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post Aug 21 2020, 08:34 PM

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QUOTE(chiehou @ Aug 21 2020, 10:03 AM)
Hi all, have a budget around 2.5-3k... Looking for i7 and ssd... Heavy chrome / Microsoft tasks only... Any recommendation ? Appreciate it.... Thanks....
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You may want to consider HP 15s-eq1149au, not bad, not tat great either. Good enough for now, office work. Boots up blazing fast due to upgraded SSD. Battery quite lasting for office daily use, speaker is very loud, no need separate speakers for video conferencing with few people sitting next to me. Also, it comes with device encryption for the SSD.

AMD 5 Ryzen 4500, 15" low sRGB, upgraded to 32 GB RAM, and 1 TB SSD Adata XPG SX8200 Pro, backlit keyboard, and the usual freebies (RM 80 e-wallet, mouse, bag, sleeve, usb drive), comes with original Office Home & Student edition, all for RM 3.4k. Hopefully this thing will last for 12 months! Hahaha. HP 2 yrs on-site warranty, as what the paper says, though.

Minor dislike, depends on your taste, silverish keyboard (guess that's the trend now), original bloatware causes windows cannot go into sleep or hibernate mode. Uninstalled those, and sleep/hibernate mode works ok now. Was urgently looking for laptop, so guess that will work for now. Lenovo and commandospc was first choice, but have to wait ages to arrive.

You should get at least 16 GB RAM, then your Windows app flies!
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post Nov 5 2020, 09:55 PM

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QUOTE(philip42 @ Nov 5 2020, 07:09 PM)
Hi is this spec good for the price? for normal office usage

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Used 3 model of T-series before. They are really robust for office use, especially on-the-go work. Reliability. For that price, it's a steal.
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post Dec 15 2020, 09:38 AM

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At 3.5k budget, you can get HP laptop 15.6, AMD 5 4500U, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, with MS Office Home edition.

If you can wait, Lenovo is your best option. [email protected] can be really wait till the cows come home literally.
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post Dec 20 2020, 10:06 AM

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QUOTE(yetanotherstudio @ Dec 20 2020, 04:30 AM)
Sifu thank you helping

1. Budget RM2500 +-
2. For my girlfriend, watch drama, PowerPoint, words excel, web browsing, little photo editing
3. Slim and light for girl

I’m looking at Huawei mate book D15 and swift 3, but swift 3 doesn’t have any stock available. Any other recommendation or I should take the D15?

Thank you so much
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HP 15s-eq1149au, cheap, light, affordable, loud and clear speaker. Check my earlier posting on this. Am using this. Or if you can wait, get Lenovo ones which is much better. Waiting can be moons however.
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post Dec 20 2020, 10:09 AM

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QUOTE(vincent_23 @ Dec 20 2020, 08:38 AM)
Any gaming laptop between RM2.5 until RM3.5K recommendation?
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Lenovo ideapad 3, less than 3k.
https://www.lenovo.com/my/en/laptops/legion...6/p/88IPG301588
Use coupon, can get lower than 3k.
Budget up a bit, get the Legion 5 15 AMD series, this is top-notch. Again, waiting for delivery can be moons for Lenovo.
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post Dec 20 2020, 11:28 AM

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QUOTE(yetanotherstudio @ Dec 20 2020, 10:59 AM)
Seem like this model is sold out anywhere too 😅
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Still available on certain sites. It's affordable for the price, gets the job done.
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post Dec 22 2020, 08:43 PM

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QUOTE(MilopingZz @ Dec 22 2020, 08:01 PM)
no rush...preferably something below 2kg and decent battery life. Am a mac user so i understand none of the windows laptop have battery life as long as macbook air.
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T14, full spec at 4.1k, good deal.
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post Dec 23 2020, 09:17 AM

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QUOTE(blur19755 @ Dec 22 2020, 11:18 PM)
i took the prebuild unit with R7, much cheaper
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The screen also 100% sRGB? Can share the info? Tq.
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post Dec 23 2020, 01:56 PM

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QUOTE(MilopingZz @ Dec 23 2020, 01:09 PM)
any issues playing dota?
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Heavy gaming, Legion 5 15 AMD. Best value as of now. Just gotta wait for delivery roller coaster.
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post Dec 24 2020, 12:26 PM

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QUOTE(ksoon28 @ Dec 24 2020, 10:14 AM)
1. Budget : approx. 3-4k ( better if offered with 0% installement)
2. Usage   : microsoft office multitask alot, occasionally will mirror to TV, light gaming(fifa/dota), files transferring alot,
3. Requirements (display size, battery life, weight etc) : display - either a 15 or 17inch
battery - not fussy, i kinda keep it plugged in most of the time with the battery out
weight - not much particular either.
cooling - prefer something with superb cooling. as my previous two laptop always had cooling issue. acer/hp
looking to purchase this laptop to have hassle/problem free for the next 3-5years i hope.
best if comes with office all installed
thinking to change as my current laptop is getting old.
hope all sifus can help.
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Legion 5 15 AMD, superb value. If you mostly use at home. Gaming capable.
X13 AMD or T14 AMD, get the Pro 4750U cpu, powerhouse. Great mobility, lightweight laptop.
Caution, shipping times can be moons with Lenovo. Can be quick or slow, depends on your purchase at that time.
Get the 100% sRGB or 72% NTSC LCD. Avoid the standard ones.

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post Dec 28 2020, 12:01 PM

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QUOTE(Chrono-Trigger @ Dec 27 2020, 05:11 PM)
wow thanks for the recommendation.

I am looking at Pro 4750U model, RM3736 total smile.gif

what is your review on this model?

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 (AMD)
ThinkPad T14 Gen 1 - Build Your Own

Total Memory : 8GB DDR4 3200MHz Onboard
Hard Drive : 256GB Solid State Drive, M.2 2242, PCIe-NVMe, TLC
Display : 14.0" FHD(1920x1080) IPS Anti-glare 400nits Non-Touch Narrow 72%NTSC Low Power
Graphic Card : Integrated Graphics

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Should be good. It's your choice. Pick one that suits your budget and needs. And urgency to have laptop or not.
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post Dec 28 2020, 05:39 PM

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QUOTE(JustcallmeLarry @ Dec 28 2020, 04:32 PM)
hi guys i am planning on buying a dell xps, wta do your think the 1 year warranty is enough time to know if your unit is a lemon set or do your think it is better to buy the 2 or 3 years warranty???
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U know when u get a lemon within the first few days of using the laptop. The rest are wear and tear, especially the battery. Some models, their battery KO faster than average, QC issues. Some keyboard issue, some USB port issue, wifi etc.
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post Dec 29 2020, 03:14 PM

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QUOTE(yeezy @ Dec 29 2020, 02:17 PM)
1. Budget : max RM2.3K
2. Usage : for office work, and valo + fifa game

any recommendation guys?
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HP 15s-eq1149au, cheap, good, affordable. Nothing fancy. Gets the job done, with occasional gaming. And powerful CPU too, for office work. Pretty powerful (loud) speaker for a laptop.

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post Dec 29 2020, 05:33 PM

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QUOTE(yeezy @ Dec 29 2020, 04:10 PM)
appreciate that suggestion and review but i guess, i need 4 cores for better multi tasking
i found this laptop on shopee which got 512gb SSD with ryzen 5 4c/8t i think this will fit into my budget even exceed few hundreds. but thanks for this suggestion
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It's AMD 4500U, 6-cores.
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post Dec 30 2020, 03:46 PM

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QUOTE(Kairyu @ Dec 30 2020, 03:15 PM)
Ah I get from Lazada with some promo price that's about RM27++ ... Here's another one but this is RM2999

https://www.lazada.com.my/products/acer-swi...FrdJKA&search=1
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This is old model, 8th gen CPU Intel. Current, it's 11th gen Intel dy. At 3k budget, you have plenty of options to choose from, with much better spec.
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post Jan 4 2021, 03:44 PM

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QUOTE(ChiefCoochie @ Jan 4 2021, 02:55 PM)
Hi sifus, friend doesn't have a Lowyat acc so I'm helping him to ask here.

1. Budget : 3k and below
2. Usage  : college and light gaming (CSGO, valorant)
3. Requirements (display size, battery life, weight etc) :
   
    Display: Size doesn't matter, plus points if it has anti glare screen
    Battery life: As long as possible
    Weight: Doesn't matter
    Ram: 8GB or above
    Storage: 256gb SSD or above
   
Max can wait 1 week
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Huawei D14 new series with AMD 4000 series CPU, Xiaomi RedmiBook 14 (with AMD 4000 series), or the Acer Swift series (11th Gen Intel CPU). All has good battery life and LCD screen (100% sRGB), low waiting times. If you can wait few weeks for shipping, other better options available.
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post Jan 5 2021, 12:16 PM

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QUOTE(volrath @ Jan 5 2021, 01:47 AM)
Hi sifus,

Daily driver: Dell XPS 15 (since Aug 2018)
Weight: with charger, about 2kg
Battery life: 5 hours +/-

Budget: RM4000, RM5000, RM6000ish
Usage: full Google Suite, MS Office, web browsing, media consume (I've stopped mobile gaming)
Requirements:
- small footprint (13" screen with smaller chassis preferably)
- lightweight
- Windows based
- great typing experience
- don't mind the lack of ports, in fact if I can use USB C to power up, even better (using 65W adapter)

Mobility is hyper important for me, as I move around alot. Despite my normal usage I still expect to pay a premium due to portable notebook tends to be more expensive. (I also hate charging bricks)

With my usage, perhaps I don't even need a high end CPU/RAM (but always have the fear of 'what if it's not enough")

I'm thinking Dell, Lenovo, even Surface if it makes sense. But open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance.
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Try commandospc Helium 4R, lightweight and powerful. Dunno good mou though. Spec seems ok, other than LCD sRGB %. 1.1kg only.

https://www.commandospc.com/laptop/ultra_light/HELIUM_4R

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post Jan 5 2021, 12:18 PM

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QUOTE(ChiefCoochie @ Jan 4 2021, 04:17 PM)
All Matebook D14 models only come with ryzen 3000 series though, unless you're talking about the matebook 14 2020 models but that's over rm3k
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Yes, the new ones. Looks pretty good. Other than lack of ports.
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post Jan 6 2021, 10:12 AM

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QUOTE(Insanity_Jerr @ Jan 6 2021, 12:52 AM)
Hi sensei-sensei LYF. Looking for opinions on a laptop upgrade for my wife.
1. Budget: 4-5k (Can go slightly above if necessary)

2. Usage: Designing software primarily (so running Adobe Suite lag-free is great), no gaming, watching movies, browsing the net.

3. Requirements: Maybe something slightly bigger than 14" with a great screen for colours, fast boot and performance. Thin/light would be a nice touch. Touch-screen would be a nice addition but not required.

She's had quite a bit of a bad experience with Lenovo laptops as the bloatware is a bit over-the-top for her to handle but open to the more recent Lenovo releases. Open to Ryzen and Intel systems as well. 16GB RAM would be great as I know Illustrator and Photoshop run heavily on those. I think 512GB SSD should be sufficient for the programs/software as external harddisks are quite cheap to store her large files on.

Heard some news on the new Matebooks. Are they reliable and a smart buy?

Thanks in advance for the recommendations.
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Win10 reset the whole laptop, no need debloat. Then it's clean and tidy. Install only the driver you need. My Dell gaming laptop had over time accumulated bloatware, and causes the Bluetooth driver on-off working. So, did a wipe out and install Win10 clean, no more overheating and driver issue. Boots up faster too.

And continue to do the same for all my other laptops, all turns out better than before. Downside, is that you need to re-install the app previously you need. Spring cleaning.

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post Jan 7 2021, 12:44 PM

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QUOTE(Insanity_Jerr @ Jan 7 2021, 12:17 PM)
Wanted to do this. But the drivers for the laptop are quite hard to find. She had some issues with the speaker driver and after many months of trying to find the correct driver, in the end just gave up. And I think its probably due for an upgrade due to old hardware. She's had it for about 7/8 years now since her university days. Might do a wipe and refresh of it with an SSD/RAM once she has a new one and her old one as a backup laptop. And can claim for income tax tongue.gif
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I did the full wipe out on my 10+ year laptops. And Win10 did auto find all the drivers for me. I used to have BT issue with one of my laptop, search high and low, patch left right and center, etc. all sort of drivers enable/disable/update. In the end I just gave up and did a full Win10 wipe and BT came back alive and working ever since.

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