Check out the Pansonic Toughbooks. We used to get those for the users that were not gentle on laptops. Today with BYOD we no longer bother as the workers buy their own.
My brother and I found some cheap ProBooks on Groupon. They are often with 4 or 8GB RAM, i3 and i5 and run 200 to 300 bucks. Example:
This is my third straight year to need a new laptop; I bought an HP laptop (not sure of the specs on it) two years ago, and it is in a drawer because the screen came apart (you can literally touch the side of the screen because the plastic came off.) This past year I bought a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series Laptop because it looked durable on the side of the screens. While I actually liked the laptop and it did not come apart, I could never get it to charge correctly. After 14 months, I am attempting to take Dell to small claims court.
In my opinion, laptops are the biggest rip off ever. The manufactures want them to break in about two years so you have to buy another one. Unfortunately, I am public school teacher who works for a school district that does not provide me with a computer; Therefore, I am kind of trapped in this laptop cycle. I really have zero desire to buy another laptop after spending almost $1,000 dollars the last two years.
Could anyone offer me any suggestions as to what type of laptop I should buy? The main thing I need is a laptop with an HDMI fitting (the smaller laptops do not have it.) Otherwise, I do not give a crap about it as long as it is durable. I also would seriously consider a used laptop since, again, I mostly use my phone for personal internet use.
I would greatly appreciate any help anyone would be willing to provide me.