Hardware Thread, Business laptop in Technical; I'm looking for a work-spec laptop at the moment, something solid \ portable with enough grunt to last easily 3-5 ...
3rd January 2013, 02:54 PM #1
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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3rd January 2013, 05:24 PM #2
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.
3rd January 2013, 05:35 PM #3
Any suggestions model wise ref HP ?
Originally Posted by MatthewL
3rd January 2013, 05:38 PM #4
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.
3rd January 2013, 06:06 PM #5
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.
3rd January 2013, 07:11 PM #6
I cannot comment re models as its been a while since I have actually had any, seen plenty but never paid attention to models.
3rd January 2013, 08:44 PM #7
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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4th January 2013, 02:55 AM #8
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.
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