Laptop for business recommendations.

Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by twents, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. twents

    twents Member

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    Hey fellas,

    Been outta the game for a while now.
    Need a laptop for business use. No great need for GPU.
    Battery life wont be much of an issue.

    Needs at least:

    15' screen
    16GB ram
    at least 256GB SSD
    separate num pad on keyboard.
    preferably late i7

    Been told by an IT company to steer away from HP and go with Dell.
    Got around $2000 to spend.

    I've looked at pccasegear laptops from MSI etc, looks like you're paying money for the GPU.
    Appears to be a good range on Dell website.

    Is there any other brands that people recommend?

    Cheers,

    Twents.
     
  2. n2p4u

    n2p4u Member

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    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/484502
    ThinkPad E495 / 14" FHD / AMD Ryzen 5 3500U / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / $733 Shipped @ Lenovo
    • AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU
    • 14" FHD IPS (1920 x 1080)
    • 256GB SSD M.2 PCIe
    • 8.0GB DDR4 SODIMM 2400MHz
    • 329mm x 242mm x 19.9mm (1.75kg)
    add 1tb NVME SSD: $164
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Crucial...AU_StandardDelivery!2161!AU!-1&frcectupt=true

    or

    add 2tb NVME SSD: $319
    https://msy.com.au/intel-660p-series-ssdpeknw020t8x1-2tb-m2-pcie-nvme-ssd-solid-state-drive

    and

    add 2x 16gb 3200 DDR4: $278
    https://www.mwave.com.au/product/crucial-16gb-1x-16gb-ddr4-3200mhz-sodimm-memory-ac24703

    $1400 all up
     
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  3. power

    power Member

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    get something with onsite warranty, like an HP or Dell - nfi why this IT company would steer away from HP.
     
  4. dimension11

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    Is there much reason for an i7? It markedly reduces battery life and makes things run hotter. 99% of the time you can use an i5 and be completely fine. The extra 0.2GHz you'll probably not miss.
    The main limiting factor would probably be the NumPad requirement, since most laptops don't come with these. If it's not absolutely necessary 100% of the time maybe consider an external one that's connected via a USB or dock, otherwise you'll be much more severely be limiting your options, since most "business class" laptops don't want to include one in a bid to shave weight off the device.

    Funnily enough I think most of the Laptops that have keypads are either HP, Dell or Lenovo, although one of my mates recently picked up the LG Gram with one. These days those 3 brands are basically comparable when it comes to most specs, and it really comes down to price (which ever one happens to be one sale at time of purchase) or IT departments preference.
    https://www.binarytides.com/best-laptops-with-numeric-keypad/
     
  5. power

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    my must haves are backlit keys, SSD. business only? as above get an i5.

    what sort of work you doing on it?
     
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    twents

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Yes must have numeric keypad, a lot of finance related work.
    Some of the programs seem to be very CPU and ram intensive, i think even on of them has a memory leak, about 1500hrs they it just shuts down with some RAM related error message.
    These programs connect to other programs and online databases. a good spec i5 could be an idea.

    dell currently have this one on sale.

    Looks like the go to me.

    https://www.dell.com/en-au/work/sho...o-15-7000/spd/vostro-15-7590-laptop/c540503au
     
  7. Turbine

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    "numeric keypad, a lot of finance related work"
    "very CPU and ram intensive"

    I've seen the excel files spun up by finance people. You'll need an i9 and 128gb of ram.
     
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  8. Daft_Munt

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    Latitude range for Dells. Vostro are small small business. Good luck finding one with a number pad. The older models have them (E5540). One user at work requirement was a full home key, not one with function...Got an Eliltebook 840. Nice little machine.
     
  9. dave_dave_dave

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    I see you've never had the please of using the HP website. :p
     
  10. elcarter1

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    shit 2k's a nice budget so I would be looking at a large monitor and dock for when your in the office too.

    I picked up a second had Lenovo note book (slim) and rate it over many of the others I've had.
     
  11. power

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    i use it all the time, and their FTP, and their onsite warranty support.
     
  12. Daft_Munt

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    It is fine if you use it regularly. I havent used it for years and getting a proliant service pack for a new server was not as easy as it should be. Dell seems to be easier.

    Back to OP Dell Latitude 5590 has a keypad.
     
  13. wwwww

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    Consider the Dell Precision M3530. This should be right in your budget and have everything you need.

    Precisions are Dell’s mobile workstation series though my experience with them has been poor but they’re cheap compared to their competitors, the Thinkpad P and HP ZBooks, and their service is superb.

    Give one a try, if it has some unexpected “design limitation” just send it back for a refund, Dell are good that way.
     
  14. binkybun

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    I have a 5 year old E450 with a gfx card which still runs good. If you're after a reasonably priced workhorse, the Thinkpad E series are pretty good.
     
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