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    Business laptop

    I'm looking for a work-spec laptop at the moment, something solid \ portable with enough grunt to last easily 3-5 years of moving around regularly. Considered a tablet-esque convertible but still seems a bit gimmicky for real tech work so options seem to be...

    ThinkPad T430s - hard-working, rock-solid business laptop from Lenovo (US)
    Latitude E6430 Details

    Would go for an i5, probably 8GB RAM, any thoughts on either of the above?

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    If it was me I would avoid the Dell and look at HP.

    We use Dell's but they are just not robust enough and we are only getting 2 possibly 3 years out of some of ours. We don't have fixed desks and all have laptops all E6400/6410 from Dell and find them to be shocking machines. We have some of the E6430's slightly better build but I personally don't think anything beats a HP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    If it was me I would avoid the Dell and look at HP.

    We use Dell's but they are just not robust enough and we are only getting 2 possibly 3 years out of some of ours. We don't have fixed desks and all have laptops all E6400/6410 from Dell and find them to be shocking machines. We have some of the E6430's slightly better build but I personally don't think anything beats a HP.
    Any suggestions model wise ref HP ?

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    I think I'm leaning towards the Lenovo T430s, I'm a big fan of the scrabble tile Lenovo keyboards having had a couple of them now (x100e, E330, E530) and the rest of the package seems pretty decent.

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    Use the T4xx range here and I find

    1. Finding replacement parts a pita ( if you google for the hmm ) then trawl through the part numbers, you generally find 2 or 3 part numbers for one part and a pain to decipher which part it needs

    2. Not as modular as the Dell laptops or as quick and easy ( think that is down to parts being more universal ).

    If you compare swapping a tft screen on a Dell versus a Lenovo, I find the Dells a lot easier without the awkwardness.

    3. Think parts are a bit cheaper due to being universal ( could be wrong on this point though ).

    Never repaired a HP laptop so can't comment on them.

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    I cannot comment re models as its been a while since I have actually had any, seen plenty but never paid attention to models.

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    I would recommend the lenovo range - personally i have an E430, 8Gb ram 256gb ssd and it flies, use it on the road and with the new usb 3.0 docks at a desk its just like working on a normal machine with dual screen etc.

    Ive just rolled out 25 t430U with a client and they have gone down a brilliantly. Never had problems with parts but then i deal with lenovo direct.

    Uk support is still from IBM
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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    I'm looking for a work-spec laptop at the moment, something solid \ portable with enough grunt to last easily 3-5 years of moving around regularly. Considered a tablet-esque convertible but still seems a bit gimmicky for real tech work so options seem to be...

    ThinkPad T430s - hard-working, rock-solid business laptop from Lenovo (US)
    Latitude E6430 Details

    Would go for an i5, probably 8GB RAM, any thoughts on either of the above?
    I had a HP ProBook 5330m with an SSD it's a great machine!! Pick them up on eBay relatively cheap I believe. Run Everything I needed it too... Virtual Machines, Visual Studio for various SDK bits and bobs etc. pretty sweet machine to be fair.. oh! and it's lightweight.

    James.



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