Am about to buy crappy (but shiny refurbished) Lenovo laptop for my writer bro. Because he's been wanting to devote a single alienatingly bare-bones machine to ONLY word processing, rather than continuing (and failing) to get stuff done on the distractingly multitasking Mac he currently has. (He uses Scrivener and occasionally Open Office rather than MS Word.) Are crappy laptops able to handle super-heavy word-processing?
The two models I've narrowed it down to are:
, found refurbished for just below $300.
found refurbished for just below $400.
Key and keyboard feel, low fan noise, and generally well-sustained functioning for many hours of typing / saving / backing-up / etc. -- possibly with several docs open at once -- would probably be main considerations. This may be a dumb question, but I've no idea how much word-processing gobbles up memory, slows down the machine as a whole, and/or provokes loud fan noise. And to be honest, although he yearns for austerity, I think he will need Firefox browsing now and then, so that'd add to the system load. I'd also welcome advice on warranties -- like whether I should buy him a year-long or 2-year warranty extension where possible. Although it may be unsisterly of me to be so miserly, I'm kinda broke, and he has a birthday coming up. So. If this is a really
bad idea, however, please let me know.