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Laptop recommendations

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by T-Rex266, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. Nov 19, 2020 at 4:18 PM
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    T-Rex266

    T-Rex266 [OP] Independentoffroad who? That's cute. Staff Member

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    I am in need of a laptop for work. I can almost choose anything I want off of Amazon. There will be a few programs downloaded on it from my company. It will be used primarily for email Outlook, and mainly MS programs. I want it to not lag and not break down on me in a year.

    Post up your suggestions, please!
     
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  2. Nov 19, 2020 at 4:23 PM
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    Johnsonman

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    Acer with Solid State Drives (SSD), ultra fast boot up, data access and powering thru programs. Bought 4 for family 4 years ago, zero issues on any. I've had sony, hp they all die....too soon also....
     
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  3. Nov 19, 2020 at 4:23 PM
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    T-Rex266

    T-Rex266 [OP] Independentoffroad who? That's cute. Staff Member

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    Also, any Amazon links is helpful
     
  4. Nov 19, 2020 at 4:27 PM
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    Second. My Acer is going on 7 yrs old. Replaced HDD with a SSD in year 2 ish. Works flawlessly, and quick. Well except for a new network connectivity issue I've been having. When coming out of sleep, have to disable/enable NIC, could be driver issue. BUT 7 years old.
     
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  5. Nov 19, 2020 at 7:57 PM
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    Cpl_Punishment

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    My family mostly runs Dell but it's been a while any of us has bought a new computer.
     
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  6. Nov 19, 2020 at 8:14 PM
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    RainMan_PNW

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    My job is in 3D modeling, so I get the luxury of speccing and running hotrod laptops that we swap out every three years (they run ~$4200 new). The ones we get rid of are still running faster and higher spec’d than most of the consumer-grade machines sold new. We’ve been running the HP ZBook 17’s (workstation machines, which are different than anything you but in Costco or Best Buy) since the first generation of them and have 99% reliability with over 80 machines in use. They are big and heavy though.

    The two biggest things for price/ performance benefit are to get something that uses NVMe SSD for the primary hard drive and to get that as big as you can (500GB or more). The other is RAM - 16GB is a minimum for maintaining good performance in a couple years, especially with embedded graphics that use your RAM for their needs as well. I’d also recommend a current-gen i7 or i9 processor just because it is overkill for your needs but will have better graphics performance than the i3 and i5... though it still won’t be true gaming level it will give you the option of running multiple screens without issues (we run a 43” 4k and at least one 24” or 27” external screen in addition to the primary 17” on the laptop).
     
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  7. Nov 19, 2020 at 8:24 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    We run some pretty nice HP Laptops at work Sean. Been very reliable.

    If it was personal use...you know what I would recommend :rofl:
     
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  8. Nov 19, 2020 at 8:27 PM
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    G10dra

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    Dell XPS - it's a bit overpowered for what you need it for now but it will stand the test of time.
     
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    Danimal86

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    This is gonna be as bad as a "what all terrain tire should I get" thread.

    Just be sure to buy a black one, way faster than those gray or silver ones.
     
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  11. Nov 19, 2020 at 8:53 PM
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    RainMan_PNW

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    All my prior ones have been black, but the newest and fastest model only comes in silver now.

    Remember when silver A/V equipment was the new “thing”?
     
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  12. Nov 20, 2020 at 6:50 AM
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    Can I fit 3 processors in it with a stock video cards? :smokertransformer:
     
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  13. Nov 20, 2020 at 6:59 AM
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    I much prefer Mac

    but for the windows guys in my company I get surface pro for them
     
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    The Microsoft Surface Laptops are excellent.
     
  16. Nov 20, 2020 at 7:12 AM
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    T-Rex266

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    Me too, but I’m not sure some of their programs are mac friendly
     
  17. Nov 20, 2020 at 7:15 AM
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    I'm planning to get my hands on an a new acer slap chop myself soon.
     
  18. Nov 20, 2020 at 8:40 AM
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    My Acer could benefit from an external cooler.
     
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    Shoulda gotten a 2018 then... :cool:
     
  20. Nov 20, 2020 at 9:12 AM
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    I switched to Mac 4 years ago and LOVE them.
    Cost more but so much quicker and trouble free operating system and programs than MS.
    I'd be asking your IT guys if you can run the stuff on a macbook pro
     
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    Thinkpad and Microsoft Surface keyboards are top notch if you're typing a lot
     
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    Another nod to the Surface family. Great machines, very reliable, and portable. I use mine HARD every day, and have for a few years now. still no issues.

    Another good one is the Lenova thinkpad which I saw referenced above. Again, very reliable.
     
  23. Nov 20, 2020 at 9:35 AM
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    honestly, I can't disagree.
    my day to day net computer is a MacBook Pro and its great, save one issue: cross-compatibility. I can't use quickbooks to run my business and then at year end submit it to my accountant without issue.
     
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    I have several clients setup on mac that use Windows Quicken products on them.

    Macs can run Windows just fine but the opposite is not the case at all.

    It is not as simple maybe as a native Windows machine but then again it is not a Windows machine either!

    I support almost everything for business and I doubt I will ever run anything but a Mac for myself again.
     
  25. Nov 20, 2020 at 10:19 AM
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    Thats odd. I use quickbooks on Mac and we have no issues at all with going to our CPA

    are you quickbooks on-line?

    I have an iMac at work and a 16" MacBook Pro at the home office
     
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    I am just at the point now where I'll be buying the office program so I actually don't have either lol.
    The circumstance I'm referring to was 2 years ago when we were looking to buy an apple for the office and our accountant was unwilling to work with it. things certainly could have changed by now as if I remember correctly quickbooks wasn't available for Mac for a short break back then too.
     
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    Sorry, that's just plain wrong. If you're comparing a Mac to a cheaper PC, then yea, the Mac will often perform better - because the competition is a cheap laptop. Especially if comparing it to a sub $1000 laptop - those are utter crap.

    Spend as much money on a PC laptop as on a Macbook, and you're getting a superior product. Quad Core processor (vs dual core that's always on a Macbook), often discrete graphics (as opposed to iGPU on a Mac), larger solid state storage, 4K IPS display, etc.

    Okay, Windows may not be quite as streamlined or user friendly as MacOS, but it also does more, so there's that.

    My wife's 7-year old Lenovo Thinkpad is still running strong, running the latest version of Windows, and not lagging at all. That's because it wasn't a cheap machine when new. She still uses it as a daily driver.

    I don't want to turn this into a Mac vs PC debate, because each type has its advantages and uses, but honestly, it pisses me off when people use the above argument.
     
  28. Nov 20, 2020 at 11:48 AM
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    the OP asked for laptop recommendations. i would agree that a macbook pro is a great laptop recommendation. we don't need to get pissed off about anything here and its friday. just sayin...but since you brought it up :) and maybe everyones mileage may vary...i totally disagree that you get a superior product if you spend as much as a macbook pro. the definition of 'superior product' can mean many diff things to diff people. that's all. i won't be replying since this one seems to have touched a nerve. lol.
     
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    Answers to few a questions should help narrow down the options.
    1. Who has to buy it and maintain it, you or your company?
    2. What size screen do you prefer smaller (14 inches and under) or larger (15 inch and over).
    3. Are you doing a lot of typing on the laptop keyboard itself (not using a plugin keyboard).
    4. What is the price limit (laptops can from $600 to $5,000)?
    5. Do you need to plugin more than 1 monitor or plugin a 4K monitor?
    6. Is an aluminum case important?
    7. Other gimicky features, touch screen, fold back display, etc.?
    8. Gaming (gaming graphics)?
    9. Is very long battery life important?
    10. Do you want a number pad?

    Personally I would get one of the Business lines from a major vendor, they each have a couple business brands. Stay away from the gaming, super thin, portable workstations, multi function laptops.

    Sounds like you're most likely tied to windows (programs downloaded from work). Whatever you choose get one with sufficient RAM (16G or higher for windows 10) and most importantly these day for speed something with NVMe SSD hard drive.
     
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  30. Nov 20, 2020 at 12:02 PM
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    Next to what kind of oil you prefer, computer threads will often draw the strongest opinions in a forum.

    @Trogdog’s generic recommendation about sums it all up nicely
     
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