The other thread was getting way too long so I thought it would be better to start a new one.
I’ve been trying to find a laptop with 32GB RAM that’s not overly expensive and it’s been pretty difficult. There are tons of options in the US but not here in Canada. I’ve looked everywhere (Bestbuy, Canada Computers, Staples, etc) but no luck.
It's often best to decide what specifications you want before you go looking. The more features you know you want, the easier it is to filter it down to something that matches that. A quick list of specifications: Do you want Mac, Windows, or Chromebook? Macs are more expensive and are not very customizable, making it harder to meet specifications. Chromebooks are easy to move, but they suck as a whole, not having good hardware. Most software is designed for Windows. It's up to you, but I'll assume you want Windows. Do you want exactly 32 gb of ram, or 32 at the minimum? What is the maximum amount of storage you need? 128 gb? 2 tb? Do you want an SSD, or just a hard disk? (SSD allows you to load files and boot the computer faster.) Do you want an excellent graphics card, or just something basic? What size screen do you want? Something small, large, medium? Smaller screens potentially put less stress on your graphics card, but larger screens let you see more clearly. Also, smaller computers are easier to transport. And maybe most importantly, what's your budget? 500 CAD? 200 CAD? I can probably help find a decent laptop, but it's easier the more you know what you want.
Really? I've always wanted to try a Lenovo. Based on my experience: - Dell is horrible - HP was okay (I never had any issues) - Samsung was good but it's impossible to find a Samsung laptop in Canada
Yeah, Dell is lacking. I have an HP. I've had it for at least 5 years now and the only issue is that the plastic on one corner is cracking a bit. I've never actually seen a Samsung laptop.
That's not that bad for a laptop that's 5+ years old. How much did you pay for it? Yeah, Samsung laptops are solid but I guess they are hard to find in North America.
I checked, and it's 6 years old. It's an HP Envy, and I got it on sale. I think it was $600, but I'm not sure. It's been a pretty good computer, but it's a bit too slow for me, so I'm deciding on a new computer myself.
"Chromebooks are easy to move, but they suck as a whole" haha Yeah I'm looking to buy a Windows for work (I'm not a programmer). A while ago, I tried using Boot Camp to run Windows on a Mac and it was too much of a hassle. As for the RAM, I'm limited by budget so 32GB is the maximum I can go with. I don't think there are laptops out there with RAMs higher than 32GB anyways? At least in Canada, there isn't any, I believe. For storage, minimum 512GB SSD (HDDs are a complete nightmare). Of course the bigger, the better but again I'm limited by budget. The graphics card, this is where I can save some money. I need it for work, not gaming so anything entry level is fine. An entry level GeForce would be nice to have but it doesn't matter. My budget would be up to $2,500 in Canadian dollars (roughly $1,800 USD) before taxes. If my budget isn't realistic... please let me know haha.
I am a programmer and I've always preferred Windows. Mac is really not the most useful for programming unless you're specifically programming Mac software. Lenovo has just released a laptop with 128 gb of ram (and 6tb ssd). I'm pretty sure it's expensive though. On the other hand, I have seen several 64 gb ram laptops. And my personal recommendation is the Eluktronics MAG-15. It's a smaller company and they have a reputation for good customer service and good quality control. https://www.eluktronics.com/MAG-15 The computer has some customization options, it's 15.6", and it comes with a GeForce. Customization with your minimum requirements: 512gb ssd, 16gb ram, $1500 USD (2040 CAD). Customization at about your maximum budget: 1tb ssd, 32gb ram, $1700 USD (2314 CAD). I also found this Lenovo: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/legion-laptops/legion-7-series/Lenovo-Legion-7/p/88GMY701410 It has 512gb ssd, 16gb ram, 15.6" screen, and is $1620 USD (2205 CAD). The prices listed may be skewed by different shipping costs.
Holy moly, 128GB RAM? That's insane. They must be over $8-10k USD. As for the first recommendation, shipping/customs might be a problem because Canada is known for charging heavy duties on imported goods. I really like the design though, very clean and simple.