gaaboard.com

Non GAA Discussion => General discussion => Topic started by: WT4E on November 25, 2021, 09:16:28 AM

Title: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: WT4E on November 25, 2021, 09:16:28 AM
On the hunt for a laptop. For home use would like something that is fast and not as slow as the old one i had.

Budget 400-500

Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 25, 2021, 09:24:49 AM
On the hunt for a laptop. For home use would like something that is fast and not as slow as the old one i had.

Budget 400-500

I've a Thinkpad X280 for work, probably closer to 600, but a great computer that I couldn't recommend high enough, considering the ones I've bought in the past for the kids this hasn't let me down, though in fairness we change them every 3 years, but it's never had any issues
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: J70 on November 25, 2021, 12:13:42 PM
Stay away from HP.

Bought two in the last decade or so. Both eventually came apart at the hinges, even though they were different models more than five years apart. I've never seen that in any other brand.

My last couple have been Dell. No complaints, and they have fairly cheap base models if your budget is limited.
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: Smokin Joe on November 25, 2021, 07:59:53 PM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: CK_Redhand on November 25, 2021, 09:22:54 PM
If you're willing to forgo pre-installed windows there are some good value options on pcspecialist.

Got a 350 machine without OS and installed xubuntu and it's working great. I know it's not for everyone though.
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: Smokin Joe on November 25, 2021, 09:29:25 PM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.

Forgot the link!!
https://www.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/product/honor-magicbook-pro/
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: RedHand88 on November 25, 2021, 09:30:33 PM
On the hunt for a laptop. For home use would like something that is fast and not as slow as the old one i had.

Budget 400-500

Try laptopsdirect. For that kind of money you should be able to get i5 processor or equivalent and 8gb RAM easy enough. Dont be afraid of refurbished models. They are absolutely fine and there is serious money to be saved.
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: RedHand88 on November 25, 2021, 09:34:55 PM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.

Forgot the link!!
https://www.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/product/honor-magicbook-pro/

That is excellent value. 16gb RAM for under 600, plus a good mid range processor. Only thing lacking for me is a dedicated graphics card but thats not necessary unless you are using it for gaming.
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: WT4E on November 26, 2021, 09:32:10 AM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.

Forgot the link!!
https://www.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/product/honor-magicbook-pro/

That is excellent value. 16gb RAM for under 600, plus a good mid range processor. Only thing lacking for me is a dedicated graphics card but thats not necessary unless you are using it for gaming.

Those are Huawei laptops? I had an honor phone which I loved and then got another but got burnt with the Trump/China trade war stuff as it didnt have loads of things available would this be a problem here? And does it come with microsoft package?
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: johnnycool on November 26, 2021, 09:51:27 AM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.

Forgot the link!!
https://www.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/product/honor-magicbook-pro/

That is excellent value. 16gb RAM for under 600, plus a good mid range processor. Only thing lacking for me is a dedicated graphics card but thats not necessary unless you are using it for gaming.

Bought one of these lads up in Finaghy, refurbed but not a scratch on it, 3 months warranty and a fraction of the price for a similar spec'd machine from PC world/Curry's who have bumped their prices up big time.


https://laptopandpcwarehouse.com/ (https://laptopandpcwarehouse.com/)
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: JoG2 on November 26, 2021, 10:42:48 AM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.

Forgot the link!!
https://www.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/product/honor-magicbook-pro/

That is excellent value. 16gb RAM for under 600, plus a good mid range processor. Only thing lacking for me is a dedicated graphics card but thats not necessary unless you are using it for gaming.

Bought one of these lads up in Finaghy, refurbed but not a scratch on it, 3 months warranty and a fraction of the price for a similar spec'd machine from PC world/Curry's who have bumped their prices up big time.


https://laptopandpcwarehouse.com/ (https://laptopandpcwarehouse.com/)

Alot of this kit will be from the Public sector, so very little usage. Bargains to be had
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: Milltown Row2 on November 26, 2021, 11:02:25 AM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.

Forgot the link!!
https://www.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/product/honor-magicbook-pro/

That is excellent value. 16gb RAM for under 600, plus a good mid range processor. Only thing lacking for me is a dedicated graphics card but thats not necessary unless you are using it for gaming.

Bought one of these lads up in Finaghy, refurbed but not a scratch on it, 3 months warranty and a fraction of the price for a similar spec'd machine from PC world/Curry's who have bumped their prices up big time.


https://laptopandpcwarehouse.com/ (https://laptopandpcwarehouse.com/)

Alot of this kit will be from the Public sector, so very little usage. Bargains to be had

Lazy bas'tards  ;D
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: 93-DY-SAM on November 26, 2021, 11:15:45 AM
Windows laptops are much of a muchness across the board. There is little to no difference between manufacturers in the internal components and it is mainly the look and feel that determines quality. Most Dell's for example are cheap and the keyboard and shell of their laptops reflect this. They are still a decent enough laptop depending on if you are using it every day.

The main things to look for are processor & RAM. The bigger the better that your budget allows. I'd also recommend something with a solid-state hard drive (SSD). Most people these days store their documents etc on the cloud in Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive etc so you don't need a massive hard drive. You are much better with a smaller SSD say 256GB or 512GB than a larger 2TB regular hard drive.

Personally, I'd buy a Macbook of some description. But it all depends if you are a power user or not. A Mac for me will outlast at least 2 if not 3 Windows-based laptops so while it is more of an upfront investment it'll be as cheaper over time. It has been a while since I used a Windows-based machine so things might have changed a bit on that front. 

Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: Smokin Joe on November 26, 2021, 12:58:17 PM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.

Forgot the link!!
https://www.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/product/honor-magicbook-pro/

That is excellent value. 16gb RAM for under 600, plus a good mid range processor. Only thing lacking for me is a dedicated graphics card but thats not necessary unless you are using it for gaming.

Those are Huawei laptops? I had an honor phone which I loved and then got another but got burnt with the Trump/China trade war stuff as it didnt have loads of things available would this be a problem here? And does it come with microsoft package?

Windows installed and it includes a free month of Office 365 Family
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: WT4E on November 26, 2021, 01:54:40 PM
Liked the look of that Honor but I needed it quicker:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-flex-5i-13-3-2-in-1-chromebook-intel-core-i5-256-gb-ssd-blue-10227179-pdt.html

Went with this yoke hope it does the job
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: Smokin Joe on November 26, 2021, 01:59:34 PM
Liked the look of that Honor but I needed it quicker:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-flex-5i-13-3-2-in-1-chromebook-intel-core-i5-256-gb-ssd-blue-10227179-pdt.html

Went with this yoke hope it does the job

I ordered it Tuesday night. It arrived with me on Thursday.  Can't fault that speed of delivery.
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: WT4E on November 26, 2021, 03:07:57 PM
Liked the look of that Honor but I needed it quicker:

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-flex-5i-13-3-2-in-1-chromebook-intel-core-i5-256-gb-ssd-blue-10227179-pdt.html

Went with this yoke hope it does the job

I ordered it Tuesday night. It arrived with me on Thursday.  Can't fault that speed of delivery.

Yeah but as per usual I need it for Monday and it wasn't goin to be here til Thursday. Herself has been hounding m to sort it and she has course to start on Monday on laptop!!!!! :(
Title: Re: Laptop Recommendations
Post by: JoG2 on November 28, 2021, 10:58:24 AM
I bought this, and it just arrived with me today.  Haven't used it yet.

Thought the spec (processor / RAM) was very high for 600 in the Black Friday sale.

Forgot the link!!
https://www.hihonor.com/unitedkingdom/product/honor-magicbook-pro/

That is excellent value. 16gb RAM for under 600, plus a good mid range processor. Only thing lacking for me is a dedicated graphics card but thats not necessary unless you are using it for gaming.

Bought one of these lads up in Finaghy, refurbed but not a scratch on it, 3 months warranty and a fraction of the price for a similar spec'd machine from PC world/Curry's who have bumped their prices up big time.


https://laptopandpcwarehouse.com/ (https://laptopandpcwarehouse.com/)

No working links on this website by the looks of it