As my laptops have been having problems, and considering their age, etc. I am starting to look at a replacement computer or Chromebook. I do have the advantage of anything used I can be perfectly happy with installing Linux over whatever OS (such as XP) it currently has in case there are no OS disks available. I have been looking for a little while, and I will probably be looking for some time as well. Not only do I want to make sure I get the right device for me, I also have to make sure the funds are available which would be a lot easier if my car didn't need 4 brand-%^&$(-er, um.. "spanking")-new breaks! :tongue: What I am looking for are recommendations on Good devices that meet my needs/wants (outlined below) Reasonable price (<$1000 +/-), with the possible inclusion of MS Office (otherwise can get by with LibreOffice) New or Used devices are fine, so long as they are working I have broken down what I am looking for into a couple of categories. Each category has its own focus and acceptable limitations and these are more guidelines (concepts) rather than hard-and-fast requirements. Any system with Windows 8 needs to be touch. Touch isn't required for Windows 7, Chromebooks or Linux though. I would love to find a convertible system (tablet & laptop) whether it is a 2-in-1 or a tablet with attachable keyboard. ( I really like the idea of the Lenovo Yoga) There are 2 "sizes" or "concepts" I am looking for : A portable device for taking to meetings and around the place for easy access to files (like presentations or spreadsheets, being able to take notes, and to be able to easily take with me to waiting rooms (my daughter's dance class, for example). This is the most likely candidate for tablets but also for Chromebooks, which my Cr-48 provided me. Something small and light Screen size would prefer 13-14" but may consider 10-12" in some circumstances Needs a battery life of 4-5+ hours, even if it can achieve more than this with an optional extended battery (my Thinkpad has one that gives it 4-5 hours) A dual-core device at least (I'm tired of single-core devices, which is all I have) Does not need an optical drive (at home I have a USB external CD-Rom drive which works fine) Desktop replacement, which would enable me to do more heavy computing things such as VMs, Games and programming (web or local). Size is less of a factor. Screen size could be 14", 15" or 17"+ Would prefer an i5 (or equivalent) or better Want something that can expand RAM to 4-16 GB Needs to have a couple of hours of battery life, but not as much as the Portability category These are not hard-and-fast rules either. They are just concepts but depending on the system (and price) I could deal with an i3 desktop replacement or a slightly bulky portable. Like I mentioned, these are ideas only and I can be very flexible about what fits into each of them. Since the time I had the Cr-48 Chromebook I have managed to move a lot of my stuff to the cloud and to utilize it there so any system can reach "base-line" if it has an up-to-date browser. Anything running Windows XP would be fine because I wouldn't even bother with it, I would install Linux right over it and not skip a beat! So I am asking, what systems do you recommend or where do you know they sell good quality refurbished or 2nd hand computers?