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Discussion in 'Mobile Computing' started by ng4ever, Nov 13, 2017.
What brand and specs please ? Link as well to it. Thanks!
Well first you need to define what you want to do - and just saying that you don't play games isn't nearly enough info to go with. You have to decide:
- how much power you'd like (dual core, quad core, etc)
- how many apps you might use at any given time (for RAM amount determination)
- how big a screen you'd like (13", 14", 15", 17", whether you like matte anti-glare panels or glossy shiny ones, what kind of resolution you might prefer, etc)
- how much storage you'd like (SSDs are fairly standard nowadays but as the amount of storage increases so does the price, typical hard drives are still around 500GB to 1TB and barely affect the pricing at all)
- thin and sleek and light (an ultrabook maybe) or something more substantial (business class hardware from Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc)
- full keyboards with numeric keypads (wider) or just the keyboard itself
- and several other aspects too
There's really no best laptop just for a non-gamer, you have define a lot more in terms of what you want in a laptop. Maybe stop by a local retail store of some kind (MicroCenter, Fry's, Best Buy, whatever) and take a look at laptops on display and get some ideas of what you like, what you don't like, then come back and provide that kind of info, or perhaps stop at a website like Newegg or Amazon, or even Dell, HP, or Lenovo and look at what they have available and get some of those ideas.
"Best" is a highly relative thing and fairly individualized for the end user so, what might be best for me or anyone else might never be anything you'd even consider good or great.
Quad core at least I think
2 to 7
15" at least
SSD and HD doesn't matter sizes really
doesn't have to be thin and sleek
Doesn't matter about keyboard
How much money are you wanting to spend? What are you using it for?
$700 to $900
Web browsing, email, listening to music, watching to YouTube, and very light simple games like a card game basically. It is not for me btw.
Asus ZenBook UX330UA (2017, 8th Gen)
Latest gen core and rated best value at 700$
As much as I hate to advertise for them, Dell's outlet has some great deals going right now.
If you want a little bit better quality, check out the business outlet. The latitudes are on sale as well. I just picked up a nice one for the wife. It was a refurbished model and it looks brand new and comes with a 3 year warranty.
Personally, I HATE to deal with Dell's support, or what they call support anyway. At the same time, the latitude's are very good and easy to find parts for.
This little latitude 7280 will house dual drives (sata and m.2). I know you said you wanted a larger laptop, so check out the Latitude 5580, or something similar.
You can get the Inspiron's cheaper if you like, but they are generally of lesser quality.
MSI have GREAT support, and easy to work with. The quality seems very good (I have used one for work for the last 4 years), but they are generally more focused on gaming.
ASUS are solid units, I have always enjoyed using their products.
I know Lenovo's are popular, and they were once upon a time great, but I have a hard time trusting them personally. They do have an outlet in which you can get a good deal as well.
Newegg has some descent deals.
If you live near a Microcenter, they have some great deals right now.
HERE is an Acer that looks to check all the boxes. I don't know about dual drives, however, but at this price compared to your budget you could buy a larger drive and swap it out.
I hope this helps, good luck with the search. Let us know if you have any questions or perhaps any other preferences.
X1 Yoga OLED. It's a great laptop to start with, but it can be more. Only the fact that I actually use it detached often means the Surface Book is usually my laptop of choice.