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    HELP! Need laptop recommendation

    Please recommend a Windows based laptop.

    My budget is ideally under US$550-600 but max I can go to is $700

    My requirements:
    - Heavy use of Microsoft Excel, PPT, Word etc
    - Use of mathematical programs such as STATA
    - Web browsing (tend to have many tabs open)
    - Youtube, movies, music etc

    So not such a heavy load. However what I would want is that the laptop to be good for atleast 3 years so specs shouldnt be too outdated to the point where it becomes ancient by next year only.

    Thanks

    Any help is appreciated


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    Buy one with A quad core i3, i5 or i7 processor + 8 GB Ram

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    A computer's processing speed depends on CPU cycle. I3, I5 or I7 all of them are good. Quad core would mean you have 4 such CPUs. Tasks get divided between CPUs or CPUs share sub tasks.

    And bigger ram means more task can stay in active memory. So you can choose any one with such configuration

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Buy one with A quad core i3, i5 or i7 processor + 8 GB Ram
    You do realize that you have just recommended every single laptop out there atm....

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    i know its a big request and i apologize for my total illiteracy regarding laptops but can people just say names like "Dell Inspiron xyz" and the like


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    Whatever you do don't get the Mac



    My cousins work at Microsoft and they gifted me a Surface laptop and I absolutely love it, see if you can stretch your budget for it.

    Try the Surface Go which is a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop and you can get it for 500 CAD which is about 380 USD. It should meet all the requirements you mentioned in the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Whatever you do don't get the Mac



    My cousins work at Microsoft and they gifted me a Surface laptop and I absolutely love it, see if you can stretch your budget for it.

    Try the Surface Go which is a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop and you can get it for 500 CAD which is about 380 USD. It should meet all the requirements you mentioned in the OP.
    ok. Yea not getting the Mac. We've been specifically told not to get the mac at grad school lol hence the sudden need


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    ok. Yea not getting the Mac. We've been specifically told not to get the mac at grad school lol hence the sudden need
    I have a Dell Inspiron 3315 bought around 4 years ago. Still runs smooth. Processor is fine although you might face battery problems later on but overall a decent package.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    i know its a big request and i apologize for my total illiteracy regarding laptops but can people just say names like "Dell Inspiron xyz" and the like
    Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370

    CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD

    Dell XPS 13

    CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4k (3840 x 2160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

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    Quote Originally Posted by TM Riddle View Post
    I have a Dell Inspiron 3315 bought around 4 years ago. Still runs smooth. Processor is fine although you might face battery problems later on but overall a decent package.
    i took my brothers dell inspiron m531r-5535 (3 yrs old)

    it runs fine but then suddenly restarts for no good reason every other day.

    also.. then the wifi just stops working..

    so random problems like these so need to replace


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    i took my brothers dell inspiron m531r-5535 (3 yrs old)

    it runs fine but then suddenly restarts for no good reason every other day.

    also.. then the wifi just stops working..

    so random problems like these so need to replace
    No such random problems in mine except the battery one.
    Runs quite smooth for a four year old gadget.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Buy one with A quad core i3, i5 or i7 processor + 8 GB Ram
    I am pretty sure there is no quad-core i3 mobile processor...

    Anyway, looking at OP's usage requirements, a quad-core isn't a must.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370

    CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD

    Dell XPS 13

    CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4k (3840 x 2160) | Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
    oh bhai this zenbook is like $1200


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    oh bhai this zenbook is like $1200
    Try these then :

    Dell Inspiron i5770-5463SLV 17.3″

    HP Pavilion 15

    HP 15-cc563st Business Laptop

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    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1005217&cm_sp=

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Product&cm_sp=

    https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-i...dp/B075FLBJV7/

    These or others with similar specs should be fine. Try and stick with 8th Gen processors (i5-8xxx or i7-8xxx rather than i5-7xxx or i7-7xxx) and get something with a SSD. 8GB RAM should be fine. IPS screen preferable, for your eyes' sake.


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    I got Acer Aspire 5 for $600 last year. It is i7 gen 8. Only drawback is it is a HDD, they only had 256gb in SSD for this price.

    Avoid hp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1005217&cm_sp=

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Product&cm_sp=

    https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-i...dp/B075FLBJV7/

    These or others with similar specs should be fine. Try and stick with 8th Gen processors (i5-8xxx or i7-8xxx rather than i5-7xxx or i7-7xxx) and get something with a SSD. 8GB RAM should be fine. IPS screen preferable, for your eyes' sake.
    Bhai those are top notch specs for someone who needs high performance. Sloggy bhai only needs decent processor speeds for every day use.

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    ^^^thanks @sjahmed23 @Abdullah719 and @Bhaag Viru Bhaag.. will check your recommendations


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    Quote Originally Posted by sjahmed23 View Post
    I got Acer Aspire 5 for $600 last year. It is i7 gen 8. Only drawback is it is a HDD, they only had 256gb in SSD for this price.

    Avoid hp
    why should i want a ssd over hdd?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    ^^^thanks @sjahmed23 @Abdullah719 and @Bhaag Viru Bhaag.. will check your recommendations
    If you are in NA best place to check would be micro center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    why should i want a ssd over hdd?
    HDD = disk and with annoying fan.
    SSD = CMOS technology.

    With SSD your boot up and execution time is much faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Bhai those are top notch specs for someone who needs high performance. Sloggy bhai only needs decent processor speeds for every day use.
    SSD makes life easier. IPS helps your eyes. 8th Gen processors = Better and longer lasting.

    Of course he can probably make do with a i3-7100U, 4GB RAM, TN panel and 1TB mechanical HDD but why settle for that when you might regret it down the line.... Get the best bang for your buck, I say. Of course, it depends on one's location. If you're in the US, these are pretty standard specs for a mid-range laptop but if you're buying in Pakistan, you will have to settle for inferior products.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    why should i want a ssd over hdd?
    Try using a SSD and you'll find out.

    You can't buy time. Save time, instead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sjahmed23 View Post
    I got Acer Aspire 5 for $600 last year. It is i7 gen 8. Only drawback is it is a HDD, they only had 256gb in SSD for this price.

    Avoid hp
    how does this look?
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/5...puter---black#


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Solid deal at that price, I reckon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Looks good but I don't know about that low clock speed though, I got mixed answers from the sales guys who said it doesn't matter much if you're getting a SSD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjahmed23 View Post
    Looks good but I don't know about that low clock speed though, I got mixed answers from the sales guys who said it doesn't matter much if you're getting a SSD.
    The low clock speed shouldn't be an issue unless the laptop has really poor cooling which would cause it to throttle, the turbo boost is plentiful. Plus, it's a quad-core and the benchmarks are pretty solid. Performance is not too dissimilar to the 7300HQ which had a much higher base-clock.


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    @Slog

    I know this may be slightly above your price range ($750), but I highly recommend this Zenbook - https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Slim-i5...ywords=ZENBOOK

    13.3” Full HD, 8th gen Intel i5-8250U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD

    It's got the specs to meet your needs, it's got an SSD which will make things load lightning fast and seamlessly. 8gb RAM and the processor is solid. The laptop itself is very lightweight, sleek, and premium feeling.

    Alternatively, this one is cheaper with this one has similar specs, but less premium quality - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0795W86N3..._t1_B075N1YHVK
    Last edited by hussain.r97; 12th August 2018 at 22:26.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Good deal for the price. Clock speed is a bit on the lower side, but I think it is quad core and should suit your needs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    I am pretty sure there is no quad-core i3 mobile processor...

    Anyway, looking at OP's usage requirements, a quad-core isn't a must.
    Yeah i3 has dual cores only but i5 has 4

    Yeah but he wants a laptop that would not feel old in 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    @Slog

    I know this may be slightly above your price range ($750), but I highly recommend this Zenbook - https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Slim-i5...ywords=ZENBOOK

    13.3” Full HD, 8th gen Intel i5-8250U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD

    It's got the specs to meet your needs, it's got an SSD which will make things load lightning fast and seamlessly. 8gb RAM and the processor is solid. The laptop itself is very lightweight, sleek, and premium feeling.

    Alternatively, this one is cheaper with this one has similar specs, but less premium quality - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0795W86N3..._t1_B075N1YHVK
    this $750 one looks really good tbh!

    im tempted to go for that.

    will make a trip to best buy tomm and see if they have this or similar ones at discounts. They have some back-to-school kind of sales


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    this $750 one looks really good tbh!

    im tempted to go for that.

    will make a trip to best buy tomm and see if they have this or similar ones at discounts. They have some back-to-school kind of sales
    If you are using this for university or something, definitely go for the $750 one. It is very sleek and lightweight, will be very easy to carry around and use at uni.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Please recommend a Windows based laptop.

    My budget is ideally under US$550-600 but max I can go to is $700

    My requirements:
    - Heavy use of Microsoft Excel, PPT, Word etc
    - Use of mathematical programs such as STATA
    - Web browsing (tend to have many tabs open)
    - Youtube, movies, music etc

    So not such a heavy load. However what I would want is that the laptop to be good for atleast 3 years so specs shouldnt be too outdated to the point where it becomes ancient by next year only.

    Thanks

    Any help is appreciated
    Iam a power user and very very discerning. So far the best laptop i have seen out there is Thinkpad T470P

    i7 7th Gen 7820HQ
    32MB/465GB SSD (NVME PCIE M.2 512 GB SSD )
    Great Keyboard with backlit keys. Has one Key that can be customized to open any program.
    HD Screen with touch (No Tablet Mode)
    Cost = Dont know. Might be above $700
    Not super light but not heavy at all.


    Other Options: Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV
    i7 6500
    16GB/465GB SSD
    HD Screen with touch + Tablet mode.
    Keyboard - not so good as the thinkpad but has backlight keys.
    Cost = $699 ( 2yrs ago )
    Super Light

    My suggestion is if you want the laptop to last add $200 to your budget.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    Iam a power user and very very discerning. So far the best laptop i have seen out there is Thinkpad T470P

    i7 7th Gen 7820HQ
    32MB/465GB SSD (NVME PCIE M.2 512 GB SSD )
    Great Keyboard with backlit keys. Has one Key that can be customized to open any program.
    HD Screen with touch (No Tablet Mode)
    Cost = Dont know. Might be above $700
    Not super light but not heavy at all.
    This will cost close to $2k....

    Edit: Here https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-ThinkP.../dp/B07311JH7N


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    why should i want a ssd over hdd?
    Don't think much over HDD and ssd.

    You can always change them later on without any difficulty.

    Josh was actually right. Any laptop with i3 upwards and 8 GB ram would more than enough for your need.

    I have lenovo ideapad 110 15isk. i3 processor with 8gb ram. Trust me when I say this, I even played far cry 4 with this.

    Fps sucked but the price is around 400 dollars so I won't complaint.

    It didn't come with windows (I intentionally check for laptops so that the price doesn't include windows licenses) which lowered it costs further.

    I use Ubuntu and deepin so didn't have to pay for those license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    This will cost close to $2k....

    Edit: Here https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-ThinkP.../dp/B07311JH7N
    LoL ...didnt realize it was that expensive. Sorry. Got that laptop at work. Need to thank the boss lol


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    Make sure you buy laptop with 8th Gen CPU few options in your budgets are as follows:

    2018 Lenovo Ideapad 330 15.6" FHD WLED Laptop Computer, 8th Gen Intel Quad Core i5-8250U up to 3.40GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, DVDRW, USB Type-C, HDMI, Windows 10

    https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Comput.../dp/B07DRGBS61

    Dell Newest 7000 series Premium Inspiron Touchscreen 15.6" FHD Laptop PC, Intel Core i5 8250U Quad-Core, 8GB DDR4, 2TB Drive, Bluetooth, MaxxAudio Pro, HDMI, Windows 10
    https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron...dp/B078C6T552/

    Dell I5770 Inspiron - 8th Gen Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Intel UHD Graphics 620, 17.3" HD+LED Display, Platinum Silver

    https://www.amazon.com/Dell-I5770-In...dp/B07CH9NNJ2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    Don't think much over HDD and ssd.

    You can always change them later on without any difficulty.

    Josh was actually right. Any laptop with i3 upwards and 8 GB ram would more than enough for your need.

    I have lenovo ideapad 110 15isk. i3 processor with 8gb ram. Trust me when I say this, I even played far cry 4 with this.

    Fps sucked but the price is around 400 dollars so I won't complaint.

    It didn't come with windows (I intentionally check for laptops so that the price doesn't include windows licenses) which lowered it costs further.

    I use Ubuntu and deepin so didn't have to pay for those license.
    I3 processor with windows is simply too slow to do any work. I would highly recommend getting i7 or i5 latest gen at the very least. I3 imo is not for work related items, more for casual usage.

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    Acer aspire s13 -
    thin & light / good battery life decent performance.

    Acer aspire e15-
    heavy but best value for money product & jack of all trades device. If possible pick it's ssd version.

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    get either a dell xps 13 older model or lenovo x1 older model you can easily get around $700, anything beside get a mac OTHERWISE every other Pc machine is utter poop

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjahmed23 View Post
    I3 processor with windows is simply too slow to do any work. I would highly recommend getting i7 or i5 latest gen at the very least. I3 imo is not for work related items, more for casual usage.
    This is a very misleading information.

    Most laptop will come with i5 or i7 with boosting 2 TB HDD which is utter rubbish. here you are paying for an i7 processor but ditching SDD means the i7 will never ever give the performance as one expected because the HDD would be throttling the I/O. It will never perform better than an i3 in this scenario because the bottleneck isn't the processor but the HDD itself which is running at 7200 rpm!

    It's like putting michael schumacher in a car with 800CC engine. How one expect to drive this car faster even if the driver is schumacher?

    And none of the manufacturer will give you all the components at i7 specification because the price will sky rocket. In the end, they will advertise it as i&7 processor but in the end, it will do nothing in terms of performance because you aren't giving the ideal environment.

    That's why while benchmarking a processor, every setup takes the ideal component so that synchronisation could be made. But the OEM manufacturers will never ever do that as it will be too high price even for elite ones.

    In a consumer market scenario, there will be hardly any noticeable difference between an i7 laptop and i3 laptop unless the i7 runs on a SSD and i3 runs on HDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    This is a very misleading information.

    Most laptop will come with i5 or i7 with boosting 2 TB HDD which is utter rubbish. here you are paying for an i7 processor but ditching SDD means the i7 will never ever give the performance as one expected because the HDD would be throttling the I/O. It will never perform better than an i3 in this scenario because the bottleneck isn't the processor but the HDD itself which is running at 7200 rpm!

    It's like putting michael schumacher in a car with 800CC engine. How one expect to drive this car faster even if the driver is schumacher?

    And none of the manufacturer will give you all the components at i7 specification because the price will sky rocket. In the end, they will advertise it as i&7 processor but in the end, it will do nothing in terms of performance because you aren't giving the ideal environment.

    That's why while benchmarking a processor, every setup takes the ideal component so that synchronisation could be made. But the OEM manufacturers will never ever do that as it will be too high price even for elite ones.

    In a consumer market scenario, there will be hardly any noticeable difference between an i7 laptop and i3 laptop unless the i7 runs on a SSD and i3 runs on HDD.
    You do realize HDD can be replaced by an SDD much easier than upgrading from i3 to i5. If i3 with SDD costs $400 than thats not much less than the price for an i5 which is around 500.

    Windows 10 runs a lot of processes in the background, I don't know if i3 with dual core can handle it if you are running other programs like excel and have multiple chrome tabs open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjahmed23 View Post
    You do realize HDD can be replaced by an SDD much easier than upgrading from i3 to i5. If i3 with SDD costs $400 than thats not much less than the price for an i5 which is around 500.

    Windows 10 runs a lot of processes in the background, I don't know if i3 with dual core can handle it if you are running other programs like excel and have multiple chrome tabs open.
    Storage was just one aspect. RAM, pipelines will be another factors which will determine the bottlenecks.

    And windows simply sucks in RAM management. That's why modified versions of windows 10 are around which are stripped off those unnecessary services that hogs the RAM. These lite versions are much more capable of handling the RAM efficiently than the MSDN one.

    Concerning legality, I am not sure about those as those are modified though the license could be applicable on those also perhaps.

    But I don't use windows. Linux is far better than windows than any aspect. It's just that windows has institutionalized the people and hence they find it hard to adapt to a new environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    Storage was just one aspect. RAM, pipelines will be another factors which will determine the bottlenecks.

    And windows simply sucks in RAM management. That's why modified versions of windows 10 are around which are stripped off those unnecessary services that hogs the RAM. These lite versions are much more capable of handling the RAM efficiently than the MSDN one.

    Concerning legality, I am not sure about those as those are modified though the license could be applicable on those also perhaps.

    But I don't use windows. Linux is far better than windows than any aspect. It's just that windows has institutionalized the people and hence they find it hard to adapt to a new environment.
    Have you used Macbook? If yes, then which one is the best? I am asking for the purpose of App Development and using Sketch.

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    Guys any review on Lenovo Ideapad 320? i am thinking to buy this laptop. Almost same requirement as the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiiiCKET View Post
    Guys any review on Lenovo Ideapad 320? i am thinking to buy this laptop. Almost same requirement as the OP.
    i believe you are talking about 330.

    Be careful about lenovo laptops. They have different config based on the same series. The last part of the model number is important. Atleast in india, there are multiple Lenovo 320 or 330 are around. You need to be specific about which one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Have you used Macbook? If yes, then which one is the best? I am asking for the purpose of App Development and using Sketch.
    havn't used macbook so i have no experience regarding it.

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    I'm currently in the same boat and I'm looking to spend no more than $600. My usage will be very similar to Slog's as I'll be going in as a student. If possible, I wouldn't mind if the laptop could play a few games on the lower settings but that's not an absolute necessity. For me the most important aspect if a laptop within my budget which can give me good performance for at least for school (4 years). For now, I'm looking at a few options and want to close in on one.

    The first four have been recommended on the thread.

    1. HP Laptop Pavilion 15-cc610ds $580
    It's a 8th gen i5 with 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB of SSD storage. It has an Intel UHD Graphics 620.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16834269954

    2. Asus VivoBook 15.6" $576
    It's a 7th gen i5 with 8 GB of Ram with 1TB of SATA hard drive along with an Intel HD Graphics 620.
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-vi...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    3. Acer Aspire E5 $569
    This is a 7th gen i7 with 8 GB DDR4 and 1TB of HDD. I cannot find what the graphics card is in the laptop.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    4. Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 330 $559
    This is an 8th gen i5 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD storage. It also has an Intel UHD Graphics 620.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16834850876

    5. Samsung Notebook 5 $488
    This is a 7th gen i5 with 8 GB DDR4 and 1TB HDD with a NVIDIA® GeForce® 920MX.
    https://www.samsung.com/us/computing...m-x02us/#specs

    At the moment, the Samsung is my likely choice since it has a NVIDIA which from my understanding will allow me to game. The one issue with the Samsung is, I cannot find it in stock anywhere but that I'll try to work on that. However, that being said, I do not know much about the actual performance of the laptops thus me requesting for help. Thanks.


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    Also consider the Dell Inspiron 15 5000. It's an 8th gen i5 with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive along with an Intel® UHD Graphics 620 with shared graphic memory at $568.39.

    https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/sh...op/fncwlb3310s


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    Quote Originally Posted by world cup captain View Post
    I'm currently in the same boat and I'm looking to spend no more than $600. My usage will be very similar to Slog's as I'll be going in as a student. If possible, I wouldn't mind if the laptop could play a few games on the lower settings but that's not an absolute necessity. For me the most important aspect if a laptop within my budget which can give me good performance for at least for school (4 years). For now, I'm looking at a few options and want to close in on one.

    The first four have been recommended on the thread.

    1. HP Laptop Pavilion 15-cc610ds $580
    It's a 8th gen i5 with 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB of SSD storage. It has an Intel UHD Graphics 620.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16834269954

    2. Asus VivoBook 15.6" $576
    It's a 7th gen i5 with 8 GB of Ram with 1TB of SATA hard drive along with an Intel HD Graphics 620.
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-vi...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    3. Acer Aspire E5 $569
    This is a 7th gen i7 with 8 GB DDR4 and 1TB of HDD. I cannot find what the graphics card is in the laptop.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    4. Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 330 $559
    This is an 8th gen i5 with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD storage. It also has an Intel UHD Graphics 620.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16834850876

    5. Samsung Notebook 5 $488
    This is a 7th gen i5 with 8 GB DDR4 and 1TB HDD with a NVIDIA® GeForce® 920MX.
    https://www.samsung.com/us/computing...m-x02us/#specs

    At the moment, the Samsung is my likely choice since it has a NVIDIA which from my understanding will allow me to game. The one issue with the Samsung is, I cannot find it in stock anywhere but that I'll try to work on that. However, that being said, I do not know much about the actual performance of the laptops thus me requesting for help. Thanks.
    The 920MX is a very weak dedicated graphics card, its performance is highly unlikely to be much better than the UHD 620. If you plan to do some moderate gaming, you can probably find a laptop with a Nvidia MX150 or GTX 1050 within your budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    The 920MX is a very weak dedicated graphics card, its performance is highly unlikely to be much better than the UHD 620. If you plan to do some moderate gaming, you can probably find a laptop with a Nvidia MX150 or GTX 1050 within your budget.
    I managed to find an Acer with MX150 for only $540. It's quite appealing to be honest. Here is the link-
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16834316154

    I have been recommended the Acer Nitro 5 by a friend which has a GTX 1050.

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-ni...?skuId=6212601

    If possible, please let me know which one is worth the buy or if there is something better in the price range, thanks.


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    Go for either HP spectre Pro 13 G1 or Dell Xps 13. They are a little high spec but when u are buying a laptop better spend an extra $200-300 and get something worthwhile.


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    Quote Originally Posted by world cup captain View Post
    I managed to find an Acer with MX150 for only $540. It's quite appealing to be honest. Here is the link-
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16834316154

    I have been recommended the Acer Nitro 5 by a friend which has a GTX 1050.

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-ni...?skuId=6212601

    If possible, please let me know which one is worth the buy or if there is something better in the price range, thanks.
    The MX150 is a reasonable upgrade over integrated graphics but the 1050 is far superior. It's generally better to spend a tiny bit more if you're getting a big upgrade so that you don't regret it later. The Nitro 5 is a good option for the price, something comparable is the MSI GL62M like this one.


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    Thanks for this thread.

    And I see no one is recommending, AMD as a processor. Pentium i5 or i7 is must?

    And better to get PC or apple pro? If same SSD speed is met in PC, same price of pc laptop has more specs than mac book pro. But longevity wise mac book is better?


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    I would like an opinion on this one

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...omputer---gray


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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketworm View Post
    Thanks for this thread.

    And I see no one is recommending, AMD as a processor. Pentium i5 or i7 is must?

    And better to get PC or apple pro? If same SSD speed is met in PC, same price of pc laptop has more specs than mac book pro. But longevity wise mac book is better?
    You must be joking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadBall View Post
    You must be joking.
    It's crap. I know. Just wanted someone to say absolutely no AMD. lol thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketworm View Post
    It's crap. I know. Just wanted someone to say absolutely no AMD. lol thanks
    To be fair, AMD's Ryzen processors have provided some competition in the market and have arguably been one of the reasons behind the major increase in performance for the 8th gen Intel processors in comparison to the 7th gen ones.

    AMD still has a relatively small market share but they are competitive now. Acer, HP, Dell, Lenovo etc. are using Ryzen processors for some of their laptops.


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    Go for Lenovo thinkpad E580 8th generation (i5-8250U or i7-8550U). Way more than enough power for your needs plus the reliability of being a carefree daily driver.


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