Hey crew, I know these posts are a dime a dozen and I'm sorry to add to that but I'm hella struggling with the myriad options when it come to buying a laptop. (I've never owned one before - who knew there were so many iterations of each model type?! - especially for mid-range pricing and specs)
I'd like to buy it tomorrow (Sunday) and it's probably going to be from PB Tech because they are close to my shop, have a fairly decent range and are open on Sundays (I can't imagine going to Noel Leeming or one of those generic homewares stores but feel free to tell me I'm a fool).
The laptop will primarily be for business use, won't get much travel other than work <> home, and won't need to be portable while at work. I'm mostly going to do general admin stuff and a little bit of design work (once I can convince myself to join Adobe's infernal subscription scheme). The kids (or I) will probably pop a game or two on there but we have consoles for more intense gaming. Can't think of any reason I would need an optical drive. Not interested in an Apple product and probably couldn't afford one anyway.
Budget is a pretty meagre $1500(ish) because I have other stuff I need to buy. Super strapped for time so don't want to have to do upgrades myself right now.
Nearly everything I have read suggests Lenovo or Dell as preferred brands, although obviously individual models differ, and those brands seem to be more expensive, which I guess makes sense. Avoiding Acer after reading comments in this forum.
I reckon ideal minimum specs along the lines of: i5, 8gb ram, 256gb SSD, 15inch screen
So far I'm looking at something along these lines:
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Business Laptop 13.3" Intel i5-7200U 8GB DDR4 256GB SSD $1,219.00 [Small screen and older processor but reflected in price]
ASUS VivoBook X405UQ-BM190T in Grey Colour 14" 1080p FullHD Intel i7-7500U 8GB 256GB SSD NO-DVD GT940MX 2GB Graphics Win10Home $1,444.00
Lenovo ThinkPad L470 14" 1080p FullHD Intel i5-7200U 8GB 256GB PCIe SSD NO-DVD Win10Pro $1,479.19 [I heard the T series is way better build quality but out of my price range]
HP 15-bs516TX Laptop 15.6" 1080p FullHD Intel i7-7500U 8GB 256GB M.2 SSD Radeon R530 2GB Graphics NO-DVD $1,263.85 [Does HP have reliability issues? Can easily upgrade Win10 to pro if necessary]
HP Probook 450 G5 Business Laptop 15.6" 1080p FullHD Intel i7-8550U 8GB 256GB SSD NO-DVD GT930MX 2GB Graphics Win10Pro $1,552.50
Apologies again for the novella. I totally understand if no one reads or replies :) but HUGE THANKS if you do.