Have any of you bought a laptop you really like in the last year or so---???
My old 7 year old Dell just died a brutal death. Dell support really pissed me off on a different computer, so I am Done with Dell-- those dirty lying bastards.
All I've had are Dells for 20 years, so I am lost on what to look at & what to avoid.
Budget--- under $900
Intel I5 or I7
SSD (256G is probably OK, 512 preferred)
15.6 touch screen
I realize this is probably kind of like asking a room full of mechanics what the best engine oil is.... but watching you guys tell each other you're full of shit might be part of the fun here.
So I just bought a new laptop in February, been looking since Black Friday last year. I was originally looking in your price range and ended up with great deal for $1299. I have owned many laptops over the years, even ThinkPad's when IBM sold them. My latest have been MSI's of which I have had Great luck with.
My search started with wanting an Ethernet port, good luck there, seems only Gaming or Business laptops have them now a days. WiFi 6 was also on my list, which with newer laptops, no problem. You can forget built in CD/DVD Blu-ray players now a days. Slim is In. My laptop is 5 pounds which is fine for me.
I did not want a 2 Core laptop, had to be 11th Gen or AMD (8 Cores), I recommend the Intel 11800H or the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
, the 12th Gen. laptops are coming out now too...so hopefully the 11th Gen.'s will drop in price...
In my search I found a few things I will share. The market has been changing over these last few years. HP now solders all their laptop memory not allowing you to upgrade, Dell has some of theirs that way too. Both also solder their M.2s on certain models.
Lenovo has been known to have their BIOS written to HDs, I have experienced this trying to help those who's HD dies or those who try replacing the HD with a SSD, just can't say which models, this was a few years back. Did read they have some kind of security BIOS now, I steer from them even though they are priced pretty good. Also found out you can change out the WiFi modules
in laptops that are not soldered, this way you could go WiFi6E if your laptop does not have it, my MSI did...
I originally was not looking to have a graphics card, was really looking for a 14 inch to replace my Dell Mini 10
inch I use to program switches. I was trying to use it to help my son setup his Dahua Cams and found the small resolution the Mini had would not work with Dahua's ConfigTool, I even tried older versions, anyway, so was looking for a screen res of 800 or higher, 1080p actually. If you do not go with a graphics card I would consider Intel Iris Xe, don't know much about AMD's graphics...
Since I found myself close to a grand on laptops with no graphics card I widened my search. Graphic cards are not just for gaming they speed everything up, browsing, videos, etc. Since it was only a few hundred more I went for it.
Found out that for Nvidia cards in laptops many are dumbing down the card's speed by lowering the wattage allowed. Ex. a 3070 card will run as a 3060 card if wattage is lower than the 130W needed to run card at full speed, best way I can explain it. A LOT of people are very Mad at this deception. The best way to know is the A/C brick size, I have a 180Watt brick. If it is under 130Watts beware. With many years of gaming, I would go 3070 minimum, it is all about GPU memory when gaming. Never buy a graphics card under 6Gigs for today's games. 8Gigs or more is the way to go. It is worth a few hundred more, at the time the 3060 laptops were about the same price I got my 3070 for. I watched every week until the price dropped. Newegg has a Price Alert that you can set a price and get notified.
If you need good battery life be sure to check out the laptop's battery sizes, mine is a 4 Cell and only about 2-3 hours, but that is fine for me since I rarely do not have it plugged in.
Was told at Micro Center, Pulse is MSI's newer line...
I added a second 2TB M.2 and replaced the memory for 32Gigs...It was not that hard, a lot of clips though
I am extremely pleased with the GP66 MSI Leopard laptop I purchased, got a great price and an extremely fast laptop. It ended up selling out a few days after I bought it.
This price went up, found you can get a 3080 card for the below price.
Buy Open Box: MSI GP Series - 15.6" 240 Hz - Intel Core i7 11th Gen 11800H (2.30GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU - 16 GB DDR4 - 1 TB NVMe SSD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Gaming Laptop (GP66 Leopard 11UG-018 ) with fast shipping and top-rated customer service. Once you know, you Newegg!
Good luck in your search hope some of my Info Helps...I will Watch this Thread incase you have any questions, I did Month's of research...