Need help choosing quick

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Martt, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. Martt

    Martt Newbie

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    Hi
    I need help choosing between some options quick. The laptop will be used for streaming, surfing and university. I need a good keyboard, screen and trackpad. Prefer glossy screens. It needs to handle some statistics programs too. No gaming.

    Option 1: Lenovo yoga 730
    I5 8250U
    Intel 620 UHD
    8 GB ddr4 ram
    256 GBP ssd
    13,3 inch 1080p

    Option 2: HP envy x360
    AMD ryzen 5
    AMD Radeon Vega 8
    8 GB ddr4 ram
    256 GBP ssd
    13,3 inch 1080p

    Option 3: Acer swift 5
    I5 8250U
    Intel 620 UHD
    8 GB ddr3 ram
    256 GBP ssd
    14 inch 1080p

    Option 4: Asus zenbook UX430
    I5 8250U
    Intel 620 UHD
    8 GB ddr3 ram
    256 GBP ssd
    14 inch 1080p
    (Might be able to get this with MX150)

    Option 5: Huawei matebook d
    AMD ryzen 5
    AMD Radeon Vega 8
    8 GB ddr4 ram
    256 GBP ssd
    14 inch 1080p

    All laptops are about the same price point here, with the Huawei being a little bit cheaper.
     
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  3. Martt

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    About, but preferably under 1000$

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    Norway or Sweden

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Streaming, studying, light statistics (maybe R and Matlab)

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

    Both, traveling to and from uni

    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?

    5-6+ would be nice

    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?

    See it in store

    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.)
    Minimum 1080p

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

    Glossy so colours pop, but preferably not way to reflective

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Somewhat

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    About 250 should be enough. Ssd

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    Soon

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

    4+ years?
     
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    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    Get the Yoga 730 or the ASUS UX430. Reviews are linked below.



     
  5. Martt

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    How does the build quality, screen and keyboard compare?
    Is intel 620 uhd graphics good enough?
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    On lower budget notebooks the matte coating used to dull the glare can sometimes mute colors, but most high end screens are matte. As long as you get an IPS screen, you should be good regardless of whether it's matte or glossy.

    Quality is sort of a crap shoot. A business class notebook, a ThinkPad or Latitude for example, is more likely to survive a fall or would be expected to have a longer life span, but every notebook tells it's own story. If you have a problem down the road, it's probably bad luck more than anything else.

    You seem to be looking at ultrabooks, which is understandable given your need for mobility, but their downside is they're too thin to allow for much key depth, which is an important part of what makes for a good keyboard.

    I've no idea what's available in Norway or Sweden, but I'd say the Dell Latitude 5490, or ThinkPads T480 or L480 are worth a look.

    If you just throw up some notebooks, it's hard for anyone here to have seen more than a couple of them, so when you ask which is better, it's hard for anyone to given an informed answer. If you want information on a notebook, reading or asking about them in the manufacturer forum is a good spot to do so.
     
  7. RampantGorilla

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    Both laptops have good build quality and really good screens. The Yoga seems to have very low travel (1 mm) keyboard, but it has very good feedback and is very precise. The Zenbook's keyboard has more travel (1.6 mm), but is somewhat harsh and abrupt. I'd advise to go into a local computer store to see if they have either model on display so that you can try out the keyboard in person. All this information is in the reviews I linked, you should really watch them.

    The UHD 620 graphics is more than sufficient for your needs.
     
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