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    Anyone care to recommend me a laptop? Its been years since I renewed my laptop and I'm thinking of getting osmething new, presently I've got a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion with Beatsaudio sound and Windows 10, its been grand but I think the CD/DVD drive is kaput, its had some heating issues over the years but I think that was largely to do with updates and has corrected itself over time with further updates. At the minute its whirring and noisey so I think it could be reaching the end of its life.

    My tech knowledge isnt great but I'm interested, I usually make a purchase on the basis of price and what the retailer tells me is on offer, although I'd be glad to hear what makes a good laptop for anyone else.

    Also, is it just a better idea to have a separate device to watch DVDs on or play games with, has everyone gone so digital that it just makes sense to have one of those smaller notebook things? I dont know, do tell

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    I have only a netbook - an Asus eee PC now at least 5 years old. I run Xubuntu on it, and it still does everything I need. What I lose in screen size I gain in how small the thing is, which means I am willing to take it with me almost everywhere, especially when travelling. I am not recommending you get one of these, and am finally considering getting something larger for more serious work, just providing an example of how one fairly simple device meets all my needs: emailing, web browsing, editing files, displaying presentations, even updating the websites I manage. The one thing I don't do online is game.

    As for full size laptops, Lenovo ThinkPads have a decent reputation, though their desktops some of my coworkers now have are very buggy. There is a small company called Eluktronics that is relatively new but developing a good track record. They seem to be a bit more high end, but folks I know who have these say they are well worth the money.
    They are quite gentle, really, but people avoid them because they are a bit . . . different.

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    There're so many brands and models out there, it just depends on budget and location. Most modern laptops don't usually have a CD/DVD player anymore, so that's more an ancient compatibility tech choice if required, maybe even only on older models. Lenovo is an industry workhorse, I like the Macbook Air for the form factor and functionality.

    You can buy a web-browsing light portable laptop for cheap these days.

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    If the cd drive is broken, it's not a big deal. I don't even have one in my desktop pc. Seems like everyone uses memory sticks now and external drives and everything else is downloaded through high speed internet. I remember cds and how annoying they were to use. And if the computer is overheating, you don't think the heatsink is full of dust? Usually isn't too hard to clean out. Just use some 90-100% alcohol, toothpicks, and might need new thermal paste to put it back in when done.

    Supposedly they have eGPUs now. So in theory, you could buy a laptop with decent processing and memory specs and an integrated graphics card and use it like a laptop. And then when you come home you could plug it into some kind of dock and use it like a high end pc. But I'd be wary of laptops nowadays. I keep hearing about manufacturers running the CPUs close to their thermal limit; so they skimp on the cooling to make the laptops smaller and then keep them from running higher (turbo) clocks. And if you do go with a laptop, accept that it's probably going to break at some point. For some reason, I don't know anyone that has had a laptop last all that long without something breaking. Be it an ethernet port, sound, dedicated graphics chips, digitizer screens, motherboards going out, ram problems. And it won't be an easy fix because a lot of manufacturers won't give you instructions on how to take apart a laptop. Sometimes parts will be glued together, like an LCD screen to its digitizer panel and makes replacing something simple a real pain in the ass to avoid breaking other stuff. And then laptops usually bios blacklist hardware that could plug in and work, like upgrading a wireless card or cpu, because the manufacturer doesn't want you to do that. And the CPU and ram might be soldered to the boards as well...

    I'm partial to desktops...if you buy quality, the hard-drives are the only things to worry about and those are easy to fix with a raid 1 configuration, but if I was going to buy a laptop that I needed for work or something I'd probably look at a toughbook, since they are usually easy to take apart and fix and should handle wear and tear better than some thin crappy laptop designed only to last for a couple years (or less if you drop them or rough handle them a bit). And then just have a separate desktop at home.

    Ideally, you'd want something that's easy to fix, will last, and has options for changing out different parts, including using an eGPU. But none of those things are what laptops are known for...

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    if it's a loud whirring sound it could be either the fan or the harddisk assuming you have a mechanical harddisk, which breaks fairly easily but also is fairly easily replaceable if you go to a hardwore shop. other stuff like gpu ... tough luck... but since you can afford it anyway (?) lenovo does seem like the best choice so far, in terms of specs for pricing. i'm running on a 4 year old acer laptop that is already kinda half dead, gpu broke leaving only integrated graphics, harddisk died at some point, the tech guy was like "this shit is hard to open" thanks to manufacturer, gpu i heard is glued onto the motherboard so not replaceable, at least i can still use it for basic office stuff
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    The most popular all-around windows laptop seems to be Dell XPS. Lenovo ThinkPad series seems be pretty solid (I have read mixed reviews on lower/mid-tier Lenovo models). The best windows laptop/tablet hybrids seem to Microsoft Surface.

    Apple laptops are pretty solid (but a small percentage of them seem to have keyboard issues).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    I have only a netbook - an Asus eee PC now at least 5 years old. I run Xubuntu on it, and it still does everything I need. What I lose in screen size I gain in how small the thing is, which means I am willing to take it with me almost everywhere, especially when travelling. I am not recommending you get one of these, and am finally considering getting something larger for more serious work, just providing an example of how one fairly simple device meets all my needs: emailing, web browsing, editing files, displaying presentations, even updating the websites I manage. The one thing I don't do online is game.

    As for full size laptops, Lenovo ThinkPads have a decent reputation, though their desktops some of my coworkers now have are very buggy. There is a small company called Eluktronics that is relatively new but developing a good track record. They seem to be a bit more high end, but folks I know who have these say they are well worth the money.
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    But Great Xubuntu forsaw this betrayal and with the aid of the Fungi from Yuggoth, found away to enter our reality in not coporeal, but digital form.

    Now...

    Poised at the edge of the end of this new Atlantis, this modern age of marvels, is built upon the digital, and ever restless, ever hungry, ever searching for a way in...there lurks Xubuntu.
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    It depends on what you want to do with it. I recommend shopping online, and try "building" one. Ibuypower is a decent site. Newegg has a lot of selection for already built ones.

    Do NOT buy computers at Best Buy, Walmart etc. Overpriced garbage. If you get pre-built get acer or aesus, or gigabyte.
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    A whirring sound more likely points to a fan or power supply problem. Have you ever opened up your case to vacuum it out?
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