Best laptop not a MacBook

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#26
Seriously, one of the highlights of VN history.
Lol, and to think I didn’t even have toshiba on the radar.

Anyway, I pulled the trigger on the MacBook. I was hoping something would be head and shoulders above it but everything that looked appealing was close to the same price. I know it’s a bit overpriced but I know what I’m getting and it won’t be totally obsolete in a couple years. With Apple TV, iphone, and an iPad it kinda made sense too.
 
#28

VolNExile

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I’m still using the one I bought in 2009. I have to put a potholder under it in the summer when I’m wearing shorts, as the battery pumps out the heat, and I can’t update the OS beyond El Capitan, but otherwise it’s rock solid. Never a crash, never any malware.
 
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I have had my Acer for a year now, love it. I've had Dell and HP in the past. Not a fan of Dell products, my experience is they tend to have problems. I suspect they are built a bit on the cheap side. My employer provided Dell laptops and over a 5 year period I had to return 3 to the tech dept for repair/replacement. I traveled a lot so they got plenty of wear and tear, I'm not saying I was easy on them.

I also currently have a new HP 2 in 1 that I really like so far.
 
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Acer Nitro series. Best bang for your buck. I always buy gaming laptops even though I don't game that much anymore. They usually have superior graphics and superior cooling and higher quality motherboards. Hard drives are usually faster too. Typically have more room for expansion of RAM than your everyday laptop.

Most gaming laptops are going to be a premium. But the Acer Nitro series is fantastic for the price range.

Do not buy a Mac. You are paying an exorbitant amount for technology that is typically 2 to 3 generations behind Windows based machines.
I have an Acer Predator and all of the above applies.
 
#32

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I just hate windows. Every time you turn it on there’s a bunch of pop ups about updating this and that and the constant virus protection stuff. I’ve looked at some of the chromebook’s and it seems like it would be a more appealing OS to me or at least better than Windows. I suppose I’m in denial about being an Apple “person” but it’s hard to drop a grand on something that will be used moderately at best.
So install a distro of Linux! I used Linux as my daily driver for years and never had any issues. You better be willing to work in terminal though, just in case you need some things that aren't part of the OS out of the box. My guess is you could opt for Zorin OS or Linux Mint and be completely happy. If I had it to do in my business, I would put all old people on an easy version of Linux and let them be. They all just check email, look at pictures of their grandkids, and surf the internet mostly so it would be perfect.
 
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I just bought a Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 from Staples on clearance for $499. i5 processor, 16gb RAM 512gb SSD, touchscreen, fingerprint reader. That’s $230 off regular price. I felt it was too good to pass on and my HP was 5-6 years old and getting laggy.
 

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