Is It a Good Time to Buy a Laptop?
At the moment I have an Acer Predator with a 6700HQ processor. It's a few years old now (actually I bought it at this link: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/274654).
I've saved some money (~$2.5k) and I'm looking to upgrade to another laptop. I'm a software developer so I'm aiming for high clock speeds and as many cores as I can get my hands on. Graphics card doesn't really matter to me that much.
As it turns out I really like the Predator line and the keyboard layout, and basically everything about it. They have a really good cooling solution and are quite easy to work on.
I've seen this on sale on the HN site: https://www.harveynorman.com.au/acer-predator-helios-500-ph5.... At the moment is $2.9k, but with 9th gen just around the corner and 20xx video cards, I think we'll start to see laptops like that available for 2.5k. I actually went to HN at Bundall and offered 2.5k for that laptop the other day and the guy didn't even bother looking it up or talking about price etc.
Is 2.5k for https://www.harveynorman.com.au/acer-predator-helios-500-ph5... a good deal, or should I wait for 9th gen to come out and see if I can get an 8 core laptop for about that price? Acer makes an 8 core Ryzen 2700 Helios 500 laptop but they're not available in Australia it seems :(
Keen for suggestions for a workstation-ish (again, mainly software development, not gaming) laptop for ~$2.5k