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Looking for a work laptop & deal

jxmiller 1,059 251 August 16, 2016 at 12:12 PM
I am finding it daunting searching for a laptop. I am about to change jobs and my new job requires me to provide my own laptop.

I do a lot of development and need a very fast CPU, 16GB RAM, and SSD internal HD.

My old work laptop, which is mildly new, has a CD/DVD bay which I removed and replaced with a bay that holds a SSD. This allows me to run 2 hard drives internally, and this is where I am having problems. The new Latitude laptops no longer have a CD/DVD bay and as such I will be sad to not be able to use 2 hard drives internally.

This brings me here. I never have been a fan of laptops, don't know much about them. Dell is the only brand I have ever used and all of them have always been provided by work.

Any tips on what to do here and deals are appreciated.

Thanks

Edit: My price range is around $2000-$2500

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Is that even released yet? I found a P70 on their site...
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Is that even released yet? I found a P70 on their site...
My bad. This workstation could hold 2 SSDs.
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Just curious, is there any specific reason you would want two internal hard drives? Your price range leaves a lot of room for choice and allows you to be more specific for any features you're looking for (e.g. display size, display resolution, minimum battery life, discrete graphics card, touch screen, weight, etc.).

If you wanted to stick with Dell, you could probably grab an XPS 15 9550 (with the smaller battery option) or Precision 5510 and manually [youtube.com] replace the cache M.2 drive with a larger/faster drive (e.g. a Samsung 950 Pro) while retaining use of the SATA drive.
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Just curious, is there any specific reason you would want two internal hard drives? Your price range leaves a lot of room for choice and allows you to be more specific for any features you're looking for (e.g. display size, display resolution, minimum battery life, discrete graphics card, touch screen, weight, etc.).

If you wanted to stick with Dell, you could probably grab an XPS 15 9550 (with the smaller battery option) or Precision 5510 and manually [youtube.com] replace the cache M.2 drive with a larger/faster drive (e.g. a Samsung 950 Pro) while retaining use of the SATA drive.
Yes, I typically run SQL server with a large amount of data (hospital software - million billions etc) and I also like to install apps and code to the secondary hard drive as well as store virtual machine images. Lets not get into my preferences too much otherwise I might be writing books inside a SD post. I used to use an eSATA port on an older laptop but that wasn't very portable. I made it work even better with the new laptop I have now (which I have to return to my current employer...) by taking out the DVD bay and putting a HD in that slot. It seems the powerful laptops I want have largely done away with DVD drives...

Anyhow, I am seeing the Dell XPS 15 9550 with certain configurations do have a 1TB SATA drive as well as a 32GB pcie OS SSD. I think that is what I am going with but its a little above my price range, so I am looking for a deal on that or if in the meantime I learn about some other brand laptop I might consider that option.

It would be cool to get the lowest end XPS 15 and be able to tinker and add in the pcie SSD and SATA drive but I think between the options the internals are completely different and will not allow it (sigh..).
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Yes, I typically run SQL server with a large amount of data (hospital software - million billions etc) and I also like to install apps and code to the secondary hard drive as well as store virtual machine images. Lets not get into my preferences too much otherwise I might be writing books inside a SD post. I used to use an eSATA port on an older laptop but that wasn't very portable. I made it work even better with the new laptop I have now (which I have to return to my current employer...) by taking out the DVD bay and putting a HD in that slot. It seems the powerful laptops I want have largely done away with DVD drives...

Anyhow, I am seeing the Dell XPS 15 9550 with certain configurations do have a 1TB SATA drive as well as a 32GB pcie OS SSD. I think that is what I am going with but its a little above my price range, so I am looking for a deal on that or if in the meantime I learn about some other brand laptop I might consider that option.

It would be cool to get the lowest end XPS 15 and be able to tinker and add in the pcie SSD and SATA drive but I think between the options the internals are completely different and will not allow it (sigh..).
Ah, yeah I wanted to make sure you weren't looking a secondary hard drive for caching purposes. If you're looking for a deal and if possible, I'd wait for the XPS 15 9550 to reappear on Dell Outlet again and for their next set of coupons. Just make sure to buy one with the smaller battery and/or pre-installed SATA hard drive, since the larger battery takes up the space that would otherwise be for the SATA hard drive. As a result, it is easier to do what you're describing with the cheaper models as the ones featuring a larger battery will typically only feature a larger SSD with the SATA port blocked. I'd also avoid the Core i3 model for performance reasons and use caution when going with a model with the 4K display (unless you dislike the 1080p matte display) since it will use significantly more power and you have limited battery capacity.

The base quad core (i.e. Core i5) model which currently has an MSRP of $1,199 has run for ~$770+ during past outlet sales though with limited inventory. The 256GB Samsung 950 Pro currently runs for ~$156 and the 512GB Samsung 950 Pro currently runs for ~$280 if you're a new Jet customer.

On a side note, I have an XPS 15 9550 and am waiting on my SSD to arrive so I can do this as well.
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Just found out my current employer has an EPP account. They have slightly better deals in there, and are running a 'additional 20% on top of' deal if your email is registered with the EPP account. Crossing my fingers here about to get the $2300 XPS model for about $1650.

Edit: Deal didn't happen. Thought it implied "20% off on top of.." when it said "save an extra 20%" etc. and they wouldn't stack. Ah well, a deal alert + waiting game I suppose.
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Just found out my current employer has an EPP account. They have slightly better deals in there, and are running a 'additional 20% on top of' deal if your email is registered with the EPP account. Crossing my fingers here about to get the $2300 XPS model for about $1650.

Edit: Deal didn't happen. Thought it implied "20% off on top of.." when it said "save an extra 20%" etc. and they wouldn't stack. Ah well, a deal alert + waiting game I suppose.
I can't comment on any $2300 model as I don't see one pre-configured at that price (assuming we're talking about USD), but remember to make sure it has the 56 Whr battery and not the 84 Whr battery if you do end up going for it since the more expensive models generally do feature the larger battery (which will prevent you from having two internal hard drives).

Aside from that, Dell Outlet got some more XPS 15 9950's in stock albeit there are no XPS coupons this week: http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnli...id=4635114

Edit: Also, I forgot to mention the Dell Precision 7510 is also a viable option if notebook size isn't a concern. While quite a bit bulkier (and less professionally reviewed online for what its worth), it features quite a few more ports, will allow for pre-installation/configuration of both the SATA and PCIe hard drives by Dell (though considerring the markup; you might want to still buy/install the drive yourself), and features a 3 year warranty by default. The 17" Precision 7710 supports up to three hard drives if that interests you (up to 1 SATA drive and two M.2. drives).
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It also looks like this deal which hit FP might check all the boxes for you: http://slickdeals.net/f/8977427-lenovo-ideapad-700-15-6-laptop-i7-6700hq-16gb-ddr4-256gb-ssd-1tb-hdd-950m-win-10-800-free-shipping?page=7#comments

It has a slightly weaker GPU and lacks a USB Type-C/Thunderbolt port but seems like it would be the far cheaper option.
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