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Buying laptop, any suggestions?


Harkes

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Hi! I'm looking to buy a laptop so I can do work on the go, but honestly I don't have much clue what I'm looking for much further than "decent battery life" and "not thick and heavy". Is it worth looking in some stores (such as these) to find something I like, or will I benefit more finding something online where there's significantly more selection? What kind of brands make the best hardware? What should I be looking for to make sure I end up with something decent?

Sorry it's quite a broad question :p thank you!
 

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strollin

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First off, what is your budget? What will you use the laptop for?

In the link you provided, the stores seemed to be Apple retailers. Do you have a preference for an Apple laptop?
 

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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)
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    Home built i7-8700K, Toshiba Satellite S55-A Laptop, MS Surface Pro 3, Dell Inspiron 15 5000
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    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 2.4Ghz Core i7-3630QM, 1.9Ghz Core i5 4300U, 2.8Ghz Core i5 6200U
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    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, Toshiba, MS, Dell
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    16G, 12G, 4G, 8G
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    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
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    Dell S2817Q 28", 15.6"
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    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data on Desktop, 512GB ssd for laptop, 128GB SSD tablet, 500GB ssd laptop
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    120Mbps/6Mbps down/up
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    MSE on desktop, Defender on laptop
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Harkes

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First off, what is your budget? What will you use the laptop for?

In the link you provided, the stores seemed to be Apple retailers. Do you have a preference for an Apple laptop?
Hi! Thanks for getting back to me! :)

I may well end up replacing my desktop PC with the laptop to keep things simple, so I don't have a hard budget but under £1500 would be preferable. A lot of my work is creative, photo/video production and website design, so can get quite intensive on a computer particularly with the video production. I've been thinking of switching to a Mac and I can imagine this is probably a good time to do so, however I don't know Apple's laptop lineup very well as I haven't used Macs before.
 

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    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

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I'm not a Mac guy either so can't really help in that area. The Mac Book Pro is the one that I hear good things about but they aren't cheap.

It seems to me that your budget would allow for a fairly high end Windows laptop but only a mid-range Mac laptop.

As far as whether to purchase on-line or local, my answer to that question would be, how much support do you feel you would need? If you feel you are going to need some hand-holding to get the laptop setup and running as you like it, you may want to buy from a local shop that offers good customer service. If you are pretty much self-sufficient then buy on-line for greater selection and usually a lower price. For instance, if you go with a Mac that you have no experience with, it might be best to buy from a local shop that could offer lots of support to guide you toward the best Mac for you and to get started once you buy.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home built i7-8700K, Toshiba Satellite S55-A Laptop, MS Surface Pro 3, Dell Inspiron 15 5000
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 2.4Ghz Core i7-3630QM, 1.9Ghz Core i5 4300U, 2.8Ghz Core i5 6200U
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, Toshiba, MS, Dell
    Memory
    16G, 12G, 4G, 8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 1050, Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2817Q 28", 15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 1366x768 (laptop)
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data on Desktop, 512GB ssd for laptop, 128GB SSD tablet, 500GB ssd laptop
    PSU
    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
    Cooling
    Coolermaster CM 212+
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
    Mouse
    Microsoft IntelliMouse
    Internet Speed
    120Mbps/6Mbps down/up
    Browser
    FireFox
    Antivirus
    MSE on desktop, Defender on laptop
    Other Info
    Retired after working in the tech industry for 41 years. First 10 years as a Technician, the rest as a programmer/software engineer. After 1 year of retirement, I was bored so went back to work as a Robotic Process Automation Consultant.
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#5
Hi! I'm looking to buy a laptop so I can do work on the go, but honestly I don't have much clue what I'm looking for much further than "decent battery life" and "not thick and heavy". Is it worth looking in some stores (such as these) to find something I like, or will I benefit more finding something online where there's significantly more selection? What kind of brands make the best hardware? What should I be looking for to make sure I end up with something decent?

Sorry it's quite a broad question :p thank you!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell/Inspiron
    CPU
    core i5
    Memory
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none
    Browser
    ie10
    Antivirus
    windows defender
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#6
I have a Dell laptop that I'm very pleased with. The bank I do business with also uses Dell equipment and I've heard no complaints from them. When I have operator caused problems the Dell customer service people have been very supportive going beyond what they are required to do.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell/Inspiron
    CPU
    core i5
    Memory
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none
    Browser
    ie10
    Antivirus
    windows defender