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Topic # 240757 24-Sep-2018 13:36
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I don't usually worry about this when buying a laptop for someone as I've always bought from Dell.

 

But the last purchase was a disaster. The requirements are pretty simple. A separate number pad which can run typical office tasks and isn't too much of a behemoth to carry around. Obviously it needs to be SSD and preferably 16GB RAM, but 8GB would probably do. It wont game or play movies but is likely to have loads of windows open at the same time.

 

I thought I'd bought all that when getting an Inspiron 5570 two months ago, but the screen was horrendous. I only used it for 10 minutes and had to lie down with the kind of migraine I used to get requiring some serious drugs as a teenager. My colleague lasted for 20 minutes but he had the same problem.

 

Dell replaced the screen but it was no different. They sent a new laptop, but it was no different so they refunded it.

 

It turns out the Inspiron 5000's are all being shipped with TN panels now, leaving the IPS's to the 7000 which adds another $1000 on to the price.

 

So what can I get that isn't a Dell for around $1500 that has an IPS panel ?

 

Ive never bought from anywhere else so wouldn't know where to start looking other than TradeMe but I want a proper warranty and support for this on.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2095525 24-Sep-2018 14:09
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I'd highly recommend looking at a HP Probook 450 G5 with a 1080p screen. 

Something like this guy here. 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NBKHNB4256669S/HP-Probook-450-G5-Business-Laptop-156-1080p-FullHD

 

 

 

I'm unsure if those are IPS panels, but I've used a few and been very happy with the quality. Like anything though, it's all subjective. Could you go somewhere where there would be one on display?

 

Edit - looking at HP's blurb, I don't think so. 

 


Edit again - I don't think you'll get a 15.6" IPS panel in that price range. 


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  Reply # 2095545 24-Sep-2018 14:34
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I have an Elitebook 830 G5 which is nice but it's price is a little higher than that.

 

 


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  Reply # 2096144 25-Sep-2018 13:45
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I am also looking at purchasing a laptop... looking at the following two options... only difference really is the processor and one being touch screen;

 

https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers-tablets/laptops/laptop/hp-15-cx0031tx-15-6-pavilion-power-laptop/prod163363.html#prodSpecs

 

https://www.harveynorman.co.nz/computers/laptops/hp-envy-x360-15-bq003au-2-in-1-laptop.html

 

Thoughts?


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  Reply # 2096607 26-Sep-2018 10:02
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I just brought the wife a Surface Laptop and it's very nice.  Only real down sides are no usb c or thunderbolt support which could be an issue if you plan to use a docking station.  MS are announcing new devices next week so that could all change then.


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  Reply # 2098908 30-Sep-2018 20:25
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Remember that U processors are low power, you might want to look for an 8300H, i7 8750H or any of the H processors if you need high power.. Personally I'm looking at a Dell G3.


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  Reply # 2099007 30-Sep-2018 22:42
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i have the elitebok 840 G5 with the i5-8250 and i love it, its so much faster than my old 840 G2

 

i have how ever added another 8gb of ram which gives me 16GB in total, a new evo 970 SSD and a LTE module as well for portability

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NBKHNB4094120/HP-Elitebook-840-G5-Business-Ultrabook-14-1080p-Fu

 

you can pick that up for 1900 and it comes with a 3 year warranty usually next day onsite repair which was a big selling point for me,

 

my old 840 G2 is still under warranty to this day and has had the track pad and keyboard replaced due to a spill from the previous owner


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  Reply # 2100750 3-Oct-2018 12:56
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sparkz25:

 

i have the elitebok 840 G5 with the i5-8250 and i love it, its so much faster than my old 840 G2

 

i have how ever added another 8gb of ram which gives me 16GB in total, a new evo 970 SSD and a LTE module as well for portability

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NBKHNB4094120/HP-Elitebook-840-G5-Business-Ultrabook-14-1080p-Fu

 

you can pick that up for 1900 and it comes with a 3 year warranty usually next day onsite repair which was a big selling point for me,

 

my old 840 G2 is still under warranty to this day and has had the track pad and keyboard replaced due to a spill from the previous owner

 

 

 

 

For the last couple of years, I have yet to have a comprehensive response to why people should bother getting an LTE version of a laptop/tablet. Didn't the good lord invent Hotspotting for a reason?


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  Reply # 2100772 3-Oct-2018 13:18
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The reason is convenience. With 2 degrees you can share your mobile data with 5 extra sim cards for no cost. This means with a lte tablet or laptop you just turn it on and start using it. With the hotspot you have to turn on hotspot, wait for tablet to connect and then wait a bit longer for good luck. Your phone battery then drains faster and you then have to turn the hotspot off at the end. If all you want to do is to a quick email then you just give up and use your phone.

I badly want a lte version of the surface go but i don't think they released one today and even if they did i suspect it's too expensive for me.

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