Laptop Advice (Dell Inspiron Vs Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop)

I am in need of a laptop for uni. I am split between a Lenovo and Dell laptop. I want a laptop that will last me for quite a while as my Macbook that I have been using for 7 years is sooooo slow now.


ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 / 14" FHD / AMD Ryzen 5 4500U / 512GB SSD / 8GB RAM / Backlit

If i choose the Lenovo, I am thinking of upgrading to 16gb ram so i can use it forever. ahah.

Do you have any experience or recommendation which laptop should I get?

Edit: also is intel 10thgen i5 bettern than AMD ryzen 5 4500U?


  • +1

    i like asus zenbook. the best looking laptop i have ever seen

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    "is intel 10thgen i5 bettern than AMD ryzen 5 4500U?"

    From that I've seen online, no, the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U is far better than the 10th gen intel i5.

    Depends what you'll be using it for and what is important to you, but I'd go for the Lenovo ThinkPad out of the 2 myself.

    • Thanks so much. I will normally use it for a bit of work (mainly excel), uni and web browsing. Should I upgrade to 16gb ram or 8gb is enough?

      • +3

        Upgrade to 16GB RAM.

      • -3

        Not necessary. Unless you play games, open 30+ browser tabs continuously in one session or do photo/video editing or autocad.

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          Helps future-proof the laptop. I upgraded my old VAIO's RAM from 4GB to 16GB; still works to this day

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        I'd say there is no reason to not upgrade to 16gb, other than the cost. I would, and that's exactly what I did with my ThinkPad when I got it. There is no downside to having 16gb instead of 8, particularly when the usable RAM will be less then 8gb if you don't upgrade it, as the machine will set asides 2gb of that ram for graphics memory.

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    I am thinking of upgrading to 16gb ram so i can use it forever.

    I once had a 386-DX33 with upgraded memory of 4MB and I thought I could use it forever…

    Nevertheless, Dell Inspirons aren't known for its durability. Your linked Inspiron 14 also has "14.0-inch HD (1366x768)" display that cannot be upgraded — you'll be disappointed on the day you received it, and we aren't even talking about future proof.

    • When they built the first 2 bit analogue computer one of the engineers was quoted as saying that computers wouldn't eve need more than 16 bits of ram. And millions of years before that Egyptian engineers told each other that abacuses wouldn't ever need more than 8 beads along 4 rows. And billions of years before that cavemen would tell each other they would never need to count higher than 10 because there 10 fingers.

  • The Dell has a metal cover. Might feel better to carry about than the plastic one.

  • For $95 the extra 8gb is a no brainer on the Lenovo. Nice aluminium black case screen is decent. I haven’t seen the Dell in person but also looks good on paper I probably wouldn’t pay more for it though. Both of these charge via USB c which is very useful.

  • I had the pleasure of using a ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 for a couple of weeks from work. Honestly I was blown away.

    Heaps of IOs, probably the best keyboard I have used, very good upgrade options and build quality was very premium.

    As always do you own research, but if I was looky for a laptop I would strongly consider buying a X1 pending your budget.

    IMO spending ~1k these days doesn't buy you as good build quality as something you had 7 years ago. The obsession with thinner laptops has caused poor ventilation, non upgradable units and the hated dongle life.

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