Looking for a PC laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacBH928, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68040

    MacBH928

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    I am out of touch on the PC side and looking for a laptop with the following features, here is a list of what I want and don't want. This will be basically a browsing and video viewing laptop.

    Want:-

    -Low price (I prefer less than$1000)
    -reliable hardware
    -durable hardware(not flimsy)
    -lightweight&SSD
    -Great screen
    -Thinner body/frame

    Not needed/wanted:-

    -Optical Drive
    -Latest and greatest/fast CPU
    -No GPU needed
    -Long lasting battery
    -huge storage
    -foldable/detachable screens
    -fancy tech/touch screen


    I was going to go with the DELL XPS but its expensive, the thing is that the options seems to be "good screen+expesnive" or "low price+bad screen and thick body"
     
  2. The Hammer macrumors 6502

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    I always had Dells before going to Mac. They are good quality and reliable.
     
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    I don't know anything about price on these, but, be sure to look at the X1 Carbon with HDR WQHD screen. Fantastic PC laptop with an amazing screen, strong construction, and the best keyboard on any laptop (PC or Mac).
     
  4. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    that is a very good suggestion thank you
     
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  7. shaunp macrumors 68000

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    Consider second user. I would sooner go for a refurb corporate laptop than a cheap consumer one as the build quality is so much better. A used Dell Latitude or Lenovo Thinkpad would both be good choices. Not sure about Dell, but with Lenovo if you get a grubby keyboard on a second hand laptop, just buy a new keyboard from eBay and swap it out - the one for my T430 was £20 and took 5 mins to replace.
     
  8. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    that is a possible choice...but my understanding that refurbished ones are not much cheaper than brand new ones
     
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    Dell Latitudes are great! I've always been a fan of the D620/D630. I recently bought a used Latitude E6440. dual core i7, 8GB ram, 500GB HDD (swapped in a used SSD) and discrete AMD graphics. $230. Build quality is fine, but nothing compared to my 2014 MBP or any other Mac. The E6440 is much better built than the Dell Inspiron, HP Pavillion, etc. It doesn't have a super flimsy display or keyboard.
     
  11. shaunp macrumors 68000

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    I got a used T430 for around £200. It was 3 years ago, but similar deals are still around. Don't get too hung up on the spec of the RAM or lack of SSD as you can change these bits yourself later. I'd just get one with a decent processor and a good screen.
     
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    Surface Laptop 2 can be had for $899 right now. You get a great screen, keyboard, speakers, 8hr battery life, clean Windows. It's built fantastically well. It feels familiar as a long time Mac user.

    The bad is it's unserviceable, and the carpet (ahem, alcantara) keyboard deck. Seems fine for some. Not for others.
     
  16. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a

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    I have had no problems with mine. I assumed that since the only Use Case is to Browse the Internet and watch videos the OP may not want to spend $1000. If he is that concerned he can purchase a warranty for $149 which still brings him in under $1000.
     
  17. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    This is another good suggestion, but it seems it has a catch sub $1000 for touch screen and foldable... doesn't sound right. Options are like high-end.

    On microsoft site it says starting at $1500 plus it has detachable and touch screen which I don't want. Wouldn't mind if it was sub $1000 but not paying extra for something I will not use
     
  18. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502

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    It's not a detachable -much more akin to an XPS 13 or MacBook Pro 13. I think you were looking at the book by mistake. I linked the laptop below.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-laptop-2/8XQJKK3DD91B?ICID=SurfaceDept_Nav2_SurfaceFamily_100218&activetab=pivot:eek:verviewtab
     
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