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Old 30th December 2017, 05:44 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I'm needing a small laptop, and during these sales I'm wondering which one to get?

Not being so computer savvy I thought I'd post here for advice.

Criteria= I'd like a small laptop- It's only going to be used for streaming internet radio, Jango, Youtube playlists etc. It has to have wifi and USB output to connect to my JBS Labs ODAC RevB and that's it. Oh and be cheap lol. It will sit atop my stereo stand and won't be used for anything else but streaming music as mentioned. No movie or music downloads, pics, gaming or anything like that etc.

Is there anything here that looks good?

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Old 30th December 2017, 07:20 PM   #2
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Which Small Laptop for Streaming?
Why buy a laptop?

I bought one of these

MINIX NEO Z83-4, Intel Cherry Trail Fanless Mini PC Windows 10 (64-bit) [4GB/32GB/Dual-Band Wi-Fi/Gigabit Ethernet/Dual Output/4K]. Sold Directly by MINIX(R) Technology Limited.: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

plus a wireless keyboard and mouse. Runs W10 (there are Android versions) and all sits behind the screen.

Less that $us 200 all in.
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Old 30th December 2017, 07:35 PM   #3
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I'd like a small laptop- It's only going to be used for streaming internet radio, Jango,
Youtube playlists etc. It has to have wifi and USB output
Do you really want to hassle with Windows for this purpose? This is $180 on sale.
CB311-7H-C5ED | Laptops - Tech Specs & Reviews - Acer

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Old 30th December 2017, 07:51 PM   #4
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Do you really want to hassle with Windows for this purpose? This is $180 on sale.
CB311-7H-C5ED | Laptops - Tech Specs & Reviews - Acer
Would the USB DAC be supported in Chromebook? JDS Labs product page does not mention Chrome OS support.
JDS Labs - Standalone ODAC, Rev B
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Old 30th December 2017, 07:56 PM   #5
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Would the USB DAC be supported in Chromebook? JDS Labs product page does not mention Chrome OS support.
Probably should check with JDS about that.
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Old 31st December 2017, 10:41 AM   #6
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Do you really want to hassle with Windows for this purpose? This is $180 on sale.
CB311-7H-C5ED | Laptops - Tech Specs & Reviews - Acer
Thanks but with this I'd need to add a screen, keyboard. mouse etc. This would add a lot of extra dollars and clutter compared to a small laptop sitting atop my stereo stand etc.

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Do you really want to hassle with Windows for this purpose? This is $180 on sale.
CB311-7H-C5ED | Laptops - Tech Specs & Reviews - Acer
As was mentioned my DAC is probably not compatible with this, dunno? I don't think Windows should be a problem as all I will be using this for is streaming music.

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Old 31st December 2017, 11:26 AM   #7
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I'm thinking between these three.

One has a larger screen size which I don't really need, but it could be a good backup for my present laptop if anything goes wrong with it etc as it's the same size screen. I was hoping to find something for under $200, but it looks like most of those are Chromebook related.

HP ProBook 6360b Laptop, 13.3" Scr, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Windows 10 Home, 1 Year Warranty - Refurbished : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

Dell Latitude E6220 Laptop, 12.5" Display, Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Windows 10 Home- Refurbished : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

HP ProBook 6540b Laptop, 15.6" Display, Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Win 10 Home, 1 Year Warranty -Refurbished : Laptops - Best Buy Canada
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I'm using old Thinkpad X61 starting 2012, i bought it second hand market which has huge supply from professional office. i connect it thru my 48" using vga to hdmi converter. It is only used as download system which run 24/7, considering low wattage then it is good for me.

I suggest you search for Thinkpad X230 with i5 procie, here i can find it with the same price i paid for X61 around $200. Most of them are refurbished but you can choose any good condition. It will have more power than any Rpi and you get all in one package.
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I don't think Windows should be a problem as all I will be using this for is streaming music.
Windows is always a problem. It`s a powerful trojan disguised to appear as a operating system.
If you got no problem with Microsoft owning your machine and tracking your every move, then ok.

If you decide to go down the Linux route avoid systemd.
(Devuan, Slackware, ...)
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Which Small Laptop for Streaming?
I have Windows, Mac and Linux laptops. All work just fine. Windows is easy for drivers and software, the Mac best for WiFi and Bluetooth (tho not by much) and Linux is usually OK, if the driver work.

Any of the small Dell or HP will do. A clean install of Window is always a good start.
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