Why You Shouldn’t Buy Cheap Laptops For Christmas — From an IT Engineer

Cheap isn’t always the best

Dom Kwolczak


Photo by Damir

If you are a returning reader, you may have heard me say this before, but as it’s the Christmas period, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about it again and for me to give you a bit of an updated opinion.

Cheap laptops may sound like a good deal, but trust me, they are NOT worth it, let me explain…

For starters, when I say cheap laptops I’m talking about laptops in the £100 up to around £350 price range. These laptops will often have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space which in this day and age is just appalling.

Once you install your basic programs and apps, there will be barely any room for Windows updates let alone any file storage. Trust me, that 64GB will fill up fast. As everything is built into the motherboard, you won’t be able to upgrade that storage either.

To make things confusing, these laptops will often be advertised as having expandable storage via a MicroSD card, however, that doesn’t work in the same way as a hard drive in the sense that it is detected as a MicroSD card and for some reason many programs don’t like to have applications installed on there. It’s more of a file storage location.