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Ultimate Geek
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# 249008 19-Apr-2019 11:17
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Hi Guys,


My sister is looking at getting a laptop this weekend (so special Easter deals are a go). She is looking for:


  • Windows (only platform for a couple of programs she needs)
  • An SSD - doesn't need huge storage, speed is the priority
  • Easily portable (i.e. thin and not huge)
  • Good battery life
  • A nice screen (good resolution/colour)
  • Good 'daily' performance (it's not going to be used for gaming, but potentially 'heavy' general use.  The less manufacturer bloatware the better!)

Budget of $1,500 - what's the best thing around for that price? 

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Ultimate Geek
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  # 2221062 19-Apr-2019 11:26
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Slightly more than you budget, but this is a good one


I have been using this model since it came out never had any problems the main selling point for me was the 3 year HP waranty on all parts, as well as the Tech comes to you to repair it.


I have also just purchased another for my sister to replace her macbook and she loves it as she now has a device that she can dock at home and at work alot easier.


There was a guy selling brand new ones on Trade me for $1450ish with a dock from memory.



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Uber Geek
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  # 2221063 19-Apr-2019 11:27
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Surface Laptop
Dell XPS13

Both are around that price depending on what specs
SL seems to be about 1300 for i5/8/128 but personally I'd pay the extra to jump up to 256


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Ultimate Geek
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  # 2221599 21-Apr-2019 09:01
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Thanks guys,




That Elitebook was too much of a stretch - but looks very nice.


She went with a Surface Laptop 2 for $1250 for the 128GB - given what it will be used for the 80GB useable is sufficient for her needs.

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Master Geek
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  # 2221609 21-Apr-2019 10:16
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Good choice, my daughter chose the same and has been very happy with it.

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