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Looking for 15" laptop, nice screen, lightweight, ssd, very sleek looking

1,163 97 November 15, 2017 at 05:02 PM
Hi all, I'm looking for a laptop for the in-laws, was hoping I could get some good recommendations. They really wouldn't use it for much outside of email/web browsing. Father in-law would like to be have good performance for Microsoft Excel scripting. The main thing is that it's lightweight, sleek looking (like maybe a macbook air style with windows, a nice large (good resolution) screen since they'll probably have to enlarge everything quite a bit and an SSD would be preferred so it boots faster. A chromebook would be tempting, but would be missing Excel. I went to the Microsoft store and really liked the new Surface book but it was crazy expensive (like 2500 bucks for the 15"). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



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Would be a recommendation. Its not as light as the air but it has a 15.6 inch screen in the dimensions of a 14inch laptop and weighs in at 3.6 lbs. The screen is 1080p but you may actually be better off with a 768 screen (you should take them to a store and let then play with both types. 1080 icons will be smaller but you would increase dpi settings in windows. the 768 may require no adjustments and they may prefer that.). It has the 8th gen i5 so performance would be more than enough.

It is missing the ssd but you could add a m.2 sata3 250gb drive for around $80 that hits 500mbs read/write. The hdd can be removed or left for additional storage. Removing the hdd makes it 3.4 lbs. While your doing the ssd add I would recommend putting in a 4gb stick of ram in the empty slot so the unit can perform in dual channel mode.

Going thinner will possibly cost the same if you go for a older processor and you should check all the slick deals black friday ad scans. The rub is performance is 40% weaker than the 8th gen. If they want the latest and greatest the above is what i recommend for budget thin and light with big screen.

personally if they end up thinking 17.3 inch would be better I would look for that, but you wont get anywhere near under 4 pounds at that size is my feeling. the asus vivo is what i feel will hit all the boxes enough and actually be closer to a premium machine at this tine because of the 8th gen i5.
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Last edited by burner1515 November 15, 2017 at 06:25 PM.
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