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Laptop Purchase

Appreciate tips on affordable (new) laptops. If you know any Special offers (online or in store is fine) or anything please let me know.
My 7 year old laptop has stopped working and I need a new one very soon. Do not mind which operating system it has (am familiar with all 3) and it does not need to have any extras like 2 in 1 models since I only need the laptop for writing. Thank you in advance
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Re: Laptop Purchase

These kind of threads are pointless unless you give a budget for people to work with.
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Old 15.08.2016, 13:18
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Appreciate tips on affordable (new) laptops. If you know any Special offers (online or in store is fine) or anything please let me know.
My 7 year old laptop has stopped working and I need a new one very soon. Do not mind which operating system it has (am familiar with all 3) and it does not need to have any extras like 2 in 1 models since I only need the laptop for writing. Thank you in advance
For a basic machine I normally just make the rounds of melectronics, manor, interdiscount, mediamarkt etc and see what they have in the low end price range.

At the low end of the market the machines are usually pretty similar.

How much money are you willing to spend?
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Re: Laptop Purchase

I left the price option open, yes. I was burned before buying a 'cheaper' laptop that was not worth it. Need to find a good price-performance ratio and it's hard to estimate what price that would be.. but I generally speaking would be looking at around 500-700 CHF.
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I left the price option open, but I would be looking at around 500-700 CHF.
Looking to spend 500-700chf? Yeah, then it's not open.

What size do you prefer? You really have provided almost no details as to what you are looking for.
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Old 15.08.2016, 13:35
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I left the price option open, but I would be looking at around 500-700 CHF.
For the PC side, in that price range you should easily find a brand name machine with at least

8GB RAM
256Gb SSD
WIN10
a decent CPU
The screen won't be particularly large.

Have you got any licensed software on the old machine? Will your current version of Office run on Win10?

How much data do you have on the old machine? How do you plan to transfer that?

You may find windows 8/8.1 machines at a discount if there is no free upgrade path to win10.
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Re: Laptop Purchase

http://www.melectronics.ch/p/de/HP_P...&service=false

CHF 729

8GB RAM
128 GB SSD
1TB HD
Full HD, Glare Free IPS Panel.
Specialy a Quad Core i7-6700HQ (Note all processors ening in U, are only dual cores)
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http://www.melectronics.ch/p/de/HP_P...&service=false

CHF 729

8GB RAM
128 GB SSD
1TB HD
Full HD, Glare Free IPS Panel.
Specialy a Quad Core i7-6700HQ (Note all processors ening in U, are only dual cores)
That is a good value laptop... and the SSD and RAM could be upgraded pretty cheaply.
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Old 15.08.2016, 14:28
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That is a good value laptop... and the SSD and RAM could be upgraded pretty cheaply.
A 128 GB SSD is more than large enough to carry the OS and any apps (and a fair bit of data - outlook data files for example).

I would upgrade the RAM, and get a NAS or external disk before I upgraded the SSD.
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A 128 GB SSD is more than large enough to carry the OS and any apps (and a fair bit of data - outlook data files for example).

I would upgrade the RAM, and get a NAS or external disk before I upgraded the SSD.
128GB is quite small by today's standards and it would be the first thing I would upgrade, but that's just me. Anyway, it also has a 1TB hard drive for data.

Adding additional RAM will also realistically make little to no difference whatsoever when the machine is used primarily for word processing. 8GB is more than enough for that, especially on Windows 10.

Either way, for the OP's uses, and bearing in mind the easy upgradeability, it will be more than enough for another 7 years.
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128GB is quite small by today's standards and it would be the first thing I would upgrade, but that's just me. Anyway, it also has a 1TB hard drive for data.

Adding additional RAM will make no difference whatsoever when the machine is used primarily for word processing. 8GB is more than enough for that, especially on Windows 10.
The machine I am working on is only a 128SSD & 8GB RAM. I upgraded from 4 to 8, but when I saw the price of the SSD I changed my mind.

Fine for Office, Virtualbox, surfing etc. even with only 4GB ram, but 8 did make an improvement (CAD was a bother with 4, better now - for occasional use).

I have a NAS (2 actually) so only keep a small amount of data on the SSD, but with 1TB built in that machine should be fine.
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Old 15.08.2016, 14:55
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Re: Laptop Purchase

Spec wise most laptops will whizz through anything you throw at them and with 0.5 TB soon becoming entry level, space will never be an issue (unless you get into 4K videography ).

Everyone is different, but for me the most important factors when buying any laptop are its keyboard and screen. If those two things are good, I can overlook a great many other faults but a laptop with killer specs and a spongy, flexy keyboard is going straight onto Ricardo. For that reason I used to only buy Lenovos because they seem to have me in mind (excellent keyboards, build quality and industrial strength hinges) but now others have started to challenge, albeit more in the upper price brackets.

Best thing to do is get down to a large Media Markt, Saturn or Interdiscount and try tapping out a few sentences into Notepad. An IPS screen should be a minimum due it offering improved brightness, glare and viewing angles. The alternative are TN panels which Apple use in their MacBook Airs, but probably more for reasons of power consumption. Once you've nailed down a short list, use Toppreise to find the best prices.
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Re: Laptop Purchase

If you're on a budget, I really wouldn't rule out buying second hand.

Electronics depreciates very fast, faster than the cars. Your brand new laptop could easily be worth half of its original value in a year, even in excellent condition and still under warranty, just because a new generation was released. So investing into brand new electronics is really a great way to burn some money.

Amazing deals can be had on the secondary market. My personal favs (partly because I can't stand the keyboard of most other brands though) are thinkpads. These are really great, serviceable and long lasting laptops, and businesses love them, so there's a never-ending supply of these and with great specs. A 3-4 year old thinkpad can be had for like 1/10 of original price, consumables (that dirty keyboard, battery) can be replaced rather cheaply, parts like HDD and RAM usually easily upgraded, and then the laptop would look good as new with many more years of useful life. Check out also this pricing guide: ktgee.net/post/49423737148/thinkpad-guide. Local sites to look for one would be ricardo, anibis, tutti, etc.

If you insist on buying brand new though, I'd recommend studentenrabatt.ch. Though you need to be or know a student or teacher to buy there.

Negative recommendation towards apple: price/specs ratio not great, you're paying a lot just for the brand and looks, depreciation is less steep, parts are expensive and often not upgradeable or not easily DIY serviceable.
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Try this site...

https://en.toppreise.ch

although ideally you need to know what your looking 4.
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Typical, just as I determine that the display is toast on my win10 machine the offer mentioned in this thread is expired.

Anyone else have a lead on a similar notebook?
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http://www.melectronics.ch/p/de/HP_P...&service=false

CHF 729

8GB RAM
128 GB SSD
1TB HD
Full HD, Glare Free IPS Panel.
Specialy a Quad Core i7-6700HQ (Note all processors ening in U, are only dual cores)
Anyone know where I can get something like this for that price at the moment?
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Anyone know where I can get something like this for that price at the moment?
Ricardo.ch has plenty of good specced laptops for that price. If you dont mind signs of use
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Ricardo.ch has plenty of good specced laptops for that price. If you dont mind signs of use
Couldn't find anything similar on ricardo.ch thank you for wasting my time
Two year old junk w/o any warranty selling for more
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Couldn't find anything similar on ricardo.ch thank you for wasting my time
Oh really? Try this category, you might need to have some patience, but there are really very good deals that can be had there.

https://www.ricardo.ch/search/index/...erType=1&ar=40

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Warranty is overrated. Computers are quite reliable these days. If it worked fine already for two years, chances are it'll last much longer. For a brand new laptop you do need the warranty though - to cover DOA and not obvious from first sight issues or early failures. And if it does break in the end, you can buy again another laptop or two, and still spend less that what a single new laptop would've costed you.

As I've already mentioned above, second-hand Thinkpads in my opinion are especially exceptional price/quality wise.
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