Spec me a laptop


#1

My business has used Dell Ultrabook’s (xps 9333 - i7 4510 8gb ram) which we’ve had for 3 years and are now due for replacement.

Good points - fast start up; good processing speed; longish battery life; lightweight; backlit keyboard

Bad points - fans blows like fuck when MacAfee scans; random fan initiation; wireless not great; touchscreen which never gets used except accidentally

Any advice on what to go for next? Would like to keep the good points and add a bit more reliability. Budget to £2k each


#2

I would have thought either the higher end Dell (XPS13) or Lenovo (X1 Carbon Series) would be fit for purpose. The XPS13 is extremely well regarded in that category.


#3

we are using MS Surface Laptops now, they are great machines.


#4

For £2k you could get the latest DEll XPS15 with 4k screen and 3 yr premium warranty. Fantastic computer, only the mouse is a slight letdown.


#5

Or you could get an Optimus build from PC Specialist…
https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusVIII-17/
£1279 would get you a 17", with i7 quadcore processor, 1Tb solid state drive, 16Gb Corsair RAM and 2 batteries.


#6

17" laptops in 2017. Guffaw.


#7

I have a work XPS13 and its great - 11 inch form and 13 inch screen is hard to beat - its robust and reliable and looks great too - whats not to like

17 inch laptop - WTF is the point of that - if you need that size screen then get a dock and external screens

we also have a surface and tbh its fancy pants but not as usable as the dell - flasher looking though


#8

Kind of depends how you use them - do people carry them much? Do you need much raw power? I would have thought that a laptop like that would still be very usable now.


#9

Indeed.
I use a 17" laptop myself because while it’s a touch bigger, it also makes it much easier to see the screen under low lighting conditions, such as in a band situation where selecting the appropriate sample to trigger is probably quite important…
I also use it as the centre of my studio, along with a touch screen 2nd monitor; touchscreen acts as the mixer and laptop screen acts as timeline.
I realise that I could use a dedicated pc in the studio, with a Maschine or Ableton Push 2 to trigger and tablet to view/find but that would cost me more…
And if you want smaller ones they do sell those as well


#10

If Dell made an XPS17 I would buy one for sure. That would be the best of both worlds, a 17" 4K screen in a 15" form factor. They don’t, however, so market research must indicate this would be a small market niche. (and it would be pretty expensive)


#11

I have XPs 13s in my business and would highly recommend


#12

We’ve just rolled out 1300x of these, I’ve been using one for about 6 months and am very impressed…

http://store.hp.com/us/en/mdp/laptops/elitebook-folio-14-243568--1


#13

I use an xps15 without the 4k screen for work. Nice bit of kit.
only downside is the dearth of ports and connectivity, so had to get the usb-c docking station which is expensive but worth imo