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#1
My ageing Toshiba laptop is definitely on its last legs and I am researching what to buy as a replacement.  With the lockdown measures here (Spain) I can't even go to a decent computer shop, as it would involve going out of my autonomous region, which is not permitted and carries a big fine should I take the chance.  Hence, I am having to do a lot of price/specs research on the web.

I've narrowed it down to a couple or three models, but the one that I really fancy is the HONOR MagicBook Pro.  I only need a general purpose machine, no heavy gaming or anything like that - I won't even be running MSP on it Wink .  I've set a budget of €1,000 maximum and by the time I have added an external DVD drive, a few extra ports and card reader, that's pretty close to my limit.

This model has only recently been available in Europe and I was wondering if any of you Stateside guys has got one and can say how it performs for real?
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

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#2
Hope you're aware these are made by Huawei. Good luck.
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#3
(11-08-2020, 10:23 PM)otnt Wrote: Hope you're aware these are made by Huawei. Good luck.

I'm aware of the Huawei connection.  I hardly think that buying one of these is going to compromise Spanish security and Huawei have a reputation for making good stuff (which is why many of the worlds telecoms industries have invested in their kit).
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

Some of my music here
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#4
Before giving any suggestions, better say what you will use the notebook for, or what "absolute nono's" you have.

As a 99% Linux user I am very content with a Lenovo T470 that I bought as 2nd hand machine, with 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD and two docks, for less than 400 EUR. In general: If you don't have a very special application case that requires top-of-the row power in any aspect, better buy a used machine for one of the many nerds who think only the newest machines will be powerful enough. Tongue

The saved money might be better invested into periphery, like a 4k monitor.

Cheers,
Petra
Playing classical music on a wind controller hobby-wise - and tired of carrying around tons of paper sheets.  Wink
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#5
(11-09-2020, 03:48 AM)Petra-Kathi Wrote: Before giving any suggestions, better say what you will use the notebook for, or what "absolute nono's" you have.

As a 99% Linux user I am very content with a Lenovo T470 that I bought as 2nd hand machine, with 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD and two docks, for less than 400 EUR. In general: If you don't have a very special application case that requires top-of-the row power in any aspect, better buy a used machine for one of the many nerds who think only the newest machines will be powerful enough. Tongue

The saved money might be better invested into periphery, like a 4k monitor.

Cheers,
Petra

It will mainly be used for the basic things  - email, social media, forums, writing the odd document.  In addition, I will be doing some light audio and video editing.

I looked at some of the Lenovo machines, but the T470 is only a 14" screen and I would want something a little larger.  My current machine is dual boot Windows/Linux, but I rarely use the Linux side and wouldn't bother doing that again. 

I'm replacing an old machine (6 years or more) and as it will probably be the last one I buy before I die, I'm trying to cover all the angles.

Regards
Graeme
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

Some of my music here
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#6
Hello Graeme,

(11-09-2020, 09:18 PM)GraemeJ Wrote: I looked at some of the Lenovo machines, but the T470 is only a 14" screen and I would want something a little larger.

Of course! Therefore my suggestion to spend the money on sensible periphery, like a 4k monitor, instead of investing into (mostly) superfluous calculational power. The Lenovo was just an example that I know by own usage. Any other with similar processing power may do as well.

Quote:I'm replacing an old machine (6 years or more) and as it will probably be the last one I buy before I die, I'm trying to cover all the angles.

To cover all angles:
  • Acquire reasonable periphery
  • Take care of good interconnectivity: USB-C, USB-3.x, different monitor options, existence of a dock, ...
  • Exchangeability of batteries, possibility to upgrade "internals" (RAM, SSD, ...)

At least this is what I consider as relevant for an all-purpose notebook. The newest notebook comps are frequently not so persuasive in these aspects ...   Wink

Cheers,
Petra
Playing classical music on a wind controller hobby-wise - and tired of carrying around tons of paper sheets.  Wink
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#7
Petra

I have no need for peripherals of any sort.  There are three powerful desktops here, originally used for my audio restoration business, should I need that level of computing power.  We also have two laptops (one of which is the one I'm replacing) and at least seven tablets - there's no lack of computing power here Wink .

I'm only looking for a half decent laptop that I can use in my living room.

Graeme
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

Some of my music here
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