Recommendations for decent travel laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Hat Party Free Hat, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. Hat Party Free Hat

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    Under $800, price is a main consideration.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    Thin and Light; 13" - 14" 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: Have had reasonably good experiences with a Dell and a Sager, but those were for gaming.
    b. Dislike: Apple
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    Sure thing.

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

    Email, internet, Netflix, writing. Just the basics.

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

    I'll be taking it to different places.

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


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

    Enough to use while travelling, 8 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?

    Buying online is fine.

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

    Sticking to Windows would be best, but would consider Chrome OS.

    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.)


    Build Quality and Design

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

    Not really.

    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?

    4 years? Really however long it'll last.

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

    A couple weeks.

    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?

    Shipping is fine.

    I have some experience with computers, but not much with specs and buying them. I mostly get mine second hand from family members.

    Thanks in advance for your recommendations!
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Acer Swift might be worth a look. It sounds like you want a business class notebook with a good screen, but those are probably beyond your means new. Given that your usage is fairly basic, any made in the last five years could easily meet your needs. If your budget is tight, used might be a may merit consideration, but it's a more risky proposition because there's typically no warranty should a problem arise. Good luck and welcome to NBR.
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  3. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You could look into the Lenovo Flex 14. They just updated it to the new 10th-generation Intel processors, so battery life should be pretty great. If you're a Costco member, they sell a version for $800 that will do exactly what you need.
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