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nickg5
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Lenovo Laptop

Intel i7 3630QM processor
Nvidia Geforce GT 650M graphics card
8gb ram
128GB solid state drive
I have a 1TB drive as well but the SSD is ALOT faster
Red LED backlit keyboard
Windows 10
DVD/cd drive

$280 sold locally.
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Commented:
Looks like a nice machine. the 128gb SSD is a little small, but that can be swapped out later OR if the machine supports it, add a second or your 1tb drive.  With the Nvidia graphics, it will probably only kick in over the embedded if it senses it needs it. This is common now a days. Since this is an older laptop, it may be the only graphics and in that case, would take a little from battery life.

The processor is an I7 and although this is an Ivy Bridge processor, which is older, it is still a quad core with 8 threads and will ramp up to 3.4ghz.  8gb of ram is pretty good.  This is a nice, fast, solid processor and in many ways, can hold its own against some of the current generation processors.

So, having said that, battery life will probably be less than today's laptops and it is probably a little bigger and heavier, but if you are OK with that, it seems like it is a pretty good deal.

I would check the battery though. If it is the original, but still good, it's lifespan may not be all that much longer. Check to see how much the replacement battery is. It could wind up being half the price you pay for the machine.  If you mainly just leave it plugged in, then that might not be of a concern.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
The SSD drive is too small as noted. 256 GB would be minimum for ordinary used. Memory is fine.

Make certain about the Nvidia card. I like Intel vastly better. Ask for some guarantee on the Video card.

Given those caveats, it should be fine.
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You don't give the Lenovo model, so its not easy to cover the "laptop".  However the components are certainly capable of most any activities, except extreme gaming.   As others have noted... 128 gb is going to make your C:\Drive pretty tight for space.  Make sure to keep it cleaned up and you should be OK.
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
https://www.ebay.com/p/Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y500-15-6in-1TB-Intel-Core-i7-3rd-Gen-2-4GHz-8GB-Notebook-Laptop-Black-59359557/144518966

Your notebook to be purchased should be a used or refurbished Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 with 128GB SSD drive.

128GB is enough if your usage is no more than ordinary web surfing, checking emails, online shopping, and word processing.

If yes, the wifi card will be a limiting factor as it does not support the newest 802.11ac standard. If your home or workplace is using fibre optic broadband connection and has upgraded the router to a 802.11ac one, you will notice the difference of network speed.

Anyway, your price is a good one if the shop gives you 90 days warranty.
Top Expert 2013
Commented:
check also for the battery wattga - how many hours it supports running
that depends on the # of cells, and used power of the laptop
No warranty since it is being sold by an individual. It would be used for travel and no storage of videos or photos.

Original cost $999 to be assumed unless the seller has the invoice.
Model says Y400.

https://charlotte.craigslist.org/sys/d/lenovo-gaming-laptop-i7/6322640058.html
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
It should work given the usage you imagine for it.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Lenovo ideapad has only one year warranty and there should be no warranty even with invoice as it is a pretty old notebook.

$280 is over-priced.
Jackie:
I meant the original cost the seller quoted as $999 could be verified if he had the original purchase receipt.

Show me another i7, 8GB, W10, for less than $280?

My only concern would be losing another video card to overheating which happened earlier in the year with an nVidia GPU.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
The repair cost of this notebook will be more or less 30% of $280.

If no warranty, forget it as the average life of ideapad is around 5 years and this model was launched in year 2012.
The repair cost of this notebook will be more or less 30% of $280.
..............to repair what?

This may be used two-three 30 day periods per year. It won't be every day use.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
https://laptopturn.com/laptop-problems/lenovo-ideapad-y400-power-button-problem/

Why you need an i7 at all for your usage?

Warranty is important even for light usage like yours.

You do not need a SSD also as you are not using it frequently.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
High ram program that uses alot of resources. Ned high ram and power CPU.

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