New laptop

I need to get a new laptop for work - or rather they need to get one for me.

What specs should I be looking at for all of the usual functions - MS Office, cloud based CRM, online stuff with multiple tabs etc.? If it can play some non-AAA games then all the better but that is not a real consideration.

Doesn't need to be top end so if you have any specific, reasonably priced, suggestions that would also be goo.

Cheers
 
Have a look at PC Specialist, we order all our PC's and Laptops through them, reasonably priced and come without all the manufacturers bloatware you get with big name brands.

You can also customise to your own spec and buy off the shelf

 
Have a look at PC Specialist, we order all our PC's and Laptops through them, reasonably priced and come without all the manufacturers bloatware you get with big name brands.

You can also customise to your own spec and buy off the shelf

Cheers - will be good for gauging specs. I am in Hong Kong though so maybe less convenient for delivery :D
 
I need to get a new laptop for work - or rather they need to get one for me.

What specs should I be looking at for all of the usual functions - MS Office, cloud based CRM, online stuff with multiple tabs etc.? If it can play some non-AAA games then all the better but that is not a real consideration.

Doesn't need to be top end so if you have any specific, reasonably priced, suggestions that would also be goo.

Cheers

Get an i7 Processor, at least 8Gb RAM, a 256Gb Solid State Disk and ensure it is pre-installed with Windows 11 and has a backlit keyboard. If you can flip it into a large tablet that's a bonus.

Something like this is good:

 
He's not paying for it so he should max the spend, not bum along with entry level specs.
 
@gaijin,
If work needs to get you a laptop, surely they are the best placed to tell you what the minimum spec needs to be. As well as the hardware specs, they should tell you what software is required (if they have an IT support function, they should have a Gold build).
 
@gaijin,
If work needs to get you a laptop, surely they are the best placed to tell you what the minimum spec needs to be. As well as the hardware specs, they should tell you what software is required (if they have an IT support function, they should have a Gold build).
I am the Hong Kong office so pretty much do as I please and don't need to worry about compatibility etc as everything that I need is cloud based
 
He's not paying for it so he should max the spend, not bum along with entry level specs.

Agreed - if it's a decent offering then go as high as you can, but that spec is what I would set as a minimum requirement and is better than the basic offering to employees by many of the 'big player' companies I have contracted for recently, many still rolling out i5's.
 

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Agreed - if it's a decent offering then go as high as you can, but that spec is what I would set as a minimum requirement and is better than the basic offering to employees by many of the 'big player' companies I have contracted for recently, many still rolling out i5's.
Nothing much wrong with i5s unless you're doing a lot of transcoding and/or CAD.

In fact, even a lowly i3-12100 (quad core) will get within 88% of an i5-12400's speed but for 57% of the price.
 
He's not paying for it so he should max the spend, not bum along with entry level specs.
It will come off of my office pnl though so I will get the best as I can with as little as possible
 
It will come off of my office pnl though so I will get the best as I can with as little as possible
I'm guessing that you are not the only 'Office'.
Can't you contact others in your company to see what they have purchased?

FWIW, my company (European IT) gives us HP Elitebooks.
Mines a Gen 4 840 Elitebook, used for a mix of cloud based stuff and Excell, Word, Visio, powerpoint, Etc.
 
I'm guessing that you are not the only 'Office'.
Can't you contact others in your company to see what they have purchased?

FWIW, my company (European IT) gives us HP Elitebooks.
Mines a Gen 4 840 Elitebook, used for a mix of cloud based stuff and Excell, Word, Visio, powerpoint, Etc.
They just said tell them what I want and they will buy it (within reason I guess)
*joined up thinking*
 
I used windows based machines for years. They were pretty ok but I did find that every time Microsoft upgraded windows to a new version, you had to sit down and learn the thing again. Something that as you get older can be a right pain in the ass to have to do when all you want to do is crack on with the job.

We moved to Apple. Best thing I ever did. No surprises to unravel when they upgrade the software. It all works pretty much the same. Just better. The build quality of the machines is very good and they last for several years. We have a top end MacBook Pro and a MacBook Air. They’re both around six years old now and I’m thinking of upgrading them towards the end of this year.

The only downside is the cost. Apple aren’t cheap but despite that, they are in my view definitely worth the extra money in comparison to windows based machines and of course, they will run stuff like microsoft office if that’s essential.

In my view, everything about Apple is better but for an old fart like me, familiarity with each upgrade means no scratching around looking for how the new system works, just getting on with it as usual, is worth it just on it’s own.

I’ve got more important things to worry about running a business other than unnecessary crap like that.
 
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