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As the title suggests, my Mum uses apple for her work. However, she needs an upgrade and has decided to make the jump to windows (after a fair amount of persuasion) 

She works as the head of a school and as such needs to use excel, word, ppx and chrome. The budget is anywhere up to £1000 and it needs to have good cooling, portability and be a distinct upgrade from the amazing (/s) 2gh i7, ddr3 1600 8gb and 250gb hdd that is in her macbook. Preferably 1tb of storage and an ssd.

Also, as she is quite materialistic, it'd be good if it was slim (ish) and looked nice.

 

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Well, xps sounds like a good option here. You could try hackingtosh windows dual boot for her. Not sure if it would work, I'm not that much into hackingtoshes

 

But I'll add @GeneXiS_X here just to be sure, and for some more options

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An HP spectre might be a good upgrade.

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Just now, LukeSavenije said:

Well, xps sounds like a good option here. You could try hackingtosh windows dual boot for her. Not sure if it would work, I'm not that much into hackingtoshes

She'd be better going full windows as all the school systems use it

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3 minutes ago, HK - 47 said:

She'd be better going full windows as all the school systems use it

Yeah, then it would be a good choise. But consider the option. A xps is still a windows system

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HP Envy 13 looks good, 1 TB of storage is a bit of a stretch at 1k pounds though, you should be able to find a ton of laptops with the i5-8250U, 8 GB of ram and a 512 GB SSD and just pick the one she likes the look of best

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8 minutes ago, HK - 47 said:

As the title suggests, my Mum uses apple for her work. However, she needs an upgrade and has decided to make the jump to windows (after a fair amount of persuasion) 

She works as the head of a school and as such needs to use excel, word, ppx and chrome. The budget is anywhere up to £1000 and it needs to have good cooling, portability and be a distinct upgrade from the amazing (/s) 2gh i7, ddr3 1600 8gb and 250gb hdd that is in her macbook. Preferably 1tb of storage and an ssd.

Also, as she is quite materialistic, it'd be good if it was slim (ish) and looked nice.

 

Thanks

Honestly, for that kind of workload her current machine is just fine. Put an ssd in it and it will run like a race car.

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10 minutes ago, Sauron said:

Honestly, for that kind of workload her current machine is just fine. Put an ssd in it and it will run like a race car.

Mx500 and 860 evo are pretty cheap rn. Just to add

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13 minutes ago, mikat said:

HP Envy 13 looks good, 1 TB of storage is a bit of a stretch at 1k pounds though, you should be able to find a ton of laptops with the i5-8250U, 8 GB of ram and a 512 GB SSD and just pick the one she likes the look of best

I jumped the gun by saying 1tb as she was saying she'd run out of space. Turns out, she's used 80gb so storage isnt an issue

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Preferred max weight, display size and min battery life? Mind low sRGB display? Any other requirements?

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5 hours ago, GeneXiS_X said:

Preferred max weight, display size and min battery life? Mind low sRGB display? Any other requirements?

Max weight: Anything that means the laptop can be comfortably transported

Display size: Anything

Min battery life: 8h

Don't mind low rgb display

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If you want detailed info on battery life, go to Notebookcheck and check out reviews

 

*with HDD+SSD combo

 

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Lenovo Ideapad 530s 15 81EV005CUK

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*Acer Swift 3 SF315-52

*Acer Aspire 5 A515-52

 

Not a good value but still good models:

Lenovo Thinkpad L380 - i5-8250U, FHD IPS, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 65W charger

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13 hours ago, GeneXiS_X said:

If you want detailed info on battery life, go to Notebookcheck and check out reviews

 

*with HDD+SSD combo

 

High sRGB IPS:

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Dell XPS 13 9360 - soldered RAM

Dell Latitude 7390 - might get low sRGB IPS

Lenovo Yoga 730/720 13 - soldered RAM

Lenovo Yoga S730 13 81J0002MUK - soldered RAM

Asus UX490UAR - soldered RAM

Asus UX433FA - soldered RAM

*Asus UX561UN

Asus UX430UA - soldered RAM

Asus UX410UA - soldered RAM

Lenovo Thinkpad L380 Yoga - i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 65W charger

HP Envy 13-ah0001na - mediocre cooling (if dGPU is under load), soldered RAM

Asus UX331UA

Acer Spin 5 13 SP513-52N-53HQ - soldered RAM

Low sRGB IPS:

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*Lenovo Thinkpad A485 - R5-2500U, FHD IPS, 4+4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 24+72Wh battery

HP Elitebook 830/840 G5 - might get high sRGB IPS

*Lenovo Thinkpad L580 - i5-8250U, FHD IPS, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 65W charger

*Lenovo Thinkpad E480/E580 - i5-8250U, FHD IPS, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD (add SSD later)

*Acer Swift 3 SF314-54

Lenovo Ideapad 530s 14 81EU00CJUK

Lenovo Ideapad 530s 15 81EV005CUK

Lenovo Ideapad 520s 14 81BL008KUK 

*Acer Swift 3 SF315-52

*Acer Aspire 5 A515-52

 

Not a good value but still good models:

Lenovo Thinkpad L380 - i5-8250U, FHD IPS, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 65W charger

*Lenovo Thinkpad L480 - i5-8250U, FHD IPS, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD (add SSD later), 65W charger

Lenovo Yoga 530 14

What does "soldered ram" mean, and after checking the storage my mum uses, a combo in no longer needed (she's only used about 100 gb)

Out of these, which would be the best for general use?

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5 hours ago, HK - 47 said:

What does "soldered ram" mean, and after checking the storage my mum uses, a combo in no longer needed (she's only used about 100 gb)

Out of these, which would be the best for general use?

Sorry it should be 'non-upgradable RAM'

 

All options listed are good models, so just try it on hand and see which one your mum liked the most

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On 12/1/2018 at 4:36 PM, Sauron said:

Honestly, for that kind of workload her current machine is just fine. Put an ssd in it and it will run like a race car.

This^

 

If she wants windows use bootcamp and install windows on her macbook.

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I agree with LukeSavenjie's suggestion of a Dell XPS.  I think the power, portability, battery life and design would be perfect for her needs.

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