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Old 01-28-2019, 07:14 PM   #1
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Buying a new laptop

Looking to buy a new laptop, but undecided on the processor, i5 or i7? Windows based is preferred by the way. I, like most(I guess), use my computer for a number of things, from gaming to entertainment, some video and web work, along with regular work(excel and Office suite mostly), and as a hyper user, I may have 5-10 windows open(or more) at any given time, unnecessarily(to most tech heads I think), always buying an i7 is a waste of money since an i5 would be just fine. Thoughts, opinions? All would be appreciated, cheers.

tldr: Looking to buy a new laptop and undecided on the processor, I already have a couple 17" i7's, I need something smaller that is relatively powerful that I can travel with(or carry around town), and that can run most programs. Money really isn't a problem, but I already have enough invested in these non-appreciating assets, lol. Thus, something reasonably priced(if possible) would be appreciated. Not sure if it exists, but maybe a 10-13".
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Old 01-29-2019, 12:48 AM   #2
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Re: Buying a new laptop

Picking a chassis size and style you like, plus functionality you want or need, i.e. touch vs non., glossy or matte screen, 1080p or 4k, convertible or classic laptop, storage needed,etc. matter as much or more as i5 vs i7. Unfortunately, some manufacturers tie the RAM config of the laptop to which processor is installed, so you may have to go i7 if you want max RAM.
Gaming is one of the most challenging asks for a thin and light laptop at a reasonable price. For the most part you're looking at a 15" chassis and fairly thick for systems with a solid GPU. Razer Blade 15" is thin, but still 4.5lbs and pretty pricey
https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops/razer-blade

If you're leaning towards something on the lighter side, and willing to give up gaming on the smaller laptop, consider the Lenovo X1 Carbon, Surface Pro and Surface laptop. I've used a Thinkpad X1 Carbon 3rd gen and a Surface Pro 4 in the past year at work. The Surface was nice for screen quality and low bulk, but I preferred the traditional laptop hinge of the Carbon for the ways I most frequently use laptops. X1 Carbons and Surfaces are not going to be among the less expensive options, but fit and finish are generally pretty nice.
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:30 PM   #3
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Re: Buying a new laptop

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Picking a chassis size and style you like, plus functionality you want or need, i.e. touch vs non., glossy or matte screen, 1080p or 4k, convertible or classic laptop, storage needed,etc. matter as much or more as i5 vs i7. Unfortunately, some manufacturers tie the RAM config of the laptop to which processor is installed, so you may have to go i7 if you want max RAM.
Very true, I have a tendency to get all hung up on the chip sets, much like engines in cars.


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Gaming is one of the most challenging asks for a thin and light laptop at a reasonable price. For the most part you're looking at a 15" chassis and fairly thick for systems with a solid GPU. Razer Blade 15" is thin, but still 4.5lbs and pretty pricey
https://www.razer.com/gaming-laptops/razer-blade
I figured that's about as small as I could go, which is fine, it's not too bad on an airplane, but was hoping maybe something else was out there that I wasn't aware of.

Thank you for your response and your time, it's appreciated!
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:12 AM   #4
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Re: Buying a new laptop

I found these reviews to be helpful: https://thewirecutter.com/electronics/laptops/
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Old 02-23-2019, 01:28 PM   #5
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Always go with the fastest processor you can afford, everything else comes after that, e.g. ram, ssd, etc.
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:19 PM   #6
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Re: Buying a new laptop

Picked this up a few months ago and have been pretty happy with it. Convertible touch-screen with both fingerprint and facial recognition. I7, 16 gigs ram, 512 SSD
https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-sp...360-13-ae052nr

The HP store is currently sold out but you might be able to find it elsewhere.

Downside is only 1 USB3 and 2 USB C ports so I carry a USBC hub that includes HDMI out.
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Old 02-25-2019, 12:03 AM   #7
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Re: Buying a new laptop

Short Derail. Apologies in advance.

I'm looking for a new laptop too and don't find my question worthy of a new thread. I'm mainly going to be using this laptop to play poker while traveling. Do I need a gaming laptop? I've been using a Macbook Pro for the last 8 years and its on its last legs now and I'm ready to try a windows product.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:40 AM   #8
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Short Derail. Apologies in advance.

I'm looking for a new laptop too and don't find my question worthy of a new thread. I'm mainly going to be using this laptop to play poker while traveling. Do I need a gaming laptop? I've been using a Macbook Pro for the last 8 years and its on its last legs now and I'm ready to try a windows product.
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:45 PM   #9
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Re: Buying a new laptop

I appreciate the response Josem and I did check the link before posting. Looking back my question is not very clear.

In order to play multi-site online poker, is it necessary to buy a gaming laptop or will most new laptops perform well enough?
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Old 02-25-2019, 04:30 PM   #10
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I appreciate the response Josem and I did check the link before posting. Looking back my question is not very clear.

In order to play multi-site online poker, is it necessary to buy a gaming laptop or will most new laptops perform well enough?
Most new laptops will perform more than adequately. Hell, even old laptops will.

The key difference between a "normal" laptop and a "gaming" laptop is the graphics card. The graphics card is (for your purposes) only useful for 3D gaming. It offers no meaningful benefit for poker clients.

Depending on your budget, the XPS 13 from the Ultrabook article is likely going to be excellent for you.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:45 PM   #11
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Thanks Josem. Appreciate it.
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:22 AM   #12
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Re: Buying a new laptop

Thinking a little more about this - if I were to optimise for a poker laptop, I'd prioritise these features:
a) hard disk speed (get a SSD)
b) processor speed (get a faster one)
c) more RAM (some laptops allow you to install more after purchase)

I'd de-prioritize these features:
a) battery life (you're probably going to be plugged in while playing)
b) graphics cards (not a concern)
c) touchscreen (you're not going to be tapping on the screen much to play if you're reading 2p2)
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Old 03-12-2019, 10:49 AM   #13
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Re: Buying a new laptop

I too am looking at getting a new laptop and wanted to get some feedback. My main uses for the laptop are pretty minimal. Basic e-mail, videos, web surfing. I have a large external where I run it and the laptop screen split. My wife's laptop is ancient and she doesn't ever use it, so the new one will keep both of our files on it with different logins. I typically by close to top of the line just so it will last as long as possible. My current HP is about 7 years old and still operates fine, but is getting slower and slower.

So, I'm currently looking at a Dell XPS 15. Thoughts?

I'm also trying to decide if I should go with a 1T hard drive, since all of my wife's files are coming over, or should I go with a smaller SSD and use the cloud?

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Old 03-12-2019, 11:53 AM   #14
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Have you tried running a utility like CCleaner on your HP to see if that helps the speed? You probably have years of clutter and a ton of no longer valid entries in your registry.

If you are determined to upgrade, I love the boot speed of an SSD. Figure out what size you need to comfortably hold your files and go for it.

I do use Microsoft OneDrive to backup my documents and sync them with my office PC. Also have DropBox for other business needs.
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:34 PM   #15
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Have you tried running a utility like CCleaner on your HP to see if that helps the speed? You probably have years of clutter and a ton of no longer valid entries in your registry.

If you are determined to upgrade, I love the boot speed of an SSD. Figure out what size you need to comfortably hold your files and go for it.

I do use Microsoft OneDrive to backup my documents and sync them with my office PC. Also have DropBox for other business needs.
I just ran CCleaner and it got rid of a bunch of stuff. I'll see how this helps.

Thanks for the tip.
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:00 PM   #16
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Assuming you are getting the current model (2019) then this is going to be an outstanding device far and above your required standard.

Though, this looks to sell for around $1,500+ in USA (looking at Amazon briefly).

If you just want to do what you describe, it seems like you could spend under $500 and save a chunk of money: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/be...top-under-500/
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Assuming you are getting the current model (2019) then this is going to be an outstanding device far and above your required standard.

Though, this looks to sell for around $1,500+ in USA (looking at Amazon briefly).

If you just want to do what you describe, it seems like you could spend under $500 and save a chunk of money: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/be...top-under-500/
Yeah, the one I was looking at was 1,000-1,250. Like I said, I tend to buy higher end so it will stay relevant longer, but I will consider what you're talking about. I mean it's not like I'm doing lots of high end work on it.
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:35 PM   #18
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Have a look at Dell Outlet.

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Thanks, oki. They have some sweet deals.
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