Purchasing A Laptop: Considering The Specs

In the previous article, I talked about the options that I had.
And I discussed the internals of those laptops.

Now why would I review the internals first?
Well, your typical consumer will look at the specs and the price and make their purchase based on those two points.
But I, ain’t no typical consumer.
As much as I wanted the best specs in any laptop, I also wanted a good repairability and upgradability, which is something most people overlook when making their purchase decision.

So that was quite important to me. If something broke, I wanted to be able to fix it myself. If I wanted an upgrade in the future, I wanted to be able to do it myself.
That’s the thing. If I know what’s under my hood, it makes me feel comfortable using the damn machine.
If there’s a problem, then I’d know exactly what to look for.

On that note, a few weeks ago I wrote an article about Apple’s M1 chip and I mentioned the architecture and specs.
In that article, I mentioned how everything was so closely integrated and tightly baked, that even though the performance was on the next level, upgradability, was simply not there.

About 3 days ago, I read an article about some M1 Users complaining of really high SSD usage. Now this isn’t a problem with regular laptops, in which, you can just replace the SSD and everything fine and dandy. Apple being the apple cunts that they are, soldered the SSD onto the motherboards. As if soldering the RAM wasn’t enough, those pricks soldered the goddamn SSDs into the motherboard.
What’s next? Soldering the battery into the motherboard? Bet they’ll use gorilla glue to do it!
Bunch of idiots.

The next iPad will have the screens and battery soldered onto the motherboard. I don’t know how they’ll do it, but Apple as a corporate blackhole is expert at squeezing every last penny out of their fanboys.

Anyway, fuck Apple.
Let’s move on to my options.

1. Lenovo IdeaPad L340

CPU: Intel Core i5-9300HF
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
RAM: 8 Gb
STORAGE: 256 Gb SSD
Price: $673.70 + $28.10 + $152.98 = $854.78

2. Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3

CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H or AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1650Ti
RAM: 8Gb
STORAGE: variable
Price: variable ($800 – $1050)

Okay. Let’s just stop right there and declare this laptop to be the current champion for the price:performance, okay?
This laptop is a beast. Now I could only wish that this laptop was cheaper when I was ready to cash out. But it wasn’t.

Talk about regrets! If I could’ve waited just a few more weeks, I could’ve got me a hexa core beast that would last for 2 decades straight!

If you’re looking to buy a laptop right now, go for this machine. No hesitation.
This advice is only valid for a few weeks or months at most. Because manufacturers are about to release the next gen laptops and by then, several other options will become available.

But as of now, this is the king of cheap laptops.

3. Dell G3

CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
RAM: 8Gb
STORAGE: 256 Gb
Price: $718.00 + $30.02 + $163.50 = $911.52

4. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
RAM: 8Gb
STORAGE: 256Gb
Price: $699.00 + $26.06 + $158.03 = $883.09

Now this laptop has so many variations with different prices, you’ll have to decide your priorities. The one here has the best processor in my opinion. You can get Intel’s garbage if you like.

I’d like to note that when I went out to buy my new laptop, this was one of my favorite considerations. But the price man… the price let me down. Just like the Lenovo Ideapad above.

If I were to choose between the two, the Ideapad still wins.

5. Asus TUF Gaming

Now ASUS jackasses have so many configs, so I’ll choose the cheapest one here.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
RAM: 8Gb
STORAGE: 256 Gb
Price: $723.00 + $28.84 + $163.83 = $915.67

Now the 4600H model costs $1,084.67. That was already out of my budget. Sucks.

6. Acer Nitro 5

These assholes also have too many variants.
I’ll list the cheapest one here.

CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
RAM: 8Gb
STORAGE: 256 GB
Price: $714.99 + $28.67 + $162.14 = $905.80

7. MSI GF63

CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
RAM: 8Gb
STORAGE: 256 Gb
Price: $699.00 + $30.60 + $159.14 = $888.74

8. MSI GF75

CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
RAM: 8Gb
STORAGE: 512 Gb
Price: $789.99 + $33.31 + $180.71 = $1,004.01

If you’ve got 1000 bucks, this is the machine you want. MSI laptops have better quality than Lenovo. So keep that in mind.

9. Asus Vivobook Gaming F571

This piece of crap is only available in some markets, so don’t even bother.

Why the fuck did I even include this piece of shit here? The worst laptop and it ain’t even available worldwide. Fuck Asus!

10. Acer Aspire 7

Another piece of crap from Acer. Only available on Acer stores.
Buoiyiyiyi! Ain’t nobody got time to check on Acer stores! I gets my laptop infos on Amazon!
If your laptop ain’t available on Amazon, it ain’t worth buying. Simple as that!

Anyway, there’s the list of cheap laptops I’d compiled.
Many of them will probably be phased out soon as the new laptops arrive with next Gen processors.

One interesting observation here is that almost all laptops ship with the 1650.
I’ve been looking at newer models too and they too ship with 1650. So if you have a GTX 1650 card, it’s safe to say you’re still on the current gen.

The more expensive laptops now ship with RTX 2070 and so on. I think this is the last generation of the GTX series.
From this point forward, all new laptops will ship with an RTX GPU. Because that’s where the big deal is.

There’s still laptops on the market with the GTX 1060 graphics card. Those run really well.
So if you want something cheap, look into the laptops released in the past 3 years. That’s where you’ll get the best bang for your money.
I believe many of the laptops in this list were released within the past 2 years. The only giveaway is the processor, which can let you know how far back you’re riding.

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