I wouldn't pay a lot of money for a three-year-old
machine and less for older ones. And I would be unlikely to buy a machine
from a private person, regardless of how new it is unless I was going to
reformat it or use the Windows 10 feature to return the machine to the original
Windows state. Who knows what malware might be on the machine.
But a one year limit for a typical user is
arbitrary and not applicable.
The kinds of uses being discussed, browsing,
e-mail, word processing, streaming, etc. are not intensive operations.
Computers purchased five six, eight years ago, if reasonably powerful, can
perform them today. I have a laptop from 20011 that was about a $500
machine when it was purchased. it still performs those tasks very
The general advice is that when a computer becomes
five years old, it shouldn't be considered reliable, and that is one reason I
wouldn't spend a lot of money on a machine three years old or older. But
many machines work for eight or ten or more years so if the price is right, it's
a good gamble if you want to gamble.
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Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive
Actually I would not let even that student touch anything over a
year old. I don't care if it still works. Many companies don't support let's say
a 7 year old machine the school might be giving to their students. If the school
can afford it let them buy refirbs that are a year old if that is even possible
as long as they have 8 or 16 gigs of ram and the students can use them for class
but anything over a year old at least in terms of school settings is yucky to
I know a family member who is at their office still using windows I
think it's 7. They refuse to upgrade the their machines are 10 years old, but
what would you expect from most people who don't really care about this
If I could afford it I would replace my computers every year or 2
even though they still work. It's staying up to date with technology and going
with the best if you can, at least to me.
On 11 Jan 2019, at 12:34, Brian Vogel wrote:
You really seem to be spinning out over these last
several posts. This really is not about you, or your needs or
wants, but trying to offer advice regarding how best to make buying decisions
related to computers in general.
It's not that your needs are wrong, but they're utterly
irrelevant to what I've seen as the broader point of this whole
Brian - Windows
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