Laptop advice

I work from home with my desktop, so electricity is essential. Last winter, as our power plants were constantly attacked, there were regular blackouts up to 36 hours each, with 2-4 hours intervals between them. I was lucky as my home was connected to the same power lanes as the critical infrastructure, but that changed. I have no doubts that it will be the same this year, so I want to prepare and ensure I can work during blackouts.

I’m planning to buy a small generator, so desktop is no longer an option because it will consume to much electricity, consequently, gasoline. So, I need a laptop. I never had a one before, so my knowledge is very limited.

I don’t need anything fancy. The main priority is big screen comfortable to eyes and the battery, obviously. I need an office or student kind of laptop, but I don’t want it to be too slow. After the winter, we will use it for watching movies, browsing internet, etc. I decided to go for 16GB RAM and 512MB SSD, with decent CPU. An integrated videocard should be enough.

I consider these:

I could use some advice, maybe alternatives to these models. The budget is up to $700.

Why not go for a bigger screen?

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+1 to consider

If you have a samsung phone and a type c to hdmi cable you can use Samsung Dex. It’s a samsung desktop environment. You can use the phone as a touch pad or you can use a usb hub to use a proper keyboard and mouse. All the MS Office apps are on google play. That would be your cheapest option. That is if you’re just doing office stuff and browsing.

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I don’t have a Samsung phone. My job incudes uploading articles to WordPress, uploading videos to YouTube, writing articles, etc. I think my performance will suffer if I work from mobile devices, especially with small screens.

It may be possible other mobile providers have something similar to Dex, I don’t really follow mobile shit because however wonderful a feature is, I’m unimpressed. That said, if we’re going low cost, what’s the chromebook situation right now? I know nothing about it really.

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Strangely, big retailers here don’t sell Chromebooks. But this is a good option too.

Not sure if you already picked up one yet but how about refurbished HP elitebook g8 or g7? We use those for work and considering our operations being complete animals, the laptops are built like tanks and they are hard to destroy.

Performance-wise, they all they same if you are not using 70 million vba scripts to run an excel nonsense.

I’m gonna buy from a big retailer here, and they sell only new items. I haven’t purchased yet, but settled on this:

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 15IAU7 - $460
CPU: i3-1215U (3.3-4.4 GHz) 6 cores, 8 threads
GPU: integrated Intel UHD
RAM: 8 GB DDR4-3200 with additional empty slot
Display: 15.6" IPS Full HD
Storage: 512GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0x4 NVMe


Finally bought a laptop. Went for Acer Aspire 5 with the latest gen i3 processor and 16GB LPDDR5. It costs $550 and is probably the best value for the money I could find here.

CPU: i3-1315U 1.2 (4.5) GHz 6 cores, 8 threads
GPU: integrated Intel UHD
Display: 15.6" IPS Full HD
Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe