Please help me choose a new laptop for my wife. Revised Requirements.

Belenus
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edited 2 October 2023 at 1:48PM in Techie Stuff

Edit: We have now decided to get a 15 inch laptop rather than a 14 inch. See new post at the end of the thread.


I am out of date on current laptop technology and the current range of choices is a bit overwhelming.

She currently has an oldish Acer 14 inch laptop which now runs rather slowly despite me installing an SSD and regularly decluttering it.

Acer Aspire ES1-411 35.6 cm (14"), Celeron N2840 2.16 GHz Dual Core, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM 3.88 usable. 64 bit Windows10 Home self upgraded from Windows8 three years ago. 160 GB SSD self upgraded 3 years ago. 57 GB free

She does little more than email, internet browsing, Zoom and WhatsApp and viewing photos and videos. She does not play games or do any intensive work on it.

She wants to stick with a 14 inch screen as she usually uses it on her lap although I may persuade her to try a 15 inch screen if we can find a light model.

We are happy to spend up to £1,000 but if we can get a suitable replacement for nearer £400 to £500 that would be good.

We want a high quality screen, an SSD of at least 100 GB and Windows 11.

What should we be considering?

In John Lewis recently I saw this laptop which looks as if it might suit her. Can we do better than this?

Thanks



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  • first, after you get your new laptop and transfer data, clean install the old one with a decent SSD (you say you upgraded the original one with a 160GB SSD which is a weird size)

    left-field suggestion for same price  (ok you may disregard straight away because of screen size)
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  • I would look at the full range of HP laptops and study from the many in order to find the best one that suits your wife's usage needs and affordability.
  • cerebus
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    Your budget denotes pretty much what laptop you buy 

    What is your budget?
  • facade
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    You really want 16GB of ram for Win11.
    Modern cheap consumer laptops have the ram soldered to the motherboard and are not upgradeable.

    The Asus vivobooks are supposed to be good.

    See if you can get a demo of the one you like, give it 10 minutes of light use- play a video or surf t'interweb and see how much hot air it blows out. The last laptop I bought (a Lenovo Yoga convertible) cannot be used on my lap as it burns my legs, it is like having a hairdrier pointed right at them from 2" away.
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science ;))
  • lenovo-thinkbook-13s-g3-13-3-wuxga-ips-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-5800u-octa-core-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-backlit-keyboard-fingerprint-reader-windows-11-pro-mineral-grey-20ya0036uk.html from Laptop Outlet looks a lot better
  • Belenus said:

    I am out of date on current laptop technology and the current range of choices is a bit overwhelming.

    She currently has an oldish Acer 14 inch laptop which now runs rather slowly despite me installing an SSD and regularly decluttering it.

    Acer Aspire ES1-411 35.6 cm (14"), Celeron N2840 2.16 GHz Dual Core, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM 3.88 usable. 64 bit Windows10 Home self upgraded from Windows8 three years ago. 160 GB SSD self upgraded 3 years ago. 57 GB free

    She does little more than email, internet browsing, Zoom and WhatsApp and viewing photos and videos. She does not play games or do any intensive work on it.

    She wants to stick with a 14 inch screen as she usually uses it on her lap although I may persuade her to try a 15 inch screen if we can find a light model.

    We are happy to spend up to £1,000 but if we can get a suitable replacement for nearer £400 to £500 that would be good.

    We want a high quality screen, an SSD of at least 100 GB and Windows 11.

    What should we be considering?

    In John Lewis recently I saw this laptop which looks as if it might suit her. Can we do better than this?

    Thanks



    Less than stellar reviews on the HP website. Bulk standard screen. Already 2 years since release.
  • Neil49
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    A recommended laptop in Computer Active magazine is the Acer Swift 3.

    I'm using an oldish Swift 3 and have been very impressed with it. 
  • Neil49 said:
    A recommended laptop in Computer Active magazine is the Acer Swift 3.

    I'm using an oldish Swift 3 and have been very impressed with it. 
    You won't find a new Swift 3 at that price point....that's Swift 1 territory.
  • Neil49 said:
    A recommended laptop in Computer Active magazine is the Acer Swift 3.

    I'm using an oldish Swift 3 and have been very impressed with it. 
    I should add that I was referring to the £400 price point, rather than the 'up to £1000' budget.
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