Last time I bought a laptop was about eight years ago, and it’s showing: the thing is clunky and slow and completely devoid of a ssd. So I’m thinking about upgrading sometime in the next couple of months.
My desktop is good enough to play AAA games at adequate framerates, so I’m not looking for something that’ll wow me graphically. I want something that’ll not only play Stardew Valley, but will also play 2024’s equivalent of Stardew Valley, if you get my drift. So, no Chromebooks, but also no Alienware Nitrogen-cooled eight-core behemoth, either.
And $500 is a medium-soft ceiling. I’d much rather get a refurbished machine than go over this limit.
I have some experience building desktops, but I’ve never installed anything on a laptop, and don’t plan to try.
What advice would you give someone in this situation? Poking around, I see laptops in this range with a 120-250 GB ssd and 8 gb RAM. Beyond that, I’m not sure what to seek, or to avoid.