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Old 07-13-18, 01:57 PM   #1
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What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

I'm in the market for a new laptop as my two most recent computers (both Apple products) are hitting the 10-year mark.

Apple has definitely gone in a direction where what's offered for the price is of no appeal to me, so I'm looking for an alternative.

Anyone have any good recommendations for an affordable non-Apple laptop (sub $600)? At most I do web browsing, work with Google apps, and the occasional older game on Steam (i.e. CIV IV).

I've also thought about investing in a cheap netbook (<$250 or so) and saving up to get a new desktop as well as going the route of just snagging an iPad Pro as I've heard it outperforms a lot of laptops that cost more.

I'm very familiar with using a Windows machine via work, I've just been happy with Apple at home most of my life.
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Old 07-13-18, 01:58 PM   #2
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

Sounds like the upgraded version of the new Surface Go is something you should check out. They were just announced. The base is not very good but the upgraded I think is 599 and should fit your needs.
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Old 07-13-18, 02:57 PM   #3
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

If you want a traditional laptop, look at Dell
The entry level insprion 3000 is junk
but move up to the 5000 or higher and they are fairly nice for the money with the regular sales

This current deal on a 7000 series is not bad, $650 with the McAfee trial

https://deals.dell.com/work/productd...03873196295259

Dell Small Business is offering their Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-core 15.6" 1080p IPS Laptop with 256GB Solid State Drive, 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce MX130 Graphics for low $649.99 Free Shipping (exp soon). Normally on sale for $750, so you're getting extra $100 off.

Note: Make sure you select "McAfee Small Business Security 30-Day Free Trial" Downgrade (-$50) to get this final price.


15.6" IPS LED Display with 1920x1080 resolution, 4.41lbs
Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8GHz Quad-Core (Up to 4GHz Turbo)
8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 1TB HDD, webcam, HDMI 2.0
NVIDIA GeForce MX130 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated Graphics
3x USB 3.1, 802.11ac Dual Band + Bluetooth 4.2
Card Reader, Windows 10 Pro, 3-Cell Battery, 1x USB Type-C
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Old 07-13-18, 03:19 PM   #4
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

What size are you looking for? 11? 13.3? 15.6? 17?

If you don't need a dedicated graphics card, wait for an ultrabook to go on sale. Something like the Lenovo 720S, Dell XPS, etc; higher quality, better form factor, nicer all around.

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Old 07-13-18, 07:43 PM   #5
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

You can find a lot of good laptops from Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

I've seen HP Envys in the $600 range, and you can pick up other decent HPs and Lenovos for less.
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Old 07-13-18, 08:58 PM   #6
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

Work got me a Lenovo Yoga. No idea how much it is but I love it.
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Old 07-13-18, 10:19 PM   #7
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

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What size are you looking for? 11? 13.3? 15.6? 17?

If you don't need a dedicated graphics card, wait for an ultrabook to go on sale. Something like the Lenovo 720S, Dell XPS, etc; higher quality, better form factor, nicer all around.

Also, you can get the Core i3 version of the laptop 4KRG mentioned for $399.99 from Costco. https://slickdeals.net/f/11772735-de...c=rcm_category that would be more than enough laptop for your needs.
I second all of this. Only difference is I would go for an i5, as the performance is a bit better for running multiple stuff and for gaming, without spending more to include a graphics card. Minor additional return if you aim for an i7. But like Rich asked, it depends on the size, optical media, ports, stuff like that.


I have a Dell XPS 13 with an i7 processor and it runs everything I throw at it. It also runs very smooth and very little heat and a great long lasting battery. It's also a very slim small form factor size. But I did spend a bit more than your budget ceiling.
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Old 07-13-18, 11:37 PM   #8
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Also, you can get the Core i3 version of the laptop 4KRG mentioned for $399.99 from Costco. https://slickdeals.net/f/11772735-de...c=rcm_category that would be more than enough laptop for your needs.
That is a lower model laptop than the one I linked to, you would notice the difference in just about every aspect. But it may be 'good enough' for the money
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Old 07-14-18, 06:36 AM   #9
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

Crap, you're right. For some reason I thought you posted a 5000 not a 7000. I'd go for the 7000 as well (hell, I own one). IPS screen and build quality is enough of an upgrade to aim for.

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Old 07-14-18, 07:31 AM   #10
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Be sure to check out the Dell Business Outlet. A few months ago, I got my daughter the 14" Latitude 7490 latest model with the 8th gen quad core i5, 8GB RAM (I will add more later sometime), 256GB SSD, etc for around $700. Dell Business comes with 3 year warrantees also and usually the only way to get the non-glare screen. There are always coupons that will stack on their already deeply discounted outlet prices.
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Old 07-15-18, 07:50 PM   #11
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Man I'm stuck as well finding a laptop. Never needed one before but I am going on a long trip next month and need one for moving video off my devices.
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Old 07-17-18, 03:36 PM   #12
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

What PerryD said. Dell Business Outlet rules for getting durable hardware at a decent price. I've got Latitudes in the field that have lasted a decade of daily use (with periodic upgrades and maintenance, of course).
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Old 07-17-18, 03:47 PM   #13
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

Yeah, I just got my kid an Inspiron 7000, and will probably get something similar for myself, upgrading to an i7 and larger hard drive (kid stores everything on shared drives but I need local storage for video work etc.).

My work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook and it works well, but I can't rely on it forever.
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Old 07-17-18, 05:48 PM   #14
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

Good job to the OP for leaving Apple behind, there is no longer the value in their laptops to justify the 2x to 3x uptick in in price that they, in their greed and brand recognition, feel justified in charging.

Laptops are such a personal item, that it is hard to give any specific recommendations. I'd say $500 will get you something decent for daily use. One could skimp and get a pretty decent $300 laptop on sale, check out Micro Center's sales, they're usually very good. $1000 is overkill, unless outstanding durability and/or fast processors or dedicated video cards are what you want. With a $500 Dell or Lenovo laptop, you'll get three years of good service out of it, by which time it will be wise to upgrade again anyway.
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Old 07-24-18, 10:44 PM   #15
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Re: What laptop should I get (leaving Apple behind after 30+ years)

I wound up buying a HP Envy, which I like, but I have a problem with it after one week. First boot of the day always results in a failure to post and cap lock blinking HP's code that I have a RAM problem. I shut it off and it starts perfectly the rest of the day. This happens everyday.

I could probably open it up and see if the memory is seated correctly but I guess I'm probably better off taking it back now and trying another one.
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Old 07-25-18, 03:58 PM   #16
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Yes, take it back for replacement now while you still can. Why open it up when you don't have to? Your diagnosis is probably correct, ram just needs to be reseated, but it could be more ominous, so why risk it when you have nothing to lose with swapping out the laptop for a new one? Also the RAM may be soldered into the motherboard, so it is possible you might not even be able to re-seat it.
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Old 07-25-18, 04:40 PM   #17
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Yep return it
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Old 07-27-18, 02:56 PM   #18
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Yep, took it back and will play around with the new one tonight. Is a nice laptop nonetheless. With my luck I would have had a board failure as soon as the return period was over.
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