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Build Advice Laptop Recommendation

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Arboreal, 29 Mar 2021.

  1. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

    21 Jan 2011
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    I have just been contacted by an elderly friend whose PCs I have supported over the years, you know, THAT kind of friend!

    He's wanting to change his AIO PC, (No, I didn't get to advise him on his last upgrade, AND the old one was sent to the tip with a perfectly useful 240GB SSD in it!), for a laptop.

    I don't really like laptops, as they are a pain to work on, so don't keep up with what's good.

    He's suggested buying a Dell Inspiron 15 5502 15.6" 256GB, which looks to be £649 for the i5 CPU and 8GB.

    **EDIT** Looked at a review and the whole bottom plate unscrews and everything is accessible.
    It can take 2x M.2 drives, which is good news.

    Please let me know if you have a better option at the same money.

    It will be mainly used for office tasks, surfing and sometimes taken to meetings.
    Last edited: 29 Mar 2021
  2. nimbu

    nimbu Modder

    28 Nov 2002
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    Check out the dell outlet, www.dell.co.uk/outlet. Often can find bargains.

    While Dell has done a lot of work unifying their ranges, it has been my experience that the work range (latitude) is a little more robust,

    Couple of cavets;

    The 3310, 3390 and 5310 have been a major pain in the backside with regards to sound:

    1) The onboard MIC is rubbish
    2) Lots of issues when users use a headset connect via the jack.

    I've been issuing laptops with USB headsets to compensate, Dell claims that the XX20 range is much improved, but I havent had one to hand to verify.
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