Looking for modular/upgradeable laptop

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  1. Mike Nguyen

    Mike Nguyen Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $750-800max

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    United States

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


    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No, unless I dont have a choice like a great deal

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Mainly using it for automotive scan tool at my job (FORD)

    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?)
    Just mainly old school ROMS like Arcade CPS1, CPS2, NEO-GEO

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    About 4 hours?

    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 prefer seeing it

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    High Resolution

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Glossy

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, prefer in color black.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    1TB Spin HD, dont care much for SSD

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    in a month

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    Till it dies

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    I have a backup laptop

    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?
    Ship it out

    Preferably AMD Ryzen 5 if possible. Must be minimum Quad-Core
     
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Welcome!
    The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (14") is available with an AMD Ryzen processor. You may be able to see it in person at Best Buy, or at the very least, a similar model at Wal Mart. Try to get one with 16GB of memory for some future proofing, it will help with performance. Amazon has a few that are within your budget.

    You could also look into a business-class notebook like the Dell Latitude 14 5000 or 15 5000 series. They are available in the Dell Outlet (see our guide to outlet shopping) and are warrantied as new (and often are brand new, just returns). You can add a three-year warranty at checkout for peace of mind. They might be harder to see in person, though the Dell Outlet has free returns within 30 days.

    Just FYI any laptop you get these days will probably have an SSD.

    Charles
     
  3. Mike Nguyen

    Mike Nguyen Newbie

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    Is it possible to switch out SSD to HDD? I know some manufacturer have service manual if laptop have HDD serviceable or not
     
  4. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    If you google the model and it's upgradeable, there's likely video showing how to do it. These days notebooks are not as upgrade friendly as older ones. If you can do it, it usually requires the removal of the bottom of the notebook. This means undoing clips, which can sometimes be fragile and easy to break. If you want to do it, I'd suggest getting a plastic pry tool. A lot of newer notebooks use torx screws too.
     
  5. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Fewer and fewer laptops these days are coming with a 2.5-inch hard drive bay so using a traditional hard drive is going to be more difficult. I know for certain the Lenovo Legion 5 has such a bay, and if you can get it on sale, would be available at or slightly above your budget. Keep the SSD for the operating system and add a separate hard drive for games and applications if you really want one.
     
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  6. Mike Nguyen

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    Also weird to see laptops having 12GB RAM or 1 RAM Slot + 1 soldered.

    I just happened to see Asus Vivobook tear down video. There's a big empty compartment. Possibly where a spin hard drive would be? But I dont see SATA connector.
     
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