Laptop Computers

Discussion in 'Technology and Gadgets' started by Denamian, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. jeydax Death and Taxes
    DONOR

    jeydax
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2016
    Messages:
    1,176
    Ratings:
    +84
    • Like Like x 1
  2. DONOR

    Tmac
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    1,091
    Ratings:
    +132
    I think this is the one he ended up going with.

    Thanks for all the feedback!
     
  3. DONOR

    wormie
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    3,765
    Ratings:
    +1,366
  4. DONOR

    Dr.Retarded
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    1,530
    Ratings:
    +4,648
    Thinking of picking up a new gaming laptop since I'm on the road for work a hell of a lot more. I haven't kept up with current tech and models in eons. Are there any specific brands / models to stay away from? Any I should be looking at?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Edit: Budget is around 1500, but will go higher if it's a good deal, and worth the upgrade
     
    #924 Dr.Retarded, Nov 16, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2017
  5. brekk Dancing Dino Superstar
    SUPER DONOR

    brekk
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    1,177
    Ratings:
    +404
    With a budget of 1500 you should be able to spec out an i7, 16gb of ram, and a 1060. The mobile video cards these days are pretty banging, plenty powerful at the 1080p you'll find in a laptop screen.
     
  6. DONOR

    Dr.Retarded
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    1,530
    Ratings:
    +4,648
    That's kind of what I'm seeing at that level. Really thinking about pulling the trigger on this one:

    Micro Center - Computers and Electronics

    Been reading reviews most of the evening, and they're favorable. Plus, it's got a 1070, and it's on sale. Scoured all the Black Friday ads, and the savings are about the same.
     
  7. brekk Dancing Dino Superstar
    SUPER DONOR

    brekk
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    1,177
    Ratings:
    +404
    17 vs 15 inch is up to your personal preference of desktop replacement vs. "kind of" mobile laptop.

    For that price only $200 dollars off is kind of shitty for a Black Friday season deal.
     
  8. Palum Less Valuable Than A Visitor
    DONOR

    Palum
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    18,464
    Ratings:
    +21,643
    Honestly, as someone who went with a 17" for my last work model - just don't do it. It 'seems' nice, the 17", but it's just not worth the extra size (fewer carryons fit a 17" comfortably) and weight. Maybe if you need the screen size for eyesight reasons, but 15" is cheaper, you usually can find a better quality panel in the same model range and more portable.
     
  9. DONOR

    Dr.Retarded
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    1,530
    Ratings:
    +4,648
    I need a 17" for eyesight, and when I travel I'm typically in my truck, so space isn't am issue. I've had 15" ones before, and the screen increase does make it easier when I'm dealing with spread sheets, editing project photos, or just have a ton of windows up tossing shit into Dropbox. It's definitely a personal preference, and it's one I'm willing to shell out the extra cash for.

    They have this one too, and it's tempting. I just don't know how much of a difference the 1080 vs 1070. Quite a bit larger discount:

    Micro Center - Computers and Electronics
     
  10. bleedat Active Member

    bleedat
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2016
    Messages:
    677
    Ratings:
    +47
    same price @ newegg. I'm looking for a 1070/1080 myself atm. I travel too much to have one that weighs 10 lbs tho.
     
  11. Aaubert Active Member

    Aaubert
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    113
    Ratings:
    +78
    Hey friends -

    Anyone seen any phenomenal black friday/cyber monday laptop deals? I would love to do a Lenovo if it's out there.

    I wouldn't mind a touchscreen/tablet-flipping functionality, but I don't want to pay much more for it. Honestly, lowest priority.

    I do a non-trivial amount of data processing on my computer - like running programs that take screenshots of videos every .5 seconds so that I can use them in research stuff, or running annoyingly complex stats in SPSS on multi-dimensional datasets.

    My last computer that I'm replacing was a ($539.00) Refurbished: Lenovo IdeaPad 100 15.6" HD Notebook Intel Dual-Core i5 Upto 2.7GHz, 8GB Ram, 512GB SSD, DVD-RW, Webcam, Wifi, Bluetooth, Windows 10 Professional 64Bit.

    I managed to plug in that computer into a bad power outlet without a surge protector and it blew it up. It was past the manufacturer's warranty and the company warranty that I bought it from (Craving Savings through Newegg)

    I've seen people recommend the forum at notebookreview - but I have become an old fogey who wants a laptop from some place where I can get a 3 year warranty like costco, and they're more into saving money by buying refurbs through the manufacturer.

    Any thoughts?
     
  12. DONOR

    slippery
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    3,289
    Ratings:
    +1,526
    I'm looking for a cheap laptop for my mom. Preferably something i can buy online.

    Nothing special. She really only plays shit like candy crush and browse the internet. Anyone seen anything?
     
  13. Aevian Member

    Aevian
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Messages:
    86
    Ratings:
    +7
    For something like that, I always recommend a chromebook. You can get one for less than $150 right now. Chromebooks are great, don't have to mess with driver updates or anything if you are going to be tech support for your mom. The updates on it are super simple. Assuming she wants to play these online web based games, should be just fine for that.
     
  14. Whidon Member

    Whidon
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Messages:
    567
    Ratings:
    +7
    So my company wants to buy another 3 laptops but i'm on a pretty strict budget. Thing is it's a small family business so one of these will essentially be my new personal Laptop. Meaning i would like it to have some gaming ability. I can only spend 500-600 max on each machine.

    This Acer model is very tempting. The i5-8250u is a massive improvement over prev gen laptop cpu + the GPU is simply a mobile version of the gtx 1030 meaning it would serve fine for gaming. SSD is nice also. I dunno if there's any other option for $600 or less that would suit my needs as well as this model.

    For the other two we just need something that can browse the net, run basic office programs. Although i would like a decent processor as we may be using them for facial recognition software in the near future. If anyone has some good ideas for what to get i'd love to hear it.
     
  15. alavaz Well-Known Member

    alavaz
    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2016
    Messages:
    1,081
    Ratings:
    +171
    I have the previous Gen of that acer and it's been great. Plays all the blizzard games at mid graphics settings with no issue. I run hyper-v on it and visual studio for dev and test stuff and it all runs great. The i5 sucks for virtualization but as long as I only turn on a couple VMs at a time it's no problem.

    The only complaint I have is that the mouse and trackpad is complete shit. I almost always use wireless keyboard and mouse though so it's not a big deal to me.