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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 19:42

Had a customer recently ask me to do some research for a good laptop for her. I normally don't do this for a customer, usually they just ask me what to look for in a laptop when they go shopping. So I usually tell them to look for X CPU and X ram and X screen size.

 

I've had a hard time finding a laptop which meets a list of these specs, plus one that has good reviews. So i'm just going to list a bunch of specs and if you know or own any laptop like this then let me know

 

Budget around $1,100 / 1,200

 

Keyboard with a numeric keypad (She uses quickbooks so she needs to enter numbers, her and I need a numeric keypad!)

CPU I7 or i5

 

Sreen 15 inch

 

CPU i5 or i7, she says she wants "THE BEST" .. but for what she does (Internet, Quickbooks, photos)  I think an i5 should be good, but if you know of an i7 for a good price lets hear it.

 

Ram : 8 GB +

 

HDD Easy access to the hard drive. Seeing how i'm going to be servicing this laptop once it's out of warrenty, I would like the hard drive to be accessed easily. I do not want to take the whole computer appart to gain access to it. The laptop should have a cover on the bottom of it which exposes the hard drive :)

 

. Also I have installed an SSD in her new Dell in her office so she is in love with SSD. If you know of one that comes with an SSD great, if not I will be replcing the HDD with one once it arrives, also why I want an easy access hard drive

 

So let me know of or own anything that fits those specs.




#2 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 19:46

http://www.amazon.co...asus rog laptop

 

 

http://www.amazon.co...asus rog laptop

 

http://www.amazon.co...asus rog laptop

 

I may be slightly asus biased :p IMO for price/performance they can't be beat.



#3 OP +warwagon

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 19:49

http://www.amazon.co...asus rog laptop

 

 

http://www.amazon.co...asus rog laptop

 

http://www.amazon.co...asus rog laptop

 

I may be slightly asus biased :p IMO for price/performance they can't be beat.

 

 

Thanks for the quick response. I as really looking for an 15 not 17 as she may want to travel with it. But let me look up the repair guide for that computer and see how easy the drive comes out.



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 19:58

Are you kidding? You tell your customers 'go buy it yourself'? They are asking you for your expertise. You're the 'pro', not them. We have a guy who subs to us that does that (usually only with monitors, thank god) - and it drives both us and the clients nuts. 

 

Then - THEN - you want to make sure its easy for YOU to service, who cares if its best for them?

 

Here's your laptop: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834314348

 

The power draw is going to be negligible i5 vs i7 if you get an Ultrabook. They have to have the qualifying battery life either way.



#5 OP +warwagon

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 20:00

Anything in more of an ultrabook size that has a easy to remove hard drive?


Are you kidding? You tell your customers 'go buy it yourself'? They are asking you for your expertise. You're the 'pro', not them. We have a guy who subs to us that does that (usually only with monitors, thank god) - and it drives both us and the clients nuts. 

 

Then - THEN - you want to make sure its easy for YOU to service, who cares if its best for them?

 

Here's your laptop: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834314348

 

The power draw is going to be negligible i5 vs i7 if you get an Ultrabook. They have to have the qualifying battery life either way.

 

Most customers never ask me  which laptop to buy. They ask me what should I be looking for in a laptop? Which is when I give them the CPU and the RAM to look for in a laptop.

 

I brought that laptop to the customers attention. Looks like it meets all the criteria.

 

Thanks for that recommendation.



#6 rfirth

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 20:09

 

 

Wrong size and way over budget :p

 

Better options:

 

http://www.bestbuy.c...02000&cp=1&lp=1

 

http://www.bestbuy.c...02000&cp=1&lp=4

 

http://www.bestbuy.c...02000&cp=1&lp=8



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 20:10

Anything in more of an ultrabook size that has a easy to remove hard drive?


 

Most customers never ask me  which laptop to buy. They ask me what should I be looking for in a laptop? Which is when I give them the CPU and the RAM to look for in a laptop.

 

I've NEVER had a person ask that way. 

 

That IS an ultrabook. Do you even know what the ultrabook qualifications are? Why do you care so much about removing the hard drive? Don't you charge per hour when you're servicing something? So what if it takes you another hour? Thats billable time. You're not going to get many with easily removable trays, batteries, etc anymore. Reason? That all takes up precious space for making things smaller and lighter.



#8 sc302

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 20:12

a little out of budget but

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834314452

 

ultrabooks= no harddrive or memory removal or adding.  completely sealed boxes. At least the acer s7 and x1 carbons are.  I have a lenovo flex that has exposed screws on the bottom. 



#9 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 20:27

http://www.maingear....4/customize.php

 

 

Also, asus has 15 inch somewhere.


forgot this one also:

 

http://shop.lenovo.c...y-series/y510p/  



#10 OP +warwagon

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 18:57

I've NEVER had a person ask that way. 

 

That IS an ultrabook. Do you even know what the ultrabook qualifications are?

 

Ok, cool. This computer IS an ultrabook and DOES let you easily get to the hard drive. Win Win.