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SarahBelle48
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I have been working from home for the past few months and my laptop is starting to die out on me, the battery has already died and now the power cord is dying too The laptop is around 4 years old so it has done pretty well. It is an Acer Aspire that I got for around $600-ish from memory. I've spent more in the past on a Toshiba but I was disappointed in that especially for the money that I paid for it.

I found a Choice article that had HP and Toshiba as the higher rated by users and Dell and Acer were towards the bottom. But when I looked on other forums, they were raving about Dell. I've seen a lot of Lenovo recommendations too but I've never come across those before.

I want something that is at least 8GB RAM and 15.6 inch screen but I don't want to pay more than around $800ish. I do back up my iPhone photos onto the laptop so I need a reasonable amount of storage. Its normally just for basic internet surfing and the occasional zoom/skype calling but at the moment, I am using it for work so I do need something that is reliable. 

I have been looking for a new one online and found these but I'm just not sure which one to go with lol.

https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/hp-250-g7-156-core-i5-8265u-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-win-10-home-laptop-3n382pa-hp/

 

https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/hp-156-inches-laptop-4nr56pa

 

https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/acer-aspire-3-156-inches-amd-a9-laptop-nxhe8sa005

 

https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/dell-inspiron-3000-156-inches-a9-laptop-hni359502au

 

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/acer-aspire-5-15-6-inch-i5-1035g1-8gb-256gb-ssd-laptop.html

 

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/hp-15-6-inch-athlon-3150u-8gb-512gb-ssd-laptop.html

 

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/hp-15-6-inch-pentium-n5030-8gb-256gb-ssd-laptop.html

 

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/acer-aspire-3-15-6-inch-r3-3250u-8gb-128gb-ssd-laptop.html

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Bono25

If you are using it for work, can your work pay or give you a dedicated lap top? We've all been issued with work laptops so we don't have to use our own devices. I

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Paddlepop

I had a similar thread a few months ago. Here’s a link to it in case it’s helpful: 

https://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/topic/1210356-best-laptop-brands/

My DH very happy with the laptop and I no longer hear daily cursing of it, unlike the Dell. In fact I don’t think he’s had a complaint at all about it, and he uses it pretty much daily for things like Zoom meetings, document preparation, browsing, and watching online TV shows. 

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Kiwi Bicycle

Lenovo is the former IBM laptop division that was sold off to a Chinese company. There was a controversy a few years ago about spyware pre installed on devices but that has been sorted out.

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literally nobody

We have had 2 Dell’s and they are rubbish. Id look at either Microsoft or HP. 

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spr_maiden
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Avoid Lenovo. We've had ours repaired 3x and not even 9 months after last repair job,  keyboard is faulty again.  Considering it has been used way less often than previous years (except for 5 weeks of home learning), it is bs. I'm ready to throw it in the bin!

 

Eta. I think DH's work laptop is Asus, and it has been going strong for over 5 years now. 

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DQMission

I wouldnt purchase from Kogan. If somethin goes wrong it is very hit and miss with resolving issues. I shop for tech at JB hi fi or officeworks, usually, with a quick check of the model I select at other shops just to make sure Im getting the best price.

My laptop died last month. It barely lasted three years, but with signing on to a hospital network and a university every day and umpteen video calls, it couldnt handle the level of information I was accessing. I went over budget and had to borrow from family to get one that works well and wont die out in two years. I bought an Asus as I have had them before and they lasted a much longer time.

I wouldnt buy Dell. The first Acer Aspire is ok,  pretty slow processing speed and the battery life is not very long and will only get shorter. Similarly for the HP, but at least the processing is better and it is backlit, but the memory storage is pretty low. The next Acer again is ok, a split RAM might be an issue (I am not sure about that thought). The next HP looks ok for the price. The HP after that one isnt a lot different from a quick look. The last Acer again is ok, but again has a split RAM and I dont know how that impacts processing if you have lots of things open.  I guess it really depends on how much you do with your computer and how much lag would bother you. I paid more for a laptop with larger RAM, but you do pay a bit more for that.  Any of the ones you listed are good for basic use, but I'd look at battery life and screen type (I also find the lack of ports in newer laptops frustrating but I bought an adaptor to add ports. 

 

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skicat
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My husband  was happy with his Lenovo laptop , so we ordered one for me online,  directly from the company, just at  the start of lock down in March. It was "sitting in the warehouse"   in  Sydney for weeks, we had  several notifications of its impending delivery....we finally cancelled the order, as all trust was gone .  Then several  more weeks of emails and phone calls to get our money refunded. Lenovo said we couldn't get our refund until the laptop was located in the warehouse...NOT our problem!  Took  3 months to resolve. Should have read the online reviews first.

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Meepy

If your work requires you to use a laptop, they should supply it.  The Vic department of education got into trouble for this as they were charging teachers to use their laptops.  They had to pay the money back to the teachers and supply laptops free as they are tools of work, which is incumbent on an employer to supply.  

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bubskitkat

I’m using a dell laptop with touchscreen and I like it. HP laptops are good as well. I find that you pay for what you get. 

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*bucket*

Someone I know just bought a gaming laptop, because she wanted a 17" screen, and gaming laptops had the best range. I don't think she has ever played a game in her life. She went with Dell. Around here we like Asus. I have one that folds back to be a tablet, has a touchscreen, it's great. DS has one for gaming and school, he doesn't find it too heavy to lug around (although he's been home for most of the year, thanks COVID).

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