ThinkPad Edge or faster cheap laptop?
March 13, 2013 3:35 PM Subscribe
Is the quality of the ThinkPad Edge worth the performance hit? Critique my nearly-made laptop purchasing choice!
posted by Busy Old Fool to computers & internet (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I’m looking at buying a 15.6" (no smaller) laptop for computationally light use: web browsing, Office applications and occasional watching of online video. Build quality and longevity is more important, so I’ve been looking at ThinkPads, which given the smallish budget means the E series. I’m aware that ThinkPad Edges are nowhere near as well-made as T series or X series, but I think they’re still a step up from entry-level laptops. Correct me if I’m wrong!
Within the budget available, the best ThinkPad deal I can find is the E530 (i3 2328M / 4GB RAM / 500GB 7200 / 6 cell battery / LED backlight 1366x768 screen). That’s only a 2nd generation i3, so I looked at what I could get elsewhere.
As a comparison, for a little more money, I can get a Dell Inspiron with i3-3227U / 4GB RAM / 500GB 5400 / 4 cell battery / WLED 1366x768 screen. So, better CPU and better screen. The Thinkpad has a slightly faster HD and a better battery, though the 2nd gen i3 is less efficient than the 3rd, as I understand it. Oh, and the ThinkPad comes with Win8 Pro, rather than vanilla Win8 on the Dell.
My question is whether the specification advantages of the Dell are enough that I should consider it. Given the light use outlined above, is there any reason I shouldn’t go for the ThinkPad or will it show its age in terms of performance very soon?
Bonus question: Whatever I buy, I’m planning to upgrade the RAM and add an SSD at some point. I think probably double the RAM straight away and add the SSD in a year or two when finances allow and SSD speed has further improved. Anything wrong with that plan?
Note that I’m buying in the UK. I haven’t given prices, as I’m more interested in performance comparisons, but I want to be closer to £300 than £350. If you have a specific alternative in the UK that’s better than my options above, please share it. I have spent some time looking into this, so suggestions I try ‘Dell Outlet’ or ‘get a refurbished T series on eBay’ aren’t helpful without a specific suggestion in my price range.