Second hand ultrabook for engineer/programmer

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  1. cerbin

    cerbin Newbie

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    Previous Laptop is Thinkpad T410, it is so heavy and bad looking, I want to get some lighter and more efficient.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Im not from USA so not sure with currency exchange but about 600-700$.
    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Ultrabook; 13" - 14" screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? Poland.

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

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Programming, including working with integrated development environments, creating websites, having opened few or dozen tabs in Chrome.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Outside and inside, in college or outside in some Cafe.

    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 hours would be great, I want to buy new battery.

    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?
    No

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Linux, Ubuntu.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    hd/fhd, but preferable fhd

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    matte, ips best I think

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not so important but would avoid something like my previous thinkpad design

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    In online shop

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    few years, like 2-3 would be nice.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    SSD would be nice, 128GB, but I can buy it separately.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner? No.
     
  2. tesm1th

    tesm1th Notebook Consultant

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    ThinkPad 13?
     
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  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Hi, welcome.

    The ThinkPad 13 is a good suggestion.
    Also look at the Dell Latitude 14 5000 series (E5470, or the newer 5480).

    You may want to get a refurbished notebook. Try our guide to outlet shopping.

    Charles
     
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  4. cerbin

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    After some rethinking I resigns from 13 inch screen, and will go into 14.

    This Dell E5470 is great but unfortunatelly its resolution is hd, I am aware that this will not enaugh. After some research I found these models:
    Dell Latitude E7440 / E5450 / E6440 all with i5-4300U CPU
    HP 840 G2

    Would you recommend some of these models?
     
  5. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The E5470 was available with a 1080p display. It might be hard to find, though.

    I use an E7440 for work. It's nice, but old. Look for an E7450. (Something with a Core i5-5XXX or Core i7-5XXX "Broadwell" CPU or better.) Or an E5450.

    HP EliteBook 840 is of good quality. You can also try the ProBook 640, it's like the Dell Latitude 5000 series in quality. The EliteBooks are like Dell Latitude 7000 series.

    Charles
     
  6. cerbin

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    Hi Charles,

    after some research I have found interesting offers:
    Dell E5470 i5-6300U 8GB DDR4/128GB SSD, FHD
    Dell E7450 i5-5300U 8GB/256 SSD FHD
    Both have a year warranty (E5470 have Dell warranty until October 2019 but it may be some problems with that because it is from another country, so the seller gives 1 year).
    Both models are in the same price.
    Wchich one would be better for me? Could you please help me? Thanks :).
     
  7. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Ah, tough choice! The E7450 is going to have better quality. There is very little difference in performance between the Core i5-5300U and Core i5-6300U. Plus the E7450 has 2x as much storage.

    I'd go with the E7450 ...

    Charles
     
  8. cerbin

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    Thanks for the reply :).

    One last thing. If the warranty would be available for two years for that dell E5470 should I take it then? To be honest, 128GB is enaugh because I will only work on this laptop, I have PC at home. In addition, E5470 has DDR4 Ram. So taking everything into account is 2 years + better ram better than lower storage and 200 grams heavier laptop? Regards.
     
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