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I need to purchase a laptop for school next year, as I am doing an "online" course within school. I am willing to spend up to $1800 NZD, it also must be on an NZ website as importing expensive goods into NZ comes with huge taxes. For example I had to pay $130 to get my headphones released from customs........ 

 

I've looked at quite a few laptops, quite like this (http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=918/ID=27054/SID=615786275/productdetails.html) on the pricey side though.

 

Some good websites in NZ

 

pbtech.co.nz

playtech.co.nz

computerlounge.co.nz

elive.co.nz

 

 

Thanks! 

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Hi,

 

 

I need to purchase a laptop for school next year, as I am doing an "online" course within school. I am willing to spend up to $1800 NZD, it also must be on an NZ website as importing expensive goods into NZ comes with huge taxes. For example I had to pay $130 to get my headphones released from customs........ 

 

I've looked at quite a few laptops, quite like this (http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=918/ID=27054/SID=615786275/productdetails.html) on the pricey side though.

 

Some good websites in NZ

 

pbtech.co.nz

playtech.co.nz

computerlounge.co.nz

elive.co.nz

 

 

Thanks! 

how about buying from australia?

http://www.venomcomputers.com.au/

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Why avoid Asus?

They have some of the best support out there as far as tech goes and they make their own motherboards for all of their laptops. I agree the zen book would be poor for gaming but I'm sure there are some ROG gaming computers that would work.

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Forgot to mention, it needs to be light...and nothing more than 14inch. Sorry! 

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how about buying from australia?

http://www.venomcomputers.com.au/

 

Just saying, Venom is overpriced. You can get much cheaper Clevos from Metabox.

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Why avoid Asus?

They have some of the best support out there as far as tech goes and they make their own motherboards for all of their laptops. I agree the zen book would be poor for gaming but I'm sure there are some ROG gaming computers that would work.

Asus have the single WORST customer support friend. A guy bought the RoG GL552 and it's been 2 months since he sent it for RMA and hasn't heard back.

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Celestial (Laptop 1) CPU:i7 4720HQ GPU:GTX 860M 4GB RAM:2x4GB SK Hynix DDR3Storage: 250GB 850 EVO Model:Lenovo Y50-70
Seraph (Laptop 2) CPU:i7 6700HQ GPU:GTX 970M 3GB RAM:2x8GB DDR4Storage: 256GB Samsung 951 + 1TB Toshiba HDD Model:Asus GL502VT

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Archangel (Desktop) CPU: i5 4590 GPU:Asus R9 280  3GB RAM:HyperX Beast 2x4GBPSU:SeaSonic S12G 750W Mobo:GA-H97m-HD3 Case:CM Silencio 650 Storage:1 TB WD Red
Celestial (Laptop 1) CPU:i7 4720HQ GPU:GTX 860M 4GB RAM:2x4GB SK Hynix DDR3Storage: 250GB 850 EVO Model:Lenovo Y50-70
Seraph (Laptop 2) CPU:i7 6700HQ GPU:GTX 970M 3GB RAM:2x8GB DDR4Storage: 256GB Samsung 951 + 1TB Toshiba HDD Model:Asus GL502VT

Windows 10 is now MSX! - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/440190-can-we-start-calling-windows-10/page-6

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My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

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You just love lenovo Y-series don't you.

Solid laptops for a good price. What's not to love?

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Celestial (Laptop 1) CPU:i7 4720HQ GPU:GTX 860M 4GB RAM:2x4GB SK Hynix DDR3Storage: 250GB 850 EVO Model:Lenovo Y50-70
Seraph (Laptop 2) CPU:i7 6700HQ GPU:GTX 970M 3GB RAM:2x8GB DDR4Storage: 256GB Samsung 951 + 1TB Toshiba HDD Model:Asus GL502VT

Windows 10 is now MSX! - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/440190-can-we-start-calling-windows-10/page-6

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Solid laptops for a good price. What's not to love?

It's not a Thinkpad xD

But yeah i know how you feel, if I could upgrade my cpu and gpu in my T420s i would do that over getting a new thinkpad.

Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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Get the Lenovo Y40 it's a good pc

Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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Cannot get it in NZ, and importing is not an option.

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Cannot get it in NZ, and importing is not an option.

Any Lenovo would be a great option, they have the best keyboards you can get on a laptop and they are great build.

Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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Any Lenovo would be a great option, they have the best keyboards you can get on a laptop and they are great build.

I went through like 5 lenovo laptops all with awful screen issues. They had horrible driver support. 

 

The only reason lenovo is the number one laptop maker in the world is because they use china to boost their sales. 

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I went through like 5 lenovo laptops all with awful screen issues. They had horrible driver support. 

 

The only reason lenovo is the number one laptop maker in the world is because they use china to boost their sales. 

0 screen issues or driver issues with the Y-series thus far. Have seen several units.

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Celestial (Laptop 1) CPU:i7 4720HQ GPU:GTX 860M 4GB RAM:2x4GB SK Hynix DDR3Storage: 250GB 850 EVO Model:Lenovo Y50-70
Seraph (Laptop 2) CPU:i7 6700HQ GPU:GTX 970M 3GB RAM:2x8GB DDR4Storage: 256GB Samsung 951 + 1TB Toshiba HDD Model:Asus GL502VT

Windows 10 is now MSX! - http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/440190-can-we-start-calling-windows-10/page-6

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I went through like 5 lenovo laptops all with awful screen issues. They had horrible driver support. 

 

The only reason lenovo is the number one laptop maker in the world is because they use china to boost their sales. 

I have had 0 problems with my T420s or my thinkpad before that one, and none of my friends with Lenovo have had any problems. 

You are saying that Lenovo is only number one because of China let me tell you something. They have the best keyboards you can get on any laptop, they are number 1 in business laptops because they are really well build, I once droped my laptop from 7 meters not a single mark on it. They have a really good price to performance. There is not a PC company that comes close to the build quality Lenovo PC's has, I have tested 400$ lenovo pc vs 400$ asus and 800$ lenovo vs 800$ dell and 1600$ lenovo vs 1600$ business HP and lenovo was by far the one with the best build quality.

Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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Im gonna recommend a business class laptops 
 

 

1) Hp EliteBook 840

The reason I reccoment the HP EliteBook is that at my school (I am part of the student IT Commit / IT Support ) we have had lots of laptops come in for servicing from staff as they keep breaking them but the HP laptops have only come in when staff get virus etc. we have had one come back with physical damage and that is because a staff member dropped it from a decently high place 

I know they don't have amazing price to performance but they are quite durable compared to others 

 

2) Dell Latitude E series Premium Business Notebook

I would recommend this as they are strong and durable as I am in charge of some laptops at the school including some dell E5520 which are student laptops and I have only had to fix user issues on these things (with one exception of a cable on the inside of one of them being loose) 

these seem to have better price to performance than the HP laptops 

 

but basically my recommendation for a laptop being used at school would be either a really cheep easy to replace laptop (like chromebook or budget windows laptops) as they are cheep to replace if damaged or a business class (or sturdy) laptop as they will be strong 

 

PS I really hate how much they have increased import in nz taxes recently

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Just get any business grade laptop and you should be fine.

Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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