What laptop do you use, how loong has it been, and how is it performance-wsie today?Watch
I've got a hp pavillion and it's more than 3 years old so it's on it's last legs really and have got tape holding it together as the casing has cracked in a couple of places.
I've got a few devices I use for most of the time:
1) HP Pavilion 15-ac153sa (i7-4510U CPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 2TB HDD) - this works nicely for most things, but hasn't got the horsepower for gaming (CPU throttling, plus lack of graphical power). Absolutely fine, but BIOS updates over time have substantially reduced performance, as well as thermal management. Runs Windows 7 & 10 dual boot.
2) HP OMEN 15-dc0003na (i7-8750H, 32GB DDR4, 1TB NVMe + 1TB SATA SSDs, GTX 1050Ti) - great for everything, including gaming and heavy stuff. Surprisingly the battery life is as good as the HP Pavilion above, since it is a bigger battery, and with power savings mode on, it runs nicely enough to maintain a good balance between performance and power savings. Runs Windows 10.
3) HP Pavilion 15-p189na (i5-4288U, 8GB RAM, 1.5TB HDD) - this is my university laptop, for working at university. Runs Windows 10 fine and does most things fine, but not gaming (due to CPU and iGPU limitations). Will eventually upgrade to 16GB DDR3 and 512GB SSD, to improve performance further. Battery life is OK - I do have a spare battery that I can swap in as required. Runs Windows 10. Performance is fine - no BIOS updates have been installed.
4) Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (i5-4200U, 4GB soldered, 128GB mSATA) - great as a portable on-the-go machine. Performance (when plugged in to mains) is fine for most tasks. Wouldn't want to game on it due to the relatively small screen, plus a lack of CPU power, GPU power, and CPU thermal management. Battery life is good on power saving mode. 4GB RAM is just about OK for what I use it for, but I'd rather have 8GB. Sadly, the RAM is soldered - and replacing anything inside it (such as CPU thermal compound, SSD etc) requires removing (and almost certainly destroying) the screen.
Note: a lot of people on here that have seen me posting, know that I prefer more storage to faster read/write speeds, hence laptop (1) has a 2TB HDD (and has to stay like this for dual boot purposes), and laptop (2) was upgraded from its original configuration of 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD. However, for laptops that are not used as main laptops, such as (3) and (4), SSDs are fine, though still need to be decently sized - hence my plan for a 512GB, and not 256GB.
Had it for nearly 4 yeas. Battery life is really good but the rest of it is pile of ****.
Only stopped using it a year ago when I got a 9400f + rtx 2060 pc.
That said, the XPS isn't my primary device. I use my desktop more than my laptop, and the XPS only really sees a few hours use a day now.
My work laptop is an XPS 15, owned for a couple of months now. Unexpectedly, it also feels just like new.
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I've also got an MSI GS63 that I'd use as my portable gaming setup while away with work, but now I'm landlocked with my desktop it doesn't see any use.