This is a question all persons in IT get at some point or another. What’s the best hard drive? Monitor? Laptop? PC? The truth is – there is no best. While you can find a particular brand that works nicely there are many factors that determine “best”.
This post was originally done in 2015. While the concepts are the same, what would be classed as “the best” then would be different now. This post was also unfinished, but I decided to publish since it would still be good info.
If you were to go into technical details there are brands that you may not have heard of that have excellent specs. The more popular brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asus would be what come to mind. Take a look at this laptop – the AORUS X3Plusv3-CF1.
That laptop is BEASTLY. It will do just about all you need with a whopping USD$2,000+ price tag. That link on Amazon actually has it marked down from USD$4,000+ which is probably much more than the average user is willing to pay.
For persons who own desktops other brands such as MSI and Gigabyte may come to mind for motherboards – these companies make gaming laptops as well as can be seen in the link below.
For a brand that you may be more familiar with here is an HP Omen.
If you want to look at some of the “best” laptops for 2015 you can head over to TechRadar and look at their list.
All laptops are about the same when it comes to durability. Really, as an example – you can’t look at an old Dell and compare it to a new one. Matter of fact – almost all older hardware was “better” than the newer ones on the market. While standards such as RoHS are good for the environment it has caused PC/laptop durability to be challenged. Manufacturers have scrambled to find ways to get their hardware to last longer within the limitations given, all vendors have made strides and any laptop you get will last if proper care is given.
With all of that said – there are some things that should be checked prior to any purchase. I (personally) wouldn’t recommend the older HP DV series to anyone. They’re known to have GPU overheating issues which will lead to requiring reflow/reball – something that users really shouldn’t have to contend with.
Summary – So What To Get?
A statement that has been said – the best one is: the one that suits your needs. Any laptop that will do what you need to get done is fine for you. Do some checking into the model line before purchase so you know if there are problems. Check online stores such as Amazon beforehand since they usually have reviews of the product.
If you want a laptop for office or general use then anything will do.
If you want a laptop for gaming or editing then expect to spend USD$500 or more.
If you’re concerned about speed then avoid the low-end processors – don’t do Celeron or others like that.