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  Reply # 2186978 25-Feb-2019 16:03
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A little outside the budget, but the Toshiba 14" with the 3 Year warranty is around $1650 + GST and is in my opinion, the best value device around. PM me if you want more details. 

 

 


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  Reply # 2186981 25-Feb-2019 16:05
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Dell Latitude is always my first choice for a business laptop. Everyone in my family has one for home/study use too. Personally, I find them to have good anti-glare screens and excellent keyboards even on the thinnest models like my 7370. Very high priced brand new, but often great value refurbished; in fact I've never bought a new one.

 

Online shops I've bought a refurbished Latitude from within the last year are Dell's own NZ outlet store, which only has some 12" screen sizes right now, and remarkit.co.nz which currently has a 7470 with 14" screen (probably 1920x1080), i5, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, for $800 + $50 extra for Windows pre-installed. Pretty good deal, I'd consider it myself if anyone in the family needed an upgrade this year. There are other good online stores with well-priced refurbished units too.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2186987 25-Feb-2019 16:16
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Dell Latitude is always my first choice for a business laptop. Everyone in my family has one for home/study use too. Personally, I find them to have good anti-glare screens and excellent keyboards even on the thinnest models like my 7370. Very high priced brand new, but often great value refurbished; in fact I've never bought a new one.

 

Online shops I've bought a refurbished Latitude from within the last year are Dell's own NZ outlet store, which only has some 12" screen sizes right now, and remarkit.co.nz which currently has a 7470 with 14" screen (probably 1920x1080), i5, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, for $800 + $50 extra for Windows pre-installed. Pretty good deal, I'd consider it myself if anyone in the family needed an upgrade this year. There are other good online stores with well-priced refurbished units too.

 

 

I personally wouldn't touch a Dell for business with a 50 Foot pole, though I accept everyones experience is better. However, wowsers on the price of that 12" model with 16GB for $800. 

 

The only Dell product I like are the Ultrasharp monitors, which I have two of. 

 

 


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  Reply # 2187140 26-Feb-2019 00:10
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geekiegeek:

 

redherring: We use a lot of HP laptops. That Probook looks fine to me. The only issue is the one year warranty, although I recently had one repaired out of warranty by HP support, no questions asked.

 

If you buy from the likes of PB or JB you will also be covered by CGA.

 

 

 

 

Not if it's for business like stated.


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  Reply # 2188237 27-Feb-2019 15:49
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Heres the bottom line
they are ALL made using other manufacturers parts, mostly assembled in other companies factories .
So just pick a famous brand & buy that.

 

Every brand has sold duds. Unless you find someone who has sold & is managing 20 or more of the same exact model & the same exact revision, a
single opinion on a single unit isnt really helpfull (unless its a warning to avoid)

 

They are mostly all riddled with crapware and demos
manufacturers will disable Win's AV & Firewall & install a 30day AV demo that stops working after 30days leaving users unprotected
Its not unusual to need to spend 30minutes cleanup & removing crudware from brand new laptops/pc's .

 

HP : good ph support, terrible driver support pages on the website.
Im reloading one now (an EliteBook) . Driver support so bad as HP have zero idea as to what hardware they put in their own laptops
To get JUST the network & wifi driver, Im given literally 13 different drivers I need to choose from.
HP, just appallingly bad . Even their own website search sometimes cant find current machines.

 

Dell , excellent driver support on the website. Ph support appalling when I last had to deal with them ( many years back admittedly)
In fact so bad, Dell refused to tell me a NZ authorised support centre that I could send a PC to for NON warrranty repairs. So Dell, when out of warranty, forget it.

 


Im not a Mac person, but I wouldnt discourage anyone from buying a Mac.
At least with a Mac you know exactly what youre getting, with long term support.
Windows laptops , honestly its a crap shoot .


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  Reply # 2188284 27-Feb-2019 16:07
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I've used Dell laptops since I worked for them in the UK in the early 00's. They've always been well spec'd and lasted well beyond the 3 years when I've replaced them.

 

I've only needed support once myself when a friend's kid spilt coffee over it not long after we arrived back in NZ. The help desk had me transferred from the European database to the Pacific one and a tech out the same day to replace the keyboard. That was 2004 and I've just pulled it out of the garage to see if it will run, and yep it boots into XP with no problems !

 

A client of mine recently bought an Inspiron from their outlet site. The screen was horrific, we both had headache's after using it for 10 minutes. A tech was sent out the day after he called them to replace the screen. This one was just as bad so he came back the following day to replace the motherboard. No change so he came back the following day with a replacement laptop. We'd worked out in the meantime some of them were being shipped with old TN panels and not IPS screens so we asked for a refund which was paid following day !

 

Everyone has a different story.


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  Reply # 2188287 27-Feb-2019 16:20
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Coil:

 

mdf:

 

I have NSFW feelings for my new Pixelbook, right at that price point. Hardware is incredible. However, I appreciate that some users may struggle to adapt to a new OS. And for business purposes, would clearly be dependent on whether all there are any windows-specific business critical applications.

 

 

I think we need to stick to Windows here due to some software.

 

 

He wants to buy a Mac to run windows? What a funny friend you have!





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  Reply # 2188291 27-Feb-2019 16:27
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I've also had good success with Dell's, and also good experience in the rare cases I've needed a warranty claim (onsite tech). 


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