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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 03:39 PM - Thread Starter
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Can't decide on any laptop for studying.

I've been wanting a laptop for a while now. I just can't figure out what I want and how much I want to spend. I'm trying to learn Spanish and need to hit up Khan Academy. I'm currently using Duolingo and tried Rosetta Stone for a bit. I've got a Steam game called Influent, which I think is fairly low system requirements. It's for language learning. I'm looking into getting a cnc programming program and it doesn't support the scaling my 4k monitor has. Which is another reason to get one. I don't know when or if I will ever go to college.

I currently live in a noisy house and have been thinking about studying in my car or something along those lines. (Study motivation/hunger/sleep never line up well)

Lets see. I think I want a 12", maybe 13-15" size screen, long battery, portable, no lap burning. I like the looks of the Apple macbook air and Razer laptops. But I have a mac mini (early 2009 I think) and it's just terrible and the Cheapest Razer laptop is like $1300. I have a old Dell Inspiron 1440 and even though the specs seem ok, it's slow as heck at even the simplest things and I don't understand why. The battery only lasted about 2 years. I think it was bought in 2009. It's also very heavy and flimsy feeling.

I've seen (online anyways) the Microsoft Surface Book gen 1, but there is Gen 2 now... Which is as much as a Razer. Lenovo Carbon X1... Dell XPS... I don't know how much I really want to spend. $1000 max + tax for something what was really worth it, but spending closer to $500-600 would be nicer.

Does someone have any ideas for me?

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For your mentioned use, I wouldn't even consider a Razer or even the XPS.

I'd get a Thinkpad. And if you're in the US, I'd get on the phone with the manufacturer and haggle with them to get the best price.
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Quote: Originally Posted by runway07r View Post
For your mentioned use, I wouldn't even consider a Razer or even the XPS.

I'd get a Thinkpad. And if you're in the US, I'd get on the phone with the manufacturer and haggle with them to get the best price.
I almost bought a Surface Laptop 2 for $799, but they were out of stock. (i5, 8gb ram, 128ssd, touchscreen, long battery, very portable) Amazon is also out of stock but sometimes you have the ability to order one, but get it at the end of the month. (backorder?) I'm not much of a talking on phone type of person. I'd probably just go to the store and buy whatever. What Thinkpad did you have in mind?

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i'd build a sound booth with with an insulated air duct

https://www.amazon.com/FoamEngineeri.../dp/B07HHWGNB1
If it was possible to do, I probably would. But it's not my house and supposedly moving in a year or so.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Higgins909 View Post
I almost bought a Surface Laptop 2 for $799, but they were out of stock. (i5, 8gb ram, 128ssd, touchscreen, long battery, very portable) Amazon is also out of stock but sometimes you have the ability to order one, but get it at the end of the month. (backorder?) I'm not much of a talking on phone type of person. I'd probably just go to the store and buy whatever. What Thinkpad did you have in mind?
The E series seems to be a good choice. You can always chat with them.
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I think you can't go wrong with any cheap laptop as long as its either ryzen apu or i5 8th generation plus. If you don't mind minimum 6th gen -7th gen laptop, I'm certain you could get some for pretty bargain basement pricing. Possibly could get it for free too. This could hold you till the next generation of laptop cpu's come out. If the next I9/Ryzen 7 become 8core/16threads then 6core should become mainstream and affordable.

I've been trying to figure what to do with my Surface Pro 4 (i7 Model) for the longest time. I bought it for travelling but turns out I don't travel much. Then I had to buy an alienware 15r2 for professional exams. It's sits there literally unused as result. So both the alienware and surface pro 4 have to be disposed of at some point.
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Personally I've always bought in the $300-$500 range of laptop as anything more expensive than that you are usually overpaying, less than that and you'll usually get what exactly that, a less than $300 laptop which are usually garbage in terms of performance. So for Intel I'd avoid anything with a Celeron like the plague, Pentium laptops are fine for the most part if you can get a model with Hyperthreading (not sure if the Hyperthreaded Pentiums have made it to laptops to be honest) but really the sweet spot would be i3-i5 if you can find a clearance on an older model. AMD just avoid anything with an A4, A6, A8 and A10. A12's are alright but you'd be better off if you can find a Ryzen U model with the Vega APU as it'll perform much better, but Ryzen laptop's at least in my experience are like trying to find a unicorn on Mars.

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I ended up getting a Lenovo Thinkpad L380 Yoga. I already see some pros and cons. Right now I can't get the usb c charging cable out. runway07r do you have any ideas?
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I ended up getting a Lenovo Thinkpad L380 Yoga. I already see some pros and cons. Right now I can't get the usb c charging cable out. runway07r do you have any ideas?
Don't pull it out via the cable. Gently wiggle it out from the charging head. Btw, where'd you get it? Were you able to negotiate a good price?
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I'd go with a lenovo that doesn't use USB-C(classic USB shaped charger ftw). We're seeing high failure rate on the ports on multiple different manufacturer devices. Specially HP's USB-C docks... Which is almost as bad as HP's 3.5mm jack charger.

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