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jnelsoninjax    10,228

My wife wants a laptop that she can use to browse the web and play games like the Sims on it, she found this: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G9R3X22/ on Amazon, but I really do not know anything about Laptop's. I do not think the CPU matters, just looking for a decent machine.

 

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Mindovermaster    1,488

Lenovo Ideapads suck. The Thinkpads are loads better.

 

Can she play the Sims on a chromebook? Sims don't use that much CPU/GPU performance to play.

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Joe User    443

Unless you need an ultra light or extra long battery runtime, try and find something with discrete graphics.  It adds years to the lifetime of the laptop.

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jnelsoninjax    10,228
22 minutes ago, Joe User said:

Unless you need an ultra light or extra long battery runtime, try and find something with discrete graphics.  It adds years to the lifetime of the laptop.

Can you suggest a few that would work?

 

1 hour ago, Mindovermaster said:

Lenovo Ideapads suck. The Thinkpads are loads better.

 

Can she play the Sims on a chromebook? Sims don't use that much CPU/GPU performance to play.

The Sims needs Windows, therefore a Chromebook would not work.

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Jim K    10,794

What's the most you're wanting to spend?

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jnelsoninjax    10,228
21 minutes ago, Jim K said:

What's the most you're wanting to spend?

I think the $300 is a good range, but might be able to go up a bit more.

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Joe User    443

$300? Ignore my advice about graphics.  I was thinking more in the $800 range. It sounds like you want something more lightweight. I've had good luck with the HP Pavilion line. I have one from 2010 that still works. I also like their Envy line, which is what I've been using since 2013.

 

 

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Jim K    10,794

Not sure if you can do much better for that particular price point.  Not sure about gaming though ... not with the Intel 600.

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jnelsoninjax    10,228
1 hour ago, Joe User said:

$300? Ignore my advice about graphics.  I was thinking more in the $800 range. It sounds like you want something more lightweight. I've had good luck with the HP Pavilion line. I have one from 2010 that still works. I also like their Envy line, which is what I've been using since 2013.

I have no intentions of spending $800 for a laptop when she has a perfectly good desktop that cost allot! Again I have no idea what I'm looking for with a laptop, her only requirements were that it be able to play The Sims, and browse the web, and have a word processor. Considering I am the one who will be footing the bill, I do not want to spend a bunch!

43 minutes ago, Jim K said:

Not sure if you can do much better for that particular price point.  Not sure about gaming though ... not with the Intel 600.

CPU is not important, I know that gaming and laptops do not go hand in hand unless you start spending $2000 or more for Alienwares (which is never going to happen! :))

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Mindovermaster    1,488

I can suggest a Lenovo T430

 

https://refurbees.com/collections/laptop/products/254-376-without-code-tp25-lenovo-thinkpad-t430-core-i5-windows-10-home-64-bit-128gb-ssd-8gb-ram-free-shipping-254-delivered

 

Right up your alley. I have ordered from this company before. :) (bought the X1 carbon from there ;) )

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jnelsoninjax    10,228
23 minutes ago, Mindovermaster said:

I can suggest a Lenovo T430

 

https://refurbees.com/collections/laptop/products/254-376-without-code-tp25-lenovo-thinkpad-t430-core-i5-windows-10-home-64-bit-128gb-ssd-8gb-ram-free-shipping-254-delivered

 

Right up your alley. I have ordered from this company before. :) (bought the X1 carbon from there ;) )

That looks good, now to order it and not tell her it's a refurb (she thinks refurb = junk, despite my trying to explain it to her...)

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Mindovermaster    1,488

About half my stuff is refurbed, lol... Just get a nice box and put the laptop in it...

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jnelsoninjax    10,228

@Mindovermaster, What is the issue with the Lenovo Ideapads? I would just like to know so when I talk to my wife about the computer again I can tell her why the one she was looking at is not a good choice.

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Mindovermaster    1,488

Ideapads are consumer level. But ThinkPads are business laptop/desktops. So business are better.

 

Do whatever you want. ;)

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Brandon H    2,066
1 hour ago, Mindovermaster said:

Ideapads are consumer level. But ThinkPads are business laptop/desktops. So business are better.

 

Do whatever you want. ;)

and this is true of a lot of laptop OEMs now a days; they cut corners on their consumer level laptops making them have random issues and not last as long. I always suggest aiming for the business level laptops anymore for this reason; just better build quality overall.

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Joe User    443
17 hours ago, jnelsoninjax said:

I have no intentions of spending $800 for a laptop when she has a perfectly good desktop that cost allot! Again I have no idea what I'm looking for with a laptop, her only requirements were that it be able to play The Sims, and browse the web, and have a word processor. Considering I am the one who will be footing the bill, I do not want to spend a bunch!

CPU is not important, I know that gaming and laptops do not go hand in hand unless you start spending $2000 or more for Alienwares (which is never going to happen! :))

Fair enough, I recommend looking at refurbs as well.  Try and get something still in production or support, so you won't have any issues with security updates.

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+jamesyfx    361

If by The Sims you mean The Sims 4, it will run on pretty much any Windows laptop you can get your hands on. I can vouch for the reliability of Lenovo laptops - I bought my Ideapad 5 years ago for very little money and it's still working fine with all original hardware. It could run The Sims 4 as well. So I'm sure you'll be fine with an Ideapad or a ThinkPad. 😋

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jnelsoninjax    10,228
On 9/18/2018 at 10:02 PM, jnelsoninjax said:

That looks good, now to order it and not tell her it's a refurb (she thinks refurb = junk, despite my trying to explain it to her...)

Well I showed her the laptop and even told her it was refurb, but she was OK with it! She is willing to go with it, >$400 is not bad for a laptop!

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Mindovermaster    1,488
7 minutes ago, jnelsoninjax said:

Well I showed her the laptop and even told her it was refurb, but she was OK with it! She is willing to go with it, >$400 is not bad for a laptop!

:D Good job! Hope she's happy!

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