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Laptop Recommendations

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by joneill, Apr 14, 2020.

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  1. Craterloads

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 26, 2009

    Posts: 8,603

    Location: North

    is there any design difference between the 13, 14 and 15.6” model? Or all same laptops just different size?

    the main difference was the metal body which appears to be available now for the 15” model.

    If so ok with a 14 or 15” model, prefer a larger screen. Plus potentially bigger battery and bigger cooling if scaled up.

    both my old orders have now been cancelled and refund received, so pretty smooth there.
     
  2. manic111

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 1, 2007

    Posts: 15,844

    Location: Various

    Does anyone have any experience of Lenovo's cheaper laptops? What are the touchpads and keyboards like? I'm really considering one of these but am a stickler for decent input devices
     
  3. Alexrose1uk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 26, 2004

    Posts: 8,431

    Location: Milton Keynes

    I haven't tried one of this gen, but heard the keyboards aren't bad for the money on recent ones (albeit not matching a high end laptop.) Touchpad not sure on. Wasn't bad on the last Lenovo I used. Not amazing, but wasn't disappointing or rage-inducing like some cheap touchpads I've used.
     
  4. DampCat

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 26, 2007

    Posts: 13,674

    Location: Manchestah

    So the Lenovo ideapad i5 15 is the way forward? We got my Mrs a small laptop a couple of years ago but it's awful. She needs to install software and it just can't handle that, I think it's like a Chromebook alternative or whatever.

    She runs a craft business so uses some very basic CAD, low effort editing software etc and does lots of scanning etc. Doesn't want to spend much more than 500 quid.
     
  5. Minstadave

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jan 8, 2004

    Posts: 26,103

    Location: Rutland

    There's nothing to touch it on value at the moment. Keyboard and touch pad meant to be solid, decent screen, can spec hefty CPU power if you need it.
     
  6. DampCat

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 26, 2007

    Posts: 13,674

    Location: Manchestah

    The S145 right?
     
  7. always4lora

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 14, 2007

    Posts: 2,265

    Problem seems to be with Lenovo going of hotukdeals is the delivery if you are getting direct. people are waiting a month or two for delivery. in a couple of months the market maybe better and you can get something better specced for the same price .
     
  8. DanTheMan

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 11, 2005

    Posts: 3,967

    Location: Manchester, UK

    Yeah, I ordered an L340 when the bank holiday deal was on but have just cancelled as the estimated delivery date was 15th July.

    I then realised that I could get a discounted Y540 through work but when I rang up Lenovo to enquire, they said estimated delivery for that would also be mid July.

    There's enough good competition coming out over the next few weeks that I'm not prepared to wait that long.
     
  9. Zico

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 15, 2003

    Posts: 4,838

    Location: South East

    I ordered an IdeaPad 5i 14" on the 12th April with the spec below for £533 and it was delivered Friday afternoon. The same spec is not even available to order on the Lenovo UK site anymore and the lower spec 3mm screen with MX330 graphic and Windows 10 (no Free-Dos option) is over £700 now.

    Processor - Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor (1.00GHz, up to 3.60GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 6MB Cache)
    Operating System - Free-DOS
    Operating System Language - Free-DOS
    Memory - 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Onboard
    Hard Drive - 512GB Solid State Drive, M.2 2280, PCIe-NVMe, TLC
    Display - 14.0" FHD (1920x1080), IPS, Anti-glare, 2.4mm Thickness, 300nits, Narrow bezel
    Graphic Card - NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GDDR5 2GB 64bits
    Color - Graphite Grey
    Keyboard - Keyboard Iron Grey English (UK)
    Camera - 720p HD Camera with Array Microphone
    Surface Treatment - Anodizing
    Fingerprint Reader - Fingerprint Reader
    Palmrest - Metal
    Battery - 3 Cell Li-Polymer Internal Battery, 57Wh
    Power Cord - 65W AC Adapter (3pin)-UK (USB Type C)
    Wireless - Wi-Fi 6 2x2 AX, Bluetooth Version 5.0 or above
    3 year warranty
     
  10. Minstadave

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jan 8, 2004

    Posts: 26,103

    Location: Rutland

    What were your thoughts on this? I've got one coming this week but was planning to return it as they've shipped my 15" 4800U version now.
     
  11. Zico

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 15, 2003

    Posts: 4,838

    Location: South East

    So far so good. It feels well built, minimal flex and sturdy screen when opening. The top of the lid to the hinge is 1cm shorter than my ThinkPad 13" Gen2 work laptop though it feels around the same weight.

    I've only really installed and setup a few programs in Windows 10 to get ready to give it to my father. Watched a few YouTube videos and both the display and sound are very good in comparison to my work ThinkPad and my father's older L430 (though that is a good few years older).

    If your 15" AMD has shipped and you have no other need for the 14" Intel then I would send it back. If you have another family member that may need a laptop or upgrade from an old one then I would keep it and then sell/pass it on.