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I'm looking into laptops for a friend who would like something with around a 17" screen. It won't be used for anything extensive, mostly general web surfing. Budget I believe is $600-$800 but could probably spend a bit more if needed. Any recommendations?
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Windows or Linux ? It makes a difference in terms of cost.
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SlowMovingInvestor wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:37 am Windows or Linux ? It makes a difference in terms of cost.
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I've deployed 60-70 laptops over the years. Lenovo has been the most reliable of the ones we have deployed (HP, Compaq, Dell among others).
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jebmke wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:01 am I've deployed 60-70 laptops over the years. Lenovo has been the most reliable of the ones we have deployed (HP, Compaq, Dell among others).
Good to know. But it looks like Lenovo only goes up to 15". I believe my friend wants at least a 17". Him and his wife are seniors so I wonder if the bigger screen would be easier for their eyes.
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ThankYouJack wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:14 am
jebmke wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:01 am I've deployed 60-70 laptops over the years. Lenovo has been the most reliable of the ones we have deployed (HP, Compaq, Dell among others).
Good to know. But it looks like Lenovo only goes up to 15". I believe my friend wants at least a 17". Him and his wife are seniors so I wonder if the bigger screen would be easier for their eyes.
They sell 17". See https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/id ... 81M0000TUS

It is sold out but watch for the next sale.
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ThankYouJack wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:14 am I believe my friend wants at least a 17". Him and his wife are seniors so I wonder if the bigger screen would be easier for their eyes.
Unless they need a discrete GPU, I suggest the LG Gram 17. It's well reviewed, well made, thin and light, and it's on sale for Costco members right now. That said, even on sale, it's an expensive and high-end laptop. If they want a cheap 17" just for web browsing and word processing, I suggest a Lenovo IdeaPad 3.
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We have had good luck with HP laptops and all-in-ones over many years. We were considering for general web surfing, e-mailing, etc. this $439 HP 17 - https://store.hp.com/us/en/ConfigureVie ... quantity=1 but bought this which was on sale for $300 yesterday - https://www.target.com/p/hp-15-6-34-lap ... A-79809682.
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Full 1080p IPS 17" HP laptop for $450. I'd concur w/ the suggestion to take the $10 option for upgraded wifi: https://slickdeals.net/f/14275667-hp-17 ... SiteSearch

Take the extra budget and pick up a monitor so that when they're using the laptop at their preferred table, they have an even nicer screen. Here's a 31' curved Lenovo for $232: https://slickdeals.net/f/14269850-31-5- ... SiteSearch

Or a 27" Acer for $200: https://slickdeals.net/f/14275430-27-ac ... SiteSearch

You could also pick up an inexpensive USB docking station and a fullsize USB keyboard/mouse to easily connect all three (display/keyboard/mouse) through the docking station.
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cainxinth wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:34 am
ThankYouJack wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:14 am I believe my friend wants at least a 17". Him and his wife are seniors so I wonder if the bigger screen would be easier for their eyes.
Unless they need a discrete GPU, I suggest the LG Gram 17. It's well reviewed, well made, thin and light, and it's on sale for Costco members right now. That said, even on sale, it's an expensive and high-end laptop. If they want a cheap 17" just for web browsing and word processing, I suggest a Lenovo IdeaPad 3.
I second the recommendation for the IdeaPad 3, and suggest this model in particular ($500): https://www.staples.com/lenovo-ideapad- ... t_24437974

It has an IPS display, which has much better image quality than the TN panels on most cheaper 17-inch laptops.

17 inches is as large as laptops get, so if they want a bigger screen, consider an all-in-one PC.
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Thanks all. Lots of great deals. I think he's going to go with either an HP or Lenovo. He said he'd like to try some out in person so I think he's going to go to BestBuy. I believe BestBuy price matches too.
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ThankYouJack wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:19 am Thanks all. Lots of great deals. I think he's going to go with either an HP or Lenovo. He said he'd like to try some out in person so I think he's going to go to BestBuy. I believe BestBuy price matches too.
Best Buy price match but be careful as different stores may carry slightly different models so that they don't have to price match.
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Just saw this 17-in HP on SlickDeals: https://slickdeals.net/f/14275667-hp-17 ... =catpagev2

That's a last-gen Ryzen processor but still perfectly capable, IPS display, good buy at this price ($440).
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HP is not worth the headache. All my other pcs for myself or my family last forever.
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Lenovo
17"
699
More than enough computing power. :mrgreen:

https://www.amazon.com/2019-Newest-Leno ... ics&sr=1-1
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Toons wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:59 pm Lenovo
17"
699
More than enough computing power. :mrgreen:

https://www.amazon.com/2019-Newest-Leno ... ics&sr=1-1
$700 for a laptop with a last-gen Ryzen processor, low-resolution TN display, and HDD instead of SSD is extremely poor value. These are PCs purchased by a third-party seller, added some RAM/accessories (in this case a 32GB flash drive - worth maybe $10), then resold on Amazon at a huge markup to people who don't realize they aren’t actually buying from Amazon.
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LG Gram, 14-inch. Love it!
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If you can find a Thinkpad for a reasonable price, I'd get one. I'm typing right now on a 5 year old one that I plan to replace once they cycle to the next version. These laptops are rock solid. I've dropped mine. My dog has walked on it. I've sat on it.
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Razer Blade Pro 17 or ThinkPad P73.

At that size a sub-par screen would really bother me so would usually go up in spec above the base monitor.

Build quality would be a bit more important as well since a cheaply made 17 inch chassis will have noticeably more flex than an equivalent 15, 14, or 13 inch.
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stimulacra wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:02 pm Razer Blade Pro 17 or ThinkPad P73.

At that size a sub-par screen would really bother me so would usually go up in spec above the base monitor.

Build quality would be a bit more important as well since a cheaply made 17 inch chassis will have noticeably more flex than an equivalent 15, 14, or 13 inch.
Those computers are double to 4X the stated budget!
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02nz wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:54 pm
stimulacra wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:02 pm Razer Blade Pro 17 or ThinkPad P73.

At that size a sub-par screen would really bother me so would usually go up in spec above the base monitor.

Build quality would be a bit more important as well since a cheaply made 17 inch chassis will have noticeably more flex than an equivalent 15, 14, or 13 inch.
Those computers are double to 4X the stated budget!
If budget is the prime criteria. I would get the cheapest 17" model that Lenovo makes:

IdeaPad L340 (17”, Intel) Laptop ($600)
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/id ... 81M0000TUS

The screen resolution would drive me crazy but I don't see any other way to reconcile workable specs with price.
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For PC, I would also trust only Dell and Lenovo (LG/Microsoft tends to cost a lot more for form factor so it's probably out of your budget)

For specs, as long as it has at least 8 gb of RAM, i5 or Ryzen 5, and an SSD of 256gb or more, it's more of form factor/build quality/battery life from there.

Since it seems the Lenovo 17' ones are out of stock, I'll just leave a Dell option:
10th gen i5, 8gb ram, 512 GB of SSD, a DVD/CD (?) reader. Only 0.98" in height and 2.79 kg. Sounds great on paper.
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-la ... n3793dtrxh
$719.99


17 inches are pretty hard to find in general. So prices are going to be high for most models.
Just tell your friend that all the Inspiron models for Dell look almost identical. So in Best Buy, if he is fine with the Inspiron model line, then he can order the Dell laptop online (cause they all look more or less identical). I believe Best Buy has a bunch of Inspiron models to try out for 13~15' so he should have an idea how the 17' feels.
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We got a Lenovo 17" with Windows 10, SS on sale at Costco for $399. It seems fine but after using an iPhone and iPad for a number of years, Windows seems like a step back.
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stimulacra wrote: Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:06 pm
02nz wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:54 pm
stimulacra wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:02 pm Razer Blade Pro 17 or ThinkPad P73.

At that size a sub-par screen would really bother me so would usually go up in spec above the base monitor.

Build quality would be a bit more important as well since a cheaply made 17 inch chassis will have noticeably more flex than an equivalent 15, 14, or 13 inch.
Those computers are double to 4X the stated budget!
If budget is the prime criteria. I would get the cheapest 17" model that Lenovo makes:

IdeaPad L340 (17”, Intel) Laptop ($600)
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/id ... 81M0000TUS

The screen resolution would drive me crazy but I don't see any other way to reconcile workable specs with price.
The IdeaPad 3 17-inch I suggested above is (or was) $100 cheaper, lighter, and has a vastly superior IPS display with thinner bezels.
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I don’t want to be the first to say the magic boglehead word, I’ll just ask why they need Windows specifically.
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mega317 wrote: Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:58 pm I don’t want to be the first to say the magic boglehead word, I’ll just ask why they need Windows specifically.
Not aware of any 17-in Chromebooks.
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