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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:28 am on March 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    I Got A New Laptop 

    Bam!

    Here we go!

    I finally got a “brand new” laptop.
    I spent a lot of time procrastinating on the announcement because I was working on some other things.

    Like my previous netbook, I will not be revealing any specifics at this point.
    As far as I can remember, I’d never mentioned specific details regarding my netbook, until I was finally in the process of moving away from it.

    Now that I’ve switched devices, I can finally make the announcement.

    I know this sounds ridiculous but this is part of my privacy-security threat model.
    Writing articles in my no-nonsense, straight-forward, factual style is a dangerous hobby. It could get me killed.
    Don’t believe me? Just look at China, India, Thailand, Egypt and a dozen other countries where bloggers have been arrested, jailed, or assassinated.

    So I will not be discussing which laptop I finally managed to procure. At least not yet.

    I will say this – I had to hassle a lot to finally get my hands on this device.
    Had to go through a lot of hurdles to buy it.
    First of all, all the stores that I visited had Intel laptops.
    And once I mentioned that I wanted a dedicated GPU, they directed me to the gaming sections, with the Lenovo Legions and HP Omens.
    I was disgusted!

    It’s going to get worse from now on. Because laptop manufacturers have finally found a new way to scam consumers with yet another useless genre – laptops for creators, which are becoming increasingly popular in demand.

    Remember when they came up with the ultrabooks? Then they invented the convertibles.
    Now, they’ve invented laptops with microbials. Have you heard of this shit?
    Pretty soon, they’ll invent laptops with retractible silicon hands targeted towards the basement dwelling neckbeards.

    The first thing that I did was to look up the prices of all the laptops online.
    Then I went to all the stores in my area and gathered their prices.
    All the local stores had jacked up the prices by a significant amount compared to online stores.

    I’m not a rich bastard.
    And every online site I visited had some bad reviews from customers regarding opened packages and faulty devices and receiving devices with different specs…
    I didn’t have enough money to tolerate all these fucking problems, okay?
    I just wanted a brand new device with no problems! Delivered ON TIME.

    Now I did order a laptop online.
    But I did it directly from the manufacturer’s. Figured I’d have less problems in doing so. Buoyiyiyiyiy! Was I so wrong!
    But that’s a story for another day.

    And then I pulled a real gangsta move: I went to a couple of stores, showed them a different manufacturer’s laptop and asked them if they could get me one and for how much.
    Imagine going to an Apple store and asking if you could buy a Surface Pro.
    LOL

    They all agreed. All I had to do was pick the one with the lowest estimate.
    In doing so, I was able to avoid getting ripped off.

    Now I chose a 2 year old laptop model, because it’s the only one I could afford. And that really sucks because I spent 800 bucks on a 2 year old model that sold for really cheap in the US.
    In fact, I could get a refurbished laptop for 600 bucks with better specs!

    A part of me has some percentage of buyer’s remorse because the laptop that I bought has now been made obsolete by newer better models at the same price point.

    And I feel like an idiot because now, my new laptop is literally old and the only consolation I can give myself is that maybe it suits me because I’m a minimalist. But we all know that’s bullshit. I got conned.

    Had I waited until now, I could’ve got myself a hexacore brand new 2021 edition laptop or at least the powerful Ideapad gaming 3.
    And, on that line of thought, if I could wait a few more weeks or months, I could get an even more powerful laptop!
    Jesus Christ!
    Where does this all end?

    In the market today, CPUs get obsolete really fast! GPUs are likely to stay relevant for at least 2-3 years. But new CPUs are been churned out annually so it kinda sucks for people who don’t have money to buy a new laptop every year or so.

    So this machine has a quad core processor, a dedicated GPU, a single channel 8 Gig RAM and a slow ass HDD.
    That’s right folks, I couldn’t afford an SSD. And I couldn’t afford 16 gigs of dual channel memory either.
    BUT, it is upgradable. So in the future, I could add another RAM stick, an SSD and so on.
    The NVIDIA GPU wasn’t compatible with LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta. I did spend several days working on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.2 beta but the GPU problem still isn’t fixed.
    So, I have to switch to Windows whenever I want to use the GPU.

    In hindsight, perhaps I should’ve chosen an AMD CPU – AMD GPU config since I primarily run Linux. AMD CPU – NVIDIA GPU configs have a lot of problems on Linux. AMD GPUs though, aren’t as powerful as NVIDIA’s.

    AMD CPUs just became faster than Intel. Up until 2019, Intel chips were still more powerful than AMD’s.

    So, how does my “new” laptop stack up against my old ones?
    Well, the CPU is at least 500% faster than my HP laptop and over 1300% faster than my Lenovo netbook!

    The integrated GPU is at least 900% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop and over 1000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    The dedicated GPU is at least 2800% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop, and over 3000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    So, is it an upgrade? Of course!
    But is it the best upgrade I could’ve made? No.

    At the time of my purchase, the Ideapad Gaming sold for around $850 which was already over my $800 baseline. I’m quite surprised that Lenovo dropped the prices so quickly. I think this only goes to prove how Lenovo pricks can’t be trusted. I’ve heard this from several reviewers as well – Lenovo keeps changing their prices all the time. If the Ideapad Gaming started selling so well, I bet they’d bump the prices up to $1000 the very next day!
    FUCK LENOVO! LENOVO SUCKS!

    I’ll be adding an additional RAM stick in the future, and get an SSD. That should significantly bump up the performance.

    It’s very weird that LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta took longer to boot on the “new” laptop than my old netbook. I think there will be some optimizations in the future.
    I do have a roadmap for the upgrades coming next year, so maybe I’ll write an article about that.

    Footnote: In explaining the details of the specs, I believe I’ve already doxxed my laptop. Oh well!

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 11:13 am on February 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Dell, , , , Lenovo, ,   

    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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