New Laptop for an IT Pro

Discussion in 'Which Laptop should I buy?' started by westerdaled, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. westerdaled


    Mar 14, 2018
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    I need to laptop for working with Microsoft Office and developer tools such as visual studio code. My current laptop is a Gigabyte P35W which is still performs well but after two and half years solid use, I feel it is time for a refresh.

    First things first, I am not a gammer but do want a high spec machine. Here is a summary of what I am ideally looking for :
    • 14-15.6" screen
    • 3+ hours battery life
    • UHD and or IPS screen
    • 16GB-32GB DRAM
    • Lower spec graphics card .
    • Great UK keyboard for typing
    • Slim profile
    • lower wattage PSU - I don't want a brick to carry around!
    • lightweight as in < 2.5 Kg
    • Power lead that stays in without needing to be super glued to the laptop !
    • Quiet as in not trying to emulate a jet engine during take off:(

    Gigabyte AeroX looks great but the with a humongous graphics card (GTX 1070 GDDR5 8GB) card I will paying over the odds just for a basic 8GB machine without wanting to add a SSDs and fast (hybrid) hard disks
    PC Specialist UltraNote IV - now this looks promising but I wonder if the onboard graphics card and audio is too low in spec.

    To be honest I am open to suggestions.

    westerdaled, Mar 14, 2018
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  2. westerdaled


    Mar 20, 2018
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    Hey Daniel,

    With your rather large ram and CPU requirements, there is almost no chance that you can get a laptop with a lower spec GPU, the closest I can think of is the razer blade, and laptops like it, however, they come with a rather large price premium. If anything, the only laptops that you can get the best CPUs on right now are gaming laptops with the i7-8700HQ being pretty much gaming laptop exclusive, meaning that a GPU is pretty much always going to be there. You could always get a lower spec laptop from AMD (without a soldered CPU) and do some modding to upgrade the CPU and the RAM, but that may not be your cup-of-tea.
    Cueyo, Mar 20, 2018
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  3. westerdaled

    Amy Bros

    Mar 28, 2018
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    If you are an IT professional or network and security administrator, definitely the below laptops will match your requirements.
    • Acer Aspire E 15
    • Alienware AW17R3-1675SLV
    • Asus Zenbook UX305FA
    • MSI GL62
    • Lenovo P50
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 3, 2018
    Amy Bros, Apr 2, 2018
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