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Posted 10 February 2015 - 06:11 PM

Hi

I'm about to start first year engineering next week at Massey University and I need a laptop. From what I've been able to find out/read on forums the main uses of the laptop will be office programs i.e. Word and light engineering programs. Initailly I was looking at the Dell XPS 13 but I'm a bit put off by the lack of a dedicated graphics card and am now considering the Lenovo Y50 as an alternative. Does anyone have any advice/suggestions?

Thanks :)

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 06:46 PM

I can't find any prices for the ones you mentioned in NZ, but looking at the specs, here's what I'd recommend:
  • https://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?e=2383670
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  • https://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?e=2947621
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Posted 10 February 2015 - 07:47 PM

HP or Acer? No way!

By the sound of what you'll be using it for you shouldn't need a dedicated graphics card. But I guess that depends on what you'll be using it for in the future as well, and whether you want to game on it.

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 08:01 PM

Seriously, don't EVER recommend/buy an HP product. I haven't seen a laptop from them that hasn't died prematurely even from very light users. As for Acer, they don't stand well in my books either after 2 of their laptops dying on me consecutively, and their atrocious customer support making me be out of a laptop for a couple months around my exam period.

My advice is to not cheap out on a laptop if you want the thing to work without giving you a headache. Do you have a budget in mind so we can have a look around that pricerange?
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Posted 10 February 2015 - 08:11 PM

Also, with the Dell XPS 13 2015, that has the newer Intel HD 5500 graphics, which a good amount faster than previous generations and about equivalent to a dedicated laptop GPU.

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 09:01 PM

My budget is around $2500, however I could go slightly higher if it's going to be worth it. Gaming isn't overly important, I sold my desktop as I didn't want to miss out on the social side of uni and I'll probably buy a current gen console once the price goes down a bit. Hopefully that helps, at the moment I'm leaning towards the Dell XPS a due to the form factor.

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 06:57 AM

With that budget you could look at some of Asus and MSI's smaller form factor 'gaming' branded notebooks as they will do everything well. On mobile so I can't do it right now, I'm sure someone else can :P

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 12:31 PM

 

 

Really nice GPU, full HD screen, looks cool

 

 

Still pretty good GPU, ultra HD screen, looks more professional


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 12:57 PM

+1 that. Basically all that varies between the two is the chassis, screen quality and GPU. I would probably lean towards the G551M, but check them both out - solid recommendations :)

 

Oh, and the N-whatever model has a glossy screen where (I think) the G-whatever doesn't.



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 04:49 PM

Hi

I'm about to start first year engineering next week at Massey University and I need a laptop. From what I've been able to find out/read on forums the main uses of the laptop will be office programs i.e. Word and light engineering programs. Initailly I was looking at the Dell XPS 13 but I'm a bit put off by the lack of a dedicated graphics card and am now considering the Lenovo Y50 as an alternative. Does anyone have any advice/suggestions?

Thanks :)

 

Intel HD Graphics is perfectly capable for office programs and basic CAD work.

 

I recommend the Lenovo Thinkpad Edge (anything after the E530) range. They have decent quality, good customer service, and great designs. Awesome keyboards and touchpad/clickpads.

When I say great design, I mean, 2 screws and you have access to the cooler which should be cleaned out in a laptop occasionally.

They have the cheap 1366x768 TN display until you go to the high-end versions with i7MQ and nVidia 840M.

 

I HIGHLY recommend an SSD.

Either a single SSD with a size tailored to your needs (replacing the HDD), or in the ThinkPad's and some others' case, in the M.2(SATA) slot in the laptop (keeping the HDD too). M.2(SATA) SSDs can be had for pretty cheap from Amazon through YouShop. 128GB one for around $100 all shipped.

 

The high-end versions are prices around $1700 but they appear to be out of stock. It is worth asking some laptop suppliers to see if they can get them.


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 04:58 PM

If you do go for a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge, buy it direct from them. You can customise it quite a bit (e.g. for a 15" you can choose a 1080p screen for an extra ~$65), and they've got about the best prices anyway.


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:49 PM

didn't want to miss out on the social side of uni

Hahahaha gaming is my social side of uni


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 11:48 PM

If you do go for a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge, buy it direct from them. You can customise it quite a bit (e.g. for a 15" you can choose a 1080p screen for an extra ~$65), and they've got about the best prices anyway.

 

Ah ok i did not know this.

 

I got my E531 (after a horrible run with HP laptops and their terrible cooling) as the last item remaining at XP Computers for $899. With an i5 and nVidia 740M DDR3. And did exactly what I said about the M.2 SSD.

 

I did get the poor screen though but plan on maybe upgrading it to a 1080p IPS when the supplier gets back in stock...


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Posted 12 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

http://store.hp.com/...!&TabName=specs

 

I used that at work.. I love that laptop. That is a beast. i5, SSD. It is incredibly light! I used to crank GNS3, and Virtual box. The keyboard is the best i've used on a laptop ever.

 

If I had a need for a laptop, I would be buying that hands down. 



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Posted 11 March 2017 - 03:23 PM


Hi

 the main uses of the laptop will be office programs , password reset i.e. Word and light engineering programs. 

Thanks :)

 

RAM and SSD should be the main factor to choose a machine for that purpose. I would suggest ThinkPad X1 Carbon with longer battery life and comfortable keyboard


Edited by udenyyp, 24 March 2017 - 02:56 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 04:27 PM

Awesome, now lets go back 2 years in our time machine and let him know  :rolleyes:


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 06:12 PM

Can I come too?






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