I know this forum is mainly focused on desktops, but it's the only computer forum I am on. I am starting my MS150 training and need a laptop for my indoor trainer. I need to attach a USB dongle for speed/cadence data, wifi, bluetooth and the ability to connect via HDMI to my 13 year old Sony TV (720p/1080i). I would also like to use it for regular browsing, Office 365 and maybe, some light Photoshop Elements. And by light, I mean autocorrect and crop. Yes, I am that guy.
I don't know how much I would honestly use it, so I am looking at the used market. I am thinking i5 or i7. How much have these chips changed over the years? Would I notice a huge difference in performance for my needs with a processor that is three or four generations old? Is it worth it to upgrade to an SSD and boost in RAM to help performance or is that money better spent on a new machine? I think a new laptop would be in the $700 range while my used price target is $100-$200.