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Need Advice on Lenovo vs. Dell Laptop

dude6156 1,084 114 October 28, 2015 at 04:54 PM
I am trying to choose between these two:

Dell Inspiron 13 7348 Laptop ( Scratch & Dent): i5 5200U, 8GB DDR3, 13.3" 1920x1080, 500GB HDD, Win10 $350 After $125 slickdeals rebate + free shipping

http://slickdeals.net/f/8189507-dell-inspiron-13-7348-laptop-scratch-dent-i5-5200u-8gb-ddr3-13-3-1920x1080-500gb-hdd-win10-350-after-125-slickdeals-rebate-free-shipping?v=1

and

14" Lenovo 2-in-1: i5-5200U, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD, 940M, 1080p IPS Display [cowboom.com] (20DM008UUS)

Greatly appreciate your thoughts !

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it probably depends on your needs/desires for a system

this is old but here's an idea about some of the things it might be good to share to get practical help Smilie
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Quote from acesmuzic View Post :
it probably depends on your needs/desires for a system

this is old but here's an idea about some of the things it might be good to share to get practical help Smilie
Good point. Here are the answers:

1) What is your budget? <$500

2) What size notebook would you prefer?


b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen


3) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? NO

4) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook? Light gaming

5) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk? Taking it to different places

6) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games? Light gaming.

7) How many hours of battery life do you need? >6

8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person? Yes


Screen Specifics

1) Would you prefer standard or widescreen? Does not matter

2) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?


f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

3) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? Does not matter

Build Quality and Design

1) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Yes

2) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last? 3-5 years
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Get the Inspiron 13 - you are much better off buying from the Dell Outlet with their warranty than buying from Cowboom. You should be able to upgrade it with an SSD at a later date if you want more zip.
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not exactly sure, but are you sure you want a (U) cpu since you're trying to game?
I've had clients run office and other applications and cpu was being used up.
i guess if you're not multitasking, it may be ok?
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Since the sale to china many Lenovo's have been found to have a rootkit intentionally installed in the BIOS.

For me a Lenovo is out of the question, I hate HP but I would rather get one than get stuck with a Lenovo. I wouldn't even buy a used Lenovo for cheap.

I hate HP for perfectly personal reasons this includes peripherals and printers, your mileage will probably differ.
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
Since the sale to china many Lenovo's have been found to have a rootkit intentionally installed in the BIOS.

For me a Lenovo is out of the question, I hate HP but I would rather get one than get stuck with a Lenovo. I wouldn't even buy a used Lenovo for cheap.

I hate HP for perfectly personal reasons this includes peripherals and printers, your mileage will probably differ.
This was not all Lenovo machines but your right in general they have gotten caught with more than a few bad things being installed. That being said Lenovo would be my #2 brand but in the business line only. I personally have been pretty happy with dell and in this case it's new vs used similar specs so I would go Dell.


OP I would make sure the processor will have sufficient graphics power for the games you want to play. Know you wont get 6 hours playing games. Also a good upgrade for these machines once you get them would be to swap the hard drive for an SSD. You should be able to do that for less than $150.
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