Need helping buying a laptop for a family member. 15inch Laptop with an IPS and numeric key pad

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  1. neilnpatel

    neilnpatel Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm looking for a new laptop for work. I would need a IPS display, backlit keyboard and a numeric keypad.

    So far I can only find the Envy x360 15 inch.

    Dell Inspiron 1500- no IPS display

    Thinkpad 15- no backlit keyboard

    My main issue with the Envy X15 is that it has the old 4700 as opposed to the newer 5700. The other options is the i5 which is the same price as the 4700. I noticed the new x360 15 inch doesnt have a keypad anyway. Also unsure re the quality of the screen.

    HP pavilion 15- unsure about the build quality or the screen.

    FYI my personal laptop is a Dell XPS 7390 2 in 1 so my standards may be high lol

    Would appreciate any advice.
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    You can swap the keyboard out for the backlit one on the T15 and perhaps the others too if they came with one. That's what I did on my ProBook. The keyboard was less than $20 on eBay and I sold the old one there as well. You may want to consider the FAQ stuck at the top of this forum and post back. That would help us flesh things out.
     
  3. neilnpatel

    neilnpatel Notebook Evangelist

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    TBH I wouldnt be too keen on opening up a brand new laptop

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    <£1000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    15inches

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    UK

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Dell
    b. Dislike:-
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes

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

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Mainly at the desk so battery life isnt a huge concern

    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?
    4-5

    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?
    Yes

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

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer?
    1080p IPS

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

    Not fussed

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    Minimal

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Next 2 weeks

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

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    1 week

    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?
    No would stick to base warrent
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    Additionally would require a backlit keyboard and IPS
     
  4. neilnpatel

    neilnpatel Notebook Evangelist

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    What do people think of the Lenovo Legion Y740Si
     
  5. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Not really a fan since the Corsair iCue software it uses to control the RGB keyboard is known to have battery drain issues that neither Lenovo nor Corsair seem particularly interested in fixing. Since you're not gaming, you don't need to look at a gaming laptop. You might be able to pick up last year's LG Gram 15 on clearance, which would meet your requirements while still being within your budget.
     
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    neilnpatel Notebook Evangelist

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    This looks like a good shout but is significantly more than the hp envy 2 in 1.
     
  7. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Since you like Dell and would consider refurbished, the XPS 15 from the Dell UK Outlet might be worth a look. It's a solid notebook and the screens are excellent.
     
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    neilnpatel Notebook Evangelist

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    This would have been ideal if it came with a number pad :(
     
  9. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I would stick to a business-class model since you want the laptop to last five-plus years, they are generally more durable than consumer models.
    HP's ProBook line ought to have a few models that meet your needs, like the ProBook 450/455, though they tend to be pricey without discounts.
    You can also try the Lenovo ThinkBook 15.

    Charles
     
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    JRE84 Notebook Virtuoso

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    lenovo has really good build quality....im currently using a flex pro and it still functions like new after 1 year heavy usage. also num pads on 15in -17in laptops tend to be less than useful for accounting.....i say xps 15 refurbished and get an external num pad as you would save countless hours with an external one especially if your an accountant.

    also I would like to add my brother in law is a CGA and his calculator could be used by an elephant so I have a hard time believing the usefulness of a laptop numpad
     
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