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The Lounge => EOE: Experts On Everything => Topic started by: CLAY on September 03, 2019, 10:42:39 AM

Title: Decent, solid PC laptop?
Post by: CLAY on September 03, 2019, 10:42:39 AM
EOE:  To use as our Cloud Print server at school I need to purchase a solid, quality laptop.  It's not going to be doing anything special graphics-wise, it is simply going to be the machine that connects locally to our printers and then Cloud-shares them to the staff and students.  It will be plugged in via Cat 6.  It doesn't travel or even move, so other than taking up space a desktop would do the job.

What do you recommend?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Decent, solid PC laptop?
Post by: chornbe on September 03, 2019, 12:00:50 PM
Longevity, Dell. You can find something at every price point.

You still want a modicum of performance, and horsepower for dollar, either Lenovo (formerly IBM Thinkpads) or HP wins there. HP at the lower price points, Lenovo at the higher ones.

Stay away from names you don't know or aren't mainstream; you'll get the junk you pay for.

You can find EXCELLENT examples of 1-2 year (or generation) old versions of kick-ass models for fractions of new prices. If you just want a print server, I'd buy used, try to snag a Dell or Lenovo already equipped with an SSD because print serving is 99% about file access, and the rest is all network access. CPU load is pretty low.
Title: Re: Decent, solid PC laptop?
Post by: slayman on September 03, 2019, 04:53:31 PM
Absolutely not an EOPCs. I've had two work purchased Lenovo laptops over the past 10 years. Zero issues. Most of the time sitting on my desk at home. The current one is getting a bit sluggish, certainly attributable to lazy maintenance habits.