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kokalo wrote:Hi all!
Don't frequent these forums a lot these days, but still regard them as THE place to have good advice, from differing perspectives.
After a loooong time, I find myself able to justify and afford a NEW notebook/laptop.
My price range is about NZ$1000, which would fit a wide range.
I think I would like a business class notebook business reviews, since I have been selling and using the consumer ones for far too long and I want something that is going to work a bit better, with higher build quality and last until it is obsolete and not fall apart on me.
I don't like Asus (at least not when it comes to noteboooks - personal experiences, let's leave it at that). Sony - $200 extra just for the name - NOTY. I haven't seen anything from ACER in that would fit the prifile in the business range - consumer I could get something and save $200 but not sure i want to go there. d(H)ell..... 'nuff said!
That leaves me with 3 options:
Toshiba SatPro C650
HP ProBook 4540s
All of them have very similar features:
i5 CPU 2nd or 3rd gen
1GB or more dedicated VRAM with a mid-range GPU
dedicated number pad
Other features are either similar enough or of no concern to me...
HP is the most expensive one, but not by much. I have also sold and configured (read: got to play with for 2-3 days before delivering to clients) 2 4530s model ones and I am somewhat in lust with the machines.....
Lenovo - I don't know.... If it was IBM - legendary, aren't they? But they are not IBM any longer. Benefits - they look a bit nicer than the old IBM clunkers. Can they be trusted? I'm simply not familiar enough with recent models to judge that myself....
Toshiba - I have sourced and supplied some ex-lease Tecra units to a client, 3+ year old units, worked since then for over 18 months - no worries, no problems... but those were Tecras. I have a feeling that SatPro are just renamed Satellite units so that Toshi can claim a premium from business market. Feeling is reinforced by the fact that they are sold in the same shops as "run of the mill" consumer units, and that I know someone who owns a SatPro c650 which (albeit older generation model and with a dualcore celly/pentium CPU) has clapped out twice within the first year.
Sure, warranty covered repairs both times but...
SO.... thats my quandary. I suppose I have made up my mind already, but would like either a second opinion confirming it for me, or some serious recommendations to change my mind.
If you have managed to get to the end without succumbing to the TL/DR, please help!
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