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WT4E

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Laptop Recommendations
« 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


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« Reply #1 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
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« Reply #2 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.

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« Reply #3 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.

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« Reply #4 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.

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« Reply #5 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/

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« Reply #6 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.

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« Reply #7 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.

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« Reply #8 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?

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« Reply #9 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/

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« Reply #10 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/

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

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« Reply #11 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/

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

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« Reply #12 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. 


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« Reply #13 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

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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2021, 01:54:40 PM »