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Laptop suggestions pls

Post by reriodan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:22 pm

Hi all,

I am in the market for a laptop, the one I have is pretty beaten up at this point and a bit bulkier than I would like. I am looking for some suggestions on a laptop to buy.

I have a chromebook, and really like it for what it is, but I also want a laptop with a bit more power. I don't need much space, I would be happy with a total of 128GB SSD. I would like to have at least 8 gigs of RAM. I will also want to have a full OS on it (ubuntu). I want a laptop that is kind of like a hybrid between a chromebook and a decently powered laptop.

I'd prefer a small laptop, 11-13in screen would be ideal, 14" maximum. The thinner/lighter the bette, but I wouldn't mind it being thicker for a better battery life.

Would appreciate any recommendations you have. Thanks!

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Post by happyisland » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:27 pm

The new Microsoft Surface Laptop looks really cool, and has a 3:2 ratio screen, which is something I would love to have. Very well reviewed too...

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Post by Jeff Albertson » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:35 pm

You may get more useful information from a site that professionally reviews laptops. This site has reviews on several types:
http://thewirecutter.com/leaderboard/laptops/

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Post by Watty » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:36 pm

happyisland wrote:The new Microsoft Surface Laptop looks really cool, and has a 3:2 ratio screen, which is something I would love to have. Very well reviewed too...
Consumer reports just changed them to be "not recommended" because so many of them have had problems.

https://www.consumerreports.org/laptop- ... r-reports/

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Post by Mel Lindauer » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:25 pm

Not cheap, but I love my Lenovo Yoga 900 2-in-1. i7, 512gb SSD, 16gb memory, touchscreen, lighted keyboard, light as a feather. You can get it cheaper by using less memory, less storage and a less expensive chip which you seem amenable to.
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Post by BanquetBeer » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:27 pm

I like windows for efficiency but apple laptops are durable and long lasting. No drama.

I would get an apple for laptop and windows for desktop

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Post by senior83 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:31 pm

I'm not currently in the market but I've been keeping an eye out for small (11-13 inch) laptops with decent specs for a while and the prognosis is not great. There is so much more diversity in the 14-15 inch range, which is simply larger than I want. And I'm a "power user" FWIW. I hope this changes by the time I'm in a position to get a new laptop.

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Post by LadyGeek » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:26 pm

I'm also looking for a laptop, as my 7 year old HP Pavillion has a few hardware quirks with the mouse.*

I'd like to get at least a 15" display with good resolution. A good quality tactile keypad is important, along with backlighting.

I did a quick scan of the reviews and don't see much in the way of SSD only laptops at a decent price.

Does anyone sell laptops without an OS? I can transfer my current Win 7 license to the new laptop. Or, just go with Linux. I'm currently using Moneydance for my finances, LibreOffice for office apps - both of which run just fine in Linux.

Regardless of what I get, whole-drive encryption with VeraCrypt will be the first thing done after it's setup.

* Whenever I move the mouse, there's a pause, then a notification sound. It's been driving me crazy for the past several years. This is not a driver problem, it's on the mobo. Somewhere. The touchpad has been disabled for quite some time, it's not usable for me.
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Post by reriodan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:42 pm

Welp, I just bought a refurbished t460p for $675.

Specs:
● Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-6440HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
● Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64
● Display Type: 14.0" FHD (1920x1080), anti-glare, LED backlight, IPS w/ 720p HD Camera
● Memory: 16GB DDR4 2133 SoDIMM Memory
● Hard Drive: 180GB Solid State Drive, Serial ATA3
● Optical Drive:
● Warranty: 1 Year On-Site Warranty
● Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 530
● Battery: 6-cell Lithium Ion (72Wh)
● HDMI:
● TV Tuner:
● Wireless: Intel Wireless-AC 8260 Bluetooth Version 4.0

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Post by F150HD » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:02 pm

Make it a few more months to Black Friday...then pull trigger

This seems to be floating around the web lately...worth a read esp if buying a lower end machine

Microsoft 'Confirms' Windows 10 Has Seriously Nasty Surprise

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Post by aristotelian » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:18 pm

I would be tempted to get the Chromebook in this article. Can't vouch for it, though. What kind of Chromebook do you have? Are you certain it can't be modded to run Ubuntu?

http://picknotebook.com/blog/best-ubuntu-laptop/

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Post by knick17 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:53 pm

I ve owned a few from HP to Apple,,,,recently I bought a LEnovo and I am really happy with it!

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Post by SpringMan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:53 am

B&H has a Dell on sale for $349. Looks like a pretty good deal if you can live with 15 inch.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... 7100u.html
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Post by reriodan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:31 am

aristotelian wrote:I would be tempted to get the Chromebook in this article. Can't vouch for it, though. What kind of Chromebook do you have? Are you certain it can't be modded to run Ubuntu?

http://picknotebook.com/blog/best-ubuntu-laptop/
I have the Acer chromebook 11, got it for 90 bucks via Slickdeals. I have actually put Ubuntu on it, but it wasn't really useful. Only 2gb RAM and 16 gb ssd. Chrome browser can almost use 2 GB RAM itself.

A higher tier chrebook would be great, but when you start getting to 8 GB RAM and >64 gb storage I'm not sure the price is there yet.

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Post by mouses » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:04 am

Just a note about brands.

I had hp laptops for years, and the hinges connecting the guts to the displays would almost invariably break after a few years. Also customer service stinks. I was on hold for two hours once waiting for our friends in Bombay or wherever the heck they are to answer, all the while listening to Bombay's Greatest Hits. When they do answer, they are only good for arranging mailing back a laptop for repairs, and you can't do that without a number they give you, hence staying on hold for two hours.

Lenovo is night and day different. Vastly more reliable hardware, and US-based, knowledgeable customer support.

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Post by jebmke » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:50 am

I have deployed approx 15 Lenovo laptops over the last couple of years. Only one issue came up with one screen which was handled by warranty replacement. I've been impressed with the hardware. We completely re-image these machines on arrival so I can't comment on their OEM software configuration. The newest machines required manual installation of USB3 and WiFi drivers for Windows 7 which I downloaded from the Lenovo support site (ie., W7 didn't have native drivers to support this hardware) so make sure you have a hard-wire connection when you install W7. They normally come now with UEFI implemented so if you want to install W7 you need to change the BIOS settings to Legacy BIOS. After that, the installation works normally.
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Post by pochax » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:23 am

OP, what is your price range? for 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD you are likely going to pay at least $500-600 unless you are willing to go refurbished.

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Post by Nyc10036 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:12 am

LadyGeek wrote:
Does anyone sell laptops without an OS? I can transfer my current Win 7 license to the new laptop. .
Dell used to sell laptops with Linux installed.

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Post by mega317 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:20 am

EBay is great for used laptops if you buy from someone who accepts returns and are willing to gamble the return shipping cost. I bought a used Lenovo yoga 2 on eBay about 2 years ago. 128gb ssd, 8gb ram, core i5 something, 13 inch 1080p. 300 bucks. I love it.

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Post by CppCoder » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:58 am

I've always liked lenovo, and I've had pretty good luck with Dell. An interesting one to consider might be the LG gram. They have a 13 inch one on sale at Costco now (actually, 15 inch on sale too):

https://www.costco.com/LG-gram-13-Touch ... 44487.html

It's not a cheap laptop, but they have pretty good specs. I played with one once at a Microcenter. It seemed quite nice and is incredibly light. I considered buying one, but I've been looking for a new laptop for 7 years, and never actually buy one :).

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Post by btenny » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:21 am

I have two HP Spectre 13 inch multi mode laptops. I really like the light weight and good performance. It is a aluminum hard case laptop with good specs, I7 processor, hi-res touch screen, good keyboard, 512GB SSD disk, and 16GB RAM and the battery is good for 6-9 hours. It runs windows 10 well and I use a Chrome browser all the time with no issues.

Good Luck.

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Post by Alexa9 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:33 am

I recommend the 13" MacBook Pro w/o touchbar. Also can run Windows if needed. Very good customer service and warranty. Purchase w/ CC to extend warranty. Might find a previous Gen or refurbished to save a bit.

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Post by United2008 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:04 am

Dell XPS 13. Super thin, all-day battery life, fast enough to do anything I need it to (including CAD drawing and video encoding). I understand that the latest model has the latest processor designed to handle 4K video efficiently. If you watch for Dell sales or search for discount codes, can get the core i5 version with 8 gb of RAM for under $1k.

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Post by magicj » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:35 am

Same as above. Dell XPS 13. As a techie guy I try out a lot of laptops, tablets, etc. I got an XPS 13 a couple years ago and will keep it until it's death. And after that I'll buy whatever the equivalent is. Rock solid, fast, great keyboard, great size, great screen. The best of everything.

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Post by RandomPointer » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:46 am

Watty wrote:Consumer reports just changed them to be "not recommended" because so many of them have had problems.

https://www.consumerreports.org/laptop- ... r-reports/
https://twitter.com/tomwarren/status/895732676551987200

Consumer Reports is pulling reliability data from the Surface Pro 4 and applying it to Surface Laptop. These form factors are v.different

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Post by Pigeon » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:02 pm

magicj wrote:Same as above. Dell XPS 13. As a techie guy I try out a lot of laptops, tablets, etc. I got an XPS 13 a couple years ago and will keep it until it's death. And after that I'll buy whatever the equivalent is. Rock solid, fast, great keyboard, great size, great screen. The best of everything.
I've got a Lenovo that sucks. It does some very weird stuff and customer service was awful.

A family member has a Dell XPS13. It is awesome and I will buy me one when the Lenovo sends me over the edge.

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Post by frequentflyer » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:10 pm

100% Apple. I've had numerous Windows laptops in the past, they all suffer from massive slowdown after a few months and continue to get worse from there. My wife's $1500 Windows laptop hasn't lasted 5 years and takes over 15 minutes to start.

My 2010 MacBook Air still starts like the day I took it out of the box 7 years ago.

Apple takes a little getting used to but once you make the switch, you won't go back!

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Post by Momus » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:55 am

Go to slickdeals.net
Search for laptop deal
Profit!!!

Normally, you'd save about on average 20-40%+ of retail cost of the electronics by just using slickdeal.

Oh, yea, don't buy Apple products they are overpriced, overyhyped piece of trash. Get any laptop with SSD, minimum 8GB RAM, dual core minimum, you will be golden for 1/3rd the cost of ripoff Apple products.

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Post by jebmke » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:36 am

frequentflyer wrote:My wife's $1500 Windows laptop hasn't lasted 5 years and takes over 15 minutes to start.
This sounds like a computer hygiene problem. I have had Windows systems run for years with no material slowdown. The last computer I "retired" was a W7 laptop that I only re-booted when updates came through. It was still running fine until the display winked out.
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Post by rgs92 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:44 am

I would do some research on http://forum.notebookreview.com/
The first forum in there is What Notebook Should I Buy?
It's the Bogleheads of computer buying for me (they also cover desktop machines).
There are many reviews and good questions.
It's more for general purpose users than the gaming or power-user computer forums.

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