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I'm looking for  new laptop. Basic needs, email, web browsing, excel, some powerpoint, watching videos. I'm thinking either a Lenovo thinkpad or a Dell Inspiron. i5, 8GB of DDR4, 256 SSD. I want around a 13-14 FHD inch screen. Does anyone have any thoughts or is there something I should upgrade. I think bother offer upgrades in the ram department that I can do myself. I like these brands because they seem to be good in the business world and theis customer support seems like the best out there. I'm not a big HP fan. 

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What are you looking to spend?

 

XPS 13 is a perfect business laptop, but pricey 

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1 minute ago, Slottr said:

What are you looking to spend?

 

XPS 13 is a perfect business laptop, but pricey 

Yeah, those are great but an Inspiron with those specs is about $650 and an XPS is double that. The build quality is better but tat that much better.

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5 minutes ago, MattKnutson84 said:

Yeah, those are great but an Inspiron with those specs is about $650 and an XPS is double that. The build quality is better but tat that much better.

So get the Inspirion then if thats all you're looking to spend

 

If you're trying to stick to ~700, theres the Inspirions, Vivobooks and Thinkpads 

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8 minutes ago, Slottr said:

So get the Inspirion then if thats all you're looking to spend

 

If you're trying to stick to ~700, theres the Inspirions, Vivobooks and Thinkpads 

You prefer the Dell over the Thinkpad?

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11 minutes ago, MattKnutson84 said:

 

You prefer the Dell over the Thinkpad?

I don't really have a preference, I know each Dell and Lenovo have fine laptops and I'd get whatevers in budget and checks all boxes.

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Just now, Slottr said:

I don't really have a preference, I know each Dell and Lenovo have fine laptops and I'd get whatevers in budget and checks all boxes.

Awesome, Thanks!

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XPS 13 (all previous 3 generations 9343/9350/9360) in business environment is not very reliable - I have 7 broken ones at work out of 40 total in use.

i cannot say anything about latest gen (9370?) -  we stopped buying because of the high failure rate.

things that failed on them : power port dying, bent metal frame at bottom corners of screen (cracking after a while), wobbly screen after 1-2 years of usage (can be fixed but you have to take it fully apart), wifi card dying.

 

I tested the dell 7390 & 7490 some months ago and those definitely feel more sturdy. also can be upgraded with additional ram sticks.

lenovo t series is also quite good, but i do not have any recent hands on with them.

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5 hours ago, MattKnutson84 said:

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If you're getting a Dell, I'd suggest getting a Latitude over an Inspiron, I've only heard good things about them, especially in terms of their reliability. Plus it's a proper business machine, instead of the Inspiron which it part of their consumer lineup.

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2 hours ago, Soppro said:

If you're getting a Dell, I'd suggest getting a Latitude over an Inspiron, I've only heard good things about them, especially in terms of their reliability. Plus it's a proper business machine, instead of the Inspiron which it part of their consumer lineup.

Not everyone has the budget to afford it

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I ended up going with a ThinkPad with an i5 8250U quad core CPU and 8GB of 2400 MHz DDr4 and a 256GB M.2 NVME SSD. It is a touch screen 2 in 1 with a built in stylus. I really loike it so far especially the keyboard. Hard to fint a good lapton keyboard with some travel theese days! I think I will upgrade the RAM to 16 GB here and I might need to upgrade the SSD later on but it should be fine for now. If I do though, how simple is it to migrate everything over t thee new SSD?

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23 hours ago, Soppro said:

If you're getting a Dell, I'd suggest getting a Latitude over an Inspiron, I've only heard good things about them, especially in terms of their reliability. Plus it's a proper business machine, instead of the Inspiron which it part of their consumer lineup.

I looked at some Latitude modles annd they looked  awesome. The froblem was the price. Since they are targeted more for business use, I guess they assume businessed will pay more. Thay do have some features like the ability to dock and other video outs like VGA, but to get the same spec as my ThinkPad it was almost twice the prce. The thinkpad I gat was $899 and the same spec Latitude was $1499. However the Latitude had the i5 8400H vs my i5 8250U. So more powerful processor, but I dont need it for my use case and the battery life is much better with the "U" series. It is still quad core with eight threads and can boost to 3.6 GHz so I'm happy.

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