Sadly the macOS reinstall has been brewing for some time.
A $99 (USD) laptop with pretty similar approach as the old Samsung XC303 Chromebook of 2012.
But if you’re strapped for cash, it’s still a worthwhile buy!
It’s kind of silly that smartphones commonly have as much, if not more, memory than new laptops.
It’s also kind of sucky that phone screens commonly ship as 2560×1440, whereas premium laptops are still 1920×1080.
For $655 (£470) you can get:
I have a Thinkpad T420 – now 2 years, 6 months old. Started to notice the fan seemed a bit noisier than normal and the CPU was reporting a temperature of around 60deg C, even when the machine wasn’t doing very much.
As suspected, 30 months of usage without a clean is a little bit too long. Cleaning a laptop fan can be fairly straightforward – this took just two screw removals. Of course, always seek advice and YouTube videos if you need help to do yours! 😉
After the procedure, my laptop runs about 10-15deg C cooler and is much quieter.
(Warning, images are grotesque scenes of mostly human skin. Some microscopic lifeforms may have been “damaged” during the making of these images…)