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I constantly watch for deals on solid lower end laptops and this is one of the best I have seen. The only downside to it is it appear to have only 1 RAM slot with 4G soldered down for a 20G max. There is a similar spec'd HP coming from Wal-Mart for BlackFriday which appears to have 2 RAM slots which is the only reason I did not buy 2.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo...lid-state-drive-black/6419028.p?skuId=6419028
 

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That's not that great a deal. FOr that price on a "gaming" laptop, I would expect it to be at least a core i7. The soldered down 4GB is pretty common in some laptop models dating back to 2012. My Samsung has that. It's a gamer for sure with dual video cards, i7, and touch screen. Very capable little machine.
 

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That's not that great a deal. FOr that price on a "gaming" laptop, I would expect it to be at least a core i7. The soldered down 4GB is pretty common in some laptop models dating back to 2012. My Samsung has that. It's a gamer for sure with dual video cards, i7, and touch screen. Very capable little machine.
Show me an i7 for <$500. I have never seen it. Most are over $700 without dedicated graphics. I don't consider this a gaming machine, just a good all around machine.
 

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Show me an i7 for <$500. I have never seen it. Most are over $700 without dedicated graphics. I don't consider this a gaming machine, just a good all around machine.
wanna buy mine?
 

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was just kidding. Like you found the "great deal" on the i5, you can find a 'great deal' on an i7.
If you look at the benchmarks etc. the i7 does not get you much in performance and generally adds ~$150 to the cost. I have 2 Gen. 8 i7 Dells. One is for work and my old i5 can walk all over it because of all of the crap IT puts on it.
 

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I can tell the difference in speed between a 10th Gen i5 and 10th i7 laptop. Where I see the difference is mostly Solidworks.

But, across all computers, the 20H2 windows update really helped.. the previous update really screwed with things.
 

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I can tell the difference in speed between a 10th Gen i5 and 10th i7 laptop. Where I see the difference is mostly Solidworks.

But, across all computers, the 20H2 windows update really helped.. the previous update really screwed with things.
Yeah, in a program like that where the processor is really getting exercised it is certainly there. In that case you probably want a desktop and tons O RAM and even an i9.

I did not notice a speed improvement from any of the updates. Just their pushing the Edge browser and connecting to your phone every time you update and also Skype getting changed every 28 seconds and sometimes that includes them messing with the settings so the audio is wrong.
 

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For SW a huge improvement is a Quadro...

It seems the 20H2 has made everything more stable.
 

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I hope to retire in a few years, been in IT since 1995 ish. Hope to never pop the cover on a computer, log into a router or switch, or wake up early ever again.

An ipad will do everything I need to do. Pay bills online, pull up the google machine, order **** off amazon, and pull up a page full of titties once in a while.
 

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That has an older 9th Gen processor and lacks in memory and SSD capacity BUT will fit the needs of many users.

Costco has some pretty good deals on Lenovo Flex 14", 2-in-1 1080p touch screen, 10th Gen i5 Processor, 16 GB memory and 512 GB SSD for $599

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Lenovo IdeaPad, S540 13.3" WQHD 1440P (non touch screen), 10th Gen i5 processor, 16 GB memory and 512 GB SSD for $599.
 

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I generally go with the "newest" gen of processor and more memory and faster processor than I "need". The computer then can be longer into the future and I think it saves money on the long run. Buying just what is "needed" today means in 2 years buying new, whereas the latest and greatest seems to be good 4 to 5 years.

And reinstalling and setting up a computer is a PITA. Moving licenses and such takes time and effort.
 

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That has an older 9th Gen processor and lacks in memory and SSD capacity BUT will fit the needs of many users.

Costco has some pretty good deals on Lenovo Flex 14", 2-in-1 1080p touch screen, 10th Gen i5 Processor, 16 GB memory and 512 GB SSD for $599

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Lenovo IdeaPad, S540 13.3" WQHD 1440P (non touch screen), 10th Gen i5 processor, 16 GB memory and 512 GB SSD for $599.
Those are not bad but the Flex 14" is $699 when I checked. Also, smaller screens and no dedicated graphics. My wife uses hers mostly for watching Hulu etc. so the video stuff is more important.
 

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Those are not bad but the Flex 14" is $699 when I checked. Also, smaller screens and no dedicated graphics. My wife uses hers mostly for watching Hulu etc. so the video stuff is more important.
I should have pointed out the sale prices start on Nov 20 and 30 respectively and are available on Costco.com only. Sale circular came in yesterday's mail to Costco members...
 

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I have not been impressed with any of the AMDs I have had.
 
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