Question Which upgradable laptop should I buy ?

solquest

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Hey there.

I've always used work laptop also for personal use, but now I've gone in a more 'serious' company, so I'm going to look for buying a laptop (with windows) for my personal use.
I won't need anything special, as use will be only for browsing, ms office, torrent, watching streaming and movies.
So no gaming or video/graphic editing and touchscreen is not needed and even if I'll probably use it only from home, I'm looking for a laptop for moving it around the different rooms.
Given that I won't need the best performances, I was looking for a computer that last me as much as possible, so I was thinking to get an upgradable (at least battery, ram and ssd) one.

No requirement for screen size.
Not much idea about ssd/ram size, should be something ok for what I need to do, but I'd say upgradable for working fine also in the future.
Budget is not a real issue, but seen I won't use for nothing special I am not expecting to spend too much..
Buying from Italy.
Don't know if I should also consider Clevo laptops ?

Any suggestion?
Thanks.
 
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Eximo

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Sounds like you just need a cheap ultrabook. I would not invest in upgradeability.

Get something with 16GB of memory, plenty for most tasks. 512GB to 1TB SSD. Any other storage you need can be external or home network/cloud based. (Business class machines will generally have replaceable storage, memory, and battery)

Expect to replace it in 3-5 years.

Upgradeability is very limited, even in certain Clevo chassis (which is what a lot of your 'gaming' PCs are actually built from)

CPU might be socketed, memory, drives, even the GPU and WiFi cards. But you generally don't replace the CPU or GPU later on, by the time it is necessary, new components aren't compatible (well, supported).
 

GreyCatz

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We rarely get posters with your kind of request - it's mostly the exact opposite!

First off, I agree fully with Eximo's suggestion. The best and easiest choice for you would be a slim note-book with decent specs. It would probably have to be replaced after a few years, but they tend to be reasonably priced.

Next, if that seems a wanton waste of resources, you could consider something like a T-series ThinkPad from this line-up:

https://www.lenovo.com/it/it/laptops/thinkpad/t-series/ThinkPad-T15-Gen-2-Intel/p/22TPT15T5N2

I'm focusing on the €1,570 version. You get 16GBs of RAM and a 1TB SSD in a 15.6" chassis. It's a bit on the large and heavy side, but 15.6" will afford pleasant viewing, and you'll mostly be using the PC at home anyway.

This ThinkPad is only meant as an example. I know you'd like some upgradeability, but the level you're talking about is only available in very specialized (and expensive) workstations. You'll be able to replace the SSD on this ThinkPad with a similar unit and that's it.

We all want long life from our (expensive) PCs, but ask yourself: Where do I see myself 5 years from now? How about 10 years? Expecting a consumer-grade laptop to be able to accommodate your life-style 5 or 10 years from now is a pretty tough order.

Cheers,
GreyCatz.
 

Eximo

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Replaceable battery is where I draw the line, myself. Not that I have bought a laptop recently.

Long as it has dual channel memory, probably going to last me well beyond the expected lifetime. I still have a 4th gen Intel laptop, it does everything I could ask of a laptop, even some light gaming.
 

solquest

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We rarely get posters with your kind of request - it's mostly the exact opposite!

First off, I agree fully with Eximo's suggestion. The best and easiest choice for you would be a slim note-book with decent specs. It would probably have to be replaced after a few years, but they tend to be reasonably priced.

Next, if that seems a wanton waste of resources, you could consider something like a T-series ThinkPad from this line-up:

https://www.lenovo.com/it/it/laptops/thinkpad/t-series/ThinkPad-T15-Gen-2-Intel/p/22TPT15T5N2

I'm focusing on the €1,570 version. You get 16GBs of RAM and a 1TB SSD in a 15.6" chassis. It's a bit on the large and heavy side, but 15.6" will afford pleasant viewing, and you'll mostly be using the PC at home anyway.

This ThinkPad is only meant as an example. I know you'd like some upgradeability, but the level you're talking about is only available in very specialized (and expensive) workstations. You'll be able to replace the SSD on this ThinkPad with a similar unit and that's it.

We all want long life from our (expensive) PCs, but ask yourself: Where do I see myself 5 years from now? How about 10 years? Expecting a consumer-grade laptop to be able to accommodate your life-style 5 or 10 years from now is a pretty tough order.

Cheers,
GreyCatz.
Thanks.
Before posting I had a look at Lenovo T490, so I was not too far... I'll have a look at T15 also.
 

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