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Looking to buy new lighter laptop; I need some recommendations on options from a non-Chinese company

I am helping my buddy find a new laptop for his wife. She is using some older Apple laptop and was looking for something similar. She already has a beefier laptop for her engineering work but is looking for something something lighter, emphasis on the lap part. Criteria:

  • Smaller and lighter a plus since she is a 90 pound Vietnamese woman
  • A price range wasn't given to me but I would imagine a budget of $1,000
  • Nothing needed high end graphics wise since this is just causally web surfing and shopping
  • Options from a non-Chinese company because she would prefer to not support the genocide of the Uighur population

You can hate on that last bullet point but if I don't have to directly support it then I don't feel as complicit. I realize that to a certain extent, the supply chain of parts makes it unavoidable but still.

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8 minutes ago, The_Other_Cody said:

I am helping my buddy find a new laptop for his wife. She is using some older Apple laptop and was looking for something similar. She already has a beefier laptop for her engineering work but is looking for something something lighter, emphasis on the lap part. Criteria:

  • Smaller and lighter a plus since she is a 90 pound Vietnamese woman
  • A price range wasn't given to me but I would imagine a budget of $1,000
  • Nothing needed high end graphics wise since this is just causally web surfing and shopping
  • Options from a non-Chinese company because she would prefer to not support the genocide of the Uighur population

You can hate on that last bullet point but if I don't have to directly support it then I don't feel as complicit. I realize that to a certain extent, the supply chain of parts makes it unavoidable but still.

If she already using apple then macbook air m1 would be mine choice

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Given the fact that she needs a light laptop for web-browsing and online shopping (thus not using many applications and resources), the MacBook Air M1 base model will satisfy her in every way. Not to mention that it will be a tremendous performance and efficiency upgrade. And it's probably the most non-Chinese thing that you can buy.

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36 minutes ago, The_Other_Cody said:

I am helping my buddy find a new laptop for his wife. She is using some older Apple laptop and was looking for something similar. She already has a beefier laptop for her engineering work but is looking for something something lighter, emphasis on the lap part. Criteria:

  • Smaller and lighter a plus since she is a 90 pound Vietnamese woman
  • A price range wasn't given to me but I would imagine a budget of $1,000
  • Nothing needed high end graphics wise since this is just causally web surfing and shopping
  • Options from a non-Chinese company because she would prefer to not support the genocide of the Uighur population

You can hate on that last bullet point but if I don't have to directly support it then I don't feel as complicit. I realize that to a certain extent, the supply chain of parts makes it unavoidable but still.

Everything is Chinese nowadays

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2 minutes ago, Biomecanoid said:

Everything is Chinese nowadays

chinese made

but I think asus still makes their's in taiwan

 

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umm vaio is a great option for something

also not chinese made

https://us.vaio.com/collections/vaio-sx12

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16 hours ago, Triedtotypetheshrugemoji said:

Just buy the new M1 air? great battery life and outperforms nearly all other laptops in single thread so should be like lightning for what she's doing.

 

17 hours ago, LpoolTech said:

If she already using apple then macbook air m1 would be mine choice

 

17 hours ago, Benji said:

Given the fact that she needs a light laptop for web-browsing and online shopping (thus not using many applications and resources), the MacBook Air M1 base model will satisfy her in every way. Not to mention that it will be a tremendous performance and efficiency upgrade. And it's probably the most non-Chinese thing that you can buy.

 

16 hours ago, Triedtotypetheshrugemoji said:

Just buy the new M1 air? great battery life and outperforms nearly all other laptops in single thread so should be like lightning for what she's doing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/12/29/lens-technology-apple-uighur/

 

The plan was to not get something Chinese based, this includes Apple too since their supply chain has been tied to forced labor camps. Ya'll not keep up with the news?

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17 hours ago, sub68 said:

chinese made

but I think asus still makes their's in taiwan

 

 

17 hours ago, sub68 said:

umm vaio is a great option for something

also not chinese made

https://us.vaio.com/collections/vaio-sx12

Thanks for the suggestions, I will dig into these options and see what I can stir up.

 

Unfortunately, I agree that most everything is Chinese made to one extent or another but if I can avoid companies directly like Apple or Xiaomi I will try, at least for my friend's sake.

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1 minute ago, The_Other_Cody said:

The plan was to not get something Chinese based, this includes Apple too since their supply chain has been tied to forced labor camps. Ya'll not keep up with the news?

Neither do you because you can't buy anything today that isn't Chinese-made. And the issue isn't just limited to certain cities, apparently, so it is best for both of you to buy simply nothing. Nothing comes with components that aren't Chinese-made.

Also, exclude Huawei then because of their facial recognition. And that you avoid Apple is something that you should've said earlier because it is the best device in this class. Finding something that applies to your last bullet point is virtually impossible.

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4 minutes ago, The_Other_Cody said:

but if I can avoid companies directly like Apple or Xiaomi I will try, at least for my friend's sake.

good luck

4 minutes ago, The_Other_Cody said:

Thanks for the suggestions, I will dig into these options and see what I can stir up.

no problem

also wired rabbit hole

panasonic toughbook CF-SV8

most toughtbooks are made in taiwan(I think).

only problem I think this is a japan model only (and uses JIS layout so...)

it run's windows 10 and 8th gen intel's so might be good

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Cameras main canon xti Secondary Panasonic GX85 spare Samsung ST68 and nikion s4000

 

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HP compaq 8300 prebuilt - Intel i5-3470 - 8GB ram - 500GB HDD - bluray drive

 

old windows 7 gaming desktop - Intel i5 2400 - lenovo CIH61M V:1.0 - 4GB ram - 1TB HDD - dual DVD roms 

 

main laptop acer e5 15 - Intel i3 7th gen - 16GB ram - 1TB HDD - dvd drive                                                                     

 

school laptop lenovo 300e chromebook 2nd gen - Intel celeron - 4GB ram - 32GB SSD 

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