back

                                                          I bought a Ryzen Acer Nitro 5 for $450 (R5 2400U APU and RX 560X GPU), then bought a 512GB M.2 SSD for $52 to go along with its 1TB slow HDD (because the laptop has a spare M.2 slot on the motherboard), and also bought 16GB of DDR4 3200Mhz Laptop RAM (SODIMM) for $75. The laptop's monitor also overclocked to 100hz refresh-rate really easy. That's $577 total for a laptop with better multitasking performance, gaming performance, and storage capacity (1,512 GB of storage) than the $800 laptop shown in this video, and also better than most current $800-1100 laptops available right now. I guess the only downside is that it doesn't convert into a tablet, but I wouldn't pay an extra $233 just for that.

                                                          • The Gaming Tm
                                                            The Gaming Tm  3 weeks back

                                                            i got a 300$ laptop 1980x1080 resolution 8gb dd4 and i just use nvidia geforce now fpr games and for csgo it gets about 100 fps very good deal micro center

                                                          • AL James
                                                            AL James  3 weeks back

                                                            I'd get the 200 dollar laptop and slap in linux on it. But if i have more than that, the 800 is the sweet spot for me.

                                                            • Zachary Chavis
                                                              Zachary Chavis  3 weeks back

                                                              Wow i waste money

                                                              • Patti Brooks
                                                                Patti Brooks  4 weeks back

                                                                I spent over 300 for both of my Dell Lap Tops !

                                                                • YS Entertainment
                                                                  YS Entertainment  4 weeks back

                                                                  $800 for that crap? You can get a brand new acer gaming laptop for that price.

                                                                  • cody Wooden
                                                                    cody Wooden  4 weeks back

                                                                    Hp stream 11 is a good compact laptop for 200 and as low as 160 if you look hard enough.

                                                                    • Williams Mc'Billions
                                                                      Williams Mc'Billions  4 weeks back

                                                                      My 3 reasons:
                                                                      1. Because they're bad.
                                                                      2. They spend more money on the plastic than the components as an excuse to price it at $400 dollars.
                                                                      3. You'd be better off buying a PC

                                                                      • Angel gamer1121
                                                                        Angel gamer1121  4 weeks back

                                                                        oops

                                                                        • Liberty City Series
                                                                          Liberty City Series  4 weeks back

                                                                          Because $400 can get you a rig with an ivy bridge i7 with 16gigs of ram and an rx 570

                                                                          • Pizza Cat
                                                                            Pizza Cat  4 weeks back

                                                                            5:48
                                                                            Does this mean Linus has computers that he would recommend to someone that he doesn't like?

                                                                            • GibleMations
                                                                              GibleMations  4 weeks back

                                                                              People With 401 Dollar Laptops Cuz Of Tax Be Like

                                                                              😎

                                                                              • Brock Daniel
                                                                                Brock Daniel  4 weeks back

                                                                                Jumper Ezbook pro 3?

                                                                                • JuicyGamer Lol
                                                                                  JuicyGamer Lol  4 weeks back

                                                                                  just buy the fb model of the swift 3 man its not that hard(SPONSORED NOT)

                                                                                  • BroGamer
                                                                                    BroGamer  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Your dude at Dell sends you a laptop.
                                                                                    Makes video about why you shouldn't buy it.

                                                                                    • mist nuclear
                                                                                      mist nuclear  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Any One Here That's Not Employed Or Not A Teen Not Adult

                                                                                      • David Torto
                                                                                        David Torto  4 weeks back

                                                                                        You can add memory in the sd card.

                                                                                        • Hello Vaxine
                                                                                          Hello Vaxine  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Xbox One: 500 gb hard drive
                                                                                          Linus: Thats awesome
                                                                                          Laptop _Red_ : 500 gb
                                                                                          Linus: That sucks
                                                                                          Me: its a laptop not a gaming console