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  • nickthegun 1 Mar 2015 19:32:22 81,348 posts
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    Never used a chromebook but it does sound logical that it would need to piggyback a working driver.
  • patrickmcc 30 Apr 2015 16:48:30 2 posts
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    Try to stick with a business class machine like a Dell Latitude or IBM Lenovo Thinkpad.

    They tend to last longer than the type of machine you buy in Currys in fact i still use a Dell CPI Latitude thats nearly 20years old for some DOS gaming.
  • Pipedream 17 May 2015 14:04:37 528 posts
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    Good afternoon chaps.

    My wife is starting a business soon which is health based and she's in need of a laptop to get started.

    She's a small lady person so is really after something that is a suitable size for transport. She's quite keen on the ones that have a touch screen too like the Microsoft Surface, don't really know if you'd class that as a tablet rather than a laptop.

    Just looking around and wondered if anyone has any advice or recommendations.
  • FWB 19 Aug 2019 17:19:00 56,337 posts
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    Don't suppose I could get some Chromebook recommendations? Need it for work (teaching), so nothing too fancy though needs to be able to use GIS programs.
  • FWB 21 Aug 2019 17:00:38 56,337 posts
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    Bump. Anyone?
  • monkman76 3 May 2020 09:02:57 16,062 posts
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    Huawei Matebook any good (aside from the awful name)? Looking to spend about £600 on a laptop for general use - bit of music production (DAW), bit of photo editing, maybe a little light gaming. It wonít leave the house so it doesnít need to be light or have a great battery.
  • dominalien 12 May 2020 07:15:41 9,538 posts
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    Is this the one with the stupid camera that looks up your nose?
  • THFourteen 12 May 2020 08:25:22 53,500 posts
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmCKxCwiH-g

    Looks alright?
  • Zerobob 12 May 2020 09:41:28 2,419 posts
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    Just my opinion, but rather than a Huawei Matebook, I'd sooner pay £400 more and get the new Macbook Air. The dual core base model is fine for general use. It'll also last far longer than a Matebook, it'll retain its value, and will be better built.

    Not sure if you're concentrating on spec, but I've come to the realisation that it's the least important thing when it comes to laptops, especially if you just need one for casual use.

    With the Air you'll get a great screen, trackpad, battery life, speakers and keyboard... these are the things that really count day to day. The thin form factor means it'll be also easy to use anywhere around the house, which also counts for a lot.

    I know I sound like a raving Apple fanboy, but nobody does laptops better than Apple and that's where I'd be spending my money. £400 may seem like a lot extra to pay, but it's worth it, without question. You could keep an eye on the Apple Refurb store for a discount - that's where I bought my Macbook Pro a few years ago. Make sure you're looking at 2020 Air models though, with the new keyboard.
  • Godofporn 12 May 2020 10:04:59 6,825 posts
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    monkman76 wrote:
    Huawei Matebook any good (aside from the awful name)? Looking to spend about £600 on a laptop for general use - bit of music production (DAW), bit of photo editing, maybe a little light gaming. It wonít leave the house so it doesnít need to be light or have a great battery.

    Hey mate. I own the Matebook d14 and used to own a MacBook Air.

    Now for me the Matebook d14 is a brilliant laptop. If you want a windows device then this laptop is brilliant. Has vega 8 igpu which lets me play a lot of games, mind you not AAA on max settings. Iím more of a rimworld,football manager games, point and click adventures, a lot of indie games. They all run perfectly.
    The 512gb 8gb ram plus extras(if buying from huawei directly. I got the freebuds 3,mouse,laptop bag for £550)

    Comparing it to the air, the air has a slightly better screen and a slightly better build. The Matebook is metal so itís a premium feeling laptop but still the air feels more premium. If you like MAC OS then thereís no debate which to get. But being almost £500 more for the air, it doesnít match value compared to the D14.

    I believe the D15 is less storage and less battery life then the d14. The d14 lasts a long time compared to normal window laptops in that price range. The new MacBook Air laptops have been reported having average battery.

    Edited by Godofporn at 10:05:33 12-05-2020
  • Zerobob 12 May 2020 10:33:57 2,419 posts
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    Godofporn wrote:
    monkman76 wrote:
    Huawei Matebook any good (aside from the awful name)? Looking to spend about £600 on a laptop for general use - bit of music production (DAW), bit of photo editing, maybe a little light gaming. It wonít leave the house so it doesnít need to be light or have a great battery.
    Comparing it to the air, the air has a slightly better screen and a slightly better build. The Matebook is metal so itís a premium feeling laptop but still the air feels more premium. If you like MAC OS then thereís no debate which to get. But being almost £500 more for the air, it doesnít match value compared to the D14.
    This really depends how you perceive value. The Air may have a higher up-front cost, but the fact it's likely to have a much longer lifetime means it'll effectively pay for itself over the years. Not to mention the entire time you're using it over the years you're enjoying a far better trackpad, speakers, screen, and keyboard, which I believe count for everything on a laptop.

    One thing I didn't mention regarding the Air is that, as well as the screen being a far better quality screen, the screen resolution is 2560x1600. Not only will this make things a lot sharper than a 1080p screen, but it's also a 16:10 aspect ratio, giving you more vertical space, perfect for a laptop screen and something that counts a lot towards usability.

    Out of interest, which model Air did you have?

    Edited by Zerobob at 10:36:06 12-05-2020
  • Godofporn 12 May 2020 10:40:45 6,825 posts
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    Zerobob wrote:
    Godofporn wrote:
    monkman76 wrote:
    Huawei Matebook any good (aside from the awful name)? Looking to spend about £600 on a laptop for general use - bit of music production (DAW), bit of photo editing, maybe a little light gaming. It wonít leave the house so it doesnít need to be light or have a great battery.
    Comparing it to the air, the air has a slightly better screen and a slightly better build. The Matebook is metal so itís a premium feeling laptop but still the air feels more premium. If you like MAC OS then thereís no debate which to get. But being almost £500 more for the air, it doesnít match value compared to the D14.
    This really depends how you perceive value. The Air may have a higher up-front cost, but the fact it's likely to have a much longer lifetime means it'll effectively pay for itself over the years. Not to mention the entire time you're using it over the years you're enjoying a far better trackpad, speakers, screen, and keyboard, which I believe count for everything on a laptop.

    One thing I didn't mention regarding the Air is that, as well as the screen being a far better quality screen, the screen resolution is 2560x1600. Not only will this make things a lot sharper than a 1080p screen, but it's also a 16:10 aspect ratio, giving you more vertical space, perfect for a laptop screen and something that counts a lot towards usability.

    Out of interest, which model Air did you have?

    I had the base 2019 air and also had the base 2018 pro. Great laptops. And as you said, best trackpad. Great speakers. The model I had used to have those awful butterfly keypads which faulted a lot.
  • Zerobob 12 May 2020 10:50:13 2,419 posts
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    @Godofporn Yeah that's why I'd only touch the new 2020 Macbook Air. Apple really screwed up with that butterfly keyboard. My work Macbook has one and it's not great to use, not to mention the potential issues with it.

    What made you go for a Matebook? Just the Apple keyboard issues?
  • Godofporn 12 May 2020 16:27:51 6,825 posts
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    Zerobob wrote:
    @Godofporn Yeah that's why I'd only touch the new 2020 Macbook Air. Apple really screwed up with that butterfly keyboard. My work Macbook has one and it's not great to use, not to mention the potential issues with it.

    What made you go for a Matebook? Just the Apple keyboard issues?
    Lots of edits done to this post due to spelling errors

    Matebook appealed to me because itís a windows laptop with a near to MacBook build. The keyboard issue with the MacBook Air was to flawed to consider having long term and the same went with the MacBook Pro I had. I actually gave the MacBook Air back to get the Pro but I never researched it had the same damn keyboard so back it went after reading more issues online.
    Plus the d14 is widescreen which is perfect for movies and shows.
    I would of considered the 2020 air but then reports come out with average battery life and thermal issues. Plus I just prefer AMD as there pretty much quiet with a great onboard GPU for light gaming.

    If the MacBook Air cost £700 I would of considered it but at £999 compared to £550 with a ton of extras, it donít matter if it holds its value if Iím spending that much on it. Plus huawei laptop comes with no bloat ware. Just a pc manager app which is great for getting new drivers installed.
    The no bezel screen makes it the same footprint of a 13Ē laptop which comes in handy.

    If I had any negatives with it, they would be

    *screen not to MacBook level but Iím a simple man and prefer my 1080.

    *speakers being underneath the sides. Again they sound great when placed on a surface but on your lap, not so much.

    *the god damn intel sticker was a pain to get rid of and the god damn huawei share was frigging hard! ( I donít have a huawei so had no need for the nfc share sticker)

    The things I like about it is

    * the screen is great for media! And the screen goes all the way down so itís flat and easy to hold like a extra big tablet in bed. I donít mean it folds all the round the back. Just 180

    *blazing fast to start up

    *great fingerprint scanner on the power button. Soon as I press it to turn it on, it reads at the same time.

    *USB C CHARGING! I know the MacBook also has this but the plug this laptop comes with is a nice compact one.

    *great keyboard. Really does feel like the apples keyboards before going to those awful flawed style.

    *love the getting 512gb storage compared to the 256gb on a new MacBook Air which cost double the price.

    *i know huawei donít get the best rep but I have to say, they know how to make great devices

    *i can run any indie game off steam as they all available for Windows. Mac has a limited selection and run worse. Iím not into dual booting windows on a Mac if I paid £999 for it.

    *it come with a £159 huawei freebuds 3 NC wireless earphones which are bloody fantastic. It also came with a nice compact huawei made mouse and a great laptop bag which I use, lots of pockets and slots. If buying now, I donít think you get the freebuds and bag. They have put other things instead.

    *does not feel like a cheap laptop at all. All metal build. Itís heavy but not like some compact gaming laptops.


    Now mind you. Iím not a heavy user. I donít edit. I donít make any music. I use it simply for the internet. Torrents. Music listening. Media watching. Streaming. YouTube. Backing up photos and such. I do believe if your into making media then I highly recommend any MacBook as they were great for that type of stuff. Your OS may vary and both have decent options of editing software but MacBook being more user friendly.

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  • freddymercurystwin 20 May 2020 00:36:51 2,059 posts
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    I have an Acer Extensa 2540-5140 (NX.EFHEK.010) laptop https://www.acer.com/datasheets/2017/4876/2540/NX.EFHEK.010.html#_ga=2.91015066.1088840024.1589927871-388060229.1589927871 and wish to upgrade the Ram to 16GB. It has 4GB atm and I know it can take 16GB so I was hoping I could just buy the upgraded ram off one of the usual suppliers but I can't find my exact model listed and when I use those compatibility check things they return no results. Is anybody able to a link to something compatible I can buy, I know they'll be about £100 or thereabouts, not bothered about the cheapest as long as its reasonable.
  • MMMarmite 20 May 2020 03:53:57 1,616 posts
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    @freddymercurystwin This should be what youíre after -> https://uk.crucial.com/compatible-upgrade-for/acer/extensa-2540-%28ddr3%29

    Youíll want 2 sticks of 8GB DDR3L-1600, part number is CT102464BF160B
  • freddymercurystwin 20 May 2020 09:23:46 2,059 posts
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    @MMMarmite Brilliant, these chappies then: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JCRZ6XS/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_ryoXEb4SD0E8Z
    as the part number match.?
  • MMMarmite 20 May 2020 12:02:09 1,616 posts
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    @freddymercurystwin yep thatís the one.
  • freddymercurystwin 20 May 2020 12:31:34 2,059 posts
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    @MMMarmite Great ta very much. ;)
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