Question Please recommend <$500 laptop - thanks!

mooch91

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Thanks in advance for your help! Holiday deals are quickly slipping away on me!

1. What is your budget?
$500 or less.

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
14-inch screen size, might consider 13.

3. What screen resolution do you want?
FHD 1080, probably NOT 4K because of the extra battery consumption (don't value it enough to give up battery life).

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
I use a laptop like most use a tablet. I sit with it in front of the TV at night, I bring it out on the porch, I like to bring it with me when I travel. Most of what I do is surfing, videos, some business applications. I don't need a full desktop replacement, but I am looking at something that is relatively 'current' - not needing an upgrade in a year.

5. How much battery life do you need?
Based on #4 - battery life is important, but I recognize there will be limitations at this price point. 6+ hours would be great!

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Nope, not a gamer.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Surfing, videos, business applications.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
256GB SSD minimum.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Costco
HP
Amazon
Other similar
(I prefer to purchase from places that would be easy to handle a return if needed)


10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Current laptop is 7-8 years old, so about that long.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
None.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I honed in on the HPs when I found out about the Costco i3/i5 $280 deal. I missed that deal, but actually purchased another i5 at $399 (model 14-dq1025cl ), but it's missing a few things I'd like. I was able to build one on the HP website with the specs I wanted, and with Employee Purchase Program it would fit my budget, but it has the 4K screen which I think will reduce the battery life on it.

That said, I'm not limited to HP. I use Lenovo for work, but I see their prices are relatively high.


13. What country do you live in?
USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
These are the general minimum specs I've been searching for:
10th gen i5 (preference is Intel)
1080 display (good quality, preferably one that won't be too bad in sunlight)
256GB SSD
8GB RAM, upgradeable
backlit keyboard
2x2wifi with Bluetooth 5

Nice-to-haves, but not critical:
charging via USB-C
ethernet port
 

Lutfij

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From this list, I'd pick this one:
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/yRFKHx/acer-aspire-5-slim-156-1920-x-1080-core-i5-8265u-16-ghz-8-gb-memory-256-gb-nvme-ssd-storage-laptop-a515-54-51dj

though the USB Type C isn't for charging. You're going to find that on higher end laptops. From what I can gather, the laptop has provision for both a 2.5" drive and an M.2 SSD. The NVMe drive is on the M.2 slot meaning you can add a secondary drive later down the road. You could also look at the Asus Vivobook S14's but that would be a little above your budget.
 
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mooch91

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I would say you look at the value proposition rather than newest gen as for basic surfing, video playback - my dad's ancient Core 2 Duo is more than what he does, and again, not sure what a business application is, could you give me some reference examples ?

For portability, even 15.6" laptops are as portable as 14" in these price ranges - they come very thin and light. You could choose a 13" if it doesn't hurt then.
Ok so I did find a 14" Acer Aspire 5 with a 10th gen i5
Here :
https://www.costco.com/acer-aspire-5-14"-laptop---10th-gen-intel-core-i5-10210u---1080p.product.100514218.html
For 599 USD. I think the extra hundred bucks is worth it.
If you want to go really cheap and still get decent output for video playback and surfing - the Asus Vivobook Flip
https://www.amazon.com/Vivobook-Touchscreen-Processor-Storage-Switchable/dp/B07QXKW1Z1?th=1&psc=1
It isn't a bad option for those who have limited or minimal use of a computer.
This Lenovo IdeaPad S340 may be 15.6" but it's the editor's pick for muti tasking and business at Bhphotovideo.com
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1513603-REG/lenovo_15_6_ideapad_s340_laptop.html
Once again, the Acer Aspire 5 a 15.6" yet very portable machine tops for basic everyday use cases
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1501563-REG/acer_nx_h16aa_003_aspire_5_i3_8145u_8gb.html

The first 14" Acer aspire 5 with 10th gen i5 seems to be the winner
 
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Business is meant to imply your standard Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Ah ok. Then don't u think just anything very simple works.
Did u see that list? The 600$ is slightly above but it's really good. It gives u Ur 10th gen i5 and 512gb SSD (I think NVMe) a 14 inch portable size!
 

mooch91

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Ah ok. Then don't u think just anything very simple works.
Did u see that list? The 600$ is slightly above but it's really good. It gives u Ur 10th gen i5 and 512gb SSD (I think NVMe) a 14 inch portable size!
Never purchased Acer... any comments on the brand? Build quality? Upgrade ability?
 

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