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TSZM Fong
post Jun 6 2019, 09:11 PM

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QUOTE(dylan_chng @ Jun 6 2019, 09:00 PM)
Dell Vostro's and Dell Inspiron 5000 aren't that differnt. Last time I checked Inspiron only have 10/100 ethernet while Vostro has 10/100/1000 ethernet.
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Correct - Vostro is consumer rebrand (Inspiron 5000 rebrand with improved build quality I believe?)

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post Jun 6 2019, 10:40 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 6 2019, 08:18 PM)
Good question actually, I wonder why nobody asked me about this before. Yes, Dell has the best after sales service in Malaysia imo; however, most Inspiron models don't have big battery. It shouldn't be an issue at first since new Intel CPUs nowadays are very power efficient in idle/light loads; however, reviews had shown that the battery life sucks. There is a section in the list for those models with not so great battery life; however, Dell models are usually priced high. Inspiron 3000 series have mediocre build quality (best would be sturdy but feels cheap) while Inspiron 5000 series have OKish build quality (in terms of rigidity). Left Inspiron 7000 series, however they are usually expensive. Since many Inspiron 7000 series models aren't worth it imo, therefore they are not included in the list. For Vostros, I don't have enough info on other models besides 5471/5481, therefore I will not include the others for now. As I said before, different ppl will have different perspective/opinion when buying laptop, this is how I judge, yours might vary and you can ignore this list

(btw, there are still a few Dell models in the list)
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Thank u sir for the info. Didn't know bout battery life. Wonder maybe price bit high bcos of better after sales..
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post Jun 13 2019, 01:10 AM

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Hi sifus,

Is that convincing to get an Lenovo Yoga 530 with AMD R7-2700U? Have no experience in comparing performance of AMD vs Intel core processor.. But the price in Lazada seems a huge different compared to i5 series : https://s.lazada.com.my/s.ASsz
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post Jun 13 2019, 01:24 AM

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QUOTE(Elson99 @ Jun 13 2019, 01:10 AM)
Hi sifus,

Is that convincing to get an Lenovo Yoga 530 with AMD R7-2700U? Have no experience in comparing performance of AMD vs Intel core processor.. But the price in Lazada seems a huge different compared to i5 series : https://s.lazada.com.my/s.ASsz
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NBC got review, not bad. CPU performance should be similar but better iGPU performance
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post Jun 13 2019, 01:39 AM

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QUOTE(Elson99 @ Jun 13 2019, 01:10 AM)
Hi sifus,

Is that convincing to get an Lenovo Yoga 530 with AMD R7-2700U? Have no experience in comparing performance of AMD vs Intel core processor.. But the price in Lazada seems a huge different compared to i5 series : https://s.lazada.com.my/s.ASsz
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wow, rm2k only. sufficient ram and fast storage. I like. I guess RAM prices are indeed coming down in price.

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post Jun 13 2019, 02:13 AM

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QUOTE(dylan_chng @ Jun 13 2019, 01:39 AM)
wow, rm2k only. sufficient ram and fast storage. I like. I guess RAM prices are indeed coming down in price.
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Limited time only (stock clearance)
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post Jun 13 2019, 09:55 AM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 13 2019, 02:13 AM)
Limited time only (stock clearance)
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How do you know it's stock clearance?
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post Jun 13 2019, 10:14 AM

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QUOTE(Elson99 @ Jun 13 2019, 01:10 AM)
Hi sifus,

Is that convincing to get an Lenovo Yoga 530 with AMD R7-2700U? Have no experience in comparing performance of AMD vs Intel core processor.. But the price in Lazada seems a huge different compared to i5 series : https://s.lazada.com.my/s.ASsz
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this model is worth on the price?

product is not exist.. sold off?

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post Jun 17 2019, 07:06 PM

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Any recommendation for one 13" that comes with discrete graphics but wont break the bank?
TSZM Fong
post Jun 17 2019, 09:08 PM

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QUOTE(BFGWong @ Jun 17 2019, 07:06 PM)
Any recommendation for one 13" that comes with discrete graphics but wont break the bank?
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What's your budget? Usually 13 inch laptops with dGPU will throttle
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post Jun 18 2019, 02:13 PM

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Around 3500. Was hoping the AMD Ryzen APU concept can deliver better. But the 2019 R 3300 is a disappointment - same performance as R2500 but graphics downgraded from Vega 8 to Vega 6.

I guess its back to Intel + nVidia. Just wanted an ultraportable that I can play some games on (nothing too fancy, like Civ) while plugged in.
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post Jun 18 2019, 02:20 PM

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QUOTE(BFGWong @ Jun 18 2019, 02:13 PM)
Around 3500.  Was hoping the AMD Ryzen APU concept can deliver better.  But the 2019 R 3300 is a disappointment - same performance as R2500 but graphics downgraded from Vega 8 to Vega 6.

I guess its back to Intel + nVidia.  Just wanted an ultraportable that I can play some games on (nothing too fancy, like Civ) while plugged in.
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3300U is based on 2300U which is a 4c4t chip, 3500U and 2500U are 4c8t chips

Might want to increase budget to 4k unless you're fine with 14 inch

And like I mentioned, 13 inch laptops with dGPU will usually throttle
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post Jun 18 2019, 06:02 PM

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Hi Sifu, if between Lenovo Ideapad 530s and Dell Inspiron 5481 which one you recommended. According to some reviews, Lenovo quality is not as good as Dell.
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post Jun 18 2019, 06:53 PM

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QUOTE(kyteng @ Jun 18 2019, 06:02 PM)
Hi Sifu, if between Lenovo Ideapad 530s and Dell Inspiron 5481 which one you recommended. According to some reviews, Lenovo quality is not as good as Dell.
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Quality mainly depends on model

530s is better overall
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post Jun 24 2019, 02:26 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 18 2019, 02:20 PM)
3300U is based on 2300U which is a 4c4t chip, 3500U and 2500U are 4c8t chips

Might want to increase budget to 4k unless you're fine with 14 inch

And like I mentioned, 13 inch laptops with dGPU will usually throttle
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I'd still prefer 13" - makes a lot of differences carrying it daily with other stuff in the bag. If bumping it to 4k, what is the best one with a decent GPU?
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post Jun 24 2019, 03:25 PM

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QUOTE(BFGWong @ Jun 24 2019, 02:26 PM)
I'd still prefer 13" - makes  a lot of differences carrying it daily with other stuff in the bag.  If bumping it to 4k, what is the best one with a decent GPU?
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Microsoft surface pro is very good.... It makes a lot of diff ...huhu
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post Jun 24 2019, 06:15 PM

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QUOTE(BFGWong @ Jun 24 2019, 02:26 PM)
I'd still prefer 13" - makes  a lot of differences carrying it daily with other stuff in the bag.  If bumping it to 4k, what is the best one with a decent GPU?
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Asus Zenbook UX333F-NA4050T / 051T / 162T - has low throttling point
QUOTE(jack2 @ Jun 24 2019, 03:25 PM)
Microsoft surface pro is very good.... It makes a lot of diff ...huhu
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There are reasons why there isn't a single Surface in this list...

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post Jun 30 2019, 01:15 PM

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Thank you for this very helpful thread Bro Fong.

I would like to ask where do I even find the prices as listed? I tried Lazada/Shopee/Manufacture website all have them listed more expensive.

Specifically these models:
2539 Acer Swift 3 SF315-41G-R6Z9 - R5-2500U, 8GB, 256GB SSD, RX540, IPS

2552+ Acer Swift 3 SF314-54G-52L8 / 59WJ - i5-8250U, 4GB (upgradable), 1TB HDD+128GB SSD, MX150 (10+W), IPS

2498+ Lenovo Ideapad 330s-14IKB 81F40191MJ / 192MJ / 193MJ - i5-8250U, 4GB, 512GB, Radeon 535, IPS

Can show me where to get them at that price?
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post Jun 30 2019, 04:59 PM

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QUOTE(Rlame @ Jun 30 2019, 01:15 PM)
Can show me where to get them at that price?
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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Apr 26 2019, 06:01 PM)
5. This list will be updated from time to time, however prices will fluctuate
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post Jul 5 2019, 07:08 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 24 2019, 06:15 PM)
Asus Zenbook UX333F-NA4050T / 051T / 162T - has low throttling point

There are reasons why there isn't a single Surface in this list...
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Thanks.. I found it around 4k plus at Lowyat, proposal rejected by MoF. After nego brought the new Ryzen x360 for 3350 after checking the whole place.

3350 HP Envy x360 13-AG0011AU - R5-3500U, 8GB, 256GB

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