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Old 01-17-2017, 04:35 PM   #1
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my new laptop

I don't know that much about what is best in computers. I have a Lenovo laptop made in 2005. It has not given us one bit of trouble from day one. Upgraded to win 10 home with no problems. It does everything I need just slowly.
I would like the best fastest laptop I can afford, willing to spend about 1.5k give or take. Been looking at another Lenovo yoga. I'm ok with think pads whatever is best for me. I would like to have a nice word processor but mostly able to watch moto gp live as best as possible. The features I'm looking at are intel i7 processor 20gb ram and what else? my hope is to have it lightning fast
hd picture great graphics. Someone please point me to the machine I'm talking about please. Might go as high as 2k but would like to keep it around 1.5k.

Thank you for being patient with me.
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:57 PM   #2
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We are happy with the Lenovo Thinkpads, i7 and 40gb ram with some necessary Windows garbage cost us 1800 each in 2015. We use Win7 pro because it plays nice with some automation programs we use but they are tough and light, good battery life. SSD is a must.
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Old 01-17-2017, 05:57 PM   #3
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Old 01-17-2017, 06:12 PM   #4
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Old 01-17-2017, 06:52 PM   #5
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You don't need to spend $1,500.

I have a Lenovo Ideapad, it is not as "business class" indestructible construction as a Thinkpad, but it has good speakers. Look at the 700 series for your needs.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops...170118015058:s
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Old 01-17-2017, 07:37 PM   #6
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You don't need to spend $1,500.
I agree, you can get a nice laptop for half that.
I have a Lenovo 700 that I bought on sale for 600, then I replaced the hard drive with an SSD and love it.
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Old 01-17-2017, 07:56 PM   #7
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I'm wondering why Apple has not been mentioned. I don't know enough about companies to offer an honest opinion, I'm just curious.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:52 PM   #8
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Big fan of The Wire Cutter review site.

http://m.thewirecutter.com/leaderboard/laptops/

I was close to getting a lennovo yoga 910. Went to the Microsoft store and used it for about 30 minutes. Eh. In the end it didn't work for me. Weird keyboard.

Ymmv.
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Old 01-17-2017, 10:07 PM   #9
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I'm wondering why Apple has not been mentioned. I don't know enough about companies to offer an honest opinion, I'm just curious.


Certainly a consideration. But minimum price point is $1000. And that's for a 13" screen.

Depending on what someone needs to do specs may not matter. But again. Of possible go to a store and and try one out for awhile.

I had Macbook for awhile. Just couldn't get used to it. Hated the OS. Ended up selling it.

Again YMMV. All of my friends are total mac heads and wouldn't own anything else. Web designers programmers etc. Not casual users.
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Big fan of The Wire Cutter review site.

http://m.thewirecutter.com/leaderboard/laptops/

I was close to getting a lennovo yoga 910. Went to the Microsoft store and used it for about 30 minutes. Eh. In the end it didn't work for me. Weird keyboard.

Ymmv.
Cool site.

I got my kid the Acer E5 (their recommended budget pick) in the i5 flavor for college, and it has been great for her. Pretty amazing machine really, for just over $500. The E5 is the only machine in that price range that I know of with a 1080P screen.
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Old 01-17-2017, 11:03 PM   #11
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I'm wondering why Apple has not been mentioned. I don't know enough about companies to offer an honest opinion, I'm just curious.
OP's posts didn't sound like he was looking in that direction.

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But I don't wear pants. So, business casual.
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:59 AM   #12
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Big thanks to all of you, I love this forum and the folks on it. My isp will be going to 24mbps download tomorrow, to me, that is speedy, Can't wait to see the difference. 5mbps currently.
As soon as I get a new laptop , I'll report back, thank you again.
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:55 AM   #13
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Apple does some things well, some not so well.
Some find the operating system intuitive. Some find it aggravating.
Apple is a niche market. Solid build quality, sometimes odd.

The op would probably benefit from a 1080p screen. Touch screen has not been mentioned. Suppose it comes with any high end.

I do believe laptops are more of a disposable item then they were 10-12 years ago.

For personal movie watching my Kindle Fire (with headphones or speakers) does fine by me. email I still prefer laptop or full computer.

OfficeLibre is free/donation software I find very usable if you do not need Microsoft Office features. Though I belive Office is availavle for $7 a month?
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Old 01-18-2017, 11:50 AM   #14
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I just moved from an older Toshiba i7 Satellite to an Asus UX501V. I REALLY like it so far.

i7, 16Gig memory, dedicated video processor and memory, 512 SSD HDD, 15" 4k touch screen, 3 each USB3.0 ports, Thunderbolt port, 11 hour battery life. About $1400.

This is actually our second of these Asus machines, as my spouse moved to a similar one 6 months ago. No issues so far with either one.
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:41 PM   #15
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IBM is now giving employees a choice between Mac and PC: 73% have chosen Mac.

IBM has deployed 90,000 Macs as of October 2016.

They have four years of data.

So far they've saved $250-$500 per Mac. My math says that's $20 to $40 million.

And their help desk calls are 5% for Macs compared to 40% for PCs.

"We have to go out and manage the Mac environment 104 fewer times a year than PC." IBM VP Fletcher Previn.

Company surveys show employees like the change and better engage with other staff.

Initial upfront cost is only part of the story.
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Old 01-18-2017, 01:04 PM   #16
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I could dump my pc here at work and get a mac too. My choice.


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Old 01-18-2017, 01:21 PM   #17
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Our creative people in our SMA/CMA department all use Mac's. We have 2 full time IT people up there all day.
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:17 PM   #18
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Big fan of The Wire Cutter review site.

http://m.thewirecutter.com/leaderboard/laptops/
Good info on that link!
I'm in the same boat right now since my dell business laptop is almost 8 yrs old. Does anyone still buy dell? I've had their laptops since I can remember and I still have a XPS desktop with SSD for my engineering software. I need good graphics too and want to stick with the SSD but can't go smaller than 15". I'll read up a bit on that link.

What are the latest and greatest websites for hot/flash deals?
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Tech people tend to really like MAC. In my Seniors building I have yet to see one. When I worked at a nonprofit we only some of the IT people promoted Apple. admittedly flyers and art can be easier on Macs.
My youngest brother was into Macs until gaming became more of his focus.. Gaming software seems to favor Windows. Or did.

For watching movies and email..

Anyone who could live with a 2005 computer for 12 years not demanding. Picking antivirus software is more of a pain but if you do not do anything at risk not a problem.

For years I've one of the top rated antivirus with Malwarebytes and Spyhunter4 as last resort. The point is Malwarebytes no longer tolerates Spyhunter4, and McAfee tolerates neither. One reason I like tablets, simpler to start over.

From some time on assorted forums the Asus are impressive.
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:43 PM   #20
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I have a hard time understanding what graphic cards are good and what aren't. Any insight here with regards to laptops?

I'm leaning toward a dedicated card so as to have 'more than enough' for intermittent use of heavy processing programs like 3D CAD, graphic & video editing, etc. Are there integrated cards powerful enough for this volume of need?? This is a grey area for me and hopefully helpful to Barry.
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