Business Laptop - really can't decide :(

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  1. alexunder06

    alexunder06 Newbie

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    Hi Ya'll,

    I'm absolutely torn between two classes of business computers. Please read the entire post :)

    As a business owner, this would be my main work computer.
    It will be travelling (in my car) between my home and main office every day.
    Most of the work would be done while connected to an external 34' (1080p) display at the office, and two 24's (1080p) at home. I will use it a bit at home without being connected to external displays (on my lap that is :))
    I will rarely use it while on the go (go abroad 1-2 times a year).
    It should definitely be a quiet computer.


    First, here's the form filled out:

    1) What is your budget?
    700-1400 USD
    Where I live, the absolute max budget will buy me a Latitdue 7490 (i7, 16GB), Thinkpad T480 or Elitebook 840 G5 (i7, 16 GB Ram). The min budget will buy me an E480 i5-8250, 16GB non dGPU.


    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    14" is probably spot on.
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    Israel. The prices here are higher at about 25% or so than in the US.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Dell, HP, Lenovo (Thinkpads)
    b. Dislike: Asus

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    I do online marketing/SEO and have loads of FF and Chrome tabs open at once, Excel sheets with big DB's, word docs, many popped-out outlook messages, some analytics apps (nothing too heavy though).
    My current desktop i5 (3rd gen) with 8GB (no SSD) performs poorly and gets too laggy. This could be a hardware/software issue though.


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

    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?
    Not that important.

    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?
    It's OK.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    WIN 8/10.

    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.)

    1080 would be fine.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Non-glossy.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Somewhat important, but nothing critical

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Now.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    4 years minimum

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    256 SSD should be fine as most of my stuff is cloud-based.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    Not really.


    So here's the deal:
    I'm torn between the different models of the Thinkpads, Latitudes and Elitebooks.
    I'm pretty sure i'd be better off with a 16GB RAM, that's for sure.
    Now, i'm pretty sure I'd be able to do very well with an i5-8250/8350. An i7-8550/8650 is usually about 200-250 USD more expensive.
    Intel 620 graphics would be just fine.

    So...
    For example, do I really need a T480 over an E480? It's two times the cost.
    And if I go for either of them, is the extra $$$ for an i7 CPU really worth it?

    Same thing goes for the Latitude 7490 and the Elitebook 840 G5 specs-wise...

    Anyway, I really don't know what to do :(
    So confused and frustrated...


    Many thanks!
     
  2. RampantGorilla

    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    An i5 8250u, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD is your ideal configuration. Don't waste money on an i7 as is only marginally faster than an i5 (5-10%). You should also consider how long the warranty period for each machine is. I would choose the model that comes with the longest warranty.

    Please find some reviews of each laptop linked below:
    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-E480-i5-8250U-UHD-620-SSD-Laptop-Review.287452.0.html

    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T480-i7-8550U-MX150-FHD-Laptop-Review.293682.0.html

    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Latitude-7490-i5-8350U-FHD-Laptop-Review.309000.0.html

    https://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-EliteBook-840-G5-i5-8250U-SSD-Full-HD-Laptop-Review.295916.0.html
     
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    alexunder06 Newbie

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    Thank you for the quick reply.
    So basically i'm now down to 3 i5/16GB/256 SSD models (all include an added 8 GB RAM and a 3 year manufacturer's warranty):
    ThinkPad E480 14 20KN0061IV is significantly cheaper - 935 USD .
    Latitude 7490‎ L7490-5028 - 1400 USD
    HP Elitebook 840 G5 2FA64AV is at 1500

    The i7-8550u T480 (with Intel UHD 620, 16GB RAM) is 1762 USD
    The i7-8650u 7490 (with Intel UHD 620, 16GB RAM) is 1700 USD
    The i7-8550u Elitbook 840 G5 2FA68AV#ABT is 1728 USD

    I'm a bit worried about the E480 seeing mixed reviews (heat, noise, bad SSD etc.)


    Any additional advice seeing the prices?


    Thanks!
     
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    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    Get the Dell 7490 - it has the right balance of price, performance and build quality.
     
  5. 9ac3

    9ac3 Notebook Consultant

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    The Dell Latitude 7490 might be a bit expensive considering OP's budget unless he considers getting it from the Dell Outlet. I think he can get the Thinkpad T480 with i5-8250u + 16gb RAM + 512 gb SSD for US$1300, if he buys from the Lenovo site now.

    Elitebook 840 G5 is also a solid machine and the OP can get the base model on a huge discount.

    But that's all in the US so not sure how the prices would be in Israel.
     
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  6. RampantGorilla

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    Read post #3
     
  7. 9ac3

    9ac3 Notebook Consultant

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    I am not taking OP's claim about a 25% higher price as concrete, especially when discounts are considered. It could be more than 25% (relative to the US pricing with discounts applied). OP did not make it clear what discounts are given in Israel on these business laptops.
     
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    9ac3 Notebook Consultant

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    The Dell Latitude 7490 with i5-7300u + 16 gb RAM + 256 SATA SSD is US$1642 (on a discount). That is in the United States, and if we take OP's claim of a 25% higher price differential to be true then it's around $2000. This is way beyond OP's budget unless he gets it from Dell outlet, but that isn't an option as OP is not too keen on buying a refurb.

    @alexunder06 The E480 does throttle under load and gets warm. Also it's not as durable as T480 (this one also has thermal issues).

    I'll also suggest you some alternatives. Look at Clevo N131WU and Clevo 141WU. While they aren't as durable as those business laptops you mentioned, they are still priced reasonably enough to be within your budget. You can get 16 gb RAM plus a dual SSD/HDD storage combo with Core i5-8250u at a reasonable price.
     
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    Post #3

    These are the prices of each laptop in Israel, but in USD not in shekels.
     
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    9ac3 Notebook Consultant

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    Oh I see. Thanks for pointing it out.

    But the Dell 7490 with OP's specs from the Dell US site is still slightly more expensive than the price he quoted (I included 16 gb RAM + 256 SATA SSD + 1080p display with i5-8250u). That's a bit weird.
     
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