Every 5-6 years... so its time

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by SKI!, Nov 16, 2021.

  1. SKI!

    SKI! Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Not sure yet. Less than $2k preferred

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
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    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    If covered by warranty

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    work (lots of windows and memory hungry office apps), WebEx (and teams and zoom) with virtual background (currently throwing up a cpu warning message pretty much every time)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    90% time on the desk in clamshell mode with dual monitors

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    more is better but not the priority

    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?
    online is expected

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows. Ideally 10 given work compatibility

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    high (but typically driving external monitors)

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    doesn't matter

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not garish

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    Based on my track record, 5-6 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    could probably get by for a week or 2 with work-issued laptop and my ipad

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    probably not.
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Given that this will mostly sit, I don't think you need to spend big bucks to get what you need. A $500-600 Acer Aspire 5 with a USB docking station just for convenience purposes could work nicely. For that kind of money you'll get an Aspire with the latest Intel CPU, but only 8GB of memory and a smallish SSD, so you'll need to pop off the back cover to upgrade those.

    You can of course spend more money to get a higher quality machine like say a XPS 15 or ThinkPad T15, but by the time you add the memory, larger SSD and whatnot, you'll tend to be near the top of your budget as manufacturers tend to overcharge for upgrades.
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  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I agree you don't need to spend top dollar. One other suggestion - try the Dell Outlet for a 15.6-inch Latitude, that's a business-class PC with good build quality. Check the model's service manual to see if you can upgrade its memory - for what you're doing, it would be worth installing 32GB of RAM. Memory kits (either a single 32GB module, if the laptop has only one slot, or 2x 16GB modules) go for about $110 on Newegg.

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  4. Tech Junky

    Tech Junky Notebook Deity

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    If this is a 5-6 year journey with each model it might be worthwhile waiting until Alder Lake is released in a couple of months. No sense in missing the additional bandwidth the new chips will provide if you decide to upgrade things in between purchases. The things this release ups are the NVME speed / RAM speed &/or GPU options.

    I 2nd the after market upgrade as I did a 32GB kit for $90 on Amazon. No point in paying the OEM 3X as much for the same thing ti takes you 5 minutes to do.
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