Business Laptop Needed w/ Keypad

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by tnfan47, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. tnfan47

    tnfan47 Newbie

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    I'm replacing a 9 year old HP dv6 laptop and a dedicated house computer. Looking for a reliable computer that will last a long time. I'm one of those I prefer to have real nice internals (cpu, ssd, ram) than 4k screen since I don't do any photo editing or gaming. I've been steering towards the T570 since I prefer one with a number keypad. Thought about doing the i5-7200U since I've read here I'm not gaining anything huge for what the price difference in the 7300U and the i7. I just want a future proof, fast and reliable computer. I don't have or plan on having any 4k monitors. Can anyone can speak on the T570 and any other brands comparable?

    Also has anyone built a computer through a website and was not happy with it? How difficult is it to return the computer?


    1) What is your budget?
    $1,500
    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Netbook; 10" screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    USA - wherever

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike:
    No preference

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes, as long as I'm capable getting a warranty

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    spreadsheets, email, running 10+ tabs of browsers, watching movies (not all the time, but mainly when traveling), connecting to 1-2 monitors (not 4k)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    both

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    no

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    more the better

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    prefer to see it in person, but I believe I can trust you all if there is one I can't see you all consider instead

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    don't need 4K, but prefer a decent screen atleast

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    no preference

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    no

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    in the next months

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    atleast 5 years or longer.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    SSD - I can upgrade the size myself if I need to go larger

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No
     
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  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The Lenovo ThinkPad T570 is a solid choice. I'd go for it if it's within your budget.

    You can also look at the Dell Latitude 5580.

    You're right that there is little difference between the dual-core 15-watt Intel CPUs. The Core i5-7200U is a good value.

    Charles
     
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  3. tnfan47

    tnfan47 Newbie

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    Sorry to bring this up, but I went with the T570 with the i5-7200u, FHD 1920x1080, 8GB Ram, 512 SSD NVMe. Lenovo had a sale over the weekend and came out pretty good building this out. I'll add additional ram later, but I think the 8GB will be just fine for what I'll be doing with it.

    Anything I should do in particular when I turn her on? Never had a Lenovo before.
     
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    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Congratulations, thanks for reporting back!

    I think 8GB of RAM will be fine for your usage, as well.

    Here are some things I do when I purchase a new notebook:
    --Inspect the box it came in for damage.
    --Read the owner's manual! (You might find some interesting stuff in there.)
    --Insert the notebook's battery, and connect it to AC power.
    --Power on the notebook and use it for a little while. If there's something seriously wrong, you'll notice it.
    --Run Memtest86+ for a few hours or overnight. This will stress the system and find if there are any serious problems with the memory or CPU cooling.
    --Charge the battery and then use the notebook on battery until it runs out. Recharge the battery after that and make sure it gets to full capacity.

    Charles
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Virtuoso

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    In addition to that, check battery wear level using HWINFO or HWMON. Use throttlestop to undervolt the CPU to extend your battery life.
     
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    I'll keep these in mind. Thank you for the responses.
     
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