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.

In general, the performance of these machines will also be poor, so even if they are advertised for light gaming, they won’t play that nice. This is dependent on the full specs, but I’m talking about it in general.

Let me tell you a story…

In my time working in IT, I worked with many of these budget laptops, I worked with them in a corporate environment and I worked with them supporting students who purchased them for their courses.

The story is always the same, the laptop has become ultra slow because once they install Microsoft Office and a few other small apps that they need for their course or to do their job, there is not enough storage space for Windows Updates and storing and saving files.

But what prompted me to write this article was relatives who recently purchased one of these laptops from Acer.