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Old 11-21-2019, 06:24 PM   #1
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My wife’s looking for a new laptop for around $400. Just wants to store pictures and that on it. Any one know of any Black Friday sales?
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:33 PM   #2
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I know there’s a Lenovo for $399 at staples and a Acer at Walmart
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:58 PM   #3
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Ok nevermind.

I guess “help me find a laptop for my pictures” means I’m going to buy one tonight from Best Buy
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Why a laptop over a Chromebook?
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Well this thread was a rollercoaster.
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Old 11-23-2019, 02:58 AM   #6
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Those times when asking for help is more just letting you know that it’s going to happen.
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I might be able to keep the thread title alive with the same request. My wife is in the RN program and is lugging around a heavy laptop for school. Is there something lightweight without heavyweight performance (and price)? The Microsoft Surface Pro looks ideal but is overkill and way out of my budget.
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Old 11-24-2019, 11:23 AM   #8
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Yeah, I've got a family member in the same boat as well...
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Old 11-24-2019, 04:52 PM   #9
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If you just need internet and office type stuff I like the chrome books.

It does limit you if you need specific software as it only does web based and the android App Store.
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I might be able to keep the thread title alive with the same request. My wife is in the RN program and is lugging around a heavy laptop for school. Is there something lightweight without heavyweight performance (and price)? The Microsoft Surface Pro looks ideal but is overkill and way out of my budget.
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Yeah, I've got a family member in the same boat as well...
I've gone through a ton of laptops for school purposes over the last decade+ and whatever brand you decide on, don't buy a commercial grade laptop. Buy a business grade laptop. Depending on whether touch screen is required (IMO it's not necessary, just a nice to have), I would highly suggest buying a business grade laptop with i5 and SSD minimum for school. Furthermore ALWAYS use some type of program with a cloud upload feature such as Dropbox and save ALL school work in Dropbox or equivalent. If the laptop dies, crashes, is stolen etc. It's super easy to login to another computer and keep going rather than having to start over. For school, as dumb as this sounds, I also always recommend looking into purchasing a small 4-6 ft extension cord. It helps to ensure that you have longer range to a plug, can share a single plug with others at times and in the event someone runs a cable over, less likelihood of damage and it's cheaper to replace a damaged extension cable for 10-15 bucks than a damaged charger which you need ASAP and will run 3-5 times that amount depending on the level of expedite.

Chrome books are also good for traveling, but IMO they're a handicap in school. Don't get one of those for higher education. Get a good laptop and sell it after school is done. Or just keep it for personal use. Whatever.

My favourites are either a Lenovo T or X series (I own both) and make sure it has a SSD. There's some Dell (XPS) or HP options (probook or elite book), and I've owned all of them and used them all, but I don't have as much recent experience with them and they're a bit inconsistent due to recent redesigns. Those companies also like locking down laptops software and hardware wise which also makes them a PITA if you need to do minor upgrades a few years down the road. Lenovos are designed for you to open them up and do basic stuff yourself which I like (ie: Ram and SSD).

Lenovo X series is the ultra portable. The Lenovo T series is a little thicker but not by much (15-20% more weight and bulk). Both are designed to be a reasonable weight with good performance but also immune to typical impacts and compression from "normal" studying and work circumstances. The X and T series can easily withstand like 15-20 pounds of books stacked on top without breaking a sweat vs commercial grade I'd be worried about 5 pounds (not recommended you do this regularly though). Keyboards are also excellent to type on for extended periods of times (unlike many crappy keyboard layouts for commercial grade laptops).

If you buy, make sure to get Rakuten and get anything ranging from 4-10% cashback for purchases on Lenovo Canada website. Both should be available for around $800-1100 all in before cash back, especially with Black Friday deals going on.
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This is somewhat different from what the thread is aimed at, but if you're looking for a sub-$2K gaming laptop it'd be hard to do better than these two right now...

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX77662

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX77660

4K OLED screen for 1949, or the 240hz LCD version for 1899. There's a ton of upgradeability in the Aero 15 chassis as well as one of the better batteries you can get in the segment.
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She needs a laptop to store Pics? Just grab an external drive (Assuming you already have a computer) for storage
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Old 11-26-2019, 01:49 PM   #13
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I bought this one off amazon for 699.00 I am going to return it as I bought something from the buy & sell here instead.

If anyone is interested in the sale price I would be more than happy to give it to you

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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She needs a laptop to store Pics? Just grab an external drive (Assuming you already have a computer) for storage
How many pics can the typical person without a DSLR/Mirror less take anyways. If you have an idle SD card slot, I say take advantage of it and buy a 128/256 GB class 4 or 10 card for cheap to expand the computers memory. It'll run like $30-50, take probably like a year to fill up and won't be in the way like an external drive.
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Old 11-27-2019, 12:29 AM   #15
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She has a DSLR and has been taking some photography courses and a couple of the programs she wanted to try wouldn’t go back on the old laptop. 32 bit windows 7. Plus it was pretty bulky and heavy and was just time for a new one.
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She has a DSLR and has been taking some photography courses and a couple of the programs she wanted to try wouldn’t go back on the old laptop. 32 bit windows 7. Plus it was pretty bulky and heavy and was just time for a new one.
Ah, that’s slightly different then. She’d likely use the laptop just as much to view pics in high definition (vs camera screen) as well As storing the pics she is taking on her camera.

If you have extra budget, I’d consider looking into a USB screen. It’s super nice to have a dual screen option for laptops.
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