Laptop PC Recommendations

stgislander

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So my wife started hinting around that she's like a new laptop for Christmas. She currently has a second-hand HP 2000 running Win 8.1. She uses it mostly for running Microsoft Office and viewing YouTube videos. I try to keep it clean of junk and updated, but it's becoming slow as molasses.

The wife is not a gamer so I'm not looking for something mega huge video processing. I tend to stick with brand names like Lenovo and HP, although I've used Asus motherboards for years and have been satisfied with them. I've used Newegg for years, so I've been looking at what they are offering.

I just wondering for those that have recently gotten laptops, what brand they purchased and if they're happy with it.
 

Sneakers

Just sneakin' around....
My most recent was a Lenovo, not thrilled with it. Went the inexpensive route, around $160. The single biggest problem is lack of memory. It came with 3G and is not expandable. That's just not enough to run Win 10 and a bunch of apps, it's constantly hesitating while memory swapping.

Whatever you get, make sure memory is expandable to much more than 3G.
 

gary_webb

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So my wife started hinting around that she's like a new laptop for Christmas. She currently has a second-hand HP 2000 running Win 8.1. She uses it mostly for running Microsoft Office and viewing YouTube videos. I try to keep it clean of junk and updated, but it's becoming slow as molasses.

The wife is not a gamer so I'm not looking for something mega huge video processing. I tend to stick with brand names like Lenovo and HP, although I've used Asus motherboards for years and have been satisfied with them. I've used Newegg for years, so I've been looking at what they are offering.

I just wondering for those that have recently gotten laptops, what brand they purchased and if they're happy with it.
I recently had to buy a new laptop, a 15" HP because it was that or nothing. No recommendations, but just wanted to say I had a hell of a time finding any in stock. With home schooling and working from home they are very scarce right now.
 

Clem72

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If you wanted something cheap, snappy, and works great for videos/office work, and is VERY unlikely to get a virus regardless of use, then a Chromebook (with an intel CPU, not a mediatek or other phone CPU) is a good choice. Only weak point is that if you are specifically tied to Microsoft Office you may need to use the 365/online version.
 

stgislander

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If you wanted something cheap, snappy, and works great for videos/office work, and is VERY unlikely to get a virus regardless of use, then a Chromebook (with an intel CPU, not a mediatek or other phone CPU) is a good choice. Only weak point is that if you are specifically tied to Microsoft Office you may need to use the 365/online version.
Yeah, the wife is tied to MS Office. We even pay for an annual MS Office subscription. I thought about a Chromebook, but thought MS Office would be an issue.

I use LibreOffice at home for everything, but I can't get her to use it.
 

Sneakers

Just sneakin' around....
I use LibreOffice at home for everything, but I can't get her to use it.
I've been using Open Office for years, pretty compatible with MS Office, but the spreadsheet management takes getting used to, not one-for-one the same.
 

stgislander

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I've been using Open Office for years, pretty compatible with MS Office, but the spreadsheet management takes getting used to, not one-for-one the same.
That's her biggest issue. She says the POS system where she works will not work with Open Office spreadsheets, even if they are saved in .xls or .xlsx format.
 

Clem72

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Yeah, the wife is tied to MS Office. We even pay for an annual MS Office subscription. I thought about a Chromebook, but thought MS Office would be an issue.

I use LibreOffice at home for everything, but I can't get her to use it.
If you have a Microsoft 365 account then it will work with the Chromebook. Otherwise they say they are releasing a virtualization server software in "the fall" of this year that will allow you to run the windows version of office.
 

GURPS

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I just wondering for those that have recently gotten laptops, what brand they purchased and if they're happy with it.
I use as Dell 5400 for work .. it has a decent SSD that makes it speedy with all the added software we have to run.


the 5400 is EOL but the 5410 is the current

I always recommend a business class laptop if you want to keep it more that a couple of years otherwise just by a $ 500 junker from Bestbuy and replace it when it croaks


The most important consideration, put in a least 16 gb of RAM ....

I'd put in 32 to future proof ... but you can always expand that later
 

kom526

They call me ... Sarcasmo
newegg.com
Best place online to get computers. Here is what my oldest got for college.
 
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