Looking for a business laptop offered by my job

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Joce21, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Joce21

    Joce21 Notebook Consultant

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    2000$ to 2500$ (CAD) (1500 to 1900 USD)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Minimum 15" since I am going to use the laptop as a second screen
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    Canada and online

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    (not in order) dell, msi, asus, lenovo, gigabyte/aorus, ...

    b. Dislike:
    acer
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No, new only

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Coding, web design, VMs, remote desktop, etc...

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Pretty much at work and sometimes bring it at home

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Maybe, but not necessary, but I want a dedictated GPU if possible. From my experience, it just give a better image quality.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Not that much since it is going to be almost always plugged in.

    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?
    I don't need to see it in person.

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

    MINIMUM 1080p, nothing less

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Don't care.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    I like it when it looks beautiful, but I won't neglect the quality for the beauty. Quality before the look.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    This week or next one.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3-5 years

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    SSD is mandatory (256gb ish minimum)

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No.
     
  2. 9ac3

    9ac3 Notebook Consultant

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    Thinkpad X1 Carbon
    Thinkpad T480 or T580
    Thinkpad T480s

    Look at Notebookcheck.net for their reviews.

    Also, for a business laptop take a look at the Dell Latitude line as well.
     
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  3. kojack

    kojack Notebook Deity

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    XPS. Great machines.
     
  4. Grant B Gibson

    Grant B Gibson Notebook Deity

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    Would you mind something like a gaming laptop from MSI and the like? They seem to go pretty cheap. You don't really seem to need a powerful GPU, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I would personally recommend somthing with a 8750h (6c/12t) and a 1050 ti
     
  5. Jarhead

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    A dGPU isn’t going to give you a “better image quality” unless you’re relying on something like 10-bit color output or similar. From your OP, it doesn’t sound like you need a dGPU.

    That said, I’d second 9ac3’s suggestions, though als add in a suggestion to look at other business-class laptops like the HP Elitebook series or Dell Latitude series.
     
  6. pitz

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    Not really business class quality though.
     
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  7. Grant B Gibson

    Grant B Gibson Notebook Deity

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    Kind of are. They may not fit into your quality of description, but many people like them, but I will personally prefer a gaming laptop
     
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  8. kojack

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    Xps are just fine. People need to start taking care of their ****. Must be the new generation. I have an Inspiron that’s two years old, opened many times a day, been on plane many times and goes everywhere with me. It’s like new. I don’t get this I need a business class notebook for durability.
     
  9. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    I would add that Dell's Precision 5530 is physically the same as the XPS15 9570 with the difference being the GPU (also Precision 5520 ~ XPS15 9560, etc). I've got the older Precision 5510 and it provides an excellent balance between having a big, high quality screen, good performance and relatively low weight. There have been no concerns about durability. The least good feature is the relatively low travel keyboard (which might have been improved on later versions).

    If shopping for Dell then the first place to look is Dell Outlet where you can save up to about 50% on list price (check the Dell Outlet Twitter feed for coupons) and they come with the same warranty as brand new machines so if there is anything not right then ask Dell to send someone to fix it.

    John
     
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  10. RampantGorilla

    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    Precision 5530, HP ZBook Studio, Thinkpad P52/P52s. Get an i7 8750H and a Quadro P1000 to save money.
     
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