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#268513 23-Mar-2020 13:54
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Looking for some advice on which laptop to get. I want something grunty for business/working from home reason. I want good quality that does not feel cheap. Any suggestions?

 

 

 

ASUS X540UB-DM227T 15.6" FHD i5-8250U 8GB 256GB SSD MX110 Win10 Home

 

https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=2585509526

 

HP 15-da0066cl Laptop 15.6" Intel i7-8550U 8GB 2TB HDD DVDRW Win10

 

https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=2580650082

 

 

 

HP 15s-du0034tu 15.6" Intel i5-8265U 8GB 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD NO-DVD Win10Home 64bit 1yr warranty - 1.74kg, Silver colour

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NBKHNB150034/HP-15s-du0034tu-156-Intel-i5-8265U-8GB-256GB-PCIe

 

 


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  #2444738 23-Mar-2020 17:40
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Buy something now before you miss out.  Seriously.

 

The PCIe NVME drive makes any laptop hum along nicely.  It might be nice to be able to add a second storage drive for more space for music/movies etc if you think that would be handy.





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  #2444878 23-Mar-2020 20:19
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Personally, the only one I'd be considering is the first one as it's the only one with a Full HD display as far as I can tell. The 3rd option isn't clear what the resolution is but says this "with the great image quality and high-definition detail of 1 million pixels.". That says to me 1366x768. Only one for certain with 1920x1080 or higher is the first one.

But then my number 1 requirement is a Full HD display. Modern CPUs are all fast enough (unless you have some specific needs). Memory 8GB minimum. More is always better.

Other things I look for are user serviceable hard drive and memory. Would try for NVMe drive (cause they are great) but wouldn't be as high on my list as others probably. SSD is a must but I'd be happy to add that myself....as long as user serviceable hard drive which almost all are.

 
 
 
 


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  #2444952 23-Mar-2020 21:10
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Forget the "HP 15-da0066cl", no SSD/NVME no buy.

 

The other 2 are much the same with the "HP 15s-du0034tu" having a slightly higher boost clock for the cpu but also being slightly heavier/thicker than the "ASUS X540UB-DM227T".

 

Based on your aprox max price I'd go with these criteria for trademe purchase:

 

  • i5/i7 8th gen cpu
  • 256mb storage, 500gb preferred.
  • 8gb ram min.
  • PING payment option offer TM refund in case of fraud.
  • FHD 1080p screen.
  • Backlit keyboard (be sure to confirm with seller).
  • Webcam? (be sure to confirm with seller)

If you stick to the above you can't really go wrong with lite laptops with long battery life. Otherwise you are left with aesthetics. Be sure to do a quick youtube review before buying.

 

 

 

 


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  #2445048 23-Mar-2020 22:25
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A better spec'd version of the option 3 you linked to would be this HP 15s-du0024TX:

 

https://www.warehousestationery.co.nz/product/W2650464.html

 

+FHD display
+discrete video/graphics

 

I wouldn't expect any of those devices to have a high-end premium feel though as they are all low or at best mid-range chassis.


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  #2445078 24-Mar-2020 00:03
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All of those models are consumer-grade hardware so in my opinion, unless it's for fairly light business use, then the warranty could be an issue (return to base long wait times typically). 

 

The issue you have is, stock is *very* tight and it's probably more a case of what you can get rather than what you'd ideally like. 

 

If I was buying something "decent' then the specs I'd be looking for would be : 

 

Intel i5/Ryzen 

 

SSD, ideally 512GB

 

*minimum* 8GB Memory, 16GB much better. 

 

Budget and availability depending of course. 

 

 


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