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Topic # 230418 23-Feb-2018 06:08
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My daughter is off to University this year and needs a new laptop.

 

She is studying Media and Communication and enjoys some gaming.

 

She has found an Asus VivoBook Pro 15 that she thinks would be suitable  (ie good processor and graphics while still being portable)

 

The price is acceptable, but I see it is only Win10 home and I don't know much about Asus as a brand.

 

Any comments or suggestions as to other possibilities?

 

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  Reply # 1962755 23-Feb-2018 10:31
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Windows 10 Home is fine for most non business/enthusiast users. Asus is a well known, well respected brand, better known for their components (e.g. Motherboards, Graphics Cards), but have been making inroads into the laptop market in recent years and have a reasonable reputation with them. I've never had one of their laptops, but after 20 odd years they are still one of my top picks for quality when it comes to PC components. 





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  Reply # 1962796 23-Feb-2018 11:01
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that laptop looks like a good all rounder not to bad for the price either :)  maybe consider swapping out the internal hard drive with an SSD to make it super speedy





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  Reply # 1962800 23-Feb-2018 11:05
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That looks ideal - Win10 Home has 99% of everything in Win10 Pro so go for it!

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  Reply # 1962815 23-Feb-2018 11:40
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That hard drive is going to make it slow as a wet week. If going for it, allow budget for an SSD swap. (160ish for a 256gb, 260ish for a 512gb, plus labour if your not OK to DIY). And maybe an external case for the current HDD so it can be used as a portable HDD>

 

Also if carrying it around classes I would see if you can get your hands on it first to make sure a 15 is OK. Personally if I wanted portable I'd be looking at 13/14" laptops.


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  Reply # 1962983 23-Feb-2018 14:09
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Having been through a couple of times now, I’d concur with peoples thoughts:

1. SSD instead of mechanical hard disk
2. Check weight of machine plus extras when being carried
3. Eyeball the thing to get a feel for strength and whether it’s going to survive being carrier around
4. Repairs for when it breaks and how long - the stress of being without a machine is something you will hear ALL about when it’s broken.




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  Reply # 1963008 23-Feb-2018 14:50
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Was looking at this also a few weeks ago...

 

https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumId=37&topicId=228842

 

ended up going with the Dell, mainly cause it has quite a large battery. Screen is quite reasonable though apparently the Asus one is better.

 

This probably does help much as the Dell was on sale at the time and isn't anymore, but just though I'd mention it.

 

Also time is getting on a bit so you may not be interested or have the time for an overseas order.





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