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    buying a new laptop

    I have my current laptop for nearly 4 years now and it is on it's last legs and I am looking to buy a new one that will last me a while until I and possibly after I graduate

    main use: uni work, web browsing (bos), matlab, coding, design work, engo programs stuff

    does anyone know of a laptop that meets these specs (in order of preference)

    1. Windows 10 (no mac/apple)
    1. processor: i7, 2.5Ghz+ at least running lots of engo software on it
    2. light weight / slim: 2kg / 2cm
    3. Ram; 4-8gb
    3. battery: at least 3hrs
    4. storage: at least 128gb SSD (no HDD)
    5. 12-14in screen
    6. at least 2 usb ports (3.0 prefered)
    6. no more than ~2k
    7. does not overheat
    8. dedicated graphs like 2gb preferred not fussed
    9. keyboard/screen does not disconnect
    10. looks nice (lol)

    not fussed about: touchscreen, cd drive (don't need one), webcam, backlit keyboard

    so far I did some internet searches and forms and got: Acer Aspire S7/S5, Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus (considering this one), Lenovo ThinkPad X1, Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 500, HP ENVY (also considering)
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    I would've thought something like the XPS13 would be perfect for you. Unfortunately whilst it's priced at under $2k in Singapore for the i7 model, that model is $2300 AUD

    http://www.dell.com/au/p/xps-13-9350-laptop/pd
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    they all look like good options, mainly the XPS. I wouldn't mind paying a little bit more for better specs. Might look more into the asus zenbook

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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Flop21 View Post
    Yep, Asus zenbook. 1.5K has all specs mentioned.

    My friend and my sis have it.
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhinoz8142 View Post
    I have to admit that's not a bad choice either and if you can use the form factor, then it's great. I'm surprised at the specs being decent.
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Read some reviews before buying as well!

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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Oh and obviously make sure you try out the keyboard. Not everyone likes every keyboard. I realised I don't enjoy using my Dell Inspiron keyboard but thankfully it's for home use so I bought an Ergostand to lift it up (and provide ventilation) and a good mechanical keyboard.

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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by anomalousdecay View Post
    Read some reviews before buying as well!
    But the problem is most of the time I read reviews they're mixed, one says how he loves the product and the other says how he has problems with it... don't know who to trust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGas View Post
    But the problem is most of the time I read reviews they're mixed, one says how he loves the product and the other says how he has problems with it... don't know who to trust.
    None of them are wrong but read to figure out why they rated it high/low. For example if someone says they don't like one laptop because the trackpad is lousy, this may not be an issue to you if you always use a mouse. If someone says it's too heavy, this may not be an issue if you don't intend to carry it much. If someone says no ethernet port, this may not be relevant if you always use wifi. etc.
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Square, since your budget is 2K why don't you build a PC with the 1800 range and with the rest buy a chrome book for uni ?

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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhinoz8142 View Post
    Square, since your budget is 2K why don't you build a PC with the 1800 range and with the rest buy a chrome book for uni ?
    I personally don't like desktops i would rather have one good laptop that i can take everywhere with me than have to keep exchanging files on dropbox etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squar3root View Post
    I personally don't like desktops i would rather have one good laptop that i can take everywhere with me than have to keep exchanging files on dropbox etc.
    MacBook or surface pro
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdasdasd View Post
    MacBook or surface pro
    no.

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    Re: buying a new laptop

    he is not a comm student

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    Re: buying a new laptop

    and also his engineering software isn't compatible with mac i think..
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhinoz8142 View Post
    he is not a comm student
    Who says you need to be one ?
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdasdasd View Post
    MacBook or surface pro
    Both are good (presume Mac isn't an option as specified in Op) but you aren't going to find a Surface Pro 4 with an i7 for <$2k even with educational discount. $2k however should be able to get you the i5/256gb SP4 model with a Type Cover... but it misses out on most of the other requirements from Op:

    1. processor: i7, 2.5Ghz+ at least running lots of engo software on it
    3. Ram; 4-8gb
    6. at least 2 usb ports (3.0 prefered)
    6. no more than ~2k
    8. dedicated graphs like 2gb preferred not fussed
    9. keyboard/screen does not disconnect

    I'm curious why 4gb of ram is ok but must be i7. Does i7 make that much of a difference for engo software vs. ram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdasdasd View Post
    MacBook or surface pro
    I was looking at surace pro, a lot of my friends use it and it is their primary computer they can run things like matlab and solidworks on it but it does become really laggy and very difficult to keep clean but will keep in mind. the screen size is a little too small for my comfort as well and the detachable keyboard I am not a fan of

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    he is not a comm student
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhinoz8142 View Post
    and also his engineering software isn't compatible with mac i think..
    this is another reason why. I plan to do CFD and FEA as my professional electives and they can only run on windows and linux from what I gathered.

    Quote Originally Posted by seremify007 View Post
    Both are good (presume Mac isn't an option as specified in Op) but you aren't going to find a Surface Pro 4 with an i7 for <$2k even with educational discount. $2k however should be able to get you the i5/256gb SP4 model with a Type Cover... but it misses out on most of the other requirements from Op:

    1. processor: i7, 2.5Ghz+ at least running lots of engo software on it
    3. Ram; 4-8gb
    6. at least 2 usb ports (3.0 prefered)
    6. no more than ~2k
    8. dedicated graphs like 2gb preferred not fussed
    9. keyboard/screen does not disconnect

    I'm curious why 4gb of ram is ok but must be i7. Does i7 make that much of a difference for engo software vs. ram?
    i looked at the surface pro 4 i7 with most of my specs but it is like 3k and I don't think it is "worth" the price for it when there are other computers that have same/similar specs that are cheaper
    8gb of ram is prefered but I would settle at 4gb if it met every other requirement. from what I learnt, the i7 just has more process power. my current computer has a i5 and it is slow, and has a small cache iirc 4mb so something like i7 that has like 16mb cache will mean that when I run my stuff it would hopefully be a little bit quicker. preferably multi-threaded as well.
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Squar3root View Post
    i looked at the surface pro 4 i7 with most of my specs but it is like 3k and I don't think it is "worth" the price for it when there are other computers that have same/similar specs that are cheaper
    8gb of ram is prefered but I would settle at 4gb if it met every other requirement. from what I learnt, the i7 just has more process power. my current computer has a i5 and it is slow, and has a small cache iirc 4mb so something like i7 that has like 16mb cache will mean that when I run my stuff it would hopefully be a little bit quicker. preferably multi-threaded as well.
    If you don't like the portability/form factor of SP4 then no point paying the premium for it. Maybe just settle for a decent normal laptop which may not be so light. I was thinking something like the Razer ultrabook might be suitable at AU$1550 incl GST. It doesn't have discrete graphics card but it's getting rave reviews, and if you really want dedicated graphics (maybe for gaming?) then you could buy the external GPU case (although it will be quite exxy).

    Per Engadget:
    12.5-inch IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
    ◾QHD (2560 x 1440)
    ◾128 GB / 256GB PCIe SSD options
    ◾UHD (3840 x 2160)
    ◾256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options
    ◾Intel Core i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
    ◾Intel HD Graphics 520
    ◾128 GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
    ◾256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
    ◾8 GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
    ◾Windows 10 (64-bit)
    ◾Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
    ◾Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
    ◾USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
    ◾Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
    ◾Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
    ◾HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
    ◾Built-in stereo speakers
    ◾3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
    ◾Built-in array microphone
    ◾Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
    ◾Compact 45 W USB-C power adapter
    ◾Built-in 45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
    ◾0.52-inch / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6-inch / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1-inch / 206 mm (Depth)
    ◾2.75 lbs / 1.25 kg

    Razer Blade Stealth is available now online. The QHD 128G is $1,549, the QHD 256GB $1,849, the 4K 256GB costs $2,149 and the 4K 512GB comes in at $2,449.
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by seremify007 View Post
    If you don't like the portability/form factor of SP4 then no point paying the premium for it. Maybe just settle for a decent normal laptop which may not be so light. I was thinking something like the Razer ultrabook might be suitable at AU$1550 incl GST. It doesn't have discrete graphics card but it's getting rave reviews, and if you really want dedicated graphics (maybe for gaming?) then you could buy the external GPU case (although it will be quite exxy).

    Per Engadget:

    URL: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/05/ra...satile-gamers/

    URL to buy: http://www.razerzone.com/au-en/store...-blade-stealth
    might actually get this one

    has everything I want in it and 1.5k sounds like a bargain c:
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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Some of my friends had enough of having issues with using specific softwares on mac, so they bought surfaces.

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    Re: buying a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by seremify007 View Post
    If you don't like the portability/form factor of SP4 then no point paying the premium for it. Maybe just settle for a decent normal laptop which may not be so light. I was thinking something like the Razer ultrabook might be suitable at AU$1550 incl GST. It doesn't have discrete graphics card but it's getting rave reviews, and if you really want dedicated graphics (maybe for gaming?) then you could buy the external GPU case (although it will be quite exxy).

    Per Engadget:


    URL: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/05/ra...satile-gamers/

    URL to buy: http://www.razerzone.com/au-en/store...-blade-stealth
    This is actually pretty good, how come I never seen this before. Its compatible and powerful at a reasonable price, damn should of got this than a 15' Dell Inspiron. 10/10 recommend to get this, because having a processor at that price its a massive bargain.

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