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Posted on 02-10-18 07:22:13 PM Link | Quote
Hello everyone, in the near-future, specifically either in the next few months or next year, I'm planning on replacing my laptop because I got it in late 2012. Does anyone have any recommendations or things/brands to avoid?

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Posted on 02-13-18 04:07:02 AM Link | Quote
The answer really depends on what you want to do with your laptop. Do you want to play games, do graphic design, or just browse the web? How portable do you need it to be? What size do you prefer?

For example, I recently decided that my 2009 Toshiba Satellite, while (mostly) still functional, just wasn't cutting it anymore. I wanted to be able to play new-ish games from the comfort of my [furniture that's not a computer desk], I only need to take my laptop out of the house maybe once or twice a year, and my eyesight is garbage, so I got a 17" HP Omen gaming laptop (HP is definitely not my--or many other people's--preferred brand, but it was on sale and had pretty good reviews). It's huge and unwieldy and the battery life sucks, but again, since I don't travel much it's a non-issue.

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Posted on 02-14-18 05:02:20 AM Link | Quote
I bought myself an MSI GLM 7RDX, or in English, a well-regarded laptop model whose specs are similar to a powerful desktop PC, that's under $1000.

I've been in love with this thing, and aside from a few quirks it's a perfect choice. More RAM, expandable to a whopping 32GB, multiple USB 3.0 ports, modern CPU/GPUs which means holy shit I can play modern games and HOAH BOY IS THE OS ON A SSD STARTUP IS NOW SO F A S T

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Posted on 02-14-18 04:20:43 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Gabu

Protip: do not run a modern OS on a spinning disk (especially on a laptop). You will experience nothing but pain.

My otherwise wonderful laptop came with a 1TB HDD and no SSD, and you better believe that was the first thing I replaced.
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Posted on 02-14-18 04:25:05 PM Link | Quote
I put an SSD in my relatively old now ThinkPad T520 (2012) and that alone made it usable by 2017/2018 standards. It's literally a miracle upgrade to extend the life of a machine by another few years.

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Posted on 02-14-18 06:22:19 PM Link | Quote
BMF hit the nail on the head twice this thread.

1. Which laptop to get is very much dependent on the uses cases and which laptops are best suited for those cases.

2. Installing an OS on an SSD is amazing because it makes the computer super responsive (start up and anything revolving around the OS doing work). Didn’t realize these benefits till I tried it. It’s great when the computer has to wait on me now vs the other way around.

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Posted on 03-20-18 08:43:28 AM Link | Quote
I'm a big advocate of business laptops, so unless you want something extremely light or need to game on the go I recommend looking into those. As others have said an SSD is important (on some models such as ThinkPads it's easy to swap in your own for cheaper) and make sure the screen resolution is at least 1920x1080, as many of the cheaper models are still 1366x768.
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Posted on 03-20-18 05:50:01 PM (last edited by viviridian at 03-20-18 05:50:55 PM) Link | Quote
I used to have a Surface Book but now I have a Dell 7577 (inspiron gaming laptop, decent specs at a reasonable price).

When I was a student portability and being lightweight was important but now I care more about not being bogged down by thermal throttling under sustained loads.

What's your current laptop? What do you like about it? What do you wish was different?
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