Quiet Laptop needed - what to get?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by madonnaragu, May 30, 2020.

  1. madonnaragu

    madonnaragu Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    Up to £1500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. 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?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike:
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    Prefer new

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

    Emails, YouTube, Image & Video editing, light gaming

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

    Mostly desk, sometimes to travel with.

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

    Light games occasionally

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


    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 OK

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


    Screen Specifics

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


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

    Matte preferred, but glossy is OK

    Build Quality and Design

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


    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?

    2-3 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?

    Willing to pay for on-site warranty


    I'm looking for a new laptop. Ideally, convertible & fanless, 13-14'', with backlit keyboard and Windows.

    I've been using a Dell XPS 15'' 9550 for a few years, and it's been great, apart from the fans kicking in way too often.

    If fanless is not possible, it should be quiet under a normal workload, or have a "silent/quiet mode" option that actually works.

    I know not all of these are fanless, but I've got my eyes on:

    HP Spectre x360
    Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
    Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) (fanless)
    Lenovo Yoga C940

    Any other suggestions? Thank you!
  2. Ed. Yang

    Ed. Yang Notebook Deity

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    Image n Video editing? That's gonna trigger the fan to spin for sure... Not just to cool on CPU, GPU getting the wind blow as well...

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