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TSZM Fong
post Apr 26 2019, 06:01 PM, updated 2d ago

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Here are all the good/excellent Ultrabook/regular/business laptops you can buy.

How I rate these laptops:
Build quality first. Battery life second. The rest are display (HD display will be excluded except in low end options), input devices, performance, warranty and portability etc.

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If you need advice on recommendations, feel free to PM.

BUSINESS LAPTOPS
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GOOD PICKS (high sRGB)
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GOOD PICKS (low sRGB)
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OK PICKS
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GOOD, SHORT BATTERY LIFE (<6 hrs)
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OK, SHORT BATTERY LIFE (<6 hrs)
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GTX GPU
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NON-UPGRADABLE 4GB RAM
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Reserved:
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In consideration:
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Awaiting for more info:
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Imported Chinese models which are not included: Chuwi, Xiaomi

Additional info:
In general, i5 and i7 ULV don't have much performance difference due to thermal and firmware/power limitations, however CPU performance of R5 and R7 might vary between models due to difference in power limits. IMO brands only matter when comes to customer support, choose model not brand.

Thanks for reading! I hope this list helped you to choose the right laptop. Keep in mind that this is my own guide, you might not agree with some of the recommendations and I can understand that.

This post has been edited by ZM Fong: Jan 17 2020, 02:20 PM
lawrencesha
post Apr 26 2019, 06:07 PM

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I just got my Surface Book 2 13"!!
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post Apr 27 2019, 01:31 PM

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How Lenovo Ideapad L340 RM2,184.05 with 8gb ram and amd 3500u? Is the 128 gb ssd too less?
https://www.lenovo.com/my/en/laptops/ideapa...PI/p/81LW0013MJ
TSZM Fong
post Apr 27 2019, 02:02 PM

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QUOTE(akhito @ Apr 27 2019, 01:31 PM)
How Lenovo Ideapad L340 RM2,184.05 with 8gb ram and amd 3500u? Is the 128 gb ssd too less?
https://www.lenovo.com/my/en/laptops/ideapa...PI/p/81LW0013MJ
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It's basically the same with Ideapad 330 14 which isn't a good model. Not a good choice
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post Apr 29 2019, 05:37 PM

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wahh.. great ultrabook section.... ive seen now, some ultra book with m.2 nvme... is it starting last year or last 2 years? hmm.gif
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post Apr 29 2019, 07:38 PM

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QUOTE(pandera999 @ Apr 29 2019, 05:37 PM)
ive seen now, some ultra book with m.2 nvme... is it starting last year or last 2 years? hmm.gif
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If not heavily stressed often then should be able to last long...if kept at >70C all the time then goodbye controller
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post Apr 29 2019, 08:37 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Apr 29 2019, 07:38 PM)
If not heavily stressed often then should be able to last long...if kept at >70C all the time then goodbye controller
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if talking about the endurance test.... lets skip from mobile computing.... dekstop tempt on m.2... hmm.gif pretty scary too.. even its hardly to keep below 70... normaly i gonna mod extra by give each fan for sata
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post Apr 29 2019, 08:47 PM

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Just wondering why are these "NON-UPGRADABLE 4GB RAM" ?

Are these ram bundled within motherboard?
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post Apr 29 2019, 09:09 PM

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QUOTE(loutze @ Apr 29 2019, 08:47 PM)
Just wondering why are these "NON-UPGRADABLE 4GB RAM" ?

Are these ram bundled within motherboard?
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Means the ram is soldered to the motherboard and there is no empty ram slot. I think
TSZM Fong
post Apr 29 2019, 09:21 PM

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QUOTE(pandera999 @ Apr 29 2019, 08:37 PM)
if talking about the endurance test.... lets skip from mobile computing.... dekstop tempt on m.2...  hmm.gif  pretty scary too.. even its hardly to keep below 70... normaly i gonna mod extra by give each fan for sata
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Faster=More heat. Even with copper heatsink mod, my PM981 can reach ~80C under prolonged write
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post Apr 29 2019, 09:21 PM

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QUOTE(akhito @ Apr 29 2019, 09:09 PM)
Means the ram is soldered to the motherboard and there is no empty ram slot. I think
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Correct.
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post May 1 2019, 12:12 PM

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So I’ve been contemplating to get an ultrabook below 4500. I was looking at the 14” zenbook and the Huawei Matebook 13. Currently the zenbook checks all the list but am worried about the low brightness value! Huawei checks everything too but not too sure about reliability? Any 14” ultrabooks to recommend with a GREAT screen and possibly an MX150 smile.gif?
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post May 4 2019, 11:48 AM

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Is Huawei Matebook D a good choice for student and no gaming?
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post May 4 2019, 01:59 PM

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QUOTE(gimkhoon @ May 4 2019, 11:48 AM)
Is Huawei Matebook D a good choice for student and no gaming?
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Yes (it's included in the list), just need to be aware of unknown reliability and limited/questionable aftersales support
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post May 4 2019, 03:18 PM

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Good list! Just a suggestion, I think is best to also include weight and height in the listing since it is among main criteria in selecting ultrabook
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post May 4 2019, 03:54 PM

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QUOTE(zaoldyeck @ May 4 2019, 03:18 PM)
Good list! Just a suggestion, I think is best to also include weight and height in the listing since it is among main criteria in selecting ultrabook
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When asking for recommendations you just need to state your requirements and I'll filter out the options for you
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post May 19 2019, 09:02 AM

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how about thinkpad Carbon X1 ?
Im looking for ultrabook
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post May 19 2019, 02:30 PM

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QUOTE(enteraname1 @ May 19 2019, 09:02 AM)
how about thinkpad Carbon X1 ?
Im looking for ultrabook
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Good model

Note that I don't put models above 5k inside this list
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post May 20 2019, 04:49 PM

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Great list and effort there! thumbup.gif I actually searching similar needs for my brother going for university, asking for a lightweight laptop with RM2k-2.5k range, with good battery life (~4 hours) and decent GPU for casual gaming. Also, he's not really fond with 15.6", saying its kinda large.

From my research, I found few as below that somehow not in your list:
- HP 14-cm0108AU (Ryzen 5 2500U, 1.55kg, 14" FHD IPS, 4GB / 1TB, RM 1939)
This is quite a good one, since with sub-2k, this machine having FHD IPS and its Ryzen 5-2500u is on par with i5-8250U based on NotebookCheck benchmark list.

- Asus Vivobook A411U-FEB143T (i5-8250U, MX130, 1.35kg, 14" FHD, 4GB / 1TB, RM 2159)
- Asus Vivobook A411U-NEB345T (i5-8250U, MX150, 1.35kg, 14" FHD, 4GB / 1TB, RM 2409)
Both Vivobook A411U are quite nice, since with just 1.35kg and below RM2.5k, I can get i5-8250 and MX130 / 150. Also comes with 14" FHD, fingerprint, and 4 USBs (1 type-C, 1x 3.0, 2x 2.0).

Of course, I will upgrade the laptop with additional RAM and SSD as main partition.

What do you think? Any other recommendation e.g. Acer Swift 3 maybe? hmm.gif

This post has been edited by shadowzephyr: May 20 2019, 04:51 PM
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post May 20 2019, 04:52 PM

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QUOTE(shadowzephyr @ May 20 2019, 04:49 PM)
HP 14-cm0108AU
Vivobook A411U
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Build quality cannot convince me. Also small battery. I don't just look at specs.

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