Hi folks, I've been watching the deals and know COVID is affecting prices, but I need some advice to choose a laptop.
Been reading so much I'm now more confused than ever.. Really appreciate any tips and I can wait a month (but not much longer) to get it.
Initially I was keen on a refurbished laptop, but the sites I've been looking at aren't actually that much cheaper than some of the deals here.
I know there are lots of posts asking for help like this so put as much info as I could below.
BUDGET: preferably <$1000 but up to $1300
USE: main software is Dragon naturally speaking 15 voice to text. No video editing or gaming beyond the odd game of Starcraft 2.
SIZE: 14 or 15", used for word docs mainly.
NEED: a screen to use outdoors (I have an awning so can get shade) from a campervan.
nearly all the recent deals sub 1000 including the Lenovos seem to have inferior screens.
what I've read seems like matte, 300nits + as a minimum, IPS full HD.
I've been getting screen quality data from here: https://www.notebookcheck.net
Then I read some contradicting things like with a 250nits screen on AMD you can tweak display settings and make it look great (maybe on reddit?)
NEED: excellent keyboard for multiple hours of typing. Numpad not essential but nice.
NEED: upgradeable RAM, 8GB to start with
NEED: durability - I want it to last 5+ years, currently using a 2012 Lenovo Thinkpad E530 which has been great. That's why it needs upgradeable RAM too.
NEED: 256GB SSD or larger
CPU? Seems like the newer Ryzen chips are the way to go, I've been looking at performance on https://www.cpubenchmark.net (tell me if that's an unreliable site) and was amazed at the differences
WANT: good battery life
NOT NEEDED: touch screen, backlit keyboard, fingerprinty stuff, fancy stuff.
BONUS: If I can put my 500GB 2.5" HDD in an empty slot that would be great (https://www.cnet.com/products/toshiba-mk5061gsy-hard-drive-5...)
I almost bought the deal for the Acer Swift 5 @ $996 (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/556479) but I'm just not convinced such a light laptop from Acer (I looked up their durability and they don't seem to have a good build quality rep) would last 5+ years. Also I don't think the RAM was upgradeable so that kind of kills it in 5 years time.
The other appealing deal like the Thinkpad E495 was let down by the screen.
Should I wait for a deal on the T490? That has good screen reviews and I have much more confidence in Lenovo's builds than Acer.
Anyway thanks a bunch for any pointers. Cheers