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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, warranty and portability etc. QC and reliability are not considered, however business laptops usually have long reliability while cheaper laptops tend to have worse QC.

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If you need recommendations with special requirements or have any questions about a specific laptop model, kindly PM me.

TOP PICKS
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GOOD PICKS
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GOOD BUT WITH SMALL BATTERY/SHORT BATTERY LIFE (<6 hrs)
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NON-UPGRADABLE 4GB RAM
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Imported Chinese models which are not included: Chuwi, Xiaomi

Awaiting for more info: Thinkpad X395, Ideapad C340-14API, Vivobook S430, Envy x360 13-ar0011au, Vostro 5581, Inspiron 7590/7591 (CPU performs like ULV), Ideapad S340-15API 81NC005FMJ, Zenbook Flip 14 UM462D-AAI047T, Vivobook A412/A512/A409/A509, Swift 3 SF314-41

Additional info:
Usually i5 and i7 ULV don't have much performance difference due to thermal and firmware/power limitations, however CPU performance of R5 and R7 will vary between models due to difference in power limits. Also, there are 3 variants of MX150 GPU: 10W, 10+W and 25W. 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: Aug 19 2019, 10:48 PM
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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, 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, 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 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, 03:54 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, 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, 04:52 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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post May 20 2019, 05:24 PM

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QUOTE(shadowzephyr @ May 20 2019, 05:15 PM)
I see. Yup, fair enough. So, Acer Swift 3 then? Or any other suggestion?
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Cheapest yet well-built+good battery life so far would be Acer Swift 3 SF314-54. However I strongly suggest anyone to try out the laptop yourself if you want to grab one to get a feeling
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post May 26 2019, 11:15 PM

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QUOTE(chubbyqq @ May 26 2019, 08:51 PM)
For this price, where I can get it? Cannot find...
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Like I mentioned above, prices will change time by time and it's impossible for me to update them daily
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post Jun 3 2019, 04:32 PM

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QUOTE(jack2 @ Jun 3 2019, 03:43 PM)
How to know which one is the lightest with good build quality
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Budget?
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post Jun 3 2019, 11:42 PM

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QUOTE(jack2 @ Jun 3 2019, 11:22 PM)
2000-3500
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Lenovo Ideapad 720s 13 Intel 81BV000BMJ / CMJ
Lenovo Yoga S730 81J0005LMJ / 81J0005KMJ - no USB A
Asus Zenbook UX331F-ALEG010T
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post Jun 6 2019, 03:29 PM

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QUOTE(Incarnation @ Jun 6 2019, 03:28 PM)
Hi, would like to ask for recommendation for 15.6 inch, below RM3,500, for home and work use, light gaming.
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Any preference on weight and battery life? Mind low sRGB display and non-upgradable RAM? Need good GPU performance?
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post Jun 6 2019, 03:34 PM

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QUOTE(Incarnation @ Jun 6 2019, 03:31 PM)
Ya, prefer light weight, good battery life, good display, non-upgradable RAM is okay for me.
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Give a range - max weight in kg and min battery life in hours

There isn't any good 15 inch regular laptop with good sRGB display in this budget
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post Jun 6 2019, 04:01 PM

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QUOTE(Incarnation @ Jun 6 2019, 03:42 PM)
Maybe below 2kg and min 12 hours battery life.

Display still can lowered a bit I don't mind.
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12 hrs isn't realistic...OK with 7-8 hrs?

Fine with 14 inch?
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post Jun 6 2019, 04:14 PM

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QUOTE(Incarnation @ Jun 6 2019, 04:12 PM)
Is it? I am a noob in pc spec lol

7-8 hrs is ok, still like 15 inch

How bout i top up to below 4k?
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You need below 5k for 15 inch+high sRGB, 7-8 hrs battery life and <2kg weight
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post Jun 6 2019, 08:18 PM

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QUOTE(malim.deman @ Jun 6 2019, 08:03 PM)
Out of curiosity why no dell? And from your list which brand has good after sale service?
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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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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 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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