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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 11:13 am on February 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:54 am on February 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Purchasing A Laptop: Considering The Options 

    In the previous post I’d talked about what kind of laptop I wanted, and my checklist.

    Today I’ll discuss some of the options I’d reviewed, what I liked about them, and what I disliked.

    Now I’d done some extensive research on laptops everywhere.
    An interesting phenomenon I observed was that some laptops were cheaper in some countries and quite expensive in others.

    For example, a laptop that cost $810 in Asia cost $1130 somewhere in Europe.

    Another peculiar phenomenon is that some laptop models that were the best sellers in Asia, didn’t exist in Europe!

    I wanted a laptop that was internationally known. If I wanted replacement parts or an upgrade, I didn’t want to hassle for them. That could be the case if you bought a piece of crap like Asus Vivobook.

    Some of the laptops in this list merely exist for me to bash and pound on ’em. They’re no good. I wouldn’t recommend ’em to anyone, an fuck the companies that manufactured ’em, eh?

    But all of them had to qualify to get on this list – and that’s by the specs. If it looks good on paper, maybe I’ll take it into consideration, eh?

    1. Lenovo IdeaPad L340

    This is by far, the most famous laptop in terms of performance:price ratio.

    It has a big battery, which is always nice to have, even if it can only power the laptop for 3 hours.

    It only has 1 upgradable RAM slot.

    Storage is good with one m.2 slot and a SATA drive bay.

    2. Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3

    This laptop is almost identical to the L340. Except, it has two upgradable RAM slots and 3 storage slots.
    Two m.2 slots and one SATA drive bay. You can only use two at a time, since one of the m.2 slots shares the same space with the SATA drive bay.

    3. Dell G3

    This laptop has cooling fans on opposite ends, which is always more efficient than two fans stacked on the same side.

    It has 2 upgradable RAM slots.

    2 storage options: one m.2 slot and a SATA drive bay.

    4. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15

    This laptop’s motherboard is so huge, yet the battery is small.

    HP Pavilion has always had a quirky design.

    This one’s fans are paired at the centre.
    A big ass HDD is right next to ’em.

    Two upgradable RAM slots.
    One m.2 slot next to them.

    It’s alright if you’re a HP fanboy. The hinges look weird. I bet they have the same issue as my first HP Pavilion laptop.

    5. Asus TUF Gaming

    Now ASUS has so many TUF gaming laptops that have identical specs at different prices, that it’s getting ridiculous.

    The fans are on the opposite ends, which is good.

    It has two upgradable RAM slots, one SATA drive bay and one m.2 slot.

    The battery is small, similar to the HP Pavilion one.

    6. Acer Nitro 5

    These laptops are identical to ASUS TUF series. There’s too many damn laptops and all of them have some difference in specs.
    Instead of having one laptop with different specs at different price points, these assholes have different model numbers for each spec at a certain price. Ridiculous!

    The fans are either paired together or on opposite ends. There’s no way of knowing because Acer is a company full of retards.

    It has 2 upgradable RAM slots.

    Has 3 storage options with 2 m.2 slots and one SATA drive bay.

    The battery is a tad bit bigger than ASUS TUF and HP Pavilion’s but I doubt it lasts any longer.

    7. MSI GF63

    Now this laptop has a different unique design. It looks professional, okay?

    It has only one fan location on one end of the laptop.
    That’s a bummer.
    It’s very obvious that this machine will experience thermal throttling.

    Also, if the fan fails, you gotta replace it immediately. Whereas laptops with two fans could probably run with one fan and not burst into flames. Probably! Let’s not test that theory.

    It has 2 upgradable RAM slots.

    Storage has one m.2 slot and one SATA drive bay.

    8. MSI GF75

    Now this laptop is a beast.
    Two cooling fans on opposite ends.
    2 upgradable RAM slots, one SATA drive bay and one m.2 slot.

    It’s also the most expensive on this list.

    9. Asus Vivobook Gaming F571

    This piece of trash is the ugliest laptop I’ve ever seen.

    This is the probably the cheapest on this list.

    It has one upgradable RAM slot.

    Storage has one m.2 slot and one SATA drive bay.

    Battery is small.

    The fans are small and on opposite ends and the two heat pipes are shared by both the CPU and GPU.

    If this piece of crap was put against the MSI GF63, who would win? The MSI GF63 would kill this machine a 1000 times and still live to tell the story.

    Build quality is absolutely terrible. ASUS didn’t even attempt to make the plastic look good. One look at this laptop and it instantly reminded me of my netbook.

    This is the cheapest-looking laptop of all the laptops on this list; and believe me, all the laptops here are cheap.

    10. Acer Aspire 7

    This is a rebrand of the Acer Nitro 5.
    Same specs as the Nitro series. Internals look the same and the prices are the same.
    Which begs the question – why the fuck did Acer waste so much time in replicating an entire line of products?

    This looks like the uglier brother of Nitro 5.
    If you want a cheap laptop that is ugly but not Asus-ugly, then the Aspire is for you.

    So this was my list of potential laptops that I could buy.

     
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