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After 8 years, it's also likely there's a lot of dust that has accumulated inside. Time to take a good ol' fashioned air compressor.
(I'm not talking about those puny pressurized air cans - my dad's a mechanic and I've used the commercial air compressor in his garage countless times over the decades. Despite all warnings, I've never had a problem. Of course, I'm not being a dumbass and letting it spin the fans at a billion RPM...)
True, the CPU doesn't run any slower, but in the last 8 years software has gotten bulkier and bloated, from the OS on -- developers "taking advantage" of faster hardware and larger storage. If Maze3 was running software from 2011-2013, the laptop is probably fine.
That said, I agree with doing a clean install on an SSD, which will remove a lot of evils that have developed over time. Re-install only the needed applications.
Periodically I run a start-up manager (on Windows) which identifies the startup processes -- it's scary what gets installed in only 3 months. I remove things I don't need, which helps a lot.
Granted, nothing may help the laptop become fit for the intended purpose, but it will probably be more than sufficient as a web browser/email machine.
True, the CPU doesn't run any slower, but in the last 8 years software has gotten bulkier and bloated, from the OS on
It used to be that a system with 2GB of RAM was fine for "just email and browsing the web" and you could recommend one of those to grandma.
These days, for grandma, "browsing the web" means Facebook, and with its infinite scrolling (where more and more crap on a page gets loaded without ever letting go), it's basically unusable. Facebook is horrible and should die in a fire for many, many reasons, but even from a page design perspective, it's simply appalling because it'll make one of those machines crawl for minutes on end.
Raspberry Pi 4 4gb. you can get a desktop kit for $120, and just add a monitor.
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I would like to add my Samsung Galaxy Book 10 to the list of suggestions.
OK it has a chiclet keyboard but it's not too bad, the screen (2K) is amazing and the sound is too.
I have added a fast 64 GB microSD card to have a bit more storage.
The charger is no bigger than my phone charger so it's easy to pack & tote.
Your response triggered a question I have had percolating (semi related : Percolatin' Blues) in the back of my mind for a while: don't Chromebooks need a constant network connection to get anything done? I could live with that at home, but what about on the road, plane, car or what have you?
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I am using a Samsung Notebook 9. Not the note the Notebook. They come in 2 flavors and work as a tablet with a stylus or an actual laptop. Battery life is decent and doesn't cost the x360 price. though it is still spendy.
I use a Microsoft Surface Pro for my bring everywhere with me computer. It is so light I hardly know I'm carrying it. And the display is wonderful!
They have a pretty wide range of models so you should be able to find the balance between speed, storage and and cost you like. If you do get one with low storage to save money, you can expand the storage with a micro-SD card.
It will of course fulfill your tablet use, simply tear off the keyboard, or fold it behind (you do have pay extra for the keyboard and pen though).