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Old 04-12-2017, 10:53 AM   #1
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Recommend Business laptop/ultrabook

Hi all, would want to buy business laptop for software testing (multiple DBs running) and also office work like emails and some coding(VB)

can anyone recommend me a model. would be travelling with it hence ultrabook would be a better choice, but i dont want to compromise performance
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Old 04-12-2017, 11:00 AM   #2
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Old 04-12-2017, 11:59 AM   #3
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Call up Dell/HP/Lenovo for quote
Here mostly can only recommend consumer notebooks.
Not to mention business notebook prices are much higher due to Onsite warranty.
Consumer cheaper but carry in warranty.
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Old 04-12-2017, 12:02 PM   #4
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Is an enterprise laptop a requirement?

Sometimes it makes more economic sense to get a consumer-grade machine with identical hardware specifications.

But, who am I to say that when I only go for enterprise notebooks myself.
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Old 05-12-2017, 08:03 AM   #5
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ok maybe i should say consumer laptop/ultrabook but using it for business/office work mainly. the Dell and lenovo business workstation laptops(inclusive of QUADRO graphics etc) are not required.

Im using my own money hence a nice consumer laptop would suffice
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ok maybe i should say consumer laptop/ultrabook but using it for business/office work mainly. the Dell and lenovo business workstation laptops(inclusive of QUADRO graphics etc) are not required.

Im using my own money hence a nice consumer laptop would suffice
The work you mention isnt very intensive on the computer anyway so i think a normal high-specced laptop is sufficient.

Any normal ultrabook with a 8th gen coffeelake U processor can quite easily handle what you're talking about. A great example would be the refreshed XPS 13, spectre x360, mi book air, Razer Blade Stealth etc. Very thin and small with sufficient power. Dun think the Blade Stealth has been refreshed though, still running a 7th gen chip.

If you dont mind a slightly heavier and bigger but much more powerful 'ultra book variant' there's the XPS 15, Razer blade, Prime 15 etc. Still slim and light but being 15.6inchers(except the Razer) they're still bulky. Packs 7700HQ chips and 10 series dGPUs that easily handle almost anything you throw at them.

I'd say just get a refreshed XPS 13 tho since you dont need the dGPU power and portability seems to be your main concern. Dell's XPS series is the BEST, probably second only to Apple in build quality for the ultrabook range. Pretty good consumer cust service too.

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Old 05-12-2017, 09:33 AM   #7
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The work you mention isnt very intensive on the computer anyway so i think a normal high-specced laptop is sufficient.

Any normal ultrabook with a 8th gen coffeelake U processor can quite easily handle what you're talking about. A great example would be the refreshed XPS 13, spectre x360, mi book air, Razer Blade Stealth etc. Very thin and small with sufficient power. Dun think the Blade Stealth has been refreshed though, still running a 7th gen chip.

If you dont mind a slightly heavier and bigger but much more powerful 'ultra book variant' there's the XPS 15, Razer blade, Prime 15 etc. Still slim and light but being 15.6inchers(except the Razer) they're still bulky. Packs 7700HQ chips and 10 series dGPUs that easily handle almost anything you throw at them.

I'd say just get a refreshed XPS 13 tho since you dont need the dGPU power and portability seems to be your main concern. Dell's XPS series is the BEST, probably second only to Apple in build quality for the ultrabook range. Pretty good consumer cust service too.
Thanks so much for your recommendation! i think i maybe looking at XPS 15 cos of the larger screen size and its only slightly heavier
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Old 05-12-2017, 11:15 AM   #8
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U may consider Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Is an ultrabook and business grade. I found there is user selling on Carousel and the price is reasonable. The weight only 1.2kg
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Thanks so much for your recommendation! i think i maybe looking at XPS 15 cos of the larger screen size and its only slightly heavier
The XPS 15 also has the biggest laptop battery(97wh), thunderbolt 3, and a fairly strong 1050 ti GPU in a very slim and light profile so it basically covers everything, BUT its very expensive.

Since you said you're paying on your own idk if price becomes an issue. Cheapest in sg goes for ard 2.6kish-3kish.

You can check out Dave2D's review if you want.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAiH6rdr78Q&t=326s
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U may consider Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Is an ultrabook and business grade. I found there is user selling on Carousel and the price is reasonable. The weight only 1.2kg
will take that into consdieration as well, but its kinda plasticky imo

The XPS 15 also has the biggest laptop battery(97wh), thunderbolt 3, and a fairly strong 1050 ti GPU in a very slim and light profile so it basically covers everything, BUT its very expensive.

Since you said you're paying on your own idk if price becomes an issue. Cheapest in sg goes for ard 2.6kish-3kish.

You can check out Dave2D's review if you want.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAiH6rdr78Q&t=326s
looks good, but how about comparing it to ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe (UX490UA)? i like that blue and sleek look with that aluminum finish, though theres alot of bad reviews..

im in no rush to get the ultrabook, and will likely get it next year after feb
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will take that into consdieration as well, but its kinda plasticky imo



looks good, but how about comparing it to ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe (UX490UA)? i like that blue and sleek look with that aluminum finish, though theres alot of bad reviews..

im in no rush to get the ultrabook, and will likely get it next year after feb

The UX490UA is in fact a ultrabook so comparison against the XPS 15 is abit off(a U processor versus a full 7700 HQ processor and a dedicated GPU), not to mention it has a smaller 14 in screen and is lighter.

You should compare it against the XPS 13 instead since both have similar specs tho the XPS 13 has a 13 in screen. I guess for me its just a personal pref but I've always loved the business yet still premium/cool look the XPS line has. Not to mention DBrand makes custom skins specially only for Dell/Apple lol.

XPS 13 vs UX490 and XPS15 VS UX550VE.

When a smaller company stretches itself thin by launching so many ultrabook models(the UX series is horribly numerous and nonsensical) it becomes questionable on how much effort they can put into each model so build quality may be an issue. If there are many legit bad reviews on a laptop in the first place I'd would avoid the laptop completely. Personally i dont trust how Asus is rushing out their laptops just to compete with Dell.
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At the price of XPS, rather get quote for Vostro/Latitude.
Some model cost about $1.3k onwards.
I even saw a Dell Latitude going for $899 at Newstead.
However whether is it refurbished unit or not I do not know.
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:16 PM   #13
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At the price of XPS, rather get quote for Vostro/Latitude.
Some model cost about $1.3k onwards.
I even saw a Dell Latitude going for $899 at Newstead.
However whether is it refurbished unit or not I do not know.
Yeah it'd be better if OP told us his budget. The XPS line is bloody expensive and really not for someone who doesnt wanna splurge.

The Mi Book pro looks v good too actually, as thin as a zen book but with 8th gen CPU and the mx150 dGPU for just 1.3k sgd. No idea on the reviews tho. Abit risky seeing as its XiaoMi's first laptop and theres no warranty

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Old 06-12-2017, 04:32 PM   #14
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im comfortable with spending up to 2.8k after march 2018
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:14 PM   #15
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im comfortable with spending up to 2.8k after march 2018
How many unit you need?
For your usage just a Dell Latitude with i7 will do.
Some models don't hit $2.8k unless we are talking about mobile workstation.
You can take a look at roughly the prices of Latitude.

http://www.server2u.sg/index.php?rou...%20latitude%20

However business prices are subjective according to business type, how many unit you need. configuration (Business one can customize
and add things like 4G WWAN card for use with SIM card which
consumer laptop doesn't have)

Treat those prices with a pinch of salt especially if you intend to
buy multiple units or a different specs in mind.
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