Once again looking for a laptop.

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  1. KingVamp
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    The other only lasted about 2 years, until something happened to the display. Was a good laptop otherwise. Never had the motivation or money to get it fix. Mostly the motivation. Been getting by with a tablet, but now I want a laptop again.

    Certainly looking at this, but the thing is, I don't know what brand to trust and want more advice.

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    Trying to stay below $500. Latest I3 to I5 processor.
     
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    Had/have both of them. Work just fine.
     
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    I have an Asus laptop which is ehhh... not very good for the price, maybe worth it if you lower the price,
     
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    I think these laptops are a bit out of price range, but in the future if you've got 2000+ bucks to spend on a laptop, DO NOT buy anything that has MSI logo on it.

    Source: I own one and it's a piece of shit!
     
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    I don't trust Hp and not sure about Dell. Anyone own these laptops brands?
    What were the price and specs of that laptop?


    Yeah, never going spend $2000, shoot, not even $1000 for a laptop. I'll just buy or built a PC at that point. Also, yeah, I think I already knew about MSI. Lol
     
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    Lenovo (and Alienware for that matter) is Dell, and are very popular.
    Asus are popular too and I've rarely had to fix any.
    I forget who owns Clevo but they're crappy and I'm always having to fix them.
    Acer make decent spec laptops at a decent price, although some complain of build quality (referring to the chassis) and other things, although my dad's Acer is still going strong after several years of daily use (a SSD upgrade helped) so I stand by it.
    HP like to think they're a more "premium" brand and often add extra features/gimmicks like integrated control panels/buttons and stuff, but they seem the most likely to have bad design and cooling issues and tend to run pricey.
    Toshiba tend to be cheaper business class laptops. They work, but tend not to have amazing specs. Well priced usually.
    MSI target the enthusiast/gamer market. Giving gamer grade laptops at a not-too-unreasonable price means they have to cut corners somewhere, and sometimes I think they should spend less on aesthetics and more on stability.
    Sony Vaio I've not seen in a long time but they tended to only offer premium laptops with fairly solid design and stability.
    Microsoft Surface acts as a good compromise between laptops and tablets. I've seen some Lenovo and HP designs that tried to imitate this but tend to cost far too much.

    Something to remember is that all of the above companies do not MAKE laptops, they ASSEMBLE laptops. Just like desktop PCs, they all have motherboards, CPU, RAM, HDD/SSD, and other parts that are put together in a plastic chassis to make a complete product. All those parts are made by other companies (e.g. many laptops will use Foxconn motherboards which are always crappy) and all laptops (even Macs) have a 15-30% failure rate within 3 years. All that really matters in picking a laptop are the specs.

    Is the CPU strong enough to run your apps?
    Does it have enough RAM? Is there enough storage?
    If you're gaming or doing video editing, does it have a discreet GPU for better graphics performance?
    Is a 13" screen enough for you or do you need a 21" laptop?
    Does it have enough storage? Do you need the speed of a SSD or Hybrid drive?
    Is the laptop light and portable to take around? Will the battery last? (note that batteries tend to die every 3-5 years and may need replacing that often)
    These points, and budget, tend to be the main things to think about when choosing a laptop. So look at the specs first, not the brand.
     
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    Eh, wrong thread.
     
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    This is my laptop. Link
    What do you think?
     
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    It's a very nice laptop and you should be very happy with it. My only criticism is that 2-in-1 laptops can get dirty very easily so you need to be careful with how you treat it or you may find yourself cleaning it fairly often.

    If you feel that the laptop is a little slow 6-12 months down the line, you can consider swapping the HDD out for a SSD or SSHD for a performance boost, although it's not really necessary.
     
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    Cool and I see what you mean. Got the sliver one and not all black too. I try to be careful regardless. Wasn't even looking for a 2 in 1, but it can be very convenient. Just the touchscreen alone. They are both good features.

    Yeah, the salesman said the same thing, but I prefer space. As long as it doesn't fail or the computer doesn't slow down too much, I'm probably keeping this hard drive.