1st Gen Core (2009 - 2010)




2009 - 2010 Business Class Laptops
1st Gen Intel Core i3, i5, i7 processors, Core 2 Duos
  • DDR3 RAM became standard for all Core i3, i5, i7 laptops.
  • 1st Gen i7 processors don't have integrated graphics, they need discrete GPUs or your upgrade from can be a waste!
  • Not a Mac expert, I am going off wikipedia, email/comment for model correction/suggestions. 
  • S series ProBooks are entry/consumer laptop (Vostro, Edge, X100), B series are a bit better but not as well as p series (L or R series, E5xxx)
  • Some AMD, Core 2 Duo in here
  • Some MacBooks and X100e use DDR2 RAM!
  • New gutter trash, gaming, pleb & rugged entry included! <3
  • Variation in laptop manufactures in this guide! Don't need to stick to the top 3 /biz/ makers if you could find a good deal! d:D)-C[
  • CAUTION: HP PROBOOK SCREENS A SHIT - CONFIRMED BUYERS REMORSE!
  • Before biting the bullet, take a gander at notebookcheck.net for reviews.
Disclaimer: I didn't check each individual listing if they come with an OS, HDD, Battery & AC adapter, but I didn't note the cheapest listings I saw. Just check item information and description, don't hesitate to ask! I recommend clean installing your own operating system in case of viruses or bloat!

Mainstream 14"

E6410 - $90 - 175
T410   - $85 - 165
T410s - $90 - 170
8440p  - $90 - 190
A1278 - $200 - 350 (unibody aluminium mid 2009, MBP - 5,5)
8440w - $120 - 230
A1280 - $270 - 450 (unibody aluminium mid 2010, MBP - 7,1)

Budget models
E5410    - $90 - 150
Edge 14 - $90 - 200
6440b    - $80 - 150
6445b    - $70 - 120 (AMD)
A1342   - $130 - 250 (new polycarbonate design late 2009,  P7750 - 6,1)
A1342   - $200 - 350 (new polycarbonate design mid 2010, P8600 - 7,1)

Gutter trashV3400 - $70 - 140 (i3, V for Dell Vostro)
E6410 - $70 - 160 (i3 model)
T410i  - $60 - 150 (i3 model of T410)
L410  - $100 - 150 (C2D, aka SL410 too)
4415s  - $90 - 150 (AMD)
A1181 - $120 - 200 (2009 models early 2GHz and mid 2.13GHz, polycarbonate - 5,2)

Rugged
E6410 ATG - $100 - 240
CF-31 MK1 - $300 - 600
Getac B300 - $300 - 600
  • Quite a few of these go for $200 to $400 depending on options and great condition
  • HP offers a workstation version of their 14", pretty pricey but offer greater performance.
  • T410s is listed here, it's ultrabooky but get hot & LCD issues, plus needs 1.8" drives
  • Lots seem to go for $50 to $80 each, unsure if it's good to resale thru eBay (15% cut)
  • $130 is a good price for most of these machines fully working
  • Apples get past $400 and $550 mark easily on condition and a simple RAM/HDD upgrades!
  • Macs use Core2Duos! Mid 2009 MBP's P8400/P8700, mid 2010 P8600/P8800!
  • White/Black Macbooks suffer from smelly keyboards because of the adhesive used. If buying local and if it doesn't smell ask if it was replaced, chances are it was a lighly used.
  • A1181 Mac sellers seem to not include an AC adapter, & a lot w/ bad DVD drives.
  • Budget models seem to be sold near price of their better built counterparts.
  • Our coworker had a flawless 13" MBP and we sold it for $500 because of wording & photos
  • E6410 ATG is semi rugged, the Getac and ToughBook are 13" raidbosses. Release date info & revisions are scarce. Possibly better off buying them from police & local auctions.
  • Although budget and gutter trash models were cheaper when new than mainstream models, some hold more value, possibly due to demand and supply. My guess is that these aren't sold in surplus and are sold by the original owners, not by recyclers flooding the market.

Mainstream 15"

E6510   - $100 - 220
T510    -  $95 - 220
8540p   - $120 - 260
A1286  - $250 - 500 (mid 2010 i5 520m & 540m - 6,2)

Budget
E5510    - $86 - 150
L512      - $70 - 130
Edge 15 - $75 - 110
6545b    - $60 - 130 (AMD Turion II)
6550b    - $65 - 180
6555b    - $65 - 150 (AMD Athlon, Phenom, Turion II)
A1286  - $300 - 500 (mid 2009 2.8GHz T9600 - 5,3)

Gutter trash
V3500  - $96 - 160
SL510  - $65 - 120 (C2D, aka L510)
4520s    - $80 - 140
4525s    - $70 - 150 (AMD Athlon/Phenom II)
A1286    - $275 - 400 (mid 2009, C2D 2.53GHz - 5,1 5,3 & 5,4)
UX50V  - $55 - 175 (Asus Zenbook Precursor)

Pleb 
Envy 15 - $175 - 400 (HP)
N51       -  $150 - 300 (Asus)
A1286   - $250 - 500 (mid 2009 3.06GHz T9900 - 5,3)

Rugged
CF-52 MK3 - $200 - 550
  • AVOID ALL L SERIES!! Speakers poorly design, bad everything.
  • Budget models are considerably cheaper in the 15" category than 14"
  • I stressed out when searching MacBook Pro prices, very confusing, people don't specify if they have a P or T Core 2 Duo here, so TDP is 45W vs 35W, which will affect battery life
  • There are plenty $400+ MacBook Pros, even some sub $600 that aren't in the greatest condition... Software installed plays a big role here! 
  • I recommend paying $200+ if you want a WUXGA/1080P screen
  • Parts MacBook Pros can be sold for up to $300! Some start at $150
  • There are a lot of ProBooks, got on a tangent... Sadly there are reports of glossy lids attracting dust/fingerprints. But some of these AMD versions are very cheap, might get one. :s
  • Pleb tier added for those who who don't want an 'ugly old looking laptop lol'
Workstation 15"

M4500 - $120 - 400
W510   - $140 - 400
8540w  - $130 - 400
A1286  - $330 - 600 (mid 2010 2.8GHz i7 640m - 6,2)
A1286  - $300 - 650 (mid 2010 2.66GHz i7 620m - 6,2)

Gutter trash Gaming
M15x - $300 - 550 (Alienware)
G51    - $150 - 400 (Asus)
Y560  - $150 - 350 (Lenovo)

  • The 8540w is most available, then Dell and then Lenovo. Some complete machines are cheaper than their parts counterparts, $180 seems to be Buy It Now starting price
  • Few of these big 3 are past $400 top spec'd, but $250-320 is good price for well spec'd IMO
  • A lot of 620m MBPs, yet they seem to ask for more money than the top processor 640m variant, also people will not list them as A1286 or rather 'mid 2010 macbook pro'
  • Not many 3.06GHz MBPs here, plenty of 2.8GHz models sell for more... haha
  • Gaming laptop prices are all over the place here, keep in mind these were probably pushed hard and should get thermal paste reapplied. Motherboards for them are popular for a reason. (^;
  • You're going to get buyers remorse the instant you turn it on because the seller is an idiot and list wrong specs & bad photos, just buy a $2000 laptop and watch it depreciate 8% each month
  • I personally was not impressed by the Lenovo Y560 & Y560p, W700ds loads better

Desktop Replacement 16", 17", 18"

Business
M6500 - $200 - 700
W701   - $330 - 600
8740w  - $250 - 500
A1297  - $400 - 1200 (mid 2010 i5/i7, 6,1)
VPCF1 - $225 - 500 (Vaio 16.4" models, i5/i7)

Gaming
M17x - $350 - 490 (Alienware R2)
X505 - $275 - 560 (Toshiba Qosmio 18.4")
G73J  - $200 - 450 (Asus)
Pleb
A1297   - $380 - 700 (mid 2009, Core2Duo, 5,2)
R780     - $250 - 350 (Samsung)
8930      - $200 - 260 (Acer)
4720s     - $150 - 260 (ProBook)
Vaio 17 - $150 - 580 (Various Sony Vaio 17" laptops w/ i5/i7)
Z600     - $80 - 160 (Dell 16" C2D "Thin" Desktop Replacement)
XPS 16 - $170 - 280 (Ultrasharp RGB LED display)
3700     - $100 - 200 (Dell Vostro)
Specialties
M6500 Covet - $700 - 1300 (premier version of M6500)
W701ds          - $350 - 1400 (slide out 11" display adds $$$ easily)
8740w IPS      - $500 - 1500 (Dreamcolor display was a $500 option)
Asus NX90     - $??? - 1500 (dual touchpad, massive Bang & Olfusen speakers)
Clevo X7200  - $400 - 550 (you can utilize a desktop LGA 1366, sixcore i7 anyone?)
  • There are some VERY low & priced M6500's on craigslist (Feb 2016), check your craigslist you might find a great deal you can test out!
  • Some people ask for $1000 on some of these laptops because they are awesome and hueg!
  • Sony Vaios are pretty confusing, so many different characters for each variance
  • Specialties section added, these laptops are rare, only the M6500 have sold recently, dreamcolor 8740W are hard to find.
  • I'd argue that some of these 17" gaming desktops are worth getting, some of these laptops don't come with 1080p/WUXGA displays sadly.
  • Why a Pleb but no Gutter Trash? Laptop so big, it can't look like crap, it looks pathetic! D;<
Ultraportables

E4310  - $90 - 230 (13")
X201   - $90 - 240 (12")
X201s - $150 - 300 (12" WXGA+)
2540p  - $80 - 230 (12")
A1369 - $150 - 400 (13" late 2010 C2D 3,2)

Gutter trash
V13       - $60 - 115 (13.3" - C2D)
Edge 13 - $60 - 130 (13", C2D, i3, AMD)
4320s    - $90 - 120 (13.3")
A1304- $190 - 350 (13", C2D 2,1)

Tablet
X201T - $110 - 260
2740p   - $60 - 240

Netbooks
2110 - $45 - 125 (10" - Intel Atom, DDR2)
X100e - $ 45 - 125 (11" - AMD Neo, DDR2)
A1370  - $200 - 400 (11" late 2010 3,1)
  • Nab a HP 2540p if you want a 12" i7 for cheap, a lot available!
  • Or spend four times that on a broken MBA! $200 parts craptops!
  • X201s rare and expensive because of this, sought by collectors

Final thoughts on these laptops

If you're looking for a good decent machine for word processing and don't need to constrain to battery life, a lot of these laptops will do the job! Vista began to phase away and Windows 7 became the norm, you can find a lot of laptops with W7 COAs in this time. Nothing wrong with installing Linux either, all ThinkPads work great with it and most of these computers have a supported WiFi card in linux for it! Also all Intel Macs support OSX 10.11.3 El Capt! You should be fine with 4GB RAM, SSD optional. Most of these Macs can be updated to the next OS with just an internet connection, doesn't matter if your drive is blank. Lenovo tried a touchscreen on the T410s, uncommon model, Dell made some junk 15/17" machines, the Asus UX50V failed but made Asus learn. I'd say get any of those 17" specialties if you kinda don't want to take your desktop everywhere, I would not recommend it for a primary laptop! Those should be able to video edit and game fine on medium settings, 15" gaming laptops can't cut it, not for me at least.

James' picks for each laptop category:
14" Casual - E5410 WXGA+ Backlit keyboard - Best out of the top 3
15" Casual - Mid 2010 MBP i5 w/ WSXGA+ Matte Display - instant chick magnet (not really)
15" Work  - 8540w Dreamcolor - Once you go IPS, you cant go back! Last of the 16:10 ratio!
16/17/18" - Sony Vaio VPCF1xxx - Very cool laptop, 16" FHD and not too bulk
Powerhouse - Clevo X7200 - Quad fans, dual SLI and desktop CPU support at such a low price!
Ultraportable - X201s if you could find one!! AFFS swap!!
Tablet - 2740p - Not as bulky but still pretty tough, decent machine.
Netbook - Late 2010 MBA - Best small form factor machine out there.

Email me at dankpads@gmail.com if you have any questions or corrections for me!

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