The Laptop to Last for Generations

Discussion in 'Which Laptop should I buy?' started by Giga Jankarashvili, Mar 8, 2017.

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    Giga Jankarashvili

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    Hi. So I need an advice for which laptop to buy to last for generations because I'm not going to buy one for a long time after that. It should probably be 2016 or 2017 year model. And price does not matter. Thanks.
     
    Giga Jankarashvili, Mar 8, 2017
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    My experience has been that most decent computers will last for as long as you want to use them, these days. I have never really seen a PC "wear out" after less than a decade. At the moment, I have 2 HP notebooks and a Dell. One of the HP's is a business PC, bought in 2007. The other is a netbook, bought just under 3 years ago. (I bought it the second or third day of November 2011.) My folks have a homebuilt PC they bought in 2003; it's also still going strong in daily use. Both see daily use, and both machines are going strong.

    Likewise, my Dell is still working great, although it's just under 2 years old. (I bought it in August of 2012.)

    You can do a lot with $1500: if you're looking to future-proof, look for something that can handle 16GB of memory, and focus on useful upgrades, not flashy stuff. (16GB RAM, 500-1000MB SSD, i7 processor.) Also, get a 1080 screen if you're going for more than 15 inches; do NOT settle for a 1360x768 display in any event: If you're going to use this machine for a while, a decent display is a must.

    Personally, I'd go with a Dell or an HP. Both can be custom-built to your specs, and there's a LOT to choose from: each line has a special focus (size, business performance, gaming and media performance, screen size, touch screens, portability), and so you can fine-tune the machines based on your uses and needs.

    This brings me to the next point: since you can't customize computers purchased at retail, you may be losing money if you buy a retail PC and then upgrade it with purchased parts. Don't take my word for it, though: do some comparison shopping before making a decision. While I've bought machines at retail and custom-built, I generally have better luck and am happier in the long run doing the custom-order thing, even if it means waiting a week or two to get my machine.

    However, I have to wonder if you'll be happy moving away from Mac, if you use MacOS on a daily basis. I'm not one to endorse changing my OS without good reason, and if you use any of the Mac-specific software, you may have to re-purchase some stuff, so figure that cost in to your decision.

    So to summarize: I'd first look at Dell and HP systems, possibly even business-class machines, ordered from the manufacturer's website.
     
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