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Are there any particular brands that you like/don't like? I remember HP used to be crap, but that was long ago so I don't know if it's still true. Samsung has a bad reputation for appliances, but their TVs and monitors are fine; IDK about their laptops.

Wife likes Lenovo because that's what her employer gave her. I favor Dell because I've owned so many, and I liked all but one of them. But I see many deals on HP, Asus, Samsung, and Acer, among other, less familiar names, and I have no experience with any of those.

Wife is not enthused about reincarnating her Toshiba. I might ultimately fix it anyway and give it to a nephew -- could be a good project for the xmas doldrums -- but it's off the table for now. The hard drive has plenty of space, so it's most likely dying.
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Kraken wrote: Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:04 pm Are there any particular brands that you like/don't like?
they're basically interchangeable imo (probably all manufactured in the exact same Chinese factories)
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I have had a number of ASUS laptops for gaming over the past 10 years. They have all been quality machines lasting 4+ years. I never had any troubles with them, and they survived some minor rough and tumble.

When I got a ROG last year for holiday, my 4 year old TUF went to the kid for use as a school machine and game machine, and its still going strong.
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I'm a fan of ASUS as well. Currently have an ROG Zephyrus G14 with an 8 core AMD Ryzen and NVIDIA RTX card in it. It's a 14 inch little beast.
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Thanks for the input. ASUS is one of the brands that had a bad rep in my memory. Or was it Acer?

Wife has dialed back her lobbying campaign and I expect prices to tumble after xmas as stores receive late shipments. Supply-chain stumbles FTW! A couple of quick spot checks didn't turn up any real compelling Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, but I'm not actively shopping yet.
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ASUS is a quality brand. Acer is a decent budget brand.
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I've owned 3 brands of laptops, all 17 inch and decent specs.

Dell: bought an XPS off eBay way back when. It was better spec than I expected... 2 HD slots AND 4 SODIMM slots, but it wasn't 1080P (this was a long time ago). It still runs, I just don't use it anymore. I understand Dell quality had gone down in recent years, as they try to push people toward their Alienware line for gaming or higher end stuff. No further comment.

Toshiba: bought it off Office Depot clearance, it was a fine laptop, until one day it just died while playing Borderlands. Apparently I fried the motherboard despite all the cooling solutions I piled on it, exhaust fan and cooling pad and so on. So, probably never again.

HP: bought one in March 2020, was going to use it for my webdev bootcamp, then it went to online only. So it's barely used. Specs are relatively low, but it was fine for programming and webdev. I use my desktop to game. It's only a Pentium CPU with 8 GB RAM and 1TB HD, but I didn't need more for webdev. It is decent, but you get what you pay for, basically. May buy again, but not for general use. Office stuff, probably okay.
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I was thinking to get my kids some cheap Chromebooks for Presents Day, but upon further review, the CPUs are 5 years old and even though it just has to drive a web browser, it seems they are challenged in that regard. The last thing I want is for them to be complaining from day 1 how laggy Roblox and Minecraft is.
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There are better spec'ed Chromebooks, but it won't be $150 or $250 machines. The education ones are those itty-bitty 11.6 screen machines.

I'd get a desktop...
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Jeff V wrote:I was thinking to get my kids some cheap Chromebooks for Presents Day, but upon further review, the CPUs are 5 years old and even though it just has to drive a web browser, it seems they are challenged in that regard. The last thing I want is for them to be complaining from day 1 how laggy Roblox and Minecraft is.
We bought this one last year for our kids and it's been great...big screen, great battery life, and doesn't skip a beat during hours of Roblox.

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disarm wrote: Mon Dec 06, 2021 7:54 am
Jeff V wrote:I was thinking to get my kids some cheap Chromebooks for Presents Day, but upon further review, the CPUs are 5 years old and even though it just has to drive a web browser, it seems they are challenged in that regard. The last thing I want is for them to be complaining from day 1 how laggy Roblox and Minecraft is.
We bought this one last year for our kids and it's been great...big screen, great battery life, and doesn't skip a beat during hours of Roblox.

Lenovo Chromebook C340
Thanks! By cheap, I referring to the $65 ones Walmart is selling, apparently equipped with 5 year old celeron processors. The one you linked would be something I'd have more confidence in, but no job plus big travel plans next year means restricted Xmas budget again this year. The kids were prepared to forget about getting their dream gifts this year (when going through the various Xmas catalogs, my 5 year old point out things she might like next year when we do presents again). But my wife appears to be preparing to pull a bait-and-switch on them, changing the vacation plan from Disney to the Philippines.
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