Setting up Minecraft on a refurbished laptop was the task I took on this past weekend. I thought it was going to be a simple task to get Minecraft installed on my grandson’s refurbished Dell Latitude d610, but I was mistaken. The game wouldn’t load because of problems with the video drivers, and although I concluded after some research on the Minecraft forums that it would be possible to get the Dell Latitude to play the game by using some tips on the forum, it probably wasn’t going to result in performance that would be acceptable.
This lead me to my next task which was to do some research online and find out just what would it take in terms of a reasonable priced laptop, or notebook to get this popular game to play at an acceptable level. Refurbished laptops are good choice for tasks such as playing this popular game, since they cost less and are portable so the game can be played at a friend’s house or while traveling. It’s not something that a tablet computer really is meant for, and a good refurbished laptop is a smart move. If you shop with care you can find refurbished laptops that are in good physical condition, and many have never had a failure and been repaired, but are lease or rental returns, and have been fully inspected and tested to new product specifications.
I came to the conclusion that there are laptops under $600 and several laptops under $400 that would work but that I wasn’t going to be successful in acquiring something that would do the job for under $300. The most important factors are RAM storage, video and CPU performance. Higher RPM Disk performance is a consideration and a 7200 RPM disk speed is desirable but not mandatory when shopping for a budget refurbished laptop that will do well with Minecraft. After doing some research I came up with a short list of refurbished laptops that will do a good job of playing Minecraft and won’t cost and too much.
My choices were two Lenovo Models, the Lenovo V5470, and the Lenovo IdeaPad Z570. The Lenovo V5470 has a 15.6 “ LED backlit screen and weighs in at a little over 5 lbs and has a battery life of about 6 hours. It uses a second generation Intel Core i5 processor with 3MB of cache, with CPU speed of 2.3 GHZ. The 4 GB of memory is perfect for games such as Minecraft. This model has a 5400 RPM drive which didn’t meet our target for disk performance but in checking with some experts will be just fine for playing MInecraft on a refurbished notebook. Our second choice is the refurbished Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 which is also a unit with a 15.6 inch screen with weight and battery life almost identical to the refurbished Lenovo V570 discussed earlier. This model uses a dual core Intel i5 processor running at 2.4 GHZ just slightly faster than the V5470 and the performance is almost identical. The primary difference between these two Lenovo models is the physical appearance which is highlighted by the brushed aluminum lid with a gunmetal looking finish on the Z570.
Both of these two budget priced refurbished laptops will play Minecraft without problems and can be purchased for right at about $600 dollars. This popular game requires just a little more in the way of laptop performance but less than some of the more sophisticated games that would require true gamer laptop performance.