NB: this is not to discount the advice of those of you I've already asked. I just want to be as ready and rede-y as I can.
Its use will almost solely be for carrying to cafes and writing. Thus I need it to be light, run Word, have OK battery life, and not be too expensive. As alexx_kay advised when we discussed this, I'll probably need to decide my priorities there and pick any two of those qualities.
Secondhand is absolutely fine. Is there any more trustworthy source than C'list for lightly used laptops? My problem is partly that I don't know enough about computers to trust myself to make an informed decision on a used model. I am trying to get beyond being the kind of worried, vulnerable consumer who wanders into Best Buy and believes the staff who try to push all the expensive stuff.
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