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Advice on which laptop to buy

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#1 takoo


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Posted 25 October 2016 - 08:17 PM

Hi everyone,


I am new to the forum, and need advice on which laptop to buy.


I work from home, and need a reliable, desktop-replacement like laptop, that will serve me well for the next 2 years (at least). On a typical day, I usually have 2-4 spreadsheets running, outlook, ms office, notepad, photoshop, FileZilla, chrome (10-30 tabs), firefox (about 5-10 tabs), quickbooks. Occasionally, I will play some simple online games, and watch youtube. I do not use the laptop to store videos/music/photos.


From time to time I will need to carry the laptop with me to meet with some of my clients, so weight is a small issue.


I've been browsing the web a lot, and have my brain stuck on two laptops, the new HP ProBook Gen 4, as they seem to have what I need and they don't cost a leg and an arm:

http://www.lmc.com.au/products/592109/HP-ProBook-450-G4-Z3Y50PA - Intel i7, 8gb ram, 256gb ssd, windows 10, 15.6" fhd

http://www.lmc.com.au/products/592107/HP-ProBook-450-G4-Z3Y48PA - Intel i5, 8gb ram, 256gb ssd, windows 10, 15.6"fhd


The reasons for me thinking about those 2 models are; I've found HP very reliable, their extended warranty and support is quite cheap in Australia with a very good service, I prefer a factory fit ssd than buying one myself, and I prefer a bigger and decent looking screen (no 14inch or less, or hd display).


Which one of those 2 would you recommend? Does i7 really make a big difference over i5 for the previously listed tasks I normally do? I really need the laptop to continue performing well for the next 2 years, without lagging and taking forever to load/open documents and boot up. Battery life is also important, ideally I'd like to get at least 3hrs use on a single charge.


I appreciate your help in advance.

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#2 SafetySteve


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Posted 25 October 2016 - 09:10 PM



I don't use the same mix of apps that you do simultaneously.  


My first concern is that you would get great benefit from increasing your RAM.  On a quick search of Crucial's website, it appears that those two machines can run up to 32 GB of RAM.  I think it might be painful to try to run all of those applications well at 8GB of RAM.  I would want to go to at least 16 GB, which can be done by simply adding one extra 8 GB RAM module if I am reading the specs correctly.  Very cost effective to do that upgrade.  RAM is cheap and effectively speeds things up.  I would consider maxing out the system in RAM.  


I think I would really want a processor with 4 cores rather than 2 for everything that you want to do simultaneously.  


I would look at their customizable workstations. You can choose a variety of 4 core processors, including Xeon.  You can go up to 64 GB of ECC RAM.  I don't know how you are using Photoshop.  I know people who "use" photoshop and do okay with a $1200 computer.  And I know people who use PS Professionally who are using $4,000 and $7,000 computers and they want faster. 


I have no experience with that particular model.  



Edited by SafetySteve, 26 October 2016 - 03:02 PM.

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