I poured a cup of tea on my laptop and now need to buy a replacement
What do people recommend? I don’t game, I use my laptop almost exclusively for work, which involves video conferencing, emailing, and using MS Office. I already have an iPad for personal use and my laptop rarely leaves my study so I’m not bothered about portability.
I want to corroborate @tbutz‘s mention of chromebooks. They are very cheap and surprisingly sufficient for what most people do on their computers in the classic notebook form factor.
With that said, I’d also second @Eden’s recommendation of an iPad. This device has come a long way over the last decade and has matured a lot both in hardware and software. We’re at a point now where I have no problem recommending even the lower end models to most people as their primary of only computer. iPad will naturally work harmoniously with your iPhone too, which is a significant point in its favour over a chromebook. They’re also quite expansive with accessories too.
iPads are to laptops what cars are to trucks.
If you rely on this device for your job, you’re going to want to spend a little more up front if you can. It pays off in the long run. The type of device will want in this case is dependant on the nature of the work.
MacBook Air is a fantastic all rounder and one of the best value products on the market for its price, but this is significantly beyond your budget.
Microsoft Surface devices are quite versatile too and have a lower entry level price than laptops. The only downside in my opinion that’s it’s a tablet first device running a desktop first OS.
My experience corroborates this too. I needed to keep a windows machine around for the OU, because some of the software we used was windows only, though we’ve mostly transitioned away from that and better support macOS and Linux now too.
I used to choose cheap dell laptops because my use was quite limited and they would get the job done. I think the longest one of these computers lasted was 2 years. I now have a Mac mini running windows 10 via boot camp. It was about £500 back when I bought it. It’s been 8 years since then and still going strong.
Macbook Pro 13inch is £2,399 retail. The 16inch is £2,799.
As the OP had a top budget of £400 they could buy the same laptop every year for that price and still not reach the kind of money needed for a Macbook after 5 years.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like Apple products – they are well-made and fairly future-proof – but they are incredibly expensive for what you get. I am blessed with an iMac at present but should it die on me it will be a serious struggle to replace like-for-like, never mind going for the latest model!
I understand @Sam87 may not have the cash but I was just throwing it in there, tons of affordable suggestions have been offered also. What I find with PCs is that you tend to have to replace them more often and they just don’t last as long. Its an investment.