Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Ultrabook 14-Inch Touch-Screen Laptop, (Intel Core i7-4500U processor, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive)

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Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Ultrabook 14-Inch Touch-Screen Laptop, (Intel Core i7-4500U processor, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive)

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[US][<$800] Thin Ultrabook/Laptop for College [R]

5 years, 8 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
July 30, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: <$800 USD. The less the better

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Mainly school (microsoft words, excel, powerpoint, etc). Basic net/music/anime usage. If it can handle gaming, it would be great, but this is a low priority want.

  • Screen size preference: NA

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): League of Legends in Low settings @ 30fps. Not a must. Just need for school

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Must be able to transition from one program to the next without lag. (Ex. Chrome to Microsoft words)

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): NA

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Thin, light, long battery life

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Low Price

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes but not a must

  • A great keyboard: Yes but not a must

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No

  • Great audio: As long as it's not cancer to my ears

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

A little off topic but any reliable wireless mouse recommendations?

5 years, 8 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
July 30, 2014

As mentioned, the Lenovo U430 is a really high quality little laptop with a hybrid SSD, ~7hrs of battery life, a 1600x900 touch display, and great build quality. It's one of my favorite options for your needs and would still easily be able to play LoL.

There is also the Acer Aspire V5-473P for only $499 which doesn't have as sturdy of build quality as the U430, but the same battery life and a high quality 1080p IPS touch display.

Should I not be going to Best Buy? Any suggestions? [R]

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
July 17, 2014

On a comment thread, I saw a user saying that most peoples biggest mistake is going to Best Buy to go computer shopping. I am an 18 year old female who has no idea what to look for in a computer, I just need one for school.

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: $800-$1500

  • Purpose: Basic school needs, streaming videos, social media

  • Screen size preference: Larger?

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Brand preferences and reasons: No Macs please!

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Anything!

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Long battery

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: low price

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: high performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: no

  • A great keyboard: no

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: YES

Any suggestions are much appreciated!!

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
July 18, 2014

Do you need to spend all of that?

If you wanted to go cheap, the Lenovo U430 would be able to do what you want for a fraction of the price.

If you wanted much fancier, you could get a 13.3" ultraportable with the Acer Aspire S7 for only $970 if you picked it from This List and bundled it with Office 365 Personal.

That would give you a 13.3" laptop that weighs under 3lbs, has a really high end 2560x1440 display, a fast processor and SSD, and great battery life. All without touching anywhere near the top of your budget.

Buying in U.S.A: 15.6" $650 School/internet laptop? [R]

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
July 7, 2014

Country of purchase:

  • Budget range: $650 and below
  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Schoolwork, internet browsing no gaming

  • Screen size preference: 15.6"

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): none

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Chrome, word

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility):none

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great):nope

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise/heat Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: yes

  • A great keyboard: no

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: yes

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
July 7, 2014

If you want battery life, you'd be best off with a 14" laptop. If you can go a little higher for the Lenovo U430, you'd get a 1600x900 display, a high quality build, and ~7+ hours of battery life while remaining only 4.2lbs.

Lenovo, Asus, or Acer? [R]

5 years, 9 months agoJuly 7, 2014

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5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
July 7, 2014

The Lenovo U430 would be a great option if you want a high quality laptop with a lot of portability and battery life. I'm actually a huge fan of this laptop for what it offers.

Pretty much every laptop with decent battery life comes without an optical drive. This external is a good option for when you need to use it, as its extremely thin and inexpensive.

Recommendation for best college laptop [R]

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
July 3, 2014

I'm trying to look for an efficient laptop that is fast and can run programs that are needed for my CS/stats etc. I heard multiple things about the macs but I don't think they are worth their price. Any recommendations you guys would make. I'm willing to go up to $800-$850. Thanks!

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
July 3, 2014

CS? Computer Science? Not sure what you mean by stats. If you just want something really portable that will allow you to go from class to class and program and what not, just get a Lenovo U430. ~7.5 hours of battery life, 4.2lbs, high build quality, and a 14" 1600x900 display.

[US] 15" budget: $750 [R]

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
June 30, 2014
  • Country of purchase: US

  • Budget range: approx $750

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): I'm moving away to Uni next year, so school work, browsing, Skyping home, all that jazz

  • Screen size preference: less than 17", I'm not picky

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): potentially sims 3, not a hardcore gamer

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): nothing fancy

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): no preference

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): nothing bulky

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: balanced (I need it for class, I'll be carrying it around regularly and using it for long periods of time)

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: high performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: yyyeeaaaaaahh I guess

  • A great keyboard: backlit, yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: mediocre is fine

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

SD card slot USB decent webcam HDMI out matte preferred, not critical

Usage requirements: I'll be off to school next year, so I need something I'll be able to take to class with me to use for note taking, and to use as my computer while I'm in my dorm room for homework, surfing the Internet, watching Netflix and Skyping.

I took a lame computer quiz and this is what showed up:

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-u430-touch.aspx

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/toshiba-satellite-e45t.aspx

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 30, 2014

Yeah, the Lenovo U430 would be a really high quality option with great battery life. Add another 4GB Stick of RAM to it and it'd be perfect.

If you want dedicated graphics, the Lenovo Z50 is also a very well rounded laptop, but it won't get the battery life or be as portable as the U430.

Is Lenovo u430 touch good enough to run sims 3 smoothly? [R]

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
June 25, 2014

Right now I'm looking for a laptop that can double as a good college write papers, take notes on computer and as something that can run sims 3 with minimal lag. I'm not into any other games, so being the most powerful gaming computer isn't super important to me. I really liked this computer when I saw it in the store because it had. Great combination of what I'm looking for: wasn't too large (14 inch) and fairly light, had intel core i5 (important), 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a good battery life. Really the only unattractive thing was the intel hd 4400 graphics. But will it be enough for sims 3 (i will have some expansions, but not all, no store content, no stuff packs)? If not is there anything you can recommend that has what I'm looking for but will run sims better?

5 years, 9 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 25, 2014

It's well capable of playing Sims 3. You can also get it here with an i7.

I'm actually a huge fan of the Lenovo U series laptops. They are very well made, lightweight, slim, and get great battery life. If you're going to school with it, this is a really nice machine to have.

Three way tie, help me decide. [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
June 21, 2014
5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 21, 2014

I would personally go with the Lenovo U430. It has the best build quality, its the best for the price, and gets great battery life. it would likely do the most for you.

Which is all around better, the lenovo u430 or the z40? [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
June 19, 2014

since they are about the same price, which is better than the two?

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 21, 2014

I would prefer the Lenovo U430 due to its higher resolution, fantastic battery life, and great design. I'm a big fan of the Lenovo U series laptops.

The Lenovo Z40 does have dedicated graphics and an optical drive if that is useful to you, though.

USA: Looking for the best Matte Screen (or Anti-Glare) Laptop $750 can buy. 14-15.6 in screen needed. [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
June 19, 2014

Hey folks, I need a laptop that can/has:

  • A matte screen/good viewing angles/ or very, very little gloss
  • Play light games
  • Can edit home video (once in a while)
  • Has an Aluminum casing or any good subsitute material (Great build quality)
  • A resolution HIGHER than 1366x768
  • A battery life greater than 5 hours
  • Weight is not an issue but I DO NOT want Bulk. Thinness is peferred!
  • Island keyboard is a must

I was quite tempted by the Lenovo IdeaPad U430, but the only thing stopping me is the glossy screen.

I know this list may be picky for some, so thank you in advance.

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 19, 2014

It has aluminum on the outside.

As for the E540, that has a 1366x768 display. The i7 also isn't something you should get unless you know you need it, it won't get 5 hours of battery life, and the ThinkPad Edge laptops aren't really slim by any means.

Maybe just go for the Lenovo U430 and get an anti-glare filter.

Portable laptop for college [R]

5 years, 10 months agoJune 19, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase:USA

  • Budget range:$400-$650

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): ultraportable

  • Screen size preference:13.3"-14"

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux):Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings):If it could play League of Legends on the lowest settings at a 40fps avg that would be fantastic

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):Not that I know of maybe some basic coding

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Not really

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I really like a sorta of boxy style like the mbp however this is the least area of concern.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: A healthy mix would like under 5lbs and 6ish+ hours of battery(Enough to get me through 3-4 hours of classes without being dead at the end.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: A mix

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: No preference

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen:yes

  • A great keyboard:yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons:yes

  • Great audio:no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) Personally pet peeve I do not want a disk drive. I am more than willing to buy refurbished on ebay as long as it is a trusted seller. What I am looking at currently: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-U430-Touch-screen-HASWELL-Core-i5-8GB-500GB-SSD-Backlit-ultrabook-/321427655397?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item4ad694cae5

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 19, 2014

I like the U430. You can get it here or here new.

Not sure how I really feel about refurbished. Some people have good luck, others don't. I really, really don't trust ebay, though. Maybe it's gotten better than it used to be, but I don't know.

Either way, a refurbished model is available here. It's Best Buy's refurbished store/used store.

Best laptop for the price of $700 and below [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
June 19, 2014

Am going to need laptop soon for school, and need one that is the best for the said price range. Thanks.

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 19, 2014

That really depends on what you're doing with it.

If you need highly portable with good battery life and excellent build quality, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is fantastic. It's fast, well made, gets over 7 hours of battery life, and fits your budget.

If you need something bigger with a 1080p display and plan on gaming, get the ASUS R510DP.

If you just want one with really good battery life and a 1080p display, the Acer Aspire V5-573P is a good choice, but it doesn't have nearly the build quality of the previous two.

[USA][Cheapest that fits my needs][12.5-15.6] Need a laptop for school that fits my needs [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
June 18, 2014

I bought a reburbished fully loaded Lenovo u530 (i felt this was perfect for my use)from the Lenovo Outlet but they sent me a horrible Lenovo Flex 15D instead, and all they offered me in return was a 5% discount on any laptop on the Lenovo website so I am in need of a different laptop

Country of purchase: USA

Budget range: $200-$700 (the lower the better)

Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): taking notes in class, some DJ’ing, use for data transfers (I work in IT support at my school) connecting remotely to my desktop to video edit, maybe some minecraft if possible.

Screen size preference: 12.5-15.6

OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): being able to run minecraft above 30fps would be nice

Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): maybe a video card for CUDA or Open CL so I would not have to connect remotely to my desktop all the time to edit

Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): supplier & self support

Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Any

Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Looks are not a big deal

Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low weight

Build quality -vs- Low price: Build Quality

Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has: Nothing

High resolution screen: It would be a plus

A great keyboard: As long as it works and has a decent feel, that’s all that matters

A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Same as above

Great audio: no, I’ll be using headphones and external speakers 99% percent of the time

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

-USB 3.0 is a must -Touch Screen is a must -I would love a backlit keyboard -any dual band/5GHz/AC wireless would be a huge plus -and an SSD or SDD Cache would also be great -the longer the battery life the better

In short I would like a lightweight laptop that has a touchscreen, backlit keyboard, and at least one USB 3.0 port all for as cheap as possible while still being a decent laptop that will last me the next 2 years through college, internships, and traveling for work

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 18, 2014

A Lenovo U430 would be a high quality choice. It's light, gets great battery life, has a touch display and backlit keyboard.

Are there any problems with the Lenovo Z510 I should know about? [R]

5 years, 10 months agoJune 18, 2014

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5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 18, 2014

Driver state power failure issues. I personally like the Lenovo U430, but these are DRASTICALLY different laptops.

The Lenovo Z510 has a much more powerful processor, is heavier, and gets mediocre battery life. It also has a worse display than the U430.

The U430 has a ULV processor, great battery life, a slim profile, it's lightweight, and has a 14" 1600x900 display.

CompSci Laptop [R]

5 years, 10 months agoJune 16, 2014

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5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 16, 2014

It depends on what OS is compatible with the applications you are going to need. If you want to stick to Windows, you can get a Lenovo U430, which has really great build quality, low weight, and long battery life (over 7 hours).

If you want to go Apple, go Apple.

Entry-Level Ultrabook for an on-the-go Web Developer (i5, 14+") [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
June 15, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA! USA!

  • Budget range: Less than $1000, hopefully less than $700

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Ultrabook for Web Development - doesn't need graphics, would like good speed/display

  • Screen size preference: Minimum 14"? That's my thought

  • OS preference: Windows 8.1

  • Gaming requirements: None. Maybe civ 5 if I get real bored.

  • Performance requirements: None really. Decent speed - looking for an i5+, I think.

  • Method of computer support: I think I can still get a college discount?

  • Brand preferences and reasons: I heard that Lenovo is great. Is this true? I'd like something that will really last a few years.

  • Any particular style that you like: I like minimal looks like the Air, yet detest Mac stuff. I was looking at the Lenovo u430 - looks great! I don't like cheap plastic stuff, but I guess who does?

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: yes

  • A great keyboard: no

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: no

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
June 15, 2014

If you want cheap, the Lenovo U430 wouldn't be a bad option. It's got high build quality, great battery life, and is pretty lightweight. You can also find refurbished versions for cheap.

Keep in mind that all laptops are plastic on the inside. Metal on the exterior is only for appearance. If they were all metal, they would burn you.

If you do want something more geared for programmers, the Lenovo ThinkPad T440 is geared specifically for that. It gets good battery life, has the best keyboard around, and is relatively indestructible.

[No preference, USA, <$700] College math major? [R]

5 years, 10 months agoSaneBRZ posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 28, 2014

My son's going to be a freshman in the U.S. and intends (for now!) to study math. We want to get him a laptop and would like some recommendations. Would like to keep under $700, no screen size preference, Windows OS preferred. Many thanks!

5 years, 10 months agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 28, 2014

As a math majore he won't need something powerful (for the first years). If he runs in a project that demands a little bit more power, he could use the computer lab. I would suggest something that is portable and has decent battery life.

On the upper limit of your budget I would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad L440 with following configuration:

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4000M Processor (3MB Cache, 2.40GHz)
  • Display: 14.0" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
  • Memory: 4 GB DDR3L - SDRAM 1600MHz Base
  • Hard Drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
  • Battery: 6 Cell Li-Ion Cylindrical Battery 56.16Wh

This would cost around $680 with the student discount and even less with a Barnes and Noble Gold Account. If he wants more than 5 hours of battery life, he should upgrade the battery. This laptop is not really thin and light, but it's still portable and decent build quality. The best thing about the L440 is the keyboard, which is top notch.

Slightly over the budget would be a Lenovo IdeaPad U430:

  • 14 inch, 1600x900p touchscrenn
  • Intel i7-4500U + 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD + 8 GB SSD cache
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $710

It has an i7 CPU, but a low power model. It's still better than the Intel i3-4000M in the L440, but the difference isn't as big as it might seem.

If you don't want to spend your whole budget, take a look at these:

Dell Inspiron 14R:

  • 14 inch, 1366x768p touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 8 GB of RAM
  • 1 TB HDD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $599

It has a massive 65 WHr battery, which should give him around 7 to 8 hours of juice.

And the last one would be an Asus VivoBook Q301LA:

  • 13.3 inch, 1366x768p touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 6 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $599

In general I would try to stay away from 15.6 inch laptop. They tend to be heavy in this price category. Battery life is also quite short.

Need a suggestion for a small town lawyer. [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 27, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase:USA

  • Budget range:400-700

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): General Office Applications as well as minor gaming/web surfing

  • Screen size preference:13-15 inches

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux):Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): World of Tanks

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self Support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility):

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I like Lenovo for some reason, maybe one of their touch screens?

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: long battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: wash

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: yes

  • A great keyboard:yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: yes

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 27, 2014

I'd go with the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It'll do everything you need it to and nothing you don't for a good price. I'm a big fan of this laptop. It's portable, well made, and should serve your needs nicely.

Helping my former teacher find a new laptop for <$700 for productivity and data analysis. [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 24, 2014

My former teacher is not all that technologically savvy and is looking for a new laptop for them and their spouse. I offered to help them find one and sent them the form for this sub. Their answers are below. Thank you in advance for the assistance!

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: up to $700 - ideally a bit less

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.):  portable, laptop ... not a chromebook

  • Screen size preference: approx 15 inch

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux):  Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings):   N/A

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):  will use for video occasionally, will need to run NVivo 10 (http://www.qsrinternational.com/products_nvivo.aspx?utm_source=NVivo+10+for+Mac )

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):  self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility):   N/A

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): user friendly for the technologically impaired

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight:   long battery

  • Build quality -vs- Low price:   low price (maybe) - build quality is important

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance:  high performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen:   not a really high premium

  • A great keyboard:  potentially

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons:   yes

  • Great audio:  not a big deal

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)   I need to go with your recommendations...

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 25, 2014

If you want build quality and portability, the Lenovo U430 would be a good bet. It's lightweight, gets good battery life, and is well constructed.

The Acer Aspire V7-582PG suggested is alright as well since it has such a high quality display and dedicated graphics, but I don't see the need for dedicated graphics.

The price is right, though at $700 with promo code: GRADUATION

If you want as cheap as you can get with a 1080p display, the Acer Aspire V5-573P has a high end IPS display and is under $600. It doesn't have the dedicated graphics, but it can get over 7 hours of battery life.

Looking for a laptop to use while in college, and I plan on a computer science major [R]

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 25, 2014
  • Country of purchase: America

  • Budget range: max is about 750, but not strict

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): college, with a major in computer science

  • Screen size preference: what you think is normal, probably 1600x900

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows 7

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Nothing intense for the computer, probably smaller indie games and emulators

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): I honestly don't know what kind of performance I would need. What do you think a comp sci major would need?

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support/college bookstore. I've built a pc and and fairly knowledgeable but don't know much about laptops which is why I'm asking

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): none, no apple

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): no alienware shit, I don't want glowing lights and stuff but I would like a backlit keyboard

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: I plan on carrying this thing around campus but I'd prefer a slightly longer batter life than lower weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: I want a solid build, but not break the bank. If you think it suffices that is enough for me as long as it will last 4 years

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: I don't think I need top of the line performance, so maybe low heat/noise would be nice but if you think I need good performance for comp sci then so be it

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: nothing more than necessary

  • A great keyboard: yes, I'll be doing a lot of typing

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: maybe?

  • Great audio: no

5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 25, 2014

If you want battery life, go with the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It's light, gets good battery life, has a hybrid SSD, and would be easy for you to take around school.

If battery life is less of a concern, the Lenovo ThinkPad L440 has a better keyboard, but is heavier and won't likely get you the battery life of the U430.

Is this good for the price? [R]

5 years, 10 months agoMay 23, 2014

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5 years, 10 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 24, 2014

I would avoid HP laptops like the plague. They are incredibly unreliable and their customer service is abysmal.

On top of that, a 17.3" laptop for college isn't suggested. They are hard to take around and eventually you will just stop taking it with you, rendering your note taking abilities useless.

I'd suggest getting the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Need a laptop for school. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 22, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States
  • Budget range: $400 - $600
  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): School work
  • Screen size preference: 14"
  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Linux (Will just replace windows with linux)
  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None, no gaming.
  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Be able to run android emulator fine(simple i3 will suffice)
  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): None.
  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): No Hp or Dell.
  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): No touch screens, small laptop with accessible compartments (HDD, wifi card, RAM)
  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: DESPREATELY want longer battery life.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: I prefer excellent build quality.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: No preference Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: only if it a reasonable price for 1080p. Only 1080p.

  • A great keyboard: no preference

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no preference

  • Great audio: No preference List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

Features that are a must: LONG battery life (6+ if that is possible) Dual Band wifi (a big must) Must be able to access the components inside the laptop EASILY (RAM, HDD, and wifi card) Also, a laptop that has linux or no OS would be nice. Absolutely will not get: A touch screen laptop.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 22, 2014

You can get the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It's slightly more expensive than your budget, but it's a great bang for the buck and carries solid build quality. I'm a big fan of the Lenovo U series laptops.

What laptop should I buy? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 21, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 22, 2014

I'd say you could go simple and relatively inexpensive with the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

wife traveling to Africa [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 20, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 21, 2014

Those games easily run on integrated graphics. You can get a Lenovo IdeaPad U430 to easily meet her requirements.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

I'm a pretty big fan of the Lenovo U series laptops. They are dependable, slim, lightweight, and carry great specs for the price.

Movie and Music Laptop: US, ~15", ~$700-1000 [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 20, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase:USA

  • Budget range:$700-$1000 low as possible but will go up to ~$1000 for a kickass laptop

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): college laptop (pretty much just lots of emails, word, and pdf documents), lots of downloads, web surfing. Most importantly will be used for music and movies a lot.

  • Screen size preference:15-16 in. not too picky about this, can be bigger as long as it fits in my backpack.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): maybe some dota or civ/not much gaming

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): enough to watch HD movies, I want it to be fast!

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self-support, college bookstore

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): currently have an ASUS which I have liked

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): currently have an ASUS K55A, I like it but want more speed and more space

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: battery, weight doesn't matter as long as it isn't too huge for my backpack

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: slight edge towards build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: high performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: probably no, just want movies to look good, gaming stuff doesn't matter to me

  • A great keyboard: prob not, backlit keyboard would be nice though

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: nope, I'll use a mouse

  • Great audio: Mostly use headphones, this would be nice though.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) A few USB ports preferably 3.0, SD slot would be nice, HDMI port is a must!

I am hoping to find a quality laptop that can last me at least until I finish school (~3yrs). It will be used mainly for music, watching movies, web browsing and downloads. The most important aspect of the laptop I want is speed. I can always get an external HDD or something for more space.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 20, 2014

For a general use laptop easily capable of playing Dota 2 and Civ V for relatively cheap, I would suggest the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It would meet your requirements and easily last your college career if its taken care of.

Looking for a great deal on a 14" laptop (USA). Budget is flexible. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 19, 2014

Hello,

It's been five years since I bought a laptop. It has served me well but like most electronics it is now obsolete, slow, heavy and just basically ineffective.

With Memorial Day approaching this weekend I am expecting a lot of sales going on and figured that this would be a good time to jump on a really great deal.

I am looking for a 14" laptop. No bigger and I'm not really interested in anything smaller. Screen resolution is important to me. As is having at least one HDMI port.

As far as technical specs go, I am not really sure what I need. 90% of what I do is simple and straight forward stuff like browsing the internet and shit. Sometimes (like 3 hours a week) I like to decompress by playing some games. My current laptop runs games like Empire: Total War and Civ5 and other strategy games pretty poorly (and gets super hot). I would like my next laptop to be able to handle this and other strategy games that I may become interested in without a problem. I don't play any crazy nerd games that need super duper graphics but these seem to put a strain on the processor (or maybe RAM) in my current computer so I want to be SURE it won't be a problem with the next one.

Other than that I am open to ideas. Look is pretty important to me as this is something that I am going to be seen with at work and when traveling on business....so while it doesn't have to be super fancy I'd like it to look nicer than just a hunk of plastic.

As for budget, I am pretty flexible. I am less interested I. What the overall price is and more interested in how much I am saving over what it is normally priced at. Overall I would say I almost definitely won't spend more than I spent on my last laptop ($800). Basically, I am looking for a GREAT deal. If one doesn't present itself I will wait until one does but since Memorial day is a big sale holiday I was thinking this would be a good time to ask.

That skills for any help!

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 20, 2014

Good laptops don't go on sale for holidays. Cheap, crappy laptops go on sale for holiday specials. Good laptops will sell around year and retailers know it.

The Lenovo ThinkPad L440 can be configured with a 1600x900 display and would play your games easily enough.

It's also a very durable, high quality business laptop that would come for a very reasonable price and last you years.

If you want slimmer and more stylish, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 would get better battery life and be much slimmer, but doesn't carry the build quality of the ThinkPad. The aesthetics may interest you, though.

Does anyone know any options for laptops similar to the Lenovo U430? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 19, 2014

I'm talking about this. I'm looking for a new laptop, and the Lenovo seems great, but I'd love to compare with some other options.

Thanks!

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 19, 2014

I'm a big fan of the Lenovo U430. It carries great specs and build quality for the price.

If you want something comparable, the Acer Aspire V7-482PG or the 15.6" version. It has a much higher quality display than the U430 and has dedicated graphics. I prefer the build quality and touchpad on the U430, but it definitely has benefits. The 15.6" version is only $700 with promo code: GRADUATION

Then there's the Lenovo Yoga 13. It's less powerful but has a much higher quality display than the U430, gets solid battery life, and folded back onto itself to function like a laptop.

Another student, another laptop suggestion (13", US, up to $900) [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 19, 2014
  • Country of purchase: US

  • Budget range: between $500-$900.

  • Purpose: Ultra-portable, Student and Work (office suite and statistics), small amount of gaming. Going to graduate school, will also be buying a used nexus 7 for highlighting ebooks for class.

  • Screen size preference: 13 inches would be best. 11.6 would be fine with a good keyboard that is comfortable for typing on for long periods of time.

  • OS preference: Windows.

  • Gaming requirements: Intel Integrated Graphics is perfect. Looking to play Civ 5 at lowest setting. Some indie games and emulators, that's it.

  • Performance requirements: I would prefer good memory for multitasking. I would also like a SSD for quick loading.

  • Method of computer support: Self-support

  • Brand preferences and reasons: ASUS or Lenovo are preferred, but other brands are not ruled out. Nothing with a lot of bloatware you cannot remove, and better build quality.

  • Any particular style that you like: Open to whatever. If it's cheaper in Pink that's fine by me.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer?

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low weight. I like long battery life but I will be walking with this up to two miles a day.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality. Lower prices are tempting but this will be transported a lot.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: I don't want to bug other people in a classroom with a noisy machine, so low noise/heat would be preferred.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: No that's alright. I would watch movies on it but no intensive-gaming and no video/picture editing.

  • A great keyboard: Definitely. My hands are comfortable on a 13", and I plan to write a majority of my reports/papers on this.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Not that important. I prefer external mice and most have touchscreens anways.

  • Great audio: Not important.

List any features that are critical: SD card would be very important. No other critical features though.

5 years, 11 months agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 19, 2014

I think the Dell XPS 13 would be the best option:

  • 13.3 inch, 1920x1080p IPS touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 8 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB SSD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $899 with the coupon code GRADUATION

Decent keyboard, SSD as storage solution and battery life is quite good (not on par with a MacBook Air, but it's acceptable).

Alternatives would be either a Lenovo Yoga 2 13:

  • 13.3 inch, 1920x1080p IPS touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 8 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD cache
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $849 with the student discount (or less with a Barnes and Noble Gold Account)

or a Asus ZenBook UX302LA from Best Buy, with similar specs to the Lenovo Yoga 2.

There are cheaper alternatives like a Lenovo IdeaPad U430, but the 900p display is pretty bad compared to the three model above.

Can anyone comment on Fujitsu's quality? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 17, 2014

Hey yo, I'm looking at the Fujitsu Lifebook E743 for school, work, and extremely light gaming. It would be my all-in-one, and I could easily put 18 hours on certain days.

Main Reasons:

  • Low Price - I'm in college

  • 14" screen - high portability

  • Metal Finish - in my experience, plastic holds much more grease and dust

However, what's probably most important to me is some durability and longevity of battery life - I've owned two laptops where the maximum battery life quickly went from 5 hours to <20 minutes in the span of a year. I haven't heard anything good or bad about Fujitsu, and the internet seems to be highly split on the issue.

I have personally bad experiences with Dell, HP, and Sony, so I am trying to avoid those. I have heard bad things about Lenovo and Acer (input please?) This doesn't really leave a lot of options.

I was seconds away from buying an ASUS Vivobook (s400ca) today, but I found out in store that the keyboard is ... awful. My schoolwork involves programming and report-writing, and I could not see myself working on that keyboard for long periods of time. I've owned an Asus notebook before and it was fine, but this one was just horrid.

Other options I've taken a quick look at are the Lenovo u430 and Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite.

IDEALLY, I would like a clone of the Asus u30/31/35 series or Acer timelineX series of 2 years ago, but it seems like these guys have shifted their focus and this kind of product is not being sold anymore.

Any input? Thanks for your help!!

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 17, 2014

Metal finishes don't really have any benefit to durability or cleanliness. They just give the look of a premium product. While they do look nice, they also tend to gather grease and fingerprints like crazy. When they're even slightly dirty, they look nasty.

If you're concerned about durability, keyboard, and battery life, getting the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s. If you upgrade the display to 1080p and the battery, you can get excellent battery life, the best keyboard around, and extreme durability. it's a little expensive, but you can get a student discount through Lenovo.

Otherwise, the Lenovo U430 is a good option.

[USA][~$600][College - Business/IT][Portable, Light-ish, Good Battery] HELP D: [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 16, 2014

Country of purchase:

USA / Internet

  • Budget range:

$500-$600

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.):

College portable, IT work

  • Screen size preference:

Don't care

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux):

Windows 7/8

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings):

Moderate, not a priority

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):

Self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility):

Anything but MSI. Holy hell ANYTHING but MSI. Good experiences with Dell, Acer, and Asus

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

Sleekish, fond of the Aspire design

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight:

Balanced, these two are high priority

  • Build quality -vs- Low price:

Low price, I guess, since $600 seems low

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance:

High performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen:

Yes

  • A great keyboard:

Yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons:

Ehh

  • Great audio:

Ehh

List any features that are critical:

SD Card slot, Multiple USB (pref at least one 3.0), Bluetooth

Notes: Hopefully this is possible. Starting Uni soon and this would be enormously helpful.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 16, 2014

Ideally, you could spend some extra money and get the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

If you can't spend that much, you can get the version with a slower processor, no touch display, and lesser resolution with the Lenovo U430p. It may have lesser specs, but it's more affordable.

[USA][~700] casual laptop for college student to replace broken one [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 16, 2014

I am currently on a Lenovo Ideapad p500 touch and it has been nothing but excellent for me. Sad to say, I lent it to my girlfriend for a class (she lost her charger cable) and she dropped it. The glass got broken something good on the upper right corner but the touch screen still works. I was quoted some stupid prices to fix it so im going to sell it for what I can get. That being said! I'm looking to replace it with something comparable. Here are the specs of the current laptop. I mostly just it for note taking, netflix, and occasionally for civ 5. I have my eye on this but my local best buy seems to have hired a staff of ghosts because whenever I need help or have questions, no ones to be found. It doesnt have to be a 2 in 1 but I do think the idea of it is awesome. Any help is appreciated and let me know if I can provide more info

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 16, 2014

Buying a laptop from Best Buy has been a nightmare every time I have tried. No one can help you, they usually don't have any laptops actually IN there store, and they make you jump through a bunch of hoops to get it.

With that said, though, the Lenovo Yoga 2 13 is a great little laptop if you will use the tablet mode functionality. It's really lightweight, gets great battery life, and has a high quality display.

If you want to try to spend less, though, you can get the Lenovo U430 which has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and it gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It's would be a good option within your budget with solid battery life.

One last option... If you want a 15.6" laptop with a 1080p display and dedicated graphics, you can get the Acer Aspire V7-582PG. It has an i5-4200U, 8GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, and a beautiful 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS touch display. It weighs 4.8lbs and gets up to 6.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

It has a fairly low quality touchpad and doesn't carry the build quality of the others but the specs are fantastic for the price. You can even get it down to $700 with the promo code: GRADUATION

Looking for 13" or larger touchscreen/USA/$600 [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 15, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: US

  • Budget range: Want to keep it under $600 but that's not a hard cap.

  • Purpose: web browsing, streaming video (standalone or HDMI hookup to TV), spreadsheets

  • Screen size preference: > 13"

  • OS preference: Windows

  • Gaming requirements: none

  • Performance requirements: fast boot, touchscreen

  • Method of computer support: self

  • Brand preferences and reasons: open

  • Any particular style that you like: open

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: best bang for budget

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: no

  • A great keyboard: 10-key would be nice

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: HDMI, SSD (hybrid), USB 3.0

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 15, 2014

If you want portable and with a touch display, I'd suggest the Lenovo U430. It's a little over budget, but it has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Alternatively, if you want cheaper and a bigger display, you can get the Lenovo G510s with an i3-4000M, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and a 15.6" touch display.

Laptop shopping for my sister! Looking for good build quality. [US] [13-14"] [sub-$1000] [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 15, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 15, 2014

If you can do $1050, or I believe they offer a student discount, you can get the Lenovo Yoga 2 13.

It has an i5-4200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 13.3" 1920x1080 touch display. It fits all of your requirements and it folds back on itself to function like a tablet.

If you want to go cheaper, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is the way to go.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

USA, less than $950, 15" or less [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 14, 2014
  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: $950 or less

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Schoolwork, so essays, powerpoints, and research, maybe a YouTube video or two...

  • Screen size preference: 15 inches or less

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Not needed, not a gaming laptop

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Should be able to handle an HD YouTube video, that's about it

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): I'm a pretty good laptop doctor, but probably a close friend for really bad cases

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): None really preferred

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Nope, my last laptop died hard quickly so I couldn't say

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Long battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality, so long it's not too far over $950

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: As above, it just needs to handle a YouTube video, so you could say balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes, depending on the premium

  • A great keyboard: Backlit would be great

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No

  • Great audio: No

List any features that are critical: USB 3.0 ports and headphone jack, and the thinner and lighter, the better

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 15, 2014

You can get a Lenovo U430 with an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display for well under budget.

it weighs only 4.4lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life. it would suit you well.

Are there any internal differences between the IdeaPad 430 Touch and 430P? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 14, 2014

I know that the main differences between the two are that the P version doesn't have a touch screen and has a worse screen resolution, but is anything else different, such as the processing power? I'm debating on getting the 430P since it's cheaper and I don't really care about the touchscreen feature. Thanks.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 14, 2014

Lenovo IdeaPad U430 i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 14" 1600x900 touch display.

Lenovo IdeaPad U430p

i3-4010U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 14" 1366x768 display

So for the lower price, you'll get a lesser display without touch capabilities and a slower processor.

If you get the $650 version U430p you get a processor much closer to the i7 and 8GB RAM.

Not sure that the lower resolution display is worth it, though. You can upgrade RAM yourself later and a higher res display is really handy.

The cheaper the better, no gaming! [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 14, 2014

I have a $1200 usd budget but I want to spend as little as possible because I get to keep the remaining money to put towards a gaming pc.

This laptop is for college, SCHOOLWORK ONLY

Preferably 15 inches, might watch some movies so i would enjoy a 1080 screen but I can live without it if it means I can save more money.

I don't know if I need an I7, but I definitely want at least an i5. If an i7 is worth it let me know.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 14, 2014

If you want something lightweight and durable, you can get a Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It's only a 14" laptop with a 1600x900 touch display, but it can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life and only weighs 4.4lbs.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

For general uses, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 or U430? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 13, 2014

I am looking at these two laptops for when I go to upgrade pretty soon. They are close to each other in price so that isn't a concern. I will mainly be using this for school (write papers and excel), spotify, netflix, and general browsing. Which computer would be better to use for 3+ years? If anyone has any suggestions similar to these I am open to all suggestions. Thank you.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 14, 2014

For general use I'd suggest the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has a larger display and generally higher specs. The IdeaPad Yoga is pretty useless if you don't want to use the tablet functionality.

College Laptop around $600US [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 13, 2014

USA

Around $600, but can be up to $800. But, college student, so less is better.

It's for college use. I have a desktop for gaming so the laptop will predominately be used for school work.

A screen of at least 14" should be fine.

Windows is preferable.

Running office suite is probably the most taxing task this laptop will undertake.

Preferred Features: * Long battery life * Build quality * Low noise/heat * Easy to access Drive and RAM

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 13, 2014

I'd say to go with the Lenovo IdeaPad U430. It's light, gets great battery life, has a hybrid SSD, and is well made. I'm a real fan of the Lenovo U series. They are pretty sleek.

Alternatively, if you want something bigger that won't get as much battery life, but has a 1080p display and dedicated graphics for gaming on the side with it, you can get the ASUS R510DP.

College Laptop around $600US [R]

5 years, 11 months agoSaneBRZ posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 13, 2014

USA

Around $600, but can be up to $800. But, college student, so less is better.

It's for college use. I have a desktop for gaming so the laptop will predominately be used for school work.

A screen of at least 14" should be fine.

Windows is preferable.

Running office suite is probably the most taxing task this laptop will undertake.

Preferred Features: * Long battery life * Build quality * Low noise/heat * Easy to access Drive and RAM

5 years, 11 months agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 13, 2014

Here are some laptops you could take a look (including some 13.3 inch models, if you don't mind something smaller, thus more portable):

The first one would be the Asus VivoBook Q301LA, if you don't want to spend that much:

  • 13.3 inch, 1366x768p touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 6 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $600

The second one is a little bit more expensive, but has a 900p display, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430:

  • 14 inch, 1600x900p display
  • Intel i7-4500U + 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD + 8 GB SSD cache
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $700

Number three would be the Asus Q501LA again on sale:

  • 15.6 inch, 1920x1080p IPS touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 8 GB of RAM
  • 750 GB HDD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $749 (or $649/$699 if Best Buy is in the mood for a sale)

On the 4th place (in this list, not regarding performance and/or quality) would be the Lenovo ThinkPad L440 with following configuration:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4200M Processor (3MB Cache, up to 3.10GHz)
  • Display: 14.0" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
  • Memory: 4 GB DDR3L - SDRAM 1600MHz Base
  • Hard Drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
  • Rear Battery: 9 Cell Li-Ion Cylindrical Battery 99.9Wh
  • Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless 7260AC with Bluetooth 4.0

This would cost you $750 with the student discount (or less with a Barnes and Noble Gold Account).

And last, but not least you could take a look at the Dell Inspiron 14R:

  • 14 inch, 1366x768p touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 8 GB of RAM
  • 1 TB HDD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $599

It's not a light weight with 5 lbs (like the L440) but with a 65 WHr battery, you should get through a whole day.

(600-700) USA. Looking for a laptop for my year of travel in China. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 12, 2014

Hey all, looking for a laptop (currently have an old desktop and no laptop). I'll be travelling to China soon and am looking for something portable, but still decent enough to use for a few years. Below is the questionnaire. Thanks for your help!

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: 600-700

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Ultraportable, mainstream

  • Screen size preference: 13-14

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Light Gaming. Civ 5, maybe some newer games on low-medium settings.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): No preference for brand.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Slim would be nice, I’m getting this for travel.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: long battery

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: yeah

  • A great keyboard: meh

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: yeah

  • Great audio: meh

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 13, 2014

I'd go for the Lenovo U430.

It's light, well built, gets good battery life, and is really quite powerful for the price.

Need a laptop for school that meets my sort of finicky ass standards. Please help! [14"-15.6", USA, $750] [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 12, 2014

So I, like so many others, am heading off to college next year and need a laptop to bring to class. I have saved up about $400, and plan on putting away my next two paychecks to bring the total to around $750. I have been scouring the web intensely for a laptop, and have read through the sidebar loads of times. I am just having trouble finding something that meets enough of the specifications I want with as few trade-offs as possible. I'm really sorry if I missed something and this is a silly question, but I digress.

The things I look for in a laptop are, in order of importance:

  • Reliability. The fewer issues the better. I'm a hardware guy, and so the largely software based aspect of laptops scares me.

  • Battery life. Number one. I want a laptop that won't putter out on me after four measly hours of typing on it in class. Speaking of typing...

  • A solid keyboard. The realm where Lenovo excels. I am a mechanical keyboard user, and the closer I can get to a tactile keyboard feel the better.

  • Portability and image quality. I'm looking for a 14-15.6 inch screen size, anything else would just be redundant with my desktop. That said, I have no desire to sacrifice image quality if at all possible. I would prefer 1600x900 and up.

  • Solid processor. I still need to run some software on this bad boy. A Haswell would be nice.

  • Sleek look. I hate to sound petty, and I know this is subjective, but I think there is a reason macbooks got popular, and the sleeker the look the more inclined I am to take the best care of it. (holy run on sentence batman!)

  • Non-plastic construction. Not huge, but I love the feeling of durability in my hands.

  • Probably gonna need an ethernet port, dorm life and all, but would still like solid wifi capabilities.

So far the closest I've come to all my specifications is the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch (http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Ultrabook-Touch-Screen-i7-4500U-processor/dp/B00HJX1ZKK/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1399896097&sr=1-3) but the reviews for it are very confusing, and I might like to get something else. Please help, I will be forever in your debt. I apologized if there is something I missed that could help me. Thank you all. I really hope I'm not asking too much. For more info I filled out the questionnaire below.

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States of 'Murica

  • Budget range: <$750. I could push it a little if I found the perfect laptop though.

  • Purpose: College Laptop

  • Screen size preference: 14-15.6. Could go up to 17 if you asked nicely.

  • OS preference:Windows

  • Gaming requirements:That is what my desktop is for.

  • Performance requirements: Some Auto-desk software and lots of word documents.

  • Method of computer support: Myself?

  • Brand preferences and reasons: Lenovo for that beautiful keyboard, and I like some HP laptops too (solid construction).

  • Any particular style that you like: I like ultrabooks. Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch is a good example

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer?

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Battery.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality cold push my budget up $100 if necessary.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Not too much premium, but I suppose.

  • A great keyboard: YES.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Yes.

  • Great audio: Nah.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 12, 2014

I would not suggest a Z710 for class. It's not that light and gets poor battery life. It's not good for taking around school.

Your best touchscreen bet would be the Lenovo IdeaPad U430. It has the best combination of good resolution, great battery life, solid construction, and good keyboard.

If you don't want a touch display, the Lenovo ThinkPad L440 would be the best. Upgrade the battery and the display and you will get a very versatile laptop with a great keyboard and great durability.

(600-700) USA. Looking for a laptop for my year of travel in China. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoSaneBRZ posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 12, 2014

Hey all, looking for a laptop (currently have an old desktop and no laptop). I'll be travelling to China soon and am looking for something portable, but still decent enough to use for a few years. Below is the questionnaire. Thanks for your help!

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: 600-700

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Ultraportable, mainstream

  • Screen size preference: 13-14

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Light Gaming. Civ 5, maybe some newer games on low-medium settings.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): No preference for brand.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Slim would be nice, I’m getting this for travel.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: long battery

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: yeah

  • A great keyboard: meh

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: yeah

  • Great audio: meh

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

5 years, 11 months agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 12, 2014

Here are two laptops you could take a look on. The first one would be the Asus VivoBook Q301LA, if you don't want to spend that much:

  • 13.3 inch, 1366x768p touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 6 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $600

The second one is a little bit more expensive, but has a 900p display, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430:

  • 14 inch, 1600x900p display
  • Intel i7-4500U + 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD + 8 GB SSD cache
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $690

Help with choosing a laptop for schoolwork! [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 10, 2014

So I am in need of a new computer since my current computer (Macbook Pro) is 4 years old now, its really slow and almost has no space for anything on it left.

I am looking for a prebuilt (windows) computer that costs about $1000 (preferably less). I will be using it for schoolwork mainly since I have a desktop computer at home for gaming, but I still want to be able to play some very lightweight games.

I have been looking on Lenovo IdeaPad G510 and HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n029so, but if yeah im a noob so please help :P

If you have any questions, go ahead. Thanks for taking your time to read :)

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 10, 2014

If you want inexpensive, well made, and lightweight with good battery life, I'd go for the Lenovo IdeaPad U430. It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

If you want something with a higher quality display and dedicated graphics, you can get the Acer Aspire V7-482PG. It has an i5-4200U, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD, Nvidia GT 750M Graphics, and a beautiful 14" 1920x1080 IPS touch display.

Both offer 7-8 hours of battery life under the right conditions and they both weigh less than 4.5lbs. Both are great options for a student, and the Acer is a really great option if you want to do some gaming since it has a really high quality display and dedicated graphics.

Looking for 13-14", ~$800, for school/entertainment [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 8, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 8, 2014

I'd say your best bet for staying in budget is the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

If you can go a little over budget, you would get a ton better display and dedicated graphics with the Acer Aspire V7-482PG. It has an i5-4200U, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD Cache, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, and a beautiful 14" 1920x1080 IPS touch display. It also weighs 4.4lbs and can get up to 8 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

US College Student, need a solid Windows Laptop [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 8, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

Country of purchase: USA

Budget range: Up to $700.

Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Student. Papers, research, excel documents and PDFs.

Screen size preference: 15.6 is the highest I'll go, but would definitely prefer something at 14.

OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None, really. I play DS Emulators sometimes.

Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Don't think so.

Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): College tech support.

Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): I have a Macbook, so anything similar is great. I had an ASUS and just returned due to the poor keyboard (the Q500, if anyone was interested. Great laptop but I couldn't type well enough). I hear great things about Lenovo from friends.

Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Lightweight, strong performance. I would like at 6 GB RAM to future proof the laptop (will probably use for 5+ years).

Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced) Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low weight. Build quality -vs- Low price: Balanced Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low heat.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

High resolution screen: No thanks. The norm is fine.

A great keyboard: Yes. A must.

A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Definitely need a strong one.

Great audio: No.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) HDMI Port is necessary. USB 3.0 is nice but not required. Would need at least 500 GB of HDD, no SSD needed but would also be nice. I saw a deal for the Lenovo Yoga 11S that I was interested to gauge where I'm at. The RAM was upgradable. Thanks for any help!

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 8, 2014

Your best bet is the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM (upgradable), 500GB Hybrid SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Its' one of my favorite laptops around and fits your needs perfectly.

USA $500-800 Light gaming, high portable. Iris 5100 graphics? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 8, 2014
**LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE**

* Country of purchase: USA

* Budget range: $500-800

* Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): 

Ultraportal, Secondary to desktop, light gaming

* Screen size preference: 

13- 15

* OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): 

Windows

* Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings):

Sims 3, Broken Age, Banished, other small indie Steam Games, Tropico 4 and Anno series (This one just has to be playable, doesn't need to look amazing).

* Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):

I've looked everywhere online and I can't find any laptops that have the new Iris HD graphics. What laptops have the HD graphics above the 4400 graphics set?

* Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): 

Self support/ best buy?

* Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business
compatibility): 

None

* Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

I was looking at the Idea Pad U430. I like slim and sleek.

* Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

* Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Weight at or under 4 lbs with battery over 4 hours. 

* Build quality -vs- Low price: Low price

* Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low heat

**Would you pay a premium for something that has:**

* High resolution screen: I want to get around at least 1440x900 resolution

* A great keyboard: Full keyboard preferable

* A great touchpad/mouse buttons:

* Great audio:

**List any features that are critical: Matte screen would be amazing but not needed. SD card reader would be great too.
5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 8, 2014

The Lenovo U430 would be great for your needs if you like slim and sleek, and the Intel HD 4400 graphics shouldn't have a problem handling your games with reasonable settings.

If you can spend the extra cash and want a higher quality 1920x1080 IPS touch display (I say higher quality, but what I mean is incredibly high quality especially in this budget), you can get the Acer Aspire V7-482PG which has Nvidia GT 750M dedicated graphics which would blow even the Intel Iris graphics out of the water.

US College student in need of a new school/entertainment laptop - ideally >15.1", $1200 is my max. No familiarity with hardware :( [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 8, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 8, 2014

I would say not to get that. Dell Inspirons are pretty low quality and unreliable and that is a pretty weak laptop.

If you can push it above $600, I would get the Lenovo IdeaPad U430, which will get great battery life, has great build quality, and is really lightweight.

If you can't get to that price and need to keep it in the $500 range, I'd suggest getting the Lenovo G410 which doesn't have as high of resolution, touch display, or as much battery life, but will be powerful and portable enough for taking around school.

Heading off to college with a budget of $700, need some help. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 8, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 8, 2014

For college use within your budget, I would suggest the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It would be ideal for taking around to classes and allowing it to survive the day. The only thing it doesn't have is an optical drive which is something you will see missing in most laptops that decent battery life. You can always get an external optical drive to take with you or just keep it in your room if you will only really use it at home.

Laptop: 13-16" that can run Ubuntu 12.04 [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 8, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 8, 2014

Here are some laptops you could take a look on. The first one would be a Lenovo IdeaPad U430:

  • 14 inch, 1600x900p touchscreen
  • Intel i7-4500U + 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD + 8 GB SSD cache
  • Intel HD4400 grapics
  • Price: $680

Weighs 4.4 lbs, has acceptable battery life and comes with almost every port you want (besides the VGA one). Only letdown is the mediocre display. It also has an entry in the Arch Linux wiki, so it shouldn't be a problem to set up Ubuntu on it.

An alternative would be the Asus ZenBook UX302LA from Best Buy:

  • 13.3 inch, 1920x1080p touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 4 GB of RAM (2 GB are soldered afaik)
  • 500 GB HDD + 16 GB SSD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $899

It has a full HD IPS display with wide viewing angles, high contrast values and better colour reproduction. It lacks an Ethernet port, which could be a deal breaker.

A more "robust" option would be a Lenovo ThinkPad L440. You can customize it to your needs (bigger bettary, 900p display, with or without optical drive), but it's kinda thick and with a weight of 5 lbs not really light. It would have the best keyboard by far.

You can get even a refurbished MacBook Air 13 for under or around 900 bucks. You can't upgrade it with your SSD, but it already comes with on. Would have the longest battery life of all suggestion. You can trust Apple with refurbished stuff. A refurbished unit should look like a new one and will come with all the warranty and service options like a new one.

Dell or Lenovo for portable i7 laptop? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 7, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 7, 2014

If you want portable, I'd suggest this Lenovo U430. It'll get better battery life, is lighter, and less expensive.

US, looking for 13-14" for everyday use, pictures and email. Sub $800 if possible. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 5, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: US

  • Budget range: $500-$800

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Mainstream / portable

  • Screen size preference: 13-14"

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux):Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings):None

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Video/ Picture Editing

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): None

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): HP Envy

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: balanced

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Yes

  • Great audio: NA

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) HDMI, SD Card, USB 3.0, Optical drive would help but not critical.

Thanks in Advance. Looking for general use with some picture editing.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 6, 2014

Then I would go with the Lenovo Ideapad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It's definitely one of my favorites.

Looking for a laptop (preferably Lenovo) under $700. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 5, 2014

Looking for a laptop (preferably Lenovo) with Windows 7, decent battery, good amount of storage, pretty lightweight, nice resolution, and also preferably under $700. There have been a couple that have caught my eye but I wanted to check in here before I make a final decision.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 5, 2014

Windows 7 isn't really something that is available on new laptops.

Otherwise, I'd suggest the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get 7.5 hours of battery life.

Budget touchscreen laptop, mostly used for school and watching shows, movies etc [R]

5 years, 11 months agoMay 5, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 5, 2014

I'd go with the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 if you want light weight and battery life.

It has an i7-4500U Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

[USA] 13-15" screen, $500-$900; Could you recommend a dependable laptop for medical school? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 1, 2014

I am starting medical school this fall and need a new laptop. I currently use a Lenovo Thinkpad X220 Tablet. Other than a few minor issues, lack of HDMI port, a prehistoric look, and the screen being a bit small, it has been fine. The laptop I am looking to buy will be used as my main computer so for everything including school. I would like a screen that is easy to read off of for long periods of time. As for battery life, I am used to my Lenovo's 1-hour battery life so anything better than that is awesome. Touch screen isn't necessary, but it is a plus. I have been reading this subreddit and noticed a few recommendations that may apply to me: -Lenovo U430 -ASUS Transformer Book T300LA-US51T -ASUS VivoBook -Acer Aspire

Is there anything else that would be better for a computer used for Microsoft Office and internet browsing?

Thanks so much!!

**LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE**

* Country of purchase: USA

* Budget range: 500-900, but since I'm a broke college kid, I would prefer to stay near the low-end of my budget.

* Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): main school computer: will use at home, in class, and on the go. No gaming necessary.

* Screen size preference: 13"-15" I have a 12.5" Lenovo now and it is a bit too small.

* OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows, please.

* Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): none 

* Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): 

* Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):

* Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business
compatibility):

* Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

* Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

* Long battery life -vs- Low weight: balanced

* Build quality -vs- Low price: balanced

* Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: balanced

**Would you pay a premium for something that has:**

* High resolution screen: maybe

* A great keyboard: no

* A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

* Great audio: no

**List any features that are critical:** (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

USB and HDMI ports are a must.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 1, 2014

If you want the cheap functionality, I'd just get the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

You've obviously already seen it, but its well made and is inexpensive. I'm a big fan of the Lenovo U series laptops. They get great battery life and are quite light too, which sounds like it would work out well for you.

[USA] 13-15" screen, $500-$900; Could you recommend a dependable laptop for medical school? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoCyberJeeves posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
May 1, 2014

I am starting medical school this fall and need a new laptop. I currently use a Lenovo Thinkpad X220 Tablet. Other than a few minor issues, lack of HDMI port, a prehistoric look, and the screen being a bit small, it has been fine. The laptop I am looking to buy will be used as my main computer so for everything including school. I would like a screen that is easy to read off of for long periods of time. As for battery life, I am used to my Lenovo's 1-hour battery life so anything better than that is awesome. Touch screen isn't necessary, but it is a plus. I have been reading this subreddit and noticed a few recommendations that may apply to me: -Lenovo U430 -ASUS Transformer Book T300LA-US51T -ASUS VivoBook -Acer Aspire

Is there anything else that would be better for a computer used for Microsoft Office and internet browsing?

Thanks so much!!

**LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE**

* Country of purchase: USA

* Budget range: 500-900, but since I'm a broke college kid, I would prefer to stay near the low-end of my budget.

* Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): main school computer: will use at home, in class, and on the go. No gaming necessary.

* Screen size preference: 13"-15" I have a 12.5" Lenovo now and it is a bit too small.

* OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows, please.

* Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): none 

* Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): 

* Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):

* Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business
compatibility):

* Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

* Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

* Long battery life -vs- Low weight: balanced

* Build quality -vs- Low price: balanced

* Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: balanced

**Would you pay a premium for something that has:**

* High resolution screen: maybe

* A great keyboard: no

* A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

* Great audio: no

**List any features that are critical:** (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

USB and HDMI ports are a must.

5 years, 11 months agoCyberJeeves posted on SuggestALaptop.
May 1, 2014

The Asus Q501LA would be a good choice for you, since it has a really beautiful 1920x1080 15.6" IPS touchscreen. It has enough power for your needs, and you'll really enjoy reading/watching video with it.

Other posters may advise you to get the Lenovo Ideapad U430, but the screen really isn't nearly as nice as the Q501LA.

[$500-1000] Decent, convenient, and sleek laptop for school [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 30, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $500-1000

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Mainstream (assuming this means internet surfing, movies, writing papers)... not a gamer

  • Screen size preference: 13-15''. 14'' is ideal, but definitely nothing bigger than 15''

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Either.

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Nothing in particular?

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): College bookstore/self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): None.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Something sleek and portable, like Macs or some of the new Samsung models.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Balanced.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Heart says yes; mind says no.

  • A great keyboard: Yes.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No.

  • Great audio: No.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.): The normal stuff, I guess? USB/SD slots, removable battery, HDMI, bluetooth, glossy screen. If the model has easily available accessories like covers, cases, etc. it would be nice.

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 30, 2014

If you want to go inexpensive, you would do great with the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500 w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also only weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

If you want the higher quality display and dedicated graphics (won't be really helpful if you don't game), you could check out the Acer Aspire V7-482PG.

It has an i5-4200U, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, and a beautiful 14" 1920x1080 IPS touch display. It definitely has some nicer features but has lesser build quality than the Lenovo, IMO, and it does cost more.

[USA] Suggestions on a 2nd, $~400-600 13"-15" laptop? Notes, Youtube, light gaming, etc [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 30, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $400-$600 but flexible. (USD)

  • Purpose: Portable, taking notes in class, not paying attention in class, Netflix, etc

  • Screen size preference: 15.6" would probably be too big, unless the laptop is very thin. 14.4" or so seems like a sweet spot, as I don't have the tiniest of hands.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows, preferably 7.

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): LoL and EVE at decent settings would be nice, but I have a self-built desktop for this at home.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Nothing out of the ordinary.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self support.

  • Brand preferences and reasons: I've generally had good experiences with ASUS, I had an old g50 forever. Flexible on this.

  • Any particular style that you like: Thin is good, I don't need a huge screen. Friend has one of the older Zenbooks, and that seems pretty slick.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer?

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: I would give a slight edge to battery life, but portability isn't far behind

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality. I take good care of my electronics, and I like getting something that will last.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Perfomance, in that it's good value for money. I don't want to be whirring up a storm in lecture, though.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Not really

  • A great keyboard: Yes! I don't really need/want a numpad either.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Maybe? Not a top priority.

  • Great audio: Nope.

List any features that are critical: More than 2 friggin USB ports! Solid hinges. Upgrade-ability a plus.

Just testing the waters on this, I can definitely wait until back-to-school sales or similar if those prove useful. Thanks for reading!

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 30, 2014

If you can swing it, I'd suggest getting the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It's really well made and I'm quite fond of this laptop personally. The light weight and long battery life would be ideal for you to take from class to class and the smaller design would make it easy to fit into your bag.

Back to school sales and things like Black Friday really only put low quality models up for discounts. Good brands and models of laptops do hit sales but they really only happen randomly.

13"-15" Education, Light Gaming and Development [USA] [$500-700] [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 28, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $500-700

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Education and light gaming and development

  • Screen size preference: 13"-15"

  • OS preference: Windows 8 or Chrome OS

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self support

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Anything thin - see Macbook air

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

    • Long battery life -vs- Low weight:Balanced, Battery life needs to survive a high school day (8 hours), but hopefully still staying light
    • Build quality -vs- Low price:Balanced, nice build while still within price
    • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance:Balanced, but more favor toward low noise and heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No, I will use a USB mouse

  • Great audio: No, I will not use the speakers

List any features that are critical: Battery life being able to survive a school day (8 hours).

Thanks in advance for your help!

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 29, 2014

I'd go with the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It also weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Unless you go for a Chromebook like the Acer C720, you won't get 8+ hours of battery life within budget. But you would have to be online all the time for that to really function.

Laptop for High School work [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 28, 2014

Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: 700$-800$

  • Purpose: School Work, Video Watching, Web Browsing

  • Screen size preference: 13 to 15 inches

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements: Maybe Minecraft (Already have gaming PC)

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Speedy web browsing, No slow down while working with multiple tabs

  • Method of computer support: Self Support

  • Brand preferences and reasons: None

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Sleek

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Battery Life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Balanced

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High Preformance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: No

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No

  • Great audio: Yes

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 28, 2014

I'd say just go with a Lenovo IdeaPad U430. It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It's ideal for your needs, as well as being very affordable.

If you want a higher quality display and dedicated graphics, you could go a few bucks over budget and get an Acer Aspire V7-482PG.

[USA][<$1000]Need linux programming laptop [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 27, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA, california
  • Budget range: bellow $1000 , preferablly $500-$800
  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Programming/debuggin
  • Screen size preference: 13-17"
  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Linux (can install myself if necessary)
  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): No gaming requirements, integrated GPU is fine
  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): need at least 6-8gb RAM, and a decent CPU
  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Don't need support, will do myself
  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): no preference
  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Something sleek/modern like the razer blade
  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: price

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: performnce

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: no

  • A great keyboard: no

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) need at least 1 HDMI, 2 preferred, need 2-3 USB ports, ethernet not required but also preffered

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 27, 2014

You could get a Lenovo U430 with an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It only weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

With a little extra RAM it'd be ideal for you.

(USA) 14+", price range up to $800. [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 24, 2014

Requirements: the laptop will be used for typing papers and watching movies and TV shows. Prefer a laptop with great speed to accommodate those needs. I was thinking a i7 processor with good speakers running windows 8, what's your input reddit?

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 24, 2014

Premium sound won't happen within this price range, really. If you want a great laptop with an i7, though, your best bet is a Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It'd fit your needs perfectly.

(USA) <800 Sexy thin Laptop [R]

5 years, 11 months agoApril 24, 2014

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5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 24, 2014

I'd suggest that you get the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

You can downgrade it if you want, but I'd say you'd be best keeping Windows 8 and making these adjustments to make it more like 7. Although Microsoft is releasing changes to make it more like 7 used to be anyways.

Laptop under $900 (USD) with an i7 processor and an ssd? [R]

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 24, 2014

looking for a laptop under $900 (USD) with an i7 processor and an ssd? So far I found a Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 Core i7 8GB 128GB SSD 15.6" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Ultrabook for $699 on new egg but I really don't need that large of a screen. The touchscreen folding back is a plus tho. I really appreciate any and all suggestions. here is the link to the new egg price on the laptop i mentioned... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313595

5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 24, 2014

You could consider getting a Lenovo IdeaPad U430 with an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1920x1080 touch display that you could upgrade the RAM later if you needed to.

Also you could throw in an SSD in addition to the current hard drive, as the U430 does have an M2 slot.

College student - looking for a new laptop for my last two years as well as 3 years of law school [R]

5 years, 11 months agoApril 24, 2014

My macbook pro broke last week. I'm looking for a new laptop for about five years.

Thanks guys.

  1. LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  2. * Country of purchase: USA

  3. * Budget range: 300-700

  4. * Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): college homework; accounting major, law school soon. Also some light programming

  5. * Screen size preference: around 15 inch
  6. * OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): windows or linux
  7. * Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): does not matter
  8. * Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): just average
  9. * Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):
  10. * Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business
  11. compatibility): none
  12. * Any particular style that you like (examples are great): none
  13. * Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)
  14. * Long battery life -vs- Low weight: balanced
  15. * Build quality -vs- Low price:balanced
  16. * Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: balanced
  17. Would you pay a premium for something that has:
  18. * High resolution screen: no
  19. * A great keyboard: YES
  20. * A great touchpad/mouse buttons: YES
  21. * Great audio: as long as it sounds fine with headphones I don’t care
  22. List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)
5 years, 11 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 24, 2014

If 14" is acceptable, I would suggest the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

It fits your budget and would provide a lot of portability and battery life for carrying around school. I also like the keyboards and touchpads on these. The U430 is one of my favorite general use laptops.

Any thoughts on the Lenovo Flex14-59405151? [R]

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 22, 2014

I am looking to buy a laptop that will be durable enough to last four years of college. I am from the US but will be studying in Ireland if that makes a difference. I want a laptop that will be under 14inches and lightweight. I would prefer to stay under $700 but this one will be a little bit over budget. I will only be using it for Microsoft office, internet use (netflix, homework research) and skype. If anyone can tell me more about this laptop or suggest anything else that would be great!

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 22, 2014

There's nothing wrong with the Flex 14 if you need it to flip back like that.

I'd consider the Lenovo IdeaPad U430, though.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

It also fits within your budget and is one of my favorite 14" laptops.

Is this refurbished Lenovo U430 (i5) for $500 worth it? [R]

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 22, 2014
5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 22, 2014

If you trust a guy on ebay selling a refurbished item that says he doesn't take returns, then yes, it is a good deal.

A new one with an i7 is in the high 600's.

(x-post from /r/gis) Best laptop for ArcMap <$650 [R]

5 years, 12 months agoApril 22, 2014

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5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 22, 2014

Yeah the Z510 would be fine for you.

You could get by with a more portable Lenovo U430 as well if you wanted to, which only weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

Thin Desktop Replacement >$1000 [R]

5 years, 12 months agoApril 22, 2014

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5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 22, 2014

The one you linked is an ultrabook. It's also not a very good ultrabook which is why I made mention. E1's are pretty bottom of the barrel. There are better options. Even the Lenovo U430 would be miles ahead in quality and performance.

Need A PC For Business Use >$1000 [R]

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 21, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase:USA

  • Budget range:Under $1000 w/Microsoft Office installed

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.):Business - lots of spreadsheets. Would like something relatively lightweight and portable, but would settle for a heavier, better machine.

  • Screen size preference: No Preference

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings):None

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):Lots and lots of spreadsheets. Need to quickly be able to locate/open large files so 8GB RAM minimum. I'd also love to have a SDD.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self Support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility):No preference, but I'd like something with Microsoft Office installed, or else i'll have to work the cost of the software into my budget.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great):Don't need touch screen or tablet. I love my 13" 2013 Macbook Pro and wish I could get something similar.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low Weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High Performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Yes - not much though

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Yes - not much though

  • Great audio: No, will be using headphones 99% of the time

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) I'd love something super fast. Definitely like the idea of an i7 chip. I'd like something very fast, so an SSD is preferred.

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 21, 2014

You could get a Lenovo U430 and upgrade the RAM and add an SSD yourself, although it does already come with a Hybrid SSD in it.

700 Max, light to moderate gaming, school, internet, media [R]

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 20, 2014
  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: 700 MAX

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): mainstream, ultraportable, gaming

  • Screen size preference: None

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Nothing that is set in stone, i don't need max settings

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): None

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): None

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): None

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: high performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Yes

  • Great audio: No

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) Touchscreen, bluetooth, ethernet port.

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 20, 2014

Everything but the gaming would be great with the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also weighs 4.5lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

It is capable of light gaming, but you are going to rely on lighter games at low-medium settings. You'd need to put more money in to get better specs for gaming.

Portable/Browsing/School work/Light Gaming (14-15.6'' $500-700) [R]

5 years, 12 months agoApril 20, 2014

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5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 20, 2014

I'd just go with the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM (upgradeable), 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It only weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery under the right conditions. It's a fantastic laptop to get for school.

Looking for a laptop for blogging, football stats, web surfing, overall light use on semi-budget. USA, <15', screen, <$800. [R]

5 years, 12 months agoApril 20, 2014

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5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 20, 2014

I'd go for the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of batter life under the right conditions.

It's a perfect general use laptop with quality construction. I'm a big fan of the current-gen Lenovo U series.

Best laptop for the price for a new college student? [R]

5 years, 12 months agoApril 20, 2014

My brother got the Gate Millenia scholarship and the Coca Cola scholarship and needs help finding the best laptop he can for the price? He was leaning towards Macbooks, but I wanted to leave that as a last resort.

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 20, 2014

Well congratulations to your brother.

It really depends on what he needs. If he just needs a computer with good battery life to take around to classes for as cheap as possible, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is a good way to go.

If he needs dedicated graphics for work or wants to play games, or even requires a really high quality display, the Acer Aspire V7-482PG is a good way to go.

Both are light and get good battery life. It would really help to know what he is going to be doing with it, though. I'm just throwing the most average answers out.

10-point capacitive multi-touch, large SSD (or compatible with large SSD upgrade, preferably 840 EVO), Windows 8.1, 2+ USB 3.0 ports - on a budget? [R]

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 19, 2014

I'm looking for a new laptop that is under $700 (or up to $1,000 if it has a 500GB SSD), has Windows 8.1 and 10-point touch for my kids, and USB ports for my MIDI controllers. Basically an all-in-one wonder device, other than gaming (of course). Does such a beast exist?

Thanks for any help!

EDIT: The most demanding programs on the laptop will be Ableton Live 9 Suite and various Adobe Creative products (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 20, 2014

Like the Lenovo U430?

I think it has the display you're looking for, it can be upgraded with an SSD, but if you're doing a lot of graphics work, it isn't ideal as the display isn't super accurate for that sort of function.

The Acer Aspire V7-482PG has everything you want with a super high quality display, but its a bit over budget.

US. Less than $800. Preferably 13-15 inches [R]

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 19, 2014
  • Country of purchase: US
  • Budget range: $800

  • Purpose : Going to use it for College as a Nursing Major so don't really need a powerful laptop. Use it for browsing, netflix, youtube, writing essays and maybe some amateur video editing. Do need it to be on the light side

  • Screen size preference: 13-15 inches preferably

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows. Don't want to buy a pricey mac book

  • Brand preferences and reasons: I also wonder why most ppl are against HP laptops can anyone enlighten me?

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balance preferred. leaning more on low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build Quality for sure.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Balance. Good performance without overheating. Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: 720p resolution is great!

  • A great keyboard: Any keyboard works as long as keys dont fall off immediately

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: definitely a good touchpad

Doesnt have to be a touch screen either.

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 19, 2014

I'd suggest the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 display. It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of batter life under the right conditions.

It would suit you well for your needs.

Why are a lot of us against HP? Well they have a bad habit of making really low quality products that break down quickly. They have the highest failure rate of any laptop manufacturers. I used to work for their tech support too, it's pretty awful.

11"-15" screen. <4.5 lbs. <$800. The lighter the better. [R]

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 19, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: <800

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): office, internet, and torrents. Decent graphics card doesn't hurt.

  • Screen size preference: 11-15"~

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows 8.1

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): none

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): office, torrents, vlc, internet

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility):

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: balanced

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: no

  • A great keyboard: no

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

So far I've been looking at the Avatar Mercury AVIU http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00IKDFL9Y/ref=mw_dp_mpd?pd=1

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 19, 2014

Avatar is kind of a no name manufacturer, I can't say they can be trusted.

I'd just suggest a Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

Does anyone know this laptop (Lenovo Y510p)? Or if there is something comparable/better for a similar price ($700-800), could you help point me in the right direction? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 18, 2014

I use my laptop primarily for web browsing, word processing, email, music, some movies, mostly the simple stuff. But I do game sometimes, and would like to have it be smooth at least on okay settings (not talking the most graphic intensive games, just average stuff).

I have lots of music and tend to always be running out of hard drive space, so a big hard drive would be great.

I figure to accomplish this, the 700-800 price range should do the trick? I use my computer for work and am on it a lot, so I would like it to be good quality and something that will last several years.

A friend recommended this. http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y510p/#reviews

Anyone know anything about it? Other recommendations that would fit the bill? Thanks so much!

5 years, 12 months agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 18, 2014

If you aren't a heavy gamer, stay away from the Y series of Lenovo. They run hot and have abysmal battery life.

If you are playing light games at medium or lower settings, you'd be perfectly fine with going as cheap as the Lenovo U430.

It's fast for everything except gaming where it will struggle a little bit as it relies on the on-processor Intel HD 4400 graphics. The 4400 graphics actually work pretty well for most games, you may just need to crank down the settings a little bit to ensure that it runs smoothly.

[USA] [<$600] Ultrabook with a super long battery life [R]

6 years agoApril 17, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 17, 2014

Nothing is going to get that battery life within budget. Even the S7 only gets 8 hours if barely being used.

Closest you can get is the Lenovo U430 which has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions. Which means really, really light use with settings turned way down.

Coming from an old XP desktop and slow Chromebook I need something future proof and FAST for college and everyday use. [USA] [~15''] [<$600] (More details inside). [R]

6 years agoApril 17, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 17, 2014

I think you're asking a bit much for a bit too little.

You can get the Lenovo U430 that should suit most of you needs for a reasonable price.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM (upgradeable), 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It's light at 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

Need something extremely portable. Chromebook? Ultrabook? Tablet? [R]

6 years agoApril 17, 2014

i need an extremely portable device to bring in my bag along with my primary work laptop. My current machine is over 6 pounds, so I need something that is minimal weight with a small charger. My primary use will be light web browsing, and remoting into my powerhouse at home.

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: under 750

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): ultraportable

  • Screen size preference: over 11 inches

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): none

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): should be able to do basic multitasking (multiple chrome tabs, with office applications)

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: balanced

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise

Would you pay a premium for something that has: High resolution screen: yes A great keyboard: yes+ A great touchpad/mouse buttons: yes Great audio: no

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 17, 2014

I like the Lenovo U430 for these purposes.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

It doesn't have an amazing display or anything, but I do like the keyboard on it and it's definitely easy to get around. It also has fantastic specs for the price.

[14-16"][USA][$500-600] Looking for something to take backpacking with basic gaming capabilities [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 17, 2014

I'll be doing a fair amount of backpacking in the near future so I'm looking to upgrade my current 17"er, which is heavy and has poor battery life. Based on my previous backpacking, I wouldn't bring a laptop at all except I do need to be able to do some word processing at a minimum.

I've been looking around for quite a while mostly at 15.6"ers in the $500-600 range. Intel 4000+ graphics (4400+ preferred) is more than capable for the games I play, so added cost for dedicated GPUs isn't really necessary. The main problem I'm having is getting away from the horrible display res on the 15.6" screens, so any suggestions there are greatly appreciated; maybe going down to 14" screens would help? I'll add I'm not averse to installing a different screen myself, but I'd prefer to not have to go through that hassle.


  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: Hoping for $500-$600, I can stretch to $700 or $800 if there's a great deal on something that will last several years.

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Mainstream with light gaming, ultraportable would be perfect if it can handle my basic gaming requirements within the price range.

  • Screen size preference: 14"-16"

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Paradox games (EU4, CK2, Vic2), Civ5, and I don't mind running med/low settings.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Nothing out of the ordinary movies etc.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Looking more for quality here than any brand loyalty

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I'm partial to thinner styles, I don't need a DVD drive.

Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced. I'll be travelling on trains/coaches a lot so I'd like ~4hrs minimum battery life but I don't want to have to lug around a 6lb+ brick everywhere.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Balanced, lean towards quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise/heat preferred

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: I don't need 1920x1080, but I will not have 1366x768.

  • A great keyboard: I do a lot of word processing, so a solid keyboard is good but I can deal with tiny buttons and I can live without a numblock.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No, I want quality but as long as it's not intrusively bad I'm ok.

  • Great audio: No, I like my headphones.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

HDMI port


So is this realistic? Or will I have to settle with a 1366x768 display for the time being? If I had to choose between saving some weight and the 768 display I'd honestly go with the weight and just work on my shoulder muscles...

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 17, 2014

It seems like the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 would be ideal for you. It's one of my favorite laptops.

It has an Intel i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

It seems to fit your requirements perfectly and would suit you well for your needs.

Simple School/Work Laptop [R]

6 years agoApril 17, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 17, 2014

Really for your needs I would say you'd be best with the Lenovo U430 but it's a little above your budget.

The 14" touch display is higher resolution than any 15.6" you will find in the price bracket and it's going to get a ton better battery life and be easier to care around. It's also a higher quality machine than any Acer you will find at this price point.

Starting up medical school soon and am required to buy a new laptop that is less than 1 year old, I have no idea where to even begin [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 16, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: 800-1200 USD

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Medical School; Electronic Medical Records; Portable lightweight to carry to class and hospitals; limited to no gaming necessary; need features for storage, organization, note taking, and filing; Moderate to high internet usage for torrents.

  • Screen size preference: No preference, but needs to be capable of privacy filter attachment

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Used to Windows products, but not opposed to learning to use a Mac

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): No requirements

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Normally self support, computer engineer student friends for anything more serious (laptop probably needs a good security system)

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Familiar with Windows, but not specifics on brands or compatibility issues

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Just need a laptop, not too picky

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Low price

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: To a certain point, but excessive resolution is not necessary

  • A great keyboard: I don't know what constitutes a great keyboard

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Again I don't know what makes a touchpad 'great'

  • Great audio: Needs to be something that can play torrented movies well

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 16, 2014

I would say just get a Lenovo IdeaPad U430. It's fast, lightweight, has a hybrid SSD, and has great battery life.

Also, for the price, the 1600x900 touch display is quite decent, IMO.

It's one of my favorite all-purpose laptops.

Notebook for Marketing and Data? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 15, 2014

What are my needs:

Has to be Windows. Display Size: Big enough to fit text information perfectly. Memory at least 4GB CPU: from i3 to i7 NEEDS: Office, some Photoshop, MOVIES, Youtube, Facebook Has to last at least 5-6 years (has to be with good construction). Maximum Budget: $650

About anything else - I don't care.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 15, 2014

I'd say just go with a Lenovo U430 if you need portability and want a decent touch display.

If a lower quality display is okay with you and you just want something focused on durability, check out the Lenovo L440.

[USA] >14" $450 Web browsing, and MS Office [R]

6 years agoApril 14, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 14, 2014

Right now the Lenovo G505s is on sale for $460.

It has an AMD A10-5750M w/ Radeon HD 8650G Graphics, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and a 15.6" display.

It should easily meet your requirements, right near your budget, and be well capable of everything you need it for and more. Lenovo also makes a great dependable laptop. One of the best manufacturers around.

(USA, 0-750, 15") CompSci Laptop, could really use some recommendations! [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 14, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: Aprox. $0-750

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Easily transported from class to class (I am majoring in Comp Sci), I am hoping to be able to have a touch screen with it so I can take notes like that possibly

  • Screen size preference: 15"

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows (I am thinking 8 for touch screen compatibility)

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Mine sweeper level games? I have my custom tower so gaming is a non factor in the end

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Needs to be able to reliably run spreadsheets, word processing, different coding programs, etc.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Myself (I am terrible with deciding hardware, but I can fix it myself if something goes wrong)

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): I don't really care that much.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I am considering the dual tablet+laptop style. Like the Asus T100TA-B1-GR 10.1 inch Tablet Notebook PC

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: middle ground for both. I can carry it in a backpack, and I will have charging possibilities in the classroom, but I also don't want it to have 0 battery life.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: I would like something that could possibly take a hit. It won't be getting thrown around, but I am going to school where it snows, and snow means ice, so I might fall once or twice with it in my backpack.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: the quieter and cooler the better. Like I said before I want to be able to do basic flash games (minesweeper type things, so not even really flash) as well as run different coding programs.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: I would like a good resolution, but I don't need a super resolution

  • A great keyboard: I am comming off of my Ducky Shine 3 mechanical keyboard, any laptop keyboard will throw me off, so not that important.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: I will most likely be using a mouse, so not that important

  • Great audio: Headset/earbuds ftw?

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) A touch screen as stated before would be nice, I can't think of anything else that is "critical" although an SSD would be nice to be able to have in it.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 14, 2014

For a durable machine with a good keyboard the Lenovo ThinkPad L440 is a good way to go.

It can be customized from that link and ordered directly from Lenovo. It can fit within your budget with lower specs and is going to have the best keyboard and level of durability available within your budget.

Alternatively, you can get a Lenovo IdeaPad U430 which will have better specs and a touch display, but won't be as indestructible as the ThinkPad.

Helping a friend, turns out I need help myself. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 14, 2014

First Let's start this off by thanking this subreddit for helping me pick a laptop. I just ordered the ROG G750 JZ and Im ecstatic. Now back to the point, I'm looking for a laptop for a friend. She's in college, she needs something that's portable, screen under 17 inches, needs to be able to have apps, Skype, Also needs Microsoft office, the budget is currently up in the air do to financial stuff so she's gonna make payments on it. She lives in Seattle Washington.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 14, 2014

If she's just doing work on the go, I'd say going for a Lenovo U430 would be a great way to go.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

It's a great all-purpose, portable laptop with good battery life.

Moving to China, looking for laptop ~600 [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 14, 2014

Going to teach English, looking for a laptop that can fulfill teacherly duties (office, Excel). Also looking for a longer battery life and ability to do some gaming (think civ 5,for when I get home sick).

Also, a Webcam would be nice for Skype! Sorry if this post seems naive, I just haven't had a laptop for four years or so. Not sure what the "norm" is for laptops now.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 14, 2014

Go for the Lenovo U430. It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

The HD 4400 graphics can play Civ V easily enough with lower settings and it has a webcam for skype and all that. It's a good quality all-purpose laptop.

USA - Laptop 400-650 ish (mild gaming [football manager games], web browsing, mild graphic design) [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 13, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: Ideally $600-1000 (but could be talked into higher if required)

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Mainly web browsing, playing a little fm2014, running Arcgis, photoshop/illustrator

  • Screen size preference: 13-14 inches

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Football Manager

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): mapping

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): No real preference *Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Ideally something compact and uniform. I love the style of macs, but dislike macs.

    Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Lower weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Somewhere in the middle would be preferred.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low heat. My wife is concerned about it being on my lap and messing with my junk.

Would you pay a premium for something that has: *High resolution screen: Not necessary. *A great keyboard: yea, and backlit would be nice. *A great touchpad/mouse buttons: not really *Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) The only thing that I would like is an SSD, or the ability to put an SSD in it. Don't care about the size of it.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 13, 2014

Technically you could easily get by with a Lenovo U430 with an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

FM2014 doesn't have very high requirements and the on-processor graphics should be capable of handling it.

However, the display isn't that high of quality and you would do much better with a high quality display with Photoshop and illustrator. Dedicated graphics wouldn't hurt you either.

I'd suggest you get the Acer Aspire V7-482PG. It has an i5-4200U, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, and a beautiful 14" 1920x1080 IPS touch display.

Both get great battery life and weigh under 4.5lbs. The Acer has a really high quality display that would suit you well and they both look compact and professional.

Either has hard drives that can be upgraded to a Samsung 840 Evo SSD which would be your best choice for an SSD.

If you do upgrade to the SSD, get an external enclosure so you can keep the old hard drive as a storage drive.

[US] Help me find a 13-15", non-gaming, lightweight for <$700! [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 13, 2014

Last time I bought a laptop was in 2008, I got a Lenovo. Now I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the new stuff out there. Help!

It's primarily for work at the hospital, so I can access the remote system and place patient orders from home. I have my Xbox for games (Sorry, pc master race), so this just needs to be a mobile workstation. I don't have a desktop at home, so it will act as a replacement.

Purpose - ultraportable, mainstream, desktop replacement

  • Screen size preference: 13-15

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): nope

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Online movie watching. Occasional photoshopping.

  • Method of computer support - self support

  • Brand preferences and

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: both

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: low price

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: no

  • A great keyboard: maybe

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: maybe

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) - sd slot would be a nice bonus

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 13, 2014

I'd suggest 1 of two options. The Lenovo U430 which has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.4lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions.

Alternatively, if you wanted something more durable but slightly heavier and is intended for more of a workstation, the Lenovo L440 is also a good option.

It can be easily customized on the Lenovo website with more powerful specs, but potentially worse battery life. It can also take a little bit for Lenovo to get you a custom laptop, but usually not more than 2 weeks, and that isn't always the case.

[US] Sister Needs a New Laptop for College; Knew This Was the Place to Ask [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 13, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: Not really set, but she doesn't need a lot, so I assume let functionality determine price and go from there. Hope that's okay.

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): The only games my sister plays are Sims and she's pretty sure that she'll use her current laptop for Sims. Otherwise, basic college things, word processing, the occasional powerpoint. She isn't a major that would require any special programs that we know of, but I guess that could change so maybe leave a bit of leeway here?

In HS, we couldn't bring laptops for notetaking purposes, but I'd be willing to bet she uses it in a college atmosphere. She's a tiny twig, so lightweight would be a plus.

  • Screen size preference: She currently has a 15'6", she said she'd go smaller but no bigger.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows/Mac, Linux is out of the question.

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): As I said, little to no gaming requirements. Although I do imagine her possibly putting Sims 4 on this thing whenever it comes out, but this is probably one of the lowest priorities.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Probably nothing more than a movie night, YouTube, Tumblr type of things. She's pretty lightweight on her current laptop, it seems.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Office Supplier, College Bookstore

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): I have an HP and an old Toshiba, both of which I loved. Mom has an HP, Dad just got a Dell through work, and she currently has a Toshiba.

All that being said, on a whim, mom went out and bought the family an HP laptop about 3 years ago which didn't work at all and was quickly done away with and the Toshiba my sister has currently she's not a huge fan.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): She mentioned she really liked Macbooks but I told her for her uses, it'd probably be overkill. I think she probably likes the aesthetic of a Macbook.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Mix of both probably

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Another mix of both

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise/heat, I imagine

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: if its in the budget, sure. But it isn't a priority.

  • A great keyboard: probably not

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: maybe

  • Great audio: no

Thanks for all the help. I spent about 1500 dollars on my laptop for college, but I'm a lot more involved with my laptop, but I assume that's her ceiling from our parents/grandparents. Any more than that she can supplement herself, but she's very stingy and as I said, she uses her laptop for only the most basic functions so I don't know if it makes sense for her to pay a premium for basic functionality. She has approximately 2000 songs on iTunes, word documents here and there, and her computer literacy falls somewhere between Attila the Hun and 58-year old.

I can give any more info that you request. I can ask her to even send me more detailed specifics she'd like, etc.

Thanks!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 13, 2014

You could get her a Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

It'd save a lot of money and be able to do everything she needs it to. It only weighs 4.4lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life under the right conditions. I'm a pretty big fan of this series of laptop as well. It's nice and thin, I think the keyboard is comfortable to use and it packs a lot of power for the low price.

Alternatively, it's worth considering getting her a Macbook Air if the budget is there. They are really durable and have a lot of battery life, but you do end up paying quite a premium for it.

[US] Dell Inspiron 15r vs. Lenovo G510 [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 12, 2014

I'm looking to choose between two laptops with nearly identical specs.

Refurbished Dell Insrpiron 15r with an i7-4500u

Lenovo G510 with an i5-4200m

I'm curious about the build quality of both these machines. I've heard good things about lenovo laptops, but nothing about dells.

Also, how will the batteries hold out. The ULV processor is supposed to increase battery life, will this work in practice? I plan on taking the machine to lectures in college, and thus I will need a good few hours of charge.

Lastly, I don't plan on doing anything too intensive on this machine (Any compiling/rendering work can easily be done on my desktop machine), but I am curious if the ULV i7 is going to hinder performance noticeably for basic/intermediate tasks.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 12, 2014

The i7 ULV processor is just a little weaker than the i5 M series processor.

If you want battery life, neither of those are going to be a great option though. The Lenovo U430 is a great option. It has the i7-4500U from the Dell, but with a thinner build, higher resolution touch display, and a hybrid SSD.

I'd always suggest Lenovo over Dell, though. I don't trust Dell's quality.

College Laptop-Internet browsing, light gaming ($400-$650) [R]

6 years agoApril 12, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 12, 2014

I'd say your best bet would the Lenovo U430 for school.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

It weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

The only issue with it for you would be the lower amount of RAM (but you can always upgrade that later), and it has 3 USB ports rather than 4. You can always get a hub for that, though.

I suggest this one primarily due to the low weight and good battery life for being able to use during classes.

Whats a good laptop or ultrabook? [R]

6 years agoSaneBRZ posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 11, 2014

im a 1st year com sci student, and i need a good all around laptop for doing projects in school. It doesnt have to be for gaming i.e. high specs , just a good, lightweight and decent quality at about $600 or even lower maybe?

6 years agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 12, 2014

For around 600 bucks it would be the Lenovo IdeaPad U430:

  • 14 inch, 1600x900p touchscreen
  • Intel i7-4500U + 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD + 8 GB SSD cache
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $650

Best Buy has a model with an Intel i5 and 8 GB of RAM. They even sell refurbished units for $500.

Another one would be the Asus VivoBook Q301LA:

  • 13.3 inch, 1366x768p touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 6 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $599

There is a cheaper version with 4 GB of RAM for $499, but you would be stuck with that amount. The Q301LA doesn't offer user upgradeable RAM. But even with only 4 GB of RAM you should be more than good.

Looking for an office/work laptop for <$1,000 [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 10, 2014
**LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE**

* Country of purchase: USA

* Budget range: <$1k

* Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): office use, mostly having 10+ Firefox tabs open and MS Office. I have a desktop at home for gaming. 

* Screen size preference: 14"+

* OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

* Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None.

* Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Nothing intensive, but a quality Youtubing experience without stutter and loading lag would be nice.

* Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self-support.

* Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business
compatibility): Brands with known high quality parts and excellent customer service. This is a work laptop so I want the least amount of hassle possible.

* Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

* Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

* Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Long battery life

* Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality

* Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Balanced

**Would you pay a premium for something that has:**

* High resolution screen: No.

* A great keyboard: No.

* A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No. 

* Great audio: No.

**List any features that are critical:** (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.): 

120 GB SSD minimum.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 10, 2014

Get a Lenovo U430 which has a hybrid SSD, or you can put a Samsung 840 Evo in it.

Or if you want a more durable business class laptop customize a Lenovo L440.

The U430 will be cheaper and have a touch display, the L440 will be a rock solid business class laptop. Either would be fine for your needs.

USA, all around laptop+light gaming, $630 max. [R]

6 years agoApril 10, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 10, 2014

If you want portability and battery life the Lenovo U430 is perfect for that. It would easily play your games on low-medium settings and weigh only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life in the right conditions.

If you need the most graphical ability and don't mind a lesser quality build, go with the Acer V5 posted earlier.

I bet I could have searched for this answer... [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 10, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: 'MURICA

  • Budget range: Student

  • Purpose: netbook, ultraportable, mainstream

  • Screen size preference: 14 or 15

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): stable playing LoL and Diablo III

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): light gaming

  • Method of computer support: self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): none

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life (not going to be unplugged and gaming for hours obviously)

  • Low price

  • High performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: i figure 1920x1080 would be close to standard by now....

  • A great keyboard: great keyboards on a laptop????

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: meh

USB 3.0 is a must bluetooth would be nice but not required. optical drive is also nice but not required.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 10, 2014

Need a better idea of budget.

You could get a Lenovo U430 for $630 with an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

Or for $860 you could get an Acer Aspire V7-482PG with an i5-4200U, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, and a really high quality 1920x1080 14" IPS touch display.

Both are good student options, neither have optical drives. They are both light (4.2lbs and 4.4lbs respectively), and they both get good battery life (up to 7.5hrs and 8hrs respectively, with the right settings and activity of course).

Slim Laptop To Replace W520 [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 10, 2014

Hey guys, I currently have a desktop with a core i5, and a GTX 670. I also have a Thinkpad W520.

So I have been thinking lately, and I really don't need something as powerful as the W520 if I have my desktop.

I am really searching for an alternative to the 13" Macbook Pro Retina.

I have never tries OSx, and I don't really want to try it, but the form factor, slim chasis, and screen are very drawing.

So are there really any Windows alternatives to the MBPr 13"?

Build quality, slimness, and design are extremely important to me.

I need something to complement my desktop which I use for mostly everything, I need something slimmer and lighter to take to class, library, coffee shop etc.

Thanks for looking!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 10, 2014

I'd say just get the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs, is less than an inch thick, and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It's a really good option for a high quality, cheap and portable laptop.

Basic Laptop Help. Non Chromebook, Budget $700 [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 9, 2014

I have a 8 yr old laptop that is on its last bootup. I would use the computer for music and movie d/l. I looked at Chromebooks already and find that they are to restrictive.

Ideal budget: $700 Brand: anything but Apple Size: 14" OS: Windows 7

Thanks

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 9, 2014

Go for the Lenovo U430. I think it's the best casual use laptop on the market, especially because of the price range it sits in.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

You aren't going to find Windows 7 on any current machine. If it makes you feel any better, Microsoft is going to be making some changes to 8 to make it a lot easier to use (adding a start menu).

If you don't want to wait on those changes, there are things you can do to make it feel more like 7.

I'm looking for a good laptop for my anticipated major in college here in the US. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 9, 2014

I'm going back to college and don't currently have a laptop so I need one. It won't be used for gaming because I'm building a desktop for that.

I plan to major in computer science so it needs to be useful for that. It needs to have good battery life and good performance.

I have no budget as long as it doesn't cost more than a MacBook Pro because that's my other option. I just don't know if it'll be useful for my anticipated major.

I'm in the United States if that makes a difference.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 9, 2014

The Lenovo U430 would be good for that without breaking the bank.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, a 14" 100 900 touch display, weighs 4.2lbs, and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

I find them extremely comfortable to use and they are very portable which would really come in handy for school.

Looking for a computer for college (U.S), 14", for under $1000. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 8, 2014

I'm looking for a new laptop for college. Just something that I can do school work with. It would also be nice if it could have great speakers and a webcam. I'd also like a lot of space on the hard drive and a long battery life.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 9, 2014

You would do best with the Lenovo U430. It falls way under your budget, has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" touch display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

The speakers in them are alright, but you can get some cheap portable speakers if the sound isn't enough.

Thin, light, 12-14", aluminum case [R]

6 years agoApril 8, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 8, 2014

The Lenovo U430 has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display for only $630. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It's also only 0.8" thick.

If you want really crazy portable the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s is only 11.6", weighs 3lbs, and is 0.7" thick. It costs more for lesser specifications though.

It does, however, have the ability to fold backwards on itself and function like a tablet.

Cheapest laptop with 1080p, 4GB RAM, and 6+ hour battery life? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 8, 2014

I'm looking for the least expensive laptop I can find with the above specs. The most intense thing it will be doing is playing 1080p video while too many firefox tabs are open. I intend to run Arch Linux on it, so it really doesn't matter what OS comes with it.

Price is very important for this, so I'd consider something that doesn't quite meet these specs if it had a significantly lower price. I know quite a bit about computers, but very little about laptops; let me know if you want more info. I am in the US.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 8, 2014

I'd say very, very close to your desired specs, and very, very cheap for the included specs is the Lenovo U430

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It weighs 4.2lbs and can get over 7.5 hours of battery life as well.

Bare-bones programming, 13-15", US, ~$500 [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 8, 2014

Hi, I'm looking for a programming laptop so I can change my scenery if I want (I have a main desktop in my home office already). This is for Ruby on Rails, so I don't need a ton of resources, and what I do need is mostly RAM and responsiveness. No gaming or video editing or anything like that. Maybe the occasional GIMP session, but nothing graphics-processing heavy at all. My preferences are:

  • i5 CPU (or even good i3 or equiv)
  • 900px+ vertical resolution (for a 13" I'd probably want 1080+)
  • Debian- and/or FreeBSD-friendliness
  • Fairly easily RAM upgrades (no soldering please)
  • SSD (128GB is fine) or reasonably easy to replace hard drive
  • Battery-life is a slight consideration, but I'm not about to spend all day in a park so I'll probably be pluggable most of the time I'm using it.
  • No touch-screen necessary, though I've been seeing it may be included whether I like it or not.
  • I'd rather not have a ten-key on the keyboard, but like the touch screen I can deal with it.
  • On the lighter side would be nice.
  • No optical drive is necessary.
6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 8, 2014

I think the closest thing to your budget you can get would be the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It's a little over your ideal budget, but it can be upgraded to 8GB RAM easily enough, and it isn't hard to change out the HSSD for a true SSD.

Looking for a laptop for teaching as well as some gaming. Here are three I like. Can someone help me out between the three! [R]

6 years agoApril 7, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 7, 2014

This Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is one of the best values around. It'll handle light gaming easily, have great build quality, fantastic battery life, and is one of my personal favorites.

It's also incredibly inexpensive for the specs you get.

I would avoid Toshiba laptops. They are just poor in quality. I'm going through some crap with my dad's right now. He spent the money on a higher end Toshiba gaming laptop and now the keys are literally fallingg off.

The ThinkPad Edge has a really weak AMD processor and a lower quality display than that of the U430.

[US][<$700][<15"][long battery life][schooling no gaming] Ideapad U430??? [R]

6 years agoApril 6, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 6, 2014

Yeah I link this Lenovo IdeaPad U430 all the time.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It's got great specs for the price, is light (4.2lbs), and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It'd be perfect for you.

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

Basically I don't do any hardcore gaming (I originally bought my ROG for my failed YouTube channel), but since all I really play is League of Legends I would much prefer a lighter laptop and since i'll soon be going to College I would prefer a much more convenient laptop.

Would you recommend me getting a Macbook Pro?

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

The Macbook Pro is really overpriced. While Apple does have a good build quality, you have to pay out the ass for it. You could easily play LoL on a much cheaper Lenovo U430 and it would be quite portable, have good battery life, and be more versatile than an Apple.

[US] $600 14" or smaller [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

My Vaio 13" has bit the dust so I am in the market for a new laptop.

I am an Engineering Student. I am looking for something light/portable, but do need full windows as i will have some programming classes. Other than that its primary function will be note taking. I have a custom desktop for gaming, but if it can at least let me play minecraft/starcraft 2 so I have some portable entertainment then that is ++++++brownie points.

The touch screen/2-in-1's have really caught my eyes for windows 8 though that is not a must. I know there are some good deals on surface pro 1 right now and I also like the Ideapad Yog 2. The only real advantage I see with the surface pro would be the stylus.

Surface Pro 1 http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Pro-Refurbished/productID.296778500

Yoga 2 11" http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/yoga/yoga-2-11/

Thoughts between the two, or other suggestions.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

The best bang for the buck around that price is the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display. It also weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It will outperform those other two easily, be well capable of playing your games and get great battery life.

13 to 15 inch, USA, Engineering student laptop. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: 650 Dollars and under but will consider slightly higher

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Engineering, light Gaming

  • Screen size preference: 15.4 inch or less

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Mac, Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Borderlands 2, 30 FPS

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): CAD

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Long Battery Life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Low Price

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High Performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: No

  • A great keyboard: Yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Must Have

  • Great audio: No

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

Must have a nice glass trackpad like a mac, I dont mind picking up a used computer so think about that please.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

Your best bet with this budget is the Lenovo U430.

it has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It's the best bet with your budget.

Need a laptop for schoolwork/coding under 800 dollars [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

My only requirements for this laptop as im not going to be playing any games are that i need one with minimum 6 gigs of ram and is portable, for some coding on the go. A good screen resolution would be good too, but not a necessity. Looking to drop around 600 bucks, no more than 800

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

Get a Lenovo U430 and put some RAM in it.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display. Best bang for the buck.

It also weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

[US] Need laptop for grad school. No gaming necessary [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

Country of purchase: USA

Budget range: Under $1200

Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): mainstream

Screen size preference: Doesn't matter. Not too tiny or huge

OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None

Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): streaming video, multiple MS office and chrome windows running smoothly

Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support unless something big goes wrong

Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): none

Any particular style that you like (examples are great): none

Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

Long battery life -vs- Low weight: long battery life

Build quality -vs- Low price: balanced

Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has: High resolution screen: no

A great keyboard: no

A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) Just pretty standard stuff. HDMI preferable. Bluetooth not necessary. Multiple USB ports

Thanks for your help!!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

You would do best with the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It's really well made. I'm a big fan of the U430, and it comes in at half of your budget.

A friend in need [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

Hey everyone. I am searching for a friend of mine who is making the switch from apple to windows.

Her needs: 1k maximum budget 1600x900 minimum screen DVD player Quality camera i3 processor/intel 4000 graphics minimum 5 hour battery life touch screen

Her preferences: metal trumps plastic hdmi port and ethernet port 14 inches (could settle for something within the 12-15 range) lightweight

Her intended use: She is a full time student and will likely never use it for more than netflix, facebook and word processing. She may do some light photo-related stuff on it such as gimp. I've estimated the above specifications based on her desires and am considering options such as the Yoga 13 (which I have and she loves) but she can't manage without a dvd player.

She is okay with a high quality refurbish so long as it has a warranty.
She likes Lenovo.

What does the almighty reddit recommend?

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

Needs a DVD drive all the time?

I'd suggest just getting a Lenovo U430 and keeping an external Blu Ray drive to get the best of both worlds for cheap.

The U430 has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB hybrid SSD, a 1600x900 14" touch display and all the connections she would be looking for.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

The issue with lightweight laptops is that they don't have optical drives really. Very few laptops under 15.6" have them, and 15.6" laptops aren't generally light unless you pay a lot for them to be.

15-17" business notebook under $1200 without keypad (US) [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 4, 2014

Wife needs a new work notebook computer to replace Acer Aspire Tablet PC that is old and creaky. Portability requirements are not great (occasionally from office to home or to off-premise meeting); business desktop, no gaming.

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $600-1,200

  • Purpose: desktop replacement for business (no gaming, but perhaps video playback on projection)

  • Screen size preference: 15-17"

  • OS preference: Windows only—wife hates Mac and Linux (she's a snob; I'm trilingual)

  • Gaming requirements: none

  • Performance requirements: ease of use for PowerPoint presentations, perhaps embedded video playback, basic office productivity software, Magic Jack or Ooma

  • Method of computer support: self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons: no brand preference, reliability a high preference

  • Any particular style that you like: centered keyboard, NO BLOODY NUMERIC KEYPAD

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer?

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: long life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: not necessarily

  • A great keyboard: yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: not really

  • Great audio: no

**List any features that are critical: HDMI out with audio, no keypad, flash card slot (SD or microSD)

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 5, 2014

Almost all 15.6" laptops have a number pad on them. The Lenovo U430 is a 14" laptop with no numpad, would be able to suit your needs, and be a very high quality machine for well under your budget.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

Laptop for a 3D animation student [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 4, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $500-$600

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): I need a laptop to be able to use Maya and other 3D programs away from my desktop. I have a monster desktop, so I don't need to be able to play games on it.

  • Screen size preference: Medium to big. Small won't work. I would like a bigger screen, but cost is a limiting factor for me.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows (7 preferably)

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None. I have a desktop for gaming.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Must be able to run 3D programs (Maya specifically, and some others like Zbrush, etc. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I can render using my desktop. I just want to be able to animate away from my desk.)

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): None.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): None that I could think of.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: I'm pretty down the middle on this. I am a broke college student, but I don't want to buy something that will only last a year.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Would be nice, but I can't break the bank for it.

  • A great keyboard: Nope

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: I plan to use a mouse with it, so no.

  • Great audio: Nope

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

I just need something I can do my 3D animation on away from my desk. I have my desktop for any heavy lifting and gaming. Again, I'm a pretty broke student, so the cheaper the better. But at the same time I don't want to throw money away on something that will die in a year or two. Thank you for your help and time!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 4, 2014

I think your best bet would be the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, a 14" 1600x900 touch display, weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Maya 2014 should work fine with HD 4400 graphics since you aren't rendering and a lot of that is more CPU intensive, right? The U430 has an i7 ULV processor so it's the best for being fast but still maintaining good battery life.

Can anyone suggest a good laptop for a USA citizen, with a $700-$1000 budget? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 4, 2014

Alright. I need some help. I need a new laptop bad. Previous one pretty much died after 3 years. It died a brutal death. You know, the constant blue screens, shuttin off, memory issues, etc. Computer repair ppl apparently don't know the cause and couldn't fix it. Complete waste of money. But that laptop was cheap. $400 I believe. I guess that's good for a non gaming laptop, but I'm tired of the issues. I want a laptop that can do the following and not blue screen itself to death in 2 years: No issues at all when watching streams(even 1080p on YT...which go figure my year old desktop hd all in one has trouble with) Alot of memory, ram, gb, whatever else that would prevent all of the above issues with my previous laptop No random registry issues that then cause some blue screens That is probably it. I don't really PC game(just simulators), so I'm hoping this "dream laptop" won't be more than $1000. I really prefer to max out at $700, but I am open to all posts/suggestions. I have no idea what makes a laptop run great. I don't know how to tell if I have a good amount of ram, GBs, video card etc. I would like for someone to help me out here. Tell me what I should be looking for, give a laptop suggestion and/or a price. SIDENOTE - I guess what I really should do is tell you what I plan on doing with this laptop: Schoolwork Watching movies, youtube, streams, etc(this ALOT...most important step) Surfing the web

I will use the form since that appears to be policy.

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: Absolute max is $1000. Would prefer to max out at $700

  • Purpose: Mainstream(watching 1080p videos with no issues, streams, etc) .. mild gaming(only The Sims tbh)

  • Screen size preference: Doesn't matter I guess.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows. Not familiar with other two.

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Be able to play The Sims smoothly.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Should not have to deal with BSODs, freezes, etc. Should be able to watch streams, videos, etc with no issues.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Huh?

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): No Acers or anything with bad reputations.

Thank you!!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 4, 2014

You'd do best with a Lenovo U430.

It's really portable for school (4.2lbs), gets great battery life (up to 7.5 hours), has an i7-4500U (fastest processor that conserves energy for battery life), 4GB RAM (plenty for your needs), 500GB Hybrid SSD (a lot of storage and faster than a normal hard drive), and a 14" 1600x900 touch display (great resolution for the price).

It will easily do everything you need it to do, get great battery life, be easy to move around, be cheap and still be a high quality machine. I'm a huge fan of this line of laptops.

What are the best touch screen laptops? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 4, 2014

I want to use it for work so I need the option of a keyboard that can be connected. I don't mind how it connects, I'm not sure if Bluetooth connection is reliable as I've never used it.

I'd like to use apps with it as well. So I'm not sure what laptop would offer the best app store.

Any help will be much appreciated.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 4, 2014

For lower budget and battery life, I'm a big fan of the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It's well made, I really like the feel of them and it should do you very well for work.

At a higher budget the ASUS N550JV is a fantastic well built multimedia laptop.

It has a quad-core i7-4700HQ, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, and a beautiful 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS touch display.

15" - 'merica - mainstream - $500-700 [R]

6 years agoApril 3, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 3, 2014

If you can go down to a 14" laptop, the Lenovo U430 has a 1600x900 touch display that is really nice on a 14" laptop. It also has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB Hybrid SSD.

It weighs only 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life and falls well within your budget.

If you really want a 15.6" laptop for general use, you can save money and just get a Lenovo G510. It has an i3-4000M, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, and a 15.6" 1366x768 display. It will stream videos and even play most games without a problem.

[US] basic notebook. 14" or 15.6" resolution greater than 1366x768 preferably 1600x900 or 1080p [R]

6 years agoApril 3, 2014

I can't seem to find any budget laptops that have a better than 768p resolution. regardless of all other specs. Give me any good deals on them that are under $800. thanks so much.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 3, 2014

I'd suggest the Lenovo U430. It's my favorite out of that last. It's small, lightweight, powerful, and gets great battery life.

Big fan of the build quality on them too.

USA. looking for something QUIET! 15-17 inch,under $1000, under $700 if possible [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 3, 2014

Thank you so much in advance!!

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: up to 1,000, preferably under 700

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): mainstream I guess, some light programming (i.e. MATLAB)

  • Screen size preference: 15 or 17; 15 for portability, 17 for productivity, I could go either way.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): I guess MATLAB is the most intensive thing.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): College bookstore

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): I have a Vaio but I kinda hate it because it is loud. Thinkpads seem cool.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Anything portable and sleek. Like the ultrabooks?

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: so hard. I guess long battery life. but balanced.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: balanced.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise!!!!

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: no

  • A great keyboard: no

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: maybe?

  • Great audio: a low premium.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) HDMI

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 3, 2014

You would get more battery life and better portability out of something 14".

Within your preferred budget, the best option is the Lenovo U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It also only weighs 4.4lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

If you want a large display laptop, you could get more performance at the cost of battery life with the Lenovo Z710.

It has a quad-core i7-4700MQ, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Nvidia GT 745M graphics, and a 17.3" 1920x1080 display. It weighs 6.4lbs and gets around 5 hours of battery life.

[US] Lightweight and Portable Coding Laptop ~$500 [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 3, 2014

Before the questionnaire, I'll give a brief summary of what I am looking for. I am looking for a laptop that I can either have off to the side of my desk or be used while traveling so that I can work on some personal coding projects. I like to listen to music while I code, so I would probably want to listen to music but this isn't crucial (worst case I can use an iPod or something). When I travel I might end up using it for watching movies too. I really would like something with a long battery life and low weight that is just easy to carry around and can boot quickly. An SSD would be really nice, and if a larger one is something that would drive up the price, I would most likely be willing to pay a bit extra for it.

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: Preferably $500, willing to spend upwards of $800

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Portable and lightweight, the primary use will be for personal coding projects and will be occasionally used for listening to music / travel / watching movies / browsing the internet.

  • Screen size preference: No size preference really (just not super tiny or anything). I would prefer a 16:9 ratio though.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): No preference.

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): I don't plan on gaming with this, maybe a game of Hearthstone every now and then.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): I would like to be able to compile quickly, but I also don't expect to have any big projects so I don't see this being an issue.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): No preference

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Nothing comes to mind, although I think the surface / surface pro are pretty neat, but I can't say that I've had much experience with them (I also don't think I would use the 'detachable' keyboard functionality often).

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: (Balanced) 60/40 in favor of battery life.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: (Quality) 80/20 in favor of build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: (Low noise/heat) 80/20 in favor of low noise/heat.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Probably not

  • A great keyboard: Most likely

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Yes

  • Great audio: No

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

  • Critical: Built in wi-fi, 1-2 USB ports (doesn't have to be 3.0)

  • Not critical, but would really like: Audio port (so I can listen to music), Web camera w/ microphone.

I've thought about this for a while, and considered a lot of options but I couldn't come to a conclusion myself. I'm hoping you all will have some great suggestions. If you have any questions for me feel free to ask. Thanks guys!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 3, 2014

I would go with the Lenovo U430. It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It weighs 4.4lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

If limited RAM is an issue to you, you can upgrade to an 8GB stick.

It's within your max budget and I think would provide everything you want and maintain good battery life, light weight, and a high quality build.

[US] basic notebook. 14" or 15.6" resolution greater than 1366x768 preferably 1600x900 or 1080p [R]

6 years agoApril 3, 2014

I can't seem to find any budget laptops that have a better than 768p resolution. regardless of all other specs. Give me any good deals on them that are under $800. thanks so much.

6 years agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 3, 2014

> I can't seem to find any budget laptops that have a better than 768p resolution.

What? (All under 800 bucks)

Looking for a laptop around US$800, I'm from NZ, usually purchase from ebay [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 2, 2014

I have gone through 3 laptops in the last year and a half, and am ready to settle down and treat one right (ie no watching movies in the steamy bathroom while I shower, or outside while I weed my garden, etc). Can someone give me the bare minimum specs (or suggest a laptop) I should be looking for? My favourites have been two sony vaios, and would love another one. All I do is have 5'000 tabs open, d/l a tonne of shit, do school work, play commander keen/ sonic on a Sega emulator. Thank you.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 2, 2014

You'd do well with something like the Lenovo U430. It's cheap, durable, fast, and has a high resolution display.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

You can have it shipped to you by a service like http://www.usa2me.com which will receive your package and mail it to you since Amazon will not.

If you take care of it, it will last you years and still be perfectly viable for what you do.

(USA) Looking for a light laptop that's portable, hefty on memory and great on battery. Suggestions? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 2, 2014

I'm not the most tech-savvy person so bear with me please. I just want a laptop that's on the smaller side (11-13'') and is durable. My former laptop was a 2008 Macbook (not the pro...the model right before it that had an aluminum exterior) that lasted me about 6 years before it kicked the bucket on me a few days ago. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: Up to about $800-900

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): one that is portable, has a lot of memory and is good on battery life (longer than just 4 hours). I'm a student so I expect on using it a lot for work.

  • Screen size preference: Not a fan of 15'' or up.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): None, although I am more familiar with Mac (though I'd rather avoid having to pay a lot for another Mac or a laptop of that price range).

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Not really sure what this entails, I guess basic stuff? (Sorry for sounding super ignorant). I'm mainly going to use this for writing up documents, uploading pictures, watching videos--simple things.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): College bookstore.

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): None as long as it's not too complicated.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Set up wise, I was recommended a 11-13'' Macbook Air from someone who knew me (since my previous laptop was a Macbook as well). I'm just curious to see what else is out there (and cheaper would be nicer too).

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Long battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Iffy on this because I don't want to break into $1000 price range...but I also want something that lasts and don't want to shell out $200 for something that'll last me only six months.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise/heat, but I don't want it to take ages for it to do something simple like loading a new page on my browser.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Probably not.

  • A great keyboard: Maybe.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No.

  • Great audio: Maybe.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

-More than one USB port, ethernet port necessary, doesn't make too much of a difference if it has a HDMI port, but it would be nice if it did, matte screen, lots of memory space and long battery life.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 2, 2014

I'd say your best bet is to get a Lenovo U430 and get another stick of RAM.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM (can be replaced with an 8GB stick), 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Lenovo makes a quality product and I am a big fan of their U series laptops. They feel very solid, are very affordable, and provide great specs for the price.

Need laptop for grad school, very close to pulling the trigger on this deal for HP 13t-3000, had a few questions [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 2, 2014

Hello /SuggestALaptop! You guys have been very helpful in the past. Thank you very much for that. After much lurking and some (slightly obsessive) research, I think I have narrowed my choice. This HP 13t-3000 I can customize to have an i5 4200U processor, 8gb RAM, 256gb SSD for a total of $994 before tax with the power250 coupon. For an extra $100 I can upgrade to the i7 4500U processor. -Would it be worth it to do the upgrade to i7? This laptop will be mostly used for research, lots of multitasking, with some HD movie watching when I need a study break. I want this laptop to be snappy and fast as well as last for the LONG HAUL (at least 4-5 years of solid use). -I know some of you are weary of HP and I was wondering if there are any issues with this specific model I should know about?

Other considerations have been: -i7/8gb RAM/256gb SSD Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 -MBP retina (however the 8gb RAM/SSD one runs above 1400 which is very high -Lenovo U430 + upgrade to SSD and additional RAM but I have never done any significant computer upgrades before so I am a little nervous of that, plus the screen isn't that great.

Thank you so much for any and all feedback. You guys are awesome!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 2, 2014

I'd avoid an HP product. I used to work for their tech support and their quality is abysmal.

Your best bet is really the Lenovo U430 with the Samsung 840 Evo, RAM upgrade, and an external enclosure.

Upgrading it is extremely simple. You wouldn't have an issue. Even switching the hard drives is simple with the external enclosure. Put the new SSD in the enclosure, connect it with USB, use the cloning software it comes with to copy the HDD in the U430 to the SSD, remove the HDD and swap it out with the SSD, putting the HDD in the enclosure. Then you have a laptop with a nice SSD and an external drive for extra data. It's the best bang for the buck by far, and it really isn't hard to do at all.

US Need a laptop for school [>$800] ~15" [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
April 1, 2014

Just kidding, I wouldn't really be using a laptop for school as much as Reddit and Netflix. I don't plan to use this laptop for gaming just a lot of internet browsing and MS Office. Any help is appreciated!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 1, 2014

If you want a good display and battery life for relatively cheap, I'd go with the Lenovo U430. It's 14" but will give you up to 7.5 hours of battery life and only weigh 4.2lbs. It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

If you want a 15.6" display and to go cheap that will perform great for your needs, the Lenovo G510 would be great for you.

It has an i5-4200M w/ Intel HD 4600 graphics, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and a 1366x768 15.6" display. It's a bit cheaper, but it has the larger display. The U430 is definitely the nicer machine between the two.

How convenient are touch screen laptops? Is it worth the extra price? Looking into primarily for school and light gaming. [R]

6 years agoApril 1, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 1, 2014

Touch screens are really nice for Windows 8. I find the Metro interface really irritating without a touch screen.

With that said, if you are looking for mobility and battery life for school, you could play your games on low to mid settings easily on the Lenovo U430. It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It has also gotten up to 7.5 hours of battery life in tests and weighs only 4.2lbs, allowing a lot of portability.

USA 13-15"/$900/Music,College,Light Programming [R]

6 years agoApril 1, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 1, 2014

I'd suggest the Lenovo U430 and getting a Samsung 840 Evo and possibly a more RAM.

You would stay within budget, get everything you want, and get a laptop you already enjoy the style of. It's definitely the best bang for the buck with your needs.

$1400 Portable Laptop with Amazing Keyboard and Long Battery Life [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 31, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $1400 or less

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Mainstream, portable and lots and lots of typing (I write as my main hobby)

  • Screen size preference: No Preference

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Not essential, but I'd like to be able to play Diablo III and Dark Souls 2 around 30fps at medium settings.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Some basic coding, nothing special. Mostly typing and web browsing.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I would love for it to look sleek and quality. Prefer not to have it just look like a hunk of plastic.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Battery Life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Essential

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Yes

  • Great audio: Would be nice, but not essential

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) I can work around most things, but I need that keyboard! I already tried a Yoga Pro 2, but just couldn't get over the off colors on the yellows. Even after the fix, it still bothered me.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 1, 2014

I'd suggest the Lenovo U430. I find their keyboards very comfortable and it will be able to play your games on low to medium settings.

It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It also weighs 4.2lbs and has been tested to get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

Help choosing a laptop [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 31, 2014

Hi everyone, I am fairly new to purchasing laptops and I need some help. I would be doing some light gaming (minecraft, some small steam games), also surfing the web. I was thinking of this https://m.hpdirect.com/hp/product/viewspec.do My budget is around 650 dollars. My desired screen size would be about 12-15 inches. Thank you!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
April 1, 2014

1366x768 is a little better than 720p. It's not as nice as the 1080p displays, but a lot of laptops in this budget have 1366x768. I don't see a problem with them personally, but that hasn't ever really bothered me in the past.

If you don't really need the optical drive, the Lenovo U430 has a higher 1600x900 resolution on its 14" display that would make your movies sharper, and it has a touch screen.

US, Under $900, 14" or less, Ultraportable [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 31, 2014

First off, thanks so much for the help! As a contributor on /r/buildapcforme, I know how hard it can be to help find the best products for fellow redditors, so thanks!

Introduction: I'm going to college soon to study Computer Science, so I need a computer that doesn't consist of a ~20 lb desktop and 23" monitor. In addition to current purchase recommendations, I'd like some recommendations for if I were to buy a new laptop in July/August this year. I imagine that Broadwell-based laptops will be out then, and I'm willing to wait. But current recommendations are certainly welcome!

  • Country of purchase:

** United States**

  • Budget range:

Under $900, preferably under $800

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.):

    Ultraportable for college to study Computer Science. Document editing, programming, some light Photoshop work, and light gaming (see below)

  • Screen size preference:

14" or less

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings):

It'd be nice to play Counterstrike: Global Offensive at 60 fps (settings aren't a huge issue, but it'd be nice to play on medium), but it isn't a must. I have a desktop for that. I'd also like to play Civ V on it, if possible. I really want to try Civ V in touch screen mode. :P

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):

    I'd like something pretty speedy. I'm probably going to add an SSD to replace the HDD, so it doesn't have to have an SSD built in (so long as I can replace it)

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):

self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility):

    I won't go "Lenovo or nothing," but I do like Lenovo's laptops.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

I absolutely love how the Sony Pro 13 looks. It's really sharp. Other than that, I'd like a matte color, and preferably that doesn't lend too much from the Macbook aesthetic. I know it sounds childish, but I'd rather people not confuse the laptop with a Macbook. Don't get me wrong, the build quality's great, but I'd like to distance myself from too many curved edges.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight:

Sort of a balance between the two. Apparently 6 hours is "average" by today's standards, so I'm fine with that.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price:

Here's something that I really don't want to skimp on, unfortunately, my budget limits me, so I just need something that has the best build quality for what I'm paying for. Feel free to offer alternatives that are $50/$100/etc more though. ** * Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: ** Is it bad for me to bank on the SSD only for its performance? My sister's Haswell Pentium-powered desktop uses an OCZ Vertex 3 and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and it absolutely screams for what she's doing (web browsing, document editing), and I'll be doing similar tasks (with some light Photoshop here and there, and I hear that basic programming isn't particularly CPU-intensive). To answer the question, yes, I'd rather have high performance over low noise/heat.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen:

If it means going from 1366x768 to 1080p, yes, but otherwise 1600x900 is ok. I'd prefer 1080p though.

  • A great keyboard:

Not really, but if it comes with better build quality, so be it.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons:

    Not quite. I don't want perfectly clean fingers to get sticky on it, though.

  • Great audio:

Although I consider myself a casual audiophile, I don't think laptop audio quality is anything to worry about. If anything, I'll get a portable DAC.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

I'd like a touchscreen on it, and preferably a black color, or anything other than silver.

Again, thanks for the help, so as a gesture of my thanks, here's a picture of my dog: http://imgur.com/QW6QqWv

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 31, 2014

if you want relatively high performance for cheap, you can get the Lenovo U430 and add more ram.

It already has an i7 and a hybrid SSD. You could always add a Samsung 840 Evo if you wanted a true ssd. it'd give you the best bang for the buck and it's nice having a laptop you can upgrade.

13-14' <$600 laptop for work [USA] [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 31, 2014

Sorry for the misprint in the title its supposed to be 13-15"

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: <$600

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Looking for a school/work computer. Internet, note taking primarily.

  • Screen size preference: 13-15

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): none

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Uhm, not sure about this. I suppose I would like to watch videos if possible. Needs to be able to handle word and multiple internet tabs open

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support, brother well versed in computers support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): open to all suggestions

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): n/a

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: high performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: no

  • A great keyboard: no

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) removable battery, ABILITY TO NOT CRASH ALL THE TIME, USB

back lit keyboard would be a bonus but not necessary. Also if I am being unrealistic with my budget please let me know. I will b saving up to get the computer in about a month so any new laptops that are coming out could be an option as well

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 31, 2014

If you want portability, low weight and battery life, throw in a few more bucks and get the Lenovo U430.

It has a Intel Haswell Core i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. It only weighs 4.2lbs and has been tested to get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

If you need to stay below the $600 mark, the Lenovo G510 is the best sub $600 laptop around with the i5-4200M, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and a 15.6" 1366x768 display.

The Lenovo G410 is the 14" version of it as well if you find that more appealing.

The U430 would still be the all around best bet.

For just web browsing and typing, is there any reason to pay more than $500? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 31, 2014

Hey guys. I currently have a MacBook Pro 15" but am kind of regretting it now because of its size and heft, and also because I don't use its power as much as I used to anymore. I now have a desktop for the heavy lifting.

Here are my requirements:

  • Thin and light (similar to MacBook Air)
  • Touchscreen
  • Good keyboard
  • Max of $800, but I would love to pay less than that

I will pretty much only be using it for typing up schoolwork, internet browsing, watching movies, and maybe a little light gaming (Minecraft).

In my search I have come across these three options:

My biggest issue is that I don't know what a ~$500 laptop would give me. Would I notice much of a difference at all with an i3 or Pentium (or Ivy Bridge) in the things that I am going to be doing? I am able to pay up to $800, but I would much rather save some money if I won't see much of a difference in my usage.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 31, 2014

The Lenovo U430 would be your best bet in that list. The version I linked has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 display. It's really cheap for what you get, weighs 4.2lbs and has been tested to get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

It will outperform the ones you listed and come cheaper.

I know you would be fine with a Lenovo G410, but it doesn't have an HD or touch display.

Looking for laptop just for college ($700-$1000) [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014
  • Country of purchase: US

  • Budget range: $700-$1000, but anything cheaper than my budget would be great too!

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): On the go, around my house, and on campus. Primarily browsing the web, listening to music, watching videos, nothing much.

  • Screen size preference: ~14 inches, I'm flexible on screen szie

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): N/A

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): N/A

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): N/A

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): N/A

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Backlit

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No

  • Great audio: Yes

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.): My biggest factors in buying a new laptop is that it has to be extremely fast and responsive, have decent build quality, great battery life, and something that isn't too bulky. Would also like an SSD.

Thanks for all the help in advance!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

The best choice for you would be the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

It also weighs only 4.2lbs and has been tested to get up to 7.5+ hrs of battery life. It should fit all of your requirements and fit well under your budget.

Would this be fine for a laptop?? [R]

6 years agoMarch 30, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

Dell is a pretty poor manufacturer of laptops, especially within this budget.

Does the Lenovo U430 look like it has what you want?

$700 15.6'' Light gaming. Light, Quiet, good sound and black lit keyboard. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014
  1. What is your budget? 600-700 bucks. If this is unreasonable I could present him with a different number.

  2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15.6"

  3. What screen resolution do you want? Not incredibly important.

  4. How much battery life do you need? At least 5 nongaming hours would be nice.

  5. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

Garrys mod Team Fortress 2 Dota 2 Just Cause 2 (Left for dead 2 if possible) med-high.

. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? Probably no more than 500Gb.

  1. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. None.

  2. How long do you want to keep your laptop? As long as possible.

  3. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? Any. Or none is fine.

    What country do you live in? USA

I have been looking at the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P if you own one or seen one in action please tell me your opinion

Thanks in Advance

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

You could play those games with the Lenovo U430 if you want it to be light and have good battery life.

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics and a 14" 1600x900 display.

It's a great bang for the buck. It's not 15.6" though. If you want light, you'll want to go with 14".

[US] Need a laptop <= $1000 [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 27, 2014

Must have following:

  • 15.6 inch 1920x1080p screen; 14 inch can be okay too (1920x1080)
  • Any dedicated graphic card
  • Light weight, preferably less than 5 pounds.
  • Do not need DVD / CD drive or ethernet port; its okay if it has it.
  • At least 4GB of RAM
  • Minimum 500GB of Hard Drive, does not need SSD

Thanks!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

You mean something like the Lenovo U430?

It has an i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 14" 1600x900 touch display and Intel HD 4400 graphics.

It actually has better specs than the Acer, except for the slightly lower resolution display and the dedicated graphics of course. It also weighs less and gets close to the same battery life too. ...and it's Lenovo... which is a more dependable brand than Acer.

I know Dell's reputation but is this a decent deal? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

http://m.costco.com/Dell-XPS-14-Ultrabook-%7C-Intel-Core-i5-%7C-Backlit-Keyboard-%7C-Machined-aluminum.product.100101193.html

Mainly attracted to the all metal body style and back-lit keyboard. I plan on using it for school work, photo editing and light gaming. Any opinions would help a lot.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

Yeah you would be better off with the Lenovo U430.

It has great specs for the price and I would take a Lenovo product over a Dell any day. You really get what you pay for in this market. it also has the all-metal look and a backlit keyboard if those features are important to you.

I know Dell's reputation but is this a decent deal? [R]

6 years agoSaneBRZ posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

http://m.costco.com/Dell-XPS-14-Ultrabook-%7C-Intel-Core-i5-%7C-Backlit-Keyboard-%7C-Machined-aluminum.product.100101193.html

Mainly attracted to the all metal body style and back-lit keyboard. I plan on using it for school work, photo editing and light gaming. Any opinions would help a lot.

6 years agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

Mmmh, it's not bad for 600 bucks. This model doesn't have the dedicated Nvidia GPU, so it doesn't get as hot as the model with it. It has a last gen Intel CPU, a decent 900p display and due to the massive 70 WHr battery, you would get around 6 to 7 hours of light use until it shuts down.

An alternative, but a little bit more expensive, would be the Lenovo IdeaPad U430:

  • 14 inch, 1600x900p display
  • Intel i7-4500U + 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD + 8 GB SSD cache
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $649

I would probably try out the Dell laptop. If you don't like it, return it. Costco is one of the better retailers. You shouldn't have any problems with getting a refund.

LF: Portable laptop for school and programming. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 29, 2014

My primary goals with the laptop are to get something with enough screen real estate that I can happily program without needing excessive usage of workspaces. Overall UI fluidity for basic tasks is greatly appreciated. Good Linux support is preferred, but not necessary if I can get a Mac. Long battery life and low weight are valued characteristics as I carry this laptop with me everywhere and it is used almost every day.

Heavily considering RMBP due to Retina display and good HiDPI support in a Unix-like environment. Would consider a Windows machine if it was 1920x1080, rather than HiDPI, or if there is good HiDPI support in Linux (which I'm currently not convinced exists yet).

Gaming is insignificant because I will be doing most of my gaming on a desktop.

Questionaire below.


LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $1200

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Programming portable laptop.

  • Screen size preference: 13-15.6in

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Linux preferred. Mac is Unix enough to work.

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Effectively none.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Very small. The size of the programs I'm compiling is almost trivial most of the time. I've been reasonably happy with the performance of a 2.0ghz Athlon II for several years.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self-support.

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): I've never owned a Mac before, but I have no brand loyalty here.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Don't care. I just don't want it to be bulky.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low-weight.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Low price.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise/heat.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes.

  • A great keyboard: Yes.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No.

  • Great audio: No.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) HDMI.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

If you want something cheap, lightweight and with good battery life the Lenovo U430 is the best value around. It has a Haswell Core i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 display. It has been tested to get up to 7.5hrs of battery life and weighs 4.2lbs.

If the display on that isn't enough, there's also the Acer Aspire V7 that has a 1080p 14" touch display, an i5-4200U, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, and Nvidia GT 750M graphics.

You should be able to put Linux on either.

[US] Needing something for general purpose, school. I won't be playing games. Any price. 16" at most. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 29, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: US

  • Budget range: None

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): General purpose, school. I'm not a gamer.

  • Screen size preference: Smaller than 16".

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): No gaming requirements.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Nothing crappy.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): I don't know enough about different brands, so no preference. I hear Lenovo is good, but I'm open to anything.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I looked at the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, and thought that was kind of cool.

Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

What does this mean? What is a "premium"?

  • High resolution screen:

  • A great keyboard:

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons:

  • Great audio:

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

  • Ethernet port is a must
  • Slight preference of HDMI over VGA
  • Removable battery is preferred
  • No preference for CD/DVD drive
  • Touchscreen would be preferred
  • Laptop-tablet conversion ability (like the ThinkPad Twist) would be handy
6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 30, 2014

For a good general student laptop with no graphics requirements, the Lenovo U430 is fantastic. It has an i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life with the right settings.

[USA][$700 MAX] Need a laptop that can do work! Prefer it to be heavy/sturdy. Primary: Mobile Workstation Secondaries: Video editing, gaming [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 27, 2014

I would love a computer that can handle day to day things extremely easily, something that I can turn on and off quickly (so maybe SSD, not required). I don't care for screen size. Something with strong processing power is the primary objective! I'm using it for college and business trips. A little rendering videos and editing footage. Would love to game on it for when I'm on a flight.

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: -$700

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Desktop replacement

  • Screen size preference: NA

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): NA (Worked with all three, love them all)

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Victoria 2, EU4, Civ5

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Light video editing and rendering

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self-support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): NA

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I love the portability and (perceived) power of Macbook Pro's but they are way too damn expensive for my budget.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: It can weigh more than me if it's long battery life.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: I don't want the hardware to be crap but a low price is always great, I may be able to go a little over budget for build quality.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: No.

  • A great keyboard: ~$50, not anymore than that.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Another ~$50

  • Great audio: Not really, would like great audio but it's not a necessity.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

None of those features are absolutely necessary, I am VERY flexible!

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 27, 2014

I'd say the best bet for the money would be the Lenovo U430.

It has an Intel i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and an HD 1600x900 14" touch display.

It's been tested to get over 7.5 hours of battery life, weighs only 4.2lbs and is less than an inch thick. It should suit all of your needs and then some within budget.

It will be able to play your games by the way, although they may need to be on lower settings.

Possibly in the market for a new Ultrabook. Is it worth buying them with a solid state drive, or should I put one in myself afterwards? [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 27, 2014

They seem a little overpriced with the SSD from the factory. I might be stuck with DELL as my company has a line of credit with them and I am ordering a new desktop next week. I'm just wondering if I should go with one of these.

Also, the Ultrabooks seem to top out at 4GB RAM unless you pay a huge amount. With the SSD and 4GB RAM, I don't think I would need 8GB?

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 27, 2014

If you can get out of Dell (I would avoid them, especially in lower price brackets), you can get a Lenovo U430 and it will allow you to upgrade both the RAM and HDD. It's also really affordable. Best value in the price range.

But yes, if you do go elsewhere, keep in mind that they aren't always upgradeable. Even when they are, make sure you know what RAM is compatible.

SAL : Accounting Student, Machinist/Drafter as Day Job for now. Looking for Battery life and Performance. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 26, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: 500-900

  • Purpose: School Work, Work Work and that's all.

  • Screen size preference: 13''-15''...might stretch for a 17'' but this thing will be with me wherever I go for the next year or two.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows 7..not sure if I want to go to 8 yet - convince me otherwise.

  • Gaming requirements: None, as stated mainly a work computer

  • Performance requirements: Run AD Inventor. MasterCam. Quicken Accounting Software.

  • Method of computer support: Self Support or Come on Reddit :)

  • Brand preferences and reasons: I've had a Toshiba for around 6 years that has given me no problems besides finally dying on me (memory fried when BB gave me the wrong memory...I think?)

  • Any particular style that you like: I really enjoy the thinkpads and u430 Lenovas. Something similiar - just not a mac - I feel they are out of my price range and learning a new OS really isn't within my time constraints at the moment.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer?

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight:Long Battery Life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Balanced

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High Performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

Nope, maybe a light up keyboard. :)

  • Other: adding this bit in. Need something with 2-3 USBs (for hardisk USB - yes some machines I work on are dinosaurs.) and if possible - a Disk drive for CDs - I dont know - just feels weird not having one.

  • Other...Other!: This will NOT be replacing my desktop I have at home. The purpose of this laptop is so I can do my school work wherever I am or can make adjustments when I'm out with a customer for lunch or at a design meeting.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 26, 2014

If you want battery life, you'll need to stick to the 14" models. With that said, the Lenovo u430 is the best bet. It seems you have already discovered that for yourself. W8 is on EVERYTHING new. You'd have to get an older and weaker model to get 7. If learning it is an issue, just make these adjustments to make it feel like 7.

Optical drives are pretty unnecessary, I haven't used mine in years. Unless you know a specific reason you have to have one, and can't handle an external, don't get one as they will consume power you want for your battery life.

If you decide you want something with a 15.6" display, and still want battery life and an HD display, get the Acer Aspire V7.

[CAN] 14"-15.6"; $700 Max - Home laptop for entertainment and web browsing. Was looking at mostly Lenovos. Help! [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 25, 2014

Hey guys. I'm in need of a new laptop to buy in Canada, budget being $700 max. I was looking mainly at Lenovos (U430, G510, etc).

Touch-screen is not a priority. The size must be 14-15.6". What IS important is speed, and battery life. In other words, it must be fast and powerful, whilst having a respectable battery life.

Gaming is not a requirement, so I think power can be reduced in the video card. Any suggestions?

Edit: I found This Asus N56DP; is it a good one?

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 26, 2014

So you want a Lenovo U430.

Seems that you have discovered it for yourself. It's your best bet.

Laptop to lounge with on beach (not directly on sand or surfing), budget <$1000, US, ~15 [R]

6 years agoMarch 25, 2014
**LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE**

* Country of purchase: USA

* Budget range: <$1000, possibly more if required

* Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Ultraportable

* Screen size preference: ~15"

* OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Linux

* Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Don't care

* Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Coding, email, web surfing

* Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support

* Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business
compatibility): ASUS or Toshiba, not too married to any brand, please no Apple though

* Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

* Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

* Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced

* Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality

* Low noise/heat -vs- High performance:low noise/heat

**Would you pay a premium for something that has:**

* High resolution screen: no

* A great keyboard: Yes

* A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No

* Great audio: No

**List any features that are critical:** (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) 

Matte screen, HDMI port, SD slot, USB

I'm just looking for a laptop to use while lounging on the beach(none of this), matte screen is pretty critical, decent battery life would be nice, not running Eclipse so it doesn't have to be that much of a workhorse. Just something light to relax on the beach with, I have a desktop I'll be using indoors. I haven't had a laptop in years, so I'm pretty open to suggestions.

Thanks

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 26, 2014

That picture is pure awesome. Someone is going to beat that chick's ass when they find out what she's doing with their rig.

Anyways, if you want ultraportable I'd go with a 14" model like the Lenovo U430. It's cheap, has an i7, weighs 4.2lbs and has been rated to get over 7.5hrs of battery life.

It also has a 1600x900 14" display and has a hybrid SSD. Best bang for the buck in the multimedia ultraportable category.

US 15" 700USD Laptop for college, linux and audio work. [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

I'm looking for a 15" laptop for college. I will be majoring in computer science, so I'll need the thing to have a bit of power. I will be running linux and doing a bit of music production as well.

I already have a desktop for gaming and serious production.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 25, 2014

I'd suggest dropping to 14" and getting the Lenovo U430. It's going to be lighter, get better battery life, and have a better display than other options within the price range.

[US][~$700] Screen size doesn't matter. [R]

6 years agoMarch 24, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

You'd get the best bang for your buck from the Lenovo U430.

It has a hybrid SSD, but you can put a Samsung 840 Evo in it if you want a full SSD.

[US] <$800 Basic home and office use, light photo editing, and streaming [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: <$800

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.):ultraportable, mainstream

  • Screen size preference: flexible

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux):Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): none

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): none

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility):none

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): none

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight:balanced

  • Build quality -vs- Low price:balanced

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance:balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: yes

  • A great keyboard: yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: yes

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

I'm really looking for a basic laptop that can be used for home and office use. Streaming, Microsoft Office, and light photo editing.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

If you want portability and battery life, go with the Lenovo U430.

If those aren't important to you and a 5hr battery life and 5.7lb weight are fine and you prefer a 15.6" display, get the Lenovo G510.

Keep in mind that the first option has a higher resolution display.

US ~1000 gaming LIGHTWEIGHT ultrabook [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: $800-1000

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): ultrabook < 4 lbs (if possible)

  • Screen size preference: 14 or 15.6 inch

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows / linux for programming

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): CS:GO and Dota 2 at 60+ fps

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Quick boot up and fast processing (see below)

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Not Apple. Had 2 macs (1 macbook pro and a mid 2010 macbook) and I am sick of Apple.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): lenovo y50 or asus ux301. Sleek, black, backlit keyboard

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: low weight all the way.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: balance

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: yes

  • A great keyboard: absolutely!

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: yes.

  • Great audio: not as much. will probably use headphones

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) HDMI port and usb port to plug in mouse. I also plan to have an extra monitor to be able to hook up to run dual monitors for programming and excel spreadsheets (I'm an accountant).

I've had my eyes on the Lenovo y50 for a month now but I'm getting antsy since a release date hasn't been announced. I've been looking on xoticpc and am overwhelmed with all of the choices / don't know what to look for. As I said earlier, I am really interested in programming and playing CS:GO and dota 2 and I don't know what graphics card / processor I will need.

I currently own a Macbook mid 2010 that weighs 4.7 lbs and I am hoping for something lighter and WAY WAY FASTER. This thing is sooo slow.

Because I plan to program I intend to use the keyboard a lot so I would like to hear some suggestions on laptops with great keyboards

Additional features I am unsure about: touchscreen - I have read good and bad reviews on touchscreen and am willing to sacrifice the touchscreen if it means it's weight will drop a pound.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I don't plan to buy a laptop until May so I can wait if necessary.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

I bought a PS4 and there just isn't anything to play on it.

The V7 is just great because of its battery life and 1080p display. For those two games you could easily get by with the Lenovo U430 and its Intel HD 4400 graphics.

It, however, has a 1600x900 display, rather than the 1920x1080 display on the V7. Also, the V7's GT 750M isn't going to get super hot. While it's true that graphics cards generate the most heat, you usually see that on the higher end GTX models.

[USA] <$700 Need labtop for college 13-15 inches [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase:USA

  • Budget range:Less than $700

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): portable, lots of music, gaming, general web surfing

  • Screen size preference:13-15 inches

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): no strong preference

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings):Run skyrim and civ 5. Music production programs

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): microsoft office

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support):self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): none

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great):none

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: long battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price:build quality (within price range)

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance:balanced (but low noise/heat preferred, I need this thing to last me a while)

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen:yes

  • A great keyboard:no

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons:yes

  • Great audio:yes

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) It's just important for me to have a labtop with lots of memory life and something I can use for a while.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

You can play Skyrim on the Lenovo U430 with the settings turned down a bit.

Here is someone doing it with a weaker processor than is even in the U430.

It's also well within your budget, has a nice 14" display and will play Civ V with ease. It's also worth noting that it has been rated to get up to 7.5 hours of battery life and only weighs 4.2lbs which makes it very portable and great for taking to classes.

[US] 11.6-14" thin/light laptop for college |<$550 [R]

6 years agoMarch 24, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

I'd say it would be seriously worth it to throw in a little more cash and get a Lenovo IdeaPad U430. It's going to have a display that will be nicer than anything else in the price range, have up to 7.5hrs of battery life and weigh only 4.2lbs. It's also only .8" thick.

[14-15", CANADA, $500-700] A very light ultrabook. [R]

6 years agoMarch 24, 2014

I've been looking for a laptop for my girlfriend. She wont do much on it (word processing, browser, netflix). She will however be dragging it to Uni, there and back, every day. Priorities are:

weight and size> screen size (preferably 14" or 15") > all other specs.

I'm also a big fan of ASUS and Lenovo, so either one of those brand is also preferred.

Ideal budget is between $500-700, including shipping to Canada.

So far, my first contender is this ASUS.

Have any other suggestions? Thanks!

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LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: Canada

  • Budget range: $500-700.

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Ultraportable, mainstream. As light as possible.

  • Screen size preference: 14-15"

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows.

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): 2 cores. at least 4GB RAM. If possible, a dedicated or high-end integrated graphics card.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self-support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): ASUS and Lenovo are brand preferences. Anything, as long as it's sturdy and built well.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Sleek, black or gray, metallic. But appearance is not very important.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Both! Tough choice, but eaning towards lightweight.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality, for sure.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance, but not necessary.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: No.

  • A great keyboard: Probably.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Probably.

  • Great audio: No.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

HDMI would be ver practical. Bluetooth is also desirable, but not necessary.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 24, 2014

If you're able to get it from Canada, the Lenovo U430 would be the best choice for you, IMO.

The i7-4500U comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which will play a lot of games on lower settings, and it is the best bang for the buck in the category.

Portability, durability, long-lasting, <$800 [R]

6 years agoMarch 23, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 23, 2014

Get this Lenovo U430. It's the best multi-use laptop on the market, imo, and is only $640.

15-17inch, USA, under $650 [R]

6 years agoMarch 22, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 22, 2014

The Lenovo U430 is on sale right now for $630 and it would get great battery life (up to 7.5hrs), have an HD display (1600x900) and only weigh 4.2lbs. It is only a 14" though.

Alternatively, you can get the Lenovo G510 which is cheaper and is a great value.

[US] Portable, Powerful Laptop [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 21, 2014
  • Budget range: Under $1000 (the cheaper the better) - Willing to wait for a sale or refurb.

  • Purpose: Thin and light, used to carry around all day during school and then sit at home at night.

  • Screen size preference: 15" or under (prefer anywhere from 12-14")

  • OS preference: Windows 7 or above

  • Gaming requirements: Not a factor in decision.

  • Performance requirements: Photoshop, Illustrator, Visual Studio, Excel Data Crunching

  • Brand preferences and reasons: Like Lenovo (my $400 Lenovo laptop has lasted 6 years and is still going strong while I type this); Fine with most brands besides HP

  • Preferred Specifications: Resolution of 1600x900 or above, USB 3.0 (at least 1 slot), 3GB+ RAM, 3+ Hours of Battery Life, 128+ GB SSD, Intel Core i5 or above

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 21, 2014

I think your best bet would actually be to get a Lenovo U430 and put a Samsung 840 Evo in it.

That way you'd get more SSD space, and you'd know that it was a high quality SSD going into it. You'd also get an Intel Core i7 CPU.

If you want one with dedicated video, you could do the same with the Acer Aspire V7 which has a 1080p 14" display.

Under $800, 14" laptop for work [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 20, 2014

So far I've looked at the Thinkpad L440 and customized it to shave down the price but have what I want, here are the specs

  • $719.00
  • i5-4200M (3MB, 3.10GHz)
  • 14" (1600x900)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 500GB HDD 7200
  • Dual band wifi
  • Bluetooth 4.0

I am not against a larger laptop, but I don't really want a smaller one. I need it to be under $800. RAM is not a dealbreaker, but if it is lower than 6 it needs to be able to be upgraded. I am ok with an i3 too. I'd prefer an SSD, even if it is a small one. My biggest issue with the L440 is its (lack of) styling and size.

I am a developer which is why I am leaning away from Chromebooks. I need to be able to run Spring Tool Suite (basically Eclipse), FTP clients, Git Bash, Photoshop (very rarely).

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 20, 2014

I would go with the Lenovo U430.

It has an Intel i7-4500U, 4GB RAM (can be upgraded), 500GB Hybrid SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics and a 14" 1600x900 display for $650.

Desktop vs laptop; US, No screen size, $500-$650...For clueless parents [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 20, 2014

Parents are replacing the old desktop we have had. It must be 8-10+ years old.

They will use it for internet, some documents, home finance, photos, and some printing (on our equally old all-in-one printer).

They initially said they wanted a laptop but I said they should keep their old monitor/keyboard and get a desktop. I was mainly thinking about the life expectancy when I thought desktop to be the clear choice.

They both expressed an interest in taking it with them when they travel to watch movies, reduction of wire clutter, and less space on the desk. Those desires are making me second guess my desktop recommendation. Mom gets a small discount on Lenovo and Dell Laptops. Only gets a discount on Dell Desktops.

Will the increased computing power of a similarly priced desktop add enough life to the computer making it worth it? OR am I overstating the life of a desktop compared to a laptop making the laptop's other advantages a more viable choice.

Thank you

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 20, 2014

It depends on the need really. If they are going to get more use out of the convenience of a laptop, get a laptop. It's really nice to be able to take it with them.

You can get a Lenovo U430 right now for $650 which is an awesome multimedia laptop.

While you will get more performance out of a desktop... are they going to actually use it? By use it, I mean use the machine to the extent of its abilities?

Speed isn't going to be a factor for internet browsing, word processing or printing. An affordable laptop that can go with them wherever is probably going to be a more useful choice.

11-15", USA, ~$700 portable laptop [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 19, 2014

I am a commuter to school so I prefer it being lightweight, will be using it for programming and schoolwork. I don't need it to be overly powerful, as I have a pc at home. If being powerful is in the budget, I'm not opposed to it.

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: anywhere from $600-800

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Portable.

  • Screen size preference: 15" or below

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None, I have a desktop at home

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Very basic. Web surfing, note taking, programming.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Myself

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Have had Dells before, was not impressed.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Thin is preferable.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low weight.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Quality.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Possibly, depends on how much more it costs.

  • A great keyboard: Yes.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Yes, I hate cheap touchpads.

  • Great audio: No, would be using headphones.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) At least one USB 3.0 would be nice. I would also want an HDMI port.

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 19, 2014

Sounds like you want the Lenovo U430. It has an Intel i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 500GB hybrid SSD, 4GB RAM, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

It's the best value in its price range and has the ports you require as well.

Laptop <14in <$1000 Need to buy in the next 10 days- USA [R]

6 years agoMarch 19, 2014

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6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 19, 2014

If you want an all around solid portable laptop, the Lenovo U430 has awesome specs for the price, and weighs 4.2lbs and has been rated to get up to 7.5 hours of battery life. I think its an awesome student laptop.

While the ASUS T300LA is going to have bit slower of a processor, its SSD and high battery life make it very appealing. If you want to use its tablet functionality, then you can't beat it.

Student Laptop for CS and light gaming, ~$1000 [USA] [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 19, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: ~$1000, although less is preferable

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Primary purpose is for school. Will play light games, but not enough to warrant a discrete graphics card

  • Screen size preference: 14"+

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): No preference

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Must be able to run VMWare and/or VirtualBox and compile a custom Linux kernel in a decent amount of time

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): None

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I like the look of brushed metal, and Sagers without branding look pretty nice, but looks aren't very important in the grand scheme of things.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced, with a slight lean towards battery life. 4+ hours would be good

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: 1920x1080 preferable, so yes?

  • A great keyboard: Nope

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Nope

  • Great audio: Nope

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.):

  • Most certainly need an ethernet port, I've heard the uni wi-fi gets bogged down with high traffic.
  • At least 3 USB ports, don't all have to be 3.0, but at least 1 3.0 would be nice.
  • A laptop that would be easy to customize would be nice. I would appreciate the ability to add more RAM or another mSATA drive if need be.
6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 19, 2014

If a 1600x900 display would be alright for you, the Lenovo U430 is an awesome choice.

It has a Haswell i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 4GB RAM, and a 1600x900 14" touch display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and has been tested to get over 7.5 hours of battery life.

It also has a USB 3.0 port + 2x USB 2.0, and your Ethernet port.

The only issue I could forsee is maybe wanting more memory for your VMWare. You could easily get an 8GB stick and throw it in to fix that.

Helping sister find a laptop, US, 14" or less [R]

6 years agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 19, 2014

She needs storage (500gb +) , portability (14" or less) , and battery life. Preferably under 1000$.

I was thinking something with intels 4th gen processor for the battery life/graphic capabilities and a hybrid drive for storage and decent speed.

It will be used mainly for internet browsing and photo editing

6 years agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 19, 2014

The Lenovo U430 is the best bang for the buck in the category. It has an Intel Core i7-4500U, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 4GB RAM, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display for $650.

Sims 4 laptop suggestion. [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 16, 2014

I'm looking for a laptop for my girlfriend. She will need one good enough to play Sims 3 for now and then Sims 4 when that is released. Preferably 14"+ and under 800$.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 16, 2014

The Lenovo U430 would be perfect for her then.

It has an Intel Haswell i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display.

It also only weighs 4.2lbs and can get upwards of 7 hours of battery life. It's the best value in its class.

General Use Laptop, USA, $500-650, 13-15" [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 16, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 16, 2014

Seems like the Lenovo U430 would be a great option for your budget.

It has a 4th gen i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics and a 14" 1600x900 touch screen.

It can also get upwards of 7 hours of battery life and weighs only 4.2lbs.

Help! Need suggestions. Price range: $600-$700. [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 15, 2014

Hello r/suggestalaptop! I'm going to college this fall and need help finding a laptop. One that is fast and stylish. One that plays music well and just handles well with school. I'm looking for something within the HP family of laptops.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 15, 2014

HP makes a really low quality product along with Dell, Acer, and Toshiba.

I would really suggest that you get a Lenovo U430.

It's the best laptop available for your purposes within the price range, as it is light (4.2lbs), has good battery life (up to 7.5 hours), and has a nice resolution (1600x900) touch screen.

If you really need HP for some reason, the HP Envy 15 is a popular choice.

[USA] Laptop for Medical School and light gaming. $400 to $1000 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoNotADeltaBravo posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 15, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: 400 to 1000

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Academics, light gaming, netflix, and Movies

  • Screen size preference: Any size

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Starcraft 2, fall out 3 , first person shooters, and civ 5

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): videos and handling multiple applications

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): N/A

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great):

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: long battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise and heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: no

  • A great keyboard: yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: yes

  • Great audio: yes

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

an ethernet port.

Im going to school in the Caribbeans so most of classes are online. In my downtime, I would be gaming, on netflix or on skype. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks for the help.

6 years, 1 month agoNotADeltaBravo posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 15, 2014

Is there a difference between the model you linked and this one? http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Ultrabook-Touch-Screen-i7-4500u-processor/dp/B00HJX1ZKK/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1394932623&sr=8-1&keywords=lenovo+u430

Looking for a school and gaming oriented laptop with purchasing insurance for it. Range- $1,000, USA [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 13, 2014

Hey fellas, I am looking for some advice on a new laptop. I am finishing up college and looking to go into a master's program, but I still plan on gaming. Through my limited googling and reading this subreddit, I think the Lenovo Y510p maybe my best option.

A piece to this laptop buying that I don't know much about is purchasing insurance. I did utilize the insurance on my old Dell laptop through my college days, but I am slightly more responsible now. I am leaning towards purchasing insurance, yet I am not sure which route to take for that.

Any help is much appreciated. You guys are the best.

  • Country of purchase: ‘Merica

  • Budget range: Not looking to go over a thousand with insurance

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): School work and gaming

  • Screen size preference: nothing over 18”

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): League of Legends and maybe some steam games. I would like to have 60 fps or above

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self-support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): had good success with Dell

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): none

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Neutral

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: neutral

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: I could

  • A great keyboard: not too picky

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: nope

  • Great audio: indifferent

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) HDMI port

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 14, 2014

For school? check out the Lenovo U430.

You can easily play LoL on that with some settings turned down. Graphics aren't important in that game anyways. Just response time and LoS.

Anyways that would save you money and have a lot better battery life and portability for taking to classes.

13-15", US, <$800 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 13, 2014

Hi SuggestALaptop!

Computer Science student here. I'll be using the laptop for mostly school, web browsing (youtube, reddit, facebook, email) and programming.

Therefore, good Linux support is pretty important for me. Ideally I'd like to just have Linux as the main OS and be able to play league of legends on it instead having two partitions.

A good keyboard is also important for me for programming.

Finally, and I'd like it to be rather portable, I carry my laptop around almost everywhere. My last laptop was the Asus u30jc, it was about 4.4 lbs and it felt a bit heavy but I'm willing to sacrifice portability for a good deal.

Thanks for the help in advance!

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: <800

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): programming, light-gaming, college, web browsing

  • Screen size preference: 13-15 inch

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows and Linux

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): league of legends (40-60 fps)

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): youtube viewing

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): N/A

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Asus u30jc

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: balanced

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: maybe (if it's better for programming)

  • A great keyboard: yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) HDMI, VGA port, SD card slot

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 13, 2014

Check out the Lenovo U430. It seems to be perfect for you, except it doesn't have VGA. It does have your HDMI though.

It's the best bang for the buck in the category.

14"/15.6" professional-looking laptop to bring into meetings but game some at home, $700-$900 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 13, 2014

Looking for a laptop that has a professional build/look, but can handle some lighter gaming on the side. I don't mind medium/low settings and the most high-end game I would be playing is Civ 5.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 13, 2014

I would go with the Lenovo U430. It will get good battery life while taking it to meetings and such, and be well capable of Civ V.

It'll also have a 1600x900 resolution which is very clean and carries the best specs in its price bracket.

Refurbished P400 from Lenovo Outlet? [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 13, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 13, 2014

It's just last generation and it's refurbished. So buy at your own risk.

I still say the best all-around ultrabook is going to be the Lenovo U430.

But it is $200 more.

[US] "Future-proof", Everyday Use, Portable (<15", <5lbs"), Movies/Netflix, <$900 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoSaneBRZ posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 13, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: Under $900ish

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Mainstream use. Little to no gaming.

  • Screen size preference: Would like this to be light enough for "laptop" use, so probably under 15"

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows... would consider Mac if it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): No major gaming.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Will watch Netflix/HBO Go, etc. Maybe DVDs from time to time.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): No thanks Toshiba.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): No preference, just light/sleek.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Meh

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Meh

  • Great audio: Meh

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.): I don't game, but would like something fast... so I think a 4th Gen i5 would be good. From what I understand, I'd also like an SSD as that would run quiet, low heat, and quickly. Optical drive would be a nice to have... but not a necessity. Prefer to purchase through Amazon

6 years, 1 month agoSaneBRZ posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 13, 2014

Still with a $900 limit?

The range of ultrabook on Amazon is very limited. You will have to sacrifice on some fronts. You could get a Lenovo IdeaPad U430:

  • 14 inch, 1600x900p display
  • Intel i7-4500U + 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD + 8 GB SSD cache
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $670

Or a Asus Transformer Book T300LA-DH51T if you don't mind a hybrid device:

  • 13.3 inch, 1920x1080p touchscreen
  • Intel i5-4200U + 4 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB SSD
  • Intel HD4400 graphics
  • Price: $850

$1,000, 13', USA, general workstation [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 12, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $500-1000

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Desktop replacement/writing workstation

  • Screen size preference: 13 - 15

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Mac or Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): None necessary but would be nice

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Needs to be able to run multiple writing programs (Scrivener, Word, Aeon Timeline) and the internet at the same time with no slow down. A bonus would be able to run video-editing software smoothly.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Store

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): prefer a PC but would take a Mac if that's the best option

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I like the look of the Macbook Air. I like sleek.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Long battery

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: balanced

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: high performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: No

  • A great keyboard: Maybe

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No

  • Great audio: No

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 12, 2014

If you want to save a little money, the Lenovo U430 would also be a very mobile choice with good battery life (up to 7+ hours).

It has an Intel Haswell Core i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB RAM, a 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touchscreen.

Need laptop for school/ moderate gaming [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 11, 2014

I just changed my major to computer science and need to get a laptop. The only requirement on their website was 8gb of ram. I would like to play LoL, WoW, and Diablo 3 well on a 1920*1080p screen if possible. $800 is the top of my budget.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 12, 2014

No problem. Are you going to be gaming on it?

If you aren't going to be doing anything more than Minecraft with clip plane down, or something, you can get the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has an Intel i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 1600x900 14" touchscreen, Intel HD 4400 graphics, weighs 4.2lbs and in power saving mode can get up to 7.5 hours of battery life.

and yeah there is a lot to know. What brands to trust, what specs mean what, what things actually take to run, etc. That's why we're here though =D

Lenovo U430 versus Asus Q501LA [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 11, 2014

First of all I want to thank everybody for their help these past couple weeks. I'm torn between the Lenovo U430 and ASUS Q501LA.

I need something that will still be around in a few years, fast, good screen, decent battery, and touchscreen.

I will be using it for light gaming, office suite, business software, netflix, videos, internet browsing, and photoshop.

thanks!

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 11, 2014

I think the Lenovo U430 is a generally better deal. You will get a lot more battery life out of it, and it has a faster processor than the Q501, which is what dictates how well your graphics will run.

Laptop for small accounting business [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 11, 2014

I'm starting up a small accounting business, and will need a laptop. My instinct is to go with the top of the line because I don't know enough to know when a cheaper version will still do the job I need it to. So please, help me figure out what I need so I don't buy something I don't need. Thank you!

[Edit] Sorry, I looked through the posts on how to post for what to put in the title, but somehow totally missed the large red text at the top. Whoops.

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: up to $1,000 (less is better, more is also okay if that's what I have to spend)

  • Purpose: Mobile work for small accounting business

  • Screen size preference: 15"+

  • OS preference: Windows, open to the idea of Linux, but no experience with it

  • Gaming requirements: n/a

  • Performance requirements: Run multiple programs simultaneously and smoothly

  • Method of computer support: Self, Google

  • Brand preferences and reasons: n/a

  • Any particular style that you like: n/a

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer?

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Long battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: High performance

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Maybe

  • Great audio: No

List any features that are critical: USB ports, ethernet port, number pad (would be nice, but USB option is fine too), high resolution

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 11, 2014

If you'd be willing to accept a 14" option, I would suggest the Lenovo U430.

It has a Haswell i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, a 14" 1600x900 touch screen, and can get over 7 hours of battery life in power saving.

[14" Multipurpose Laptop] USA, ~$1000 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 11, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: ~$1000

  • Purpose: Multipurpose. I'd like something ultrabook-esque (long battery and a lighter, smaller size) that can serve any purpose. I'm a teacher, so I use MS Word and Excel all the time, but I also do photography and android programming on the side, so I need something capable of running Photoshop, Lightroom, and Eclipse well. I also enjoy playing Kerbal Space Program, and would love a laptop that can handle it's graphics requirements.

  • Screen size preference: 14". I don't like 15"-17" screens. They seem too large.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows. (Open to a Mac, but I'd probably just install Windows on it.)

  • Gaming requirements: Kerbal Space Program. Anything that will run it. (Current laptop - lenovo w500 - runs it at like 5fps.)

  • Performance requirements: Photoshop. Lightroom. Eclipse.

  • Method of computer support: Self.

  • Brand preferences and reasons: My lenovo has served me well for several years, but I don't hold much preference.

  • Any particular style that you like:

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer?

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Mostly balanced - slight dip towards battery life.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Build quality. I want it to feel nice (e.g., aluminium casing).

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Balanced.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes. I would like something that has a 1600x900 screen at minimum. Must be a good quality for photo editing. I would highly prefer a touchscreen for Windows 8, but it's not essential.

  • A great keyboard: No. I'd like something that is backlit, but otherwise doesn't matter.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No.

  • Great audio: Yes. I occasionally use my laptop to show videos in class (to ~8 students), and it's great to have loud, crisp audio just from the laptop.

List any features that are critical: USB 3.0. HDMI port. SD card slot.

Personal Thoughts:

I like the HP Envy 14t-k100, and actually purchased one (with the i7-4500U, GT 740M, 500GB HD+16GB SSD, 1600x900 display, and backlit keyboard) for $999 with a coupon code. It seems like a computer I would like, but it stopped working an hour (couldn't find OS) after I got it, and the recovery won't re-install Windows. I'm talking with a supervisor tomorrow, but at this point, I'm a little hesitant to keep it, and would like to know what other options could be good.

The Yoga 2 looks good, but is out because the yellow screen issue. Don't even need to talk about anything else, because that's a deal breaker.

The T440p looks good if I could customize it and up the processor/graphics card/screen/etc, but Lenovo's site only shows a model with the minimum specs. Pros of this: The red nub thing. If available, upgrades to most desired specs. Cons: No touchscreen. VGA and mini DisplayPort instead of HDMI.

The IdeaPad Y410 looks nice, and has great specs (4th gen i7-4700MQ, 1600x900, GT755M, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD+8GB SSD) but a shorter battery. The page says it's up to 5 hours with the standard 72 WHr battery, and beefing up the specs makes it come with a 62 WHr battery.

The IdeaPad Flex 14 look pretty good, but it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card or and it has a low resolution screen (1366x768).

And I've mostly looked through Lenovo's site, if that's not already obvious.

Anyone have some good suggestions? (Even if it's just for or against keeping the HP laptop.)

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 11, 2014

I would get the Lenovo U430. It's way under budget and comes with a Haswell i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB hybrid SSD, a 14" 1600x900 touch display, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and can get 7.5 hours of battery life.

The Intel HD 4400 graphics can run KSP fine on medium settings. You shouldn't need a dedicated video card as long as you aren't trying to crank up the settings. It also has HDMI out.

Best Laptop for ~$750? [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 10, 2014

US $750 Screen size, nothing smaller than a 13"

My old laptop finally died on me and it's time to replace it. I don't expect to do any heavy gaming on it, if it can support some games, that would be great.

Things I'm hoping to get: *1080p support *widescreen *dedicated video card *battery life *a small SSD would be nice but not required

I'd prefer Windows 7 but will take 8.

I'm sure more will come up I'm looking to keep it around 750 if possible. I know this won't get me anything high end, but I haven't kept up with laptops to know what is really good for that price range.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 11, 2014

Intel HD 4400 graphics will run most games at low to medium detail. With that in mind, you should check out the Lenovo U430. It has a Haswell i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 14" 1600x900 touch display, weighs 4.4lbs and gets 7.5 hours of battery life.

It also only costs $675.

For $750, you can get an ASUS X550LB, which is 15.6" 1366x768 display, 8GB of RAM, 750GB HDD, and same CPU as the U430, but gets 5 hours of battery life and has a dedicated Nvidia GT 740M.

Help with Final Decision, Asus q501la or something better [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 10, 2014

Originally my price range was up to $800 and I settled on the Asus Q501LA. I really need a laptop that will last me five years or so without problems. It will probably be only for light gaming if any, business software, Microsoft office suite, photoshop, Netflix, movies, browsing.

Is it worth it to get something better and more money or will the q501 hold up to what I need. I don't really have any must haves but do want HD touch screen and an hdmi port. thanks!

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 11, 2014

How about the Lenovo U430. I think it's the best deal in its price range.

It has a Haswell i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 14" 1600x900 touch screen, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and HDMI out.

College student about the make the switch from mac to PC. Feeling a little overwhelmed by the options. [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 10, 2014

I have been using a mac ever since my parents bought me an iMac for Christmas in '07. I got a MacBook Pro 13" in 2011, and it recently started crapping out on me. I have been wanting to switch to PC for a while. Partly because I hate how mac limits me so much and partly because of price.

Ideally, I would like to spend less than $700. But I can go a little higher.

I don't play any games. Mostly just a lot of stuff for school. (Office, autocad, Ps, matlab, occasionally wolfram Mathematica) And a lot of browsing and streaming. I do a lot of multitasking.

I don't give a shit how it looks. I just want it to work. Longer battery life is a plus.

I was thinking I should probably get a touch screen laptop because I've gotten so used to the MacBook trackpad that the inability to manipulate things on my screen with multitouch gestures would be frustrating.

As far as make, I've gotten the feeling that Asus is the way to go. Am I right in that assumption?

I just really don't know what I need. I could use some help.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 10, 2014

If you want a smooth transition, and want something pretty portable still, check out the Lenovo U430. It has a Haswell i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 4GB RAM, has a 14" 1600x900 touch display, weighs 4.2lbs and gets over 5.5 hours of battery life.

Best bang for the buck in the category and fits your needs perfectly.

Looking for an ultrabook at 14"/$300-$650/USA [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 10, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 10, 2014

At your budget, your best available option is the Lenovo U430.

It has a Haswell i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 14" 1600x900 touch display, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and gets over 5.5 hours of battery life and weighs 4.2lbs.

It's the best laptop in the price range, IMO.

US - Less than $700, 14.1" or 15.6" screen HD screen 1600x900 or 1920x1080, 6-8 gb ram, dedicated graphics card or at least Intel HD graphics 4600 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 10, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 10, 2014

if the HD 4400 is alright, you can get a Lenovo U430 with a Haswell i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 touch display. Best bang for the buck in the category.

[USA] <$750, lightweight, good battery life, decent screen [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 9, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 9, 2014

Get the Lenovo U430. It's your best bet in the price range. The displays on them aren't bad at all and you can go to Best Buy to feel them out then order online to save money.

(US)<$900 lightweight, good battery life, decent screen [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 9, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 9, 2014

Given the price, I would still go with the Lenovo U430. The display isn't bad. Go to a Best Buy and check it out in person, they often carry them. You can just order them online for cheaper.

Lenovo ThinkPad T430 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 9, 2014

Looking into a laptop for college. Mainly for school purposes but I want to be able to game as well. The Lenovo ThinkPad T430 is looking good to me but I wasn't sure if there were any better laptops that I should look at. Thoughts/ advice?

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 9, 2014

The T430 has an older generation processor and no dedicated graphics card. For most purposes, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 would be a much better solution.

It has a 4th gen haswell i7-4500U w/ Intel HD 4400 graphics, a 500GB Hybrid SSD, 4GB RAM, and a 14" 1600x900 display.

If you need a dedicated video card for the games you play, pick up an ASUS X550LB. which is 15.6" but has more HD space, more RAM, and a dedicated Nvidia GT 740M.

14" [US] Under $2000, mainstream/university/light/7+hr battery. [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 8, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 9, 2014

Like a Lenovo IdeaPad U430?

Huge bang for the buck really, i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 14" 1600x900 display. Weighs 4.5 lbs and gets 5.5hrs of battery life.

Looking for a laptop for school. Priorities would be 1080p, battery life, and low temps. Need options ranging from 400~800 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 9, 2014

I would pretty much be using it for programming and other school related stuff. And tons of internet surfing. Also, since I'll be carrying it a lot, I wouldn't like it to be too heavy or thick.

As for gaming, I am telling myself I wouldn't use it for that, but I guess some light gaming wouldn't hurt.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 9, 2014

Sounds like you want the Lenovo U430.

It has a Haswell i7, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, a 14" 1600x900 (perfectly fine for a 14") display, and Intel HD 4400 graphics.

It will run most games with low-medium settings, weighs only 4.2lbs, 0.8" thick, gets over 5.5 hours of battery life, and is by far the best bang for the buck in its category.

graduate student looking for 14-15inch screen, [USA] laptop <$850 to last me for the LONG HAUL (beyond 3 years of grad school), movie/tv watching and streaming, maybe some light gaming if possible or feasible [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 8, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 8, 2014

Best bang for your buck here would be the Lenovo U430.

It has a Haswell i7-4500U CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics and a 14" 1600x900 display.

It will play TF2 and CS:GO no problem, you will need to turn some settings down on Day:Z and South Park: SoT is no problem, since the graphics are identical to what the TV show looks like (I just beat the game 2 hours ago).

need advise: looking for 13-15", in USA, under $1000 to replace 13" late 2009 macbook [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 7, 2014
  • Country of purchase: us

  • Budget range: under 1000

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): daily use/late 2009 macbook replacement

  • Screen size preference: 13-15

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): windows or mac

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): na

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): na

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): none

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): ultrabook

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: both if possible

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: possibly

  • A great keyboard: possibly

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: possibly

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) not that i can think of

i was just going to replace my old macbook with the 13" pro retina but i figured i should give a windows laptop a shot first. i picked up a lenovo yoga 11s last night at best buy to give it a try, due to tthe similar specs to the pro retina. i like the computer so far other than the screen size. i was also looking at the u430 touch before i decided on the yoga 11s. the ssd, and the ability to fold it is what made me go with this one (although its not a requirement). is there anything you can recommend for my needs? mainly just internet browsing, email, downloading music...nothing too major

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 7, 2014

I would say the best all around laptop is the Lenovo U430. It has a Haswell i7 CPU, 4GB RAM, a 500GB Hybrid SSD, 14" 1600x900 display, and Intel HD 4400 graphics.

For only $690 it's an awesome bang for the buck situation and gives you enough power that it will be viable for quite some time.

[US] Around $800ish for something light, thin, and fast [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 7, 2014

I won't be using this for any real heavy gaming purposes other than maybe some League of Legends. I am going to be coming from a Retina MacBook Pro and so what I really want is a light, thin, fast laptop. A quality screen and good track pad are also very important.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 7, 2014

You should get the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has a Haswell i7 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and a 14" 1600x900 display.

I would stay the hell away from anything that says Acer, Dell, HP or Toshiba. They make poor quality products and are generally quite unreliable.

Lenovo on the other hand makes a solid product and the U430 provides an awesome bang for the buck.

[US] Under $800 Reliable lightweight with some video capabilities [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 6, 2014

Looking for a good, reliable laptop. Should be very lightweight as I'll be traveling and carrying it around quite a bit. 12" to 15" screen is fine. I may do some video editing on it here and there, but not as primary use. Basically using internet/word processing/netflix as big functions. Appreciate any help. Thanks!

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: Up to $750-800

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Super portable, mostly for writing, but also light video and sound editing (I have a workstation at my office but most likely will be doing some on the road with the laptop)

  • Screen size preference: 15" or smaller is fine

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): No gaming

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Light video editing capabilities

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Lenovo seems good? Whichever has good customer service and is reliable

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): Simple

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Low noise

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen : no

  • A great keyboard: yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: no

  • Great audio: no

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) SD Card slot, HDMI...

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 6, 2014

I would avoid Acer like the plague. They make cheap, crappy products. Much like Dell, HP, and Toshiba.

That being said, I would go with the Lenovo Ideapad U430. It has a Haswell i7-4500U, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, and Intel HD 4400 graphics on a 14-inch 1600x900 display.

The HD 4400 graphics should be perfectly fine for video editing, as it doesn't even struggle with most games. It also weighs only 4.2lbs and the 14" size makes it quite portable.

Lenovo is also one of the best laptop manufacturers and the U430 is a great bang for your buck.

How is this laptop? [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 4, 2014

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJX1ZKK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00HJX1ZKK&linkCode=as2&tag=gameaholicorg-20

I would be using it mostly for school work, internet browsing, netflix, and light gaming like League of Legends. Would this be suitable for those purposes?

6 years, 1 month agoDemLuckyCharms posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 4, 2014

Why is there differences between the amazon and best buy version? Amazon has an i7 chip with 4 gigs of ram while best buy has an i5 with 8 gigs of ram and a small sad with it. Both are the same price...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJX1ZKK/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00HJX1ZKK&linkCode=as2&tag=gameaholicorg-20

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-ideapad-u430-touch-ultrabook-14-34-touch-screen-laptop-8gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive-gray-metal/3292119.p?id=1219090033082&skuId=3292119#tab=reviews

How is this laptop? [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 4, 2014

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJX1ZKK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00HJX1ZKK&linkCode=as2&tag=gameaholicorg-20

I would be using it mostly for school work, internet browsing, netflix, and light gaming like League of Legends. Would this be suitable for those purposes?

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 4, 2014

I recommend the lenovo u430 all the time. You get a lot for the price.

[USA] Seeking 14" Laptop for School and Gaming - $700 Budget. [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 2, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: United States

  • Budget range: $700 for now, but willing to look at suggestions up to $900.

  • Purpose : School and gaming.

  • Screen size preference: 13-15"

  • OS preference: Windows

  • Gaming requirements: World of Warcraft and hopefully Elder Scrolls Online with decent performance.

  • Performance requirements: Microsoft Office

  • Method of computer support: Self

  • Brand preferences and reasons: I'd like to avoid Dell and HP.

  • Any particular style that you like: Not that I can think of.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer?:

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Somewhere in the middle.

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: As good as I can get for $700.

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Somewhere in the middle.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: No.

  • A great keyboard: No.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No.

  • Great audio: No.

List any features that are critical:

  • Non-touchscreen.

  • At least 500 GB's of storage.

  • Optical Drive

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 2, 2014

I mean... the best you are going to do is going to be a Lenovo U430. You get a Haswell i7, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB HDD.

14" laptops don't come with high specs until you reach the MSI GE40 which is safely out of your budget.

The best option for you would be a Lenovo Y510p and staying as close to your budget at possible. With this you get a 4th gen i5-4200M, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 8GB SSD hybrid drive, a 15.6" 1080p display with dual GT 755M's on SLI.

It's the best choice if you want to play ESO and WoW. You can't beat it until considerably more expensive laptops, but you don't get an optical drive.

If you want a balance between the two, and in the middle of your budget, you can get an ASUS X550LB. It has a Haswell i7, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, a 15.6" display and an Nvidia GT 740M. Nowhere as fast as the Y510p, but you get an optical drive and its within your budget.

[US] How does this deal look? [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 2, 2014

Hey guys,

First of all, thanks for all of the help leading up to this point. I've been searching around online and decided to finally just go into bestbuy so I could get a first hand look at a few laptops. I was immediately driven to the Lenovo u430 touch, but it didn't have the specs I was looking for. After a bit more searching around the store I found this version. It says it has the i7, 500gb hybrid hard drive, 4gb ram and (surprisingly to me) 1920x1080 screen. I have searched everywhere, and can't find this computer with the same specs (I find it with everything except the 1920x1080). Am I being duped or is this some best-buy exclusive special? Is the laptop worth getting?

Second question is regarding a bundle deal available with this laptop. For $70 more ($899) my local store was offering the Lenovo mentioned above along with a 32gb Lenovo Miix 2 tablet. Does anyone have any experience with this tablet? I am looking for a tablet but may just wait and get something more along the lines of a kindle fire hdx/ipad air. I'm just not sure if it's worth passing up the deal. Here is a link to the deal on Bestbuy's site. It's $100 more and shows 1600x900 resolution....something just seems fishy to me.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 2, 2014

Yeah I was gonna say, just get This one for the $680.

[15 inch][< $750] Preferably light laptop [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 1, 2014

Those are my only requirements for the laptop. I'm coming off of a Macbook Pro, and the only thing I'll miss about the Macbook is the touchpad. So a good comparable touchpad would be a huge plus.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 2, 2014

I think the best rig in this range is actually a 14" but it may interest you. It's the Lenovo IdeaPad U430.

It has a Haswell i7, 4GB RAM, a 500GB hybrid SSD, weighs under 10lbs and has 10 hours of battery life.

Otherwise, slightly heavier with a 15.6" display is the ASUS X550LB. It has an i7, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, and an Nvidia GT 740M.

Work/Research laptop w/ some gaming potential. [Screen Size: Indifferent][USA][300-600] [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 1, 2014

Thanks in advance for your help! Let me know if I can clarify anything. I found a refurbished Lenovo Ideapad U430 for ~$450 after mail-in-rebate and almost jumped on it. But I waited and now it's back to $550 on tigerdirect. But that's as far as my research has taken me.

Thanks again!

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: $300-$600

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): internet, work (word processing with multiple chrome tabs and adobe articles open), portable, and light-moderate gaming (if feasible).

  • Screen size preference: N/A

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows or Mac

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): (NOT TOP PRIORITY) GW2/30+fps/Moderate

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): Simple multi-tasking

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Indifferent. I am currently a student, though.

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Apple, Asus, and Lenovo I trust, but I'm open-minded here.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): simple. sleek.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: long battery life

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Balanced

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Perhaps

  • A great keyboard: Perhaps

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Perhaps

  • Great audio: Meh...probably not.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

  • SSD or Hybrid would be nice to prevent me having to upgrade too quickly. Easily upgradeable or extra drive space is another option.

  • 4+ GB RAM or upgradeable to 4+ GB RAM is prefered

  • More than willing to buy refurbished/openbox/used to buy nice but cheaper.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 2, 2014

Yeah the Lenovo U430 is going to be the best way to go on that.

This one isn't refurbished though. It does have a hybrid SSD and a Haswell i7, so it will last you awhile.

Avoid refurbished if you can, they often have deep seeded issues that you don't notice til the warranty is up.

[USA] Mainstream Laptop for General Entertainment and Productivity + Light/Casual Gaming (<$550) [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
March 1, 2014
  • Country of purchase: USA

  • Budget range: <$550 USD

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): I'm looking for a lightweight, mainstream laptop for school use, but powerful enough to run some older games (pre-2010) at decent settings.

  • Screen size preference: 14" or smaller.

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows 7 or 8.1

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Don't know a whole lot about fps/settings, but I play Mirror's Edge, Gran Theft Auto: San Andreas, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Unreal Tournament 2004, Halo, etc. as well as some Source games.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): I'd love for this laptop to run SolidWorks or AutoCAD in the future, as well as LabView (I'm an Engineering Student).

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self Support and Reddit.

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): I'm loyal to Lenovo, Toshiba, and maybe Asus.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I love the styling of the Lenovo X1 Carbon. I prefer something thin and boxy-ish to curves. Something that feels solid.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Balanced, but leaning to low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: Balanced

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Balanced, but more on the performance end

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: No.

  • A great keyboard: Yes

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: No.

  • Great audio: Yes.

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.)

I'd like to see some USB 3.0's at the least. I prefer a matte screen. I'd also like to cut the optical drive. Also, compatibility with at docking station or port replicator would be great. Essentially, I want to have a lightweight commuter laptop that can be docked to a full keyboard, mouse, and monitor(s) at home for heavy duty work (similar to the Toshiba Dynadock or the Lenovo OneLink).

Please feel free to be blunt with me here; If the machine that I'm looking for doesn't exist for my price point, tell me. It's been 4 years since I've purchased a laptop, and I know the market has changed.

Thanks in advance!

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 2, 2014

Avoid Acer, HP, Toshiba, and Dell like the plague. They are put together with cheap components and fall apart.

With that being said, it would be in your best interests to add $100 to your budget and get a Lenovo Ideapad U430. It has a Haswell i7, 4GB RAM, a 14" screen, a 500GB hybrid SSD, and 10 hours of battery life.

Keep in mind your budget doesn't allow much, and SolidWorks is a little more demanding in that it would greatly benefit from a dedicated GPU.

Best laptop under $1000? [R]

6 years, 1 month agoMarch 1, 2014

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6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
March 1, 2014

Lenovos are good. Avoid off brands. Vizio would be fine for a cheap tv, but I wouldn't invest in their laptops. Quality shines through quickly in this market.

If I were you, I would save some money and get a Lenovo IdeaPad U430. It's going to give you a 500GB Hybrid SSD, a Haswell i7, 4GB RAM which you can upgrade, and a 14" display

Alternatively, you can get an ASUS T300.

It has a Haswell i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, and a 13.3" 1080p display. It also functions as a tablet if you disconnect the keyboard and has an 8 hour battery life.

Laptop Replacement (13" and up/USA/$500-1000) [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 28, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE   * Country of purchase: USA   * Budget range: $500-$1000   * Purpose: Laptop Replacement (Replacing an Elitebook 8560p) -College student, using for papers, online assignments, email, streaming, etc.   * Screen size preference: 13" and up.   * OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows (not terribly picky)   * Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): At most a gameboy emulator or online flash games.   * Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.):   * Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): College or self.   * Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Open to any suggestions.   * Any particular style that you like (examples are great): -Elitebook 8560p -Macbook Air -Sony Vaio series   * Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)   * Long battery life -vs- Low weight: Battery life (would prefer compromise)   * Build quality -vs- Low price:  Build Quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Would prefer compromise, but high performance.

Would you pay a premium for something that has:   * High resolution screen: Yes.   * A great keyboard: Yes.   * A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Yes.   * Great audio: No.   List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) -USB 3.0 -Ethernet port -HDMI port -Non-touch screen

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 28, 2014

Sony VAIOs in the last few years have been pretty unreliable. They aren't the quality that they used to be. In fact there aren't going to be Sony VAIOs anymore. I actually won't suggest Acer, Dell, HP, or Toshiba for that reason.

Anyways, with that said, I think you would get the best results out of a Lenovo U430.

It has a Haswell i7, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hybrid SSD, 14" display, and 10hrs of battery life.

It has a touch screen, but at $680, this is such a good value anyways, you're not paying any more for having a touch screen. If you don't like it you don't have to use it.

Also, Lenovo is a high quality manufacturer and will serve you well.

11-13"-->$500-1000-->USA, ultrabook for primarily coding, maybe even a chromebook as long as it has 4GB of ram? [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 28, 2014

hey guys. I need some assistance. Looking to buy an ultrabook. I travel quite a bit for work (2-3 days every two weeks) where i have to fly out of town for a meeting and then fly back that same day. So i need a laptop that has a long battery life. I will primarily be using this for coding, but general web and media use as well. I would like it to be small as i often have to travel with more than one laptop and sometimes bring the ipad with me as well. I have thought about getting a chromebook since i will mostly just use it for coding but finding one with 4+GB is not easy and then if you do for another 100-200 you could get a full fledged laptop. I am not stuck on an OS. i have used windows for years as well as *nix for work so either is fine. I have even used OSX quite a bit so OS is not a factor. any ideas?

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase:USA

  • Budget range:500-1100 (the lower the better)

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): ultraportable, mostly coding (perl,python,java, etc...), and surfing the net

  • Screen size preference: 11-13

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): it does not matter. ChromeOs would be fine as well if there is 4GB on the chromebook so i can run linux

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): NONE

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): touch screen would be cool

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self support

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): lenovo (already owned), asus

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): i like the macbook air (dont like the price) form factor.

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: balanced

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: build quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: not gaming level but netflix and standard video/photography

  • A great keyboard: this is important as i will by coding a lot. Backlit keyboard is also of high importance.

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: not really

  • Great audio:

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) a touch screen would be cool, SSD for speed would be good as well. I do not need a ton of local storage 128GB with 4+GB would be sufficient (8GB would be better for running JVMs and stuff like that)

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 28, 2014

I think you want the Lenovo IdeaPad U430. It has a Haswell i7 cpu, 4GB RAM, a 14" touchscreen and 10 hours of battery life. It is a 14" though so it isn't quite as light and small as others, but the price on it is really, really good right now at $680.

Alternatively, the next best thing would be an ASUS T300. It has a Haswell i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and a 1080p 13.3" screen. It also gets 8 hours of battery life and can be removed from the keyboard to function as a tablet if you wanted it to.

I also know that they are compatible with Linux, as almost all ASUS products are.

[US] Everyday Rig - browsing, Netflix, $400-700, sub 14" screen [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 27, 2014

LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Country of purchase: US

  • Budget range: $400-$700ish

  • Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Every day, mainstream use; probably 97% web browsing, but no Chromebook as I like using non-web based excel/word/powerpoint, would like to have the option to install software (ie - TurboTax), and would likely use to store pictures and other such files. Won't use this much for traveling, but would like to be relatively portable.

  • Screen size preference: 12"-14"

  • OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows

  • Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): No strenuous gaming to speak of.

  • Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): I'm not a gamer, but I don't want to be hindered in any way by my processor. I'd also like good resolution for watching movies.

  • Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): self

  • Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): No real preference. I hated my Toshiba Satellite I had 5-6 years ago as it fell apart quickly on me, so I've avoided even thinking about Toshiba... but not a firm stance.

  • Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I love the look of the Asus Zenbooks

  • Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced)

  • Long battery life -vs- Low weight: low weight

  • Build quality -vs- Low price: quality

  • Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: low noise/heat

Would you pay a premium for something that has:

  • High resolution screen: Yes

  • A great keyboard: Meh, I'd rather not have a bad one...

  • A great touchpad/mouse buttons: Meh, I'd rather not have a bad one...

  • Great audio: No

List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.): Ideally, I get an ultraportable i7 with 1080p resolution. I understand that's not feasible in the price range, so I'm looking to make as few concessions possible. Most important for me is sustainability and to not have my processor slow down my experience in any way. That's the goal.

Edit: Forgot to add... I have a large Amazon gift card that I would love to use for this... so preferably something available through them.

Thanks in advance.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 28, 2014

Best bet by far would be a Lenovo IdeaPad U430 and it does come in under your budget.

You get a 4th gen i7 Haswell CPU, 4GB RAM, 14" touch screen, and a 500GB HDD.

Touch Screen Laptop,$1000 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 26, 2014

Hey guys. I'm looking for a new touch screen laptop. I don't have any particular preferences on the specs, but I would like it to last for a few years. I'm mainly gonna be using it for grad school. I would like to to be under $1000 please. Thanks for the help!

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 26, 2014

This Lenovo IdeaPad U430 would be a great choice for you. It has a Haswell i7 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, 14" touch screen and 10hrs of battery life.

It's also a steal right now for $650.

Help me decide which laptop to buy! I've narrowed it down to two choices... [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 26, 2014
6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 26, 2014

I would avoid Dell at all costs.

That Lenovo is a nice little machine, but you can find it here for cheaper. This one also comes with an i7, rather than an i5, making it faster.

[US] Considering Avatar AVIU-145B6 [R]

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 20, 2014

I found this on Newegg and I'm considering getting it. Does anyone have experience with this computer or specifically this computer?

If not, does anyone have recommendations for a similar Ultrabook in that price range? I need a decent hard drive size and at least an i3 processor, preferably an i5. I don't need a large screen since I'll be using it for traveling mostly.

6 years, 1 month agoconstruktz posted on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 23, 2014

Yeah I've suggest this one before. They are solid.