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HS student hunting for laptop for programming/light CAD ($700-800)

8 hours ago, lolpwnd31 said:

Is the screen really as dim as people make it out to be?

Fine for indoor use

 

For your budget, Swift 3 is probably the best choice. Ideapad 330s 15 is also decent

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My school hands out crappy $80 chromebooks, and they're starting to get on my nerves. I'm also a member of my school's robotics team (we do FRC) and the laptop we use is a garbo $100 laptop as well (2 gb ram AFAIK). I'm looking for something to replace both, preferably around $700-800.

 

I won't be doing any heavy gaming on this; mostly just programming in Java. I might also do some light CAD work if we need to mill out any parts. I'll also be doing schoolwork (mostly just Google Docs) for around 6-7 hrs a day, so good battery life would be nice.

 

I'm looking at the Acer Swift 3 and the Thinkpad E/T480. My main concern is build quality - I've heard that Acer's laptops are poorly built. I'm used to badly built laptops, but considering how infrequently I use them, I'm not sure how they'd hold up to daily use. Bumping up the E480 to an i7 + rx550 seemed enticing but the thermals drove me away from using a dGPU.

 

Do you have any suggestions? Thank you

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19 minutes ago, lolpwnd31 said:

My school hands out crappy $80 chromebooks, and they're starting to get on my nerves. I'm also a member of my school's robotics team (we do FRC) and the laptop we use is a garbo $100 laptop as well (2 gb ram AFAIK). I'm looking for something to replace both, preferably around $700-800.

 

I won't be doing any heavy gaming on this; mostly just programming in Java. I might also do some light CAD work if we need to mill out any parts. I'll also be doing schoolwork (mostly just Google Docs) for around 6-7 hrs a day, so good battery life would be nice.

 

I'm looking at the Acer Swift 3 and the Thinkpad E/T480. My main concern is build quality - I've heard that Acer's laptops are poorly built. I'm used to badly built laptops, but considering how infrequently I use them, I'm not sure how they'd hold up to daily use. Bumping up the E480 to an i7 + rx550 seemed enticing but the thermals drove me away from using a dGPU.

 

Do you have any suggestions? Thank you

https://www.amazon.com/VivoBook-i7-8550U-GeForce-NanoEdge-Display/dp/B07B7VFTN9/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1543015619&sr=1-3&refinements=p_n_operating_system_browse-bin%3A17702486011%2Cp_36%3A2421889011%2Cp_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A7817224011|13580791011|13580790011%2Cp_n_feature_seven_browse-bin%3A3012498011|3012497011 

 

Also it is on sale :)

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5 hours ago, lolpwnd31 said:

I've heard that Acer's laptops are poorly built

Every brand will have bad models. Swift 3 is a decent budget model

 

E480 isn't any different than a regular consumer laptop. Don't get the RX550 model, throttled heavily, performance only on par with Intel iGPU

 

Any preference on weight and display size?


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2 hours ago, GeneXiS_X said:

Every brand will have bad models. Swift 3 is a decent budget model

 

E480 isn't any different than a regular consumer laptop. Don't get the RX550 model, throttled heavily, performance only on par with Intel iGPU

 

Any preference on weight and display size?

At least <15", preferably 14". Weight doesn't really matter.

 

I'll probably bite the bullet on the Acer Swift 3. Is the screen really as dim as people make it out to be?

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8 hours ago, lolpwnd31 said:

Is the screen really as dim as people make it out to be?

Fine for indoor use

 

For your budget, Swift 3 is probably the best choice. Ideapad 330s 15 is also decent


Check out my laptop reviews here

 

My daily driver: Lenovo Legion Y530 [REVIEW]

Spoiler

Intel Core i5-8300H Nvidia GTX1050Ti 2GB LP156WFG-SPB2 144Hz IPS 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM (2x8GB) Samsung PM981 256GB+Seagate 1TB 5400RPM

Check out my blog here

Laptop ODMsClevo, Tongfang, Quanta

 

My Phone: Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite [REVIEW] (Blue, with XUNDD hard case)

Spoiler

SDM710 6GB RAM 128GB ROM 6.39" AMOLED 48MP Sony IMX586 rear (AI triple camera)

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