Best business-grade windows laptop without a gpu

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  1. viralcow

    viralcow Limp Gawd

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    Trying to find a cheaper macbook alternative. Won't be needing a gpu so I hope to cut costs there. What's a business-grade, 15" windows laptop that has an i7-7700hq or faster, has great battery life, and doesn't look like a spaceship? Cheaper the better, of course.

    Currently looking into the dell xps 15 line, but the configuration with the i7-7700hq also comes with the nvidia 1050 which I don't need and jacks up the price by another $200.
     
  2. win32asmguy

    win32asmguy [H]Lite

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    Dell offers the Precision 5520 in a configuration with a 7440hq (quad core 45w, but no hyperthreading) and no dedicated GPU. Another alternative (and the one I own) is the HP Zbook Studio. It is available with up to an 7820hq without a dedicated GPU. If price is a concern you can try searching for either on their respective refurbished websites. HP also has a few pre-built "Smart Buy" configurations of their models that they discount decently, available through resellers like newegg and provantage.
     
  3. viralcow

    viralcow Limp Gawd

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    Thanks for the help.

    It's frustrating as every option I've found thus far with a full-fledged, 45-watt i7 comes paired with a GTX1050 or similar. I did find the Zbook Studio you mentioned - however, the version without a gpu is actually more expensive than the version with the gpu, at least from B&H, the only retailer I've found that sells the non-gpu variant.

    Maybe I shouldn't be complaining. There's plenty of laptops with both the i7-7700HQ and GTX1050 around $1000, which is actually below my budget. But it's just the principle of it all - I don't want to pay for something I won't use.

    I guess I'll wait a bit longer. I'm hopeful that the newer, quad-core U processors from intel will provide the performance I'm looking for at a more affordable price point.
     
  4. win32asmguy

    win32asmguy [H]Lite

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    You won't find many consumer i7 laptops without dedicated graphics, just because the target market for those kinds of laptops are primarily gamers.

    If you do like the Zbook Studio, I think the config you would be interested in would be 2HU31UT. Its available for ~$1550 new from HP business laptop resellers, although B&H doesn't have it yet for some reason.

    HP also offers the Probook 450 G5 configurable with a i7-8550u and without dedicated graphics starting around $1100 on their website. Its a pretty new model so I am not sure what its like, but I have used an older Probook 450 G1 which was fine. It has a lower end IPS panel than the Zbook (hp says 45% sRGB), and the performance may be less than the 7700HQ, but it would be worth a look IMO.
     
  5. Vengance_01

    Vengance_01 [H]ardness Supreme

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    What about the Thinkpad line?