Something to replace my inspiron 15r

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  1. apples12

    apples12 Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    £500-£750

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    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: Lenovo/Dell
    b. Dislike: HP/Apple
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    Yes

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

    a. Word/Excel/Powerpoint
    b. Chrome/youtube/Netflix


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

    Both

    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?

    Minimum 2-3hrs, usually plugged in, if I can get longer battery life that would be a bonus

    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 without seeing is okay


    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 FullHD/1080p

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

    Prefer matte/non-glossy but not critical

    Build Quality and Design

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

    No
    I would prefer a notebook which is sturdy and well built as it will be carried around in a backpack and likely take some abuse!

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    Minimum 250gb, would prefer a notebook with 2 slots (NVMe and 2.5") so i can put in a tb spinning drive

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    within next 2-3months

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

    My previous inspiron 15r has lasted me just over 6years, around the same sort of length of time would be ideal!

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

    I have a smaller lenovo I could use so a few days/a week is not critical. all of my data is in the cloud

    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?

    acceptable to ship laptop
     
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  2. droidfury

    droidfury Notebook Consultant

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    You can look into Dell Inspiron 15 7590 or 7591. It was called Vostro 7590 in the US. Specs is the same with XPS 15 but with less premium build but with better pricing.
     
  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    A Lenovo ThinkPad E590 or an L590 might be in your price range. They are business class and have good keyboards and durability.

    Charles
     
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    apples12 Newbie

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    @droidfury. Is there any way of working out what the construction is on the inspirons?

    I've looked at the e590 and l590 but again, can't work out the difference! I love the ThinkPad keyboard and would like to stick to it if I can
     
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    droidfury Notebook Consultant

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    The material used in the inspiron 15 7000 is magnesium alloy. It is still a metal though but the feel in the XPS line is still better. But that of course is subjective. LOL. But if you disregard that, their specs are pretty the same and both have GTX 1650.
     
  6. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I think the L-series ThinkPads are supposed to be more eco-friendly. I'd get whatever one is cheaper. Do a line-by-line comparison of their specifications before picking one - make sure they both have backlit keyboards, etc.

    Charles
     
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    apples12 Newbie

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    Hi all,

    Many thanks for the advice above.

    I managed to snag the following at an absolute steal (£200!)

    Dell Latitude 7490
    Core i5 8th gen 3250u
    16gb Ram
    512gb nvme

    Still under warranty until 2021 also.

    Hopefully it lasts as long as if not longer than my inspiron.
     
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