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Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« on: February 13, 2019, 14:16 »
Is this good enough or other better recommendation: Below $1300/ Less than 1.5kg/ SSD/14" Screen
Wish to have some input on this, cannot find any review on this.
https://h20386.www2.hp.com/SingaporeStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=4LM07PA&opt=&sel=NTB
HP Notebook - 14s-cf0038tx
Technical details
Supported Operating Systems
Operating system   Windows 10 Home 64
Processor
Processor family   8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Processor   Intel® Core™ i7-8550U (1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
Processor name footnote number   [6,7]
Appearance
Product color   Natural silver
Drives
Internal Storage   256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
Cloud service   Dropbox
Cloud service footnote number   [2, 3]
Graphic Subsystem
Graphics   Discrete
Graphics (discrete)   AMD Radeon™ 530 Graphics (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
Multimedia and Input Devices
Audio features   Dual speakers
Webcam   HP TrueVision HD Camera with integrated digital microphone
Multimedia and Input Devices
Keyboard   Full-size island-style backlit keyboard
Pointing device   Touchpad with multi-touch gesture support
Weights
Weight   Starting at 1.43 kg
Security Management
Security management   Kensington MicroSaver® security lock support
Software and Applications
Software included   McAfee LiveSafe™
HP apps   HP Audio Switch
HP Documentation
HP ePrint
HP JumpStart
HP Recovery Manager
HP Support Assistant
HP Sure Connect
Software footnote number   [1]
Memory
Memory   8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)
Memory Note   Transfer rates up to 2400 MT/s.
Memory and storage   8 GB memory
256 GB SSD storage
Connectivity and Communications
Network interface   Integrated 10/100/1000 GbE LAN
Wireless   Intel® 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1x1) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo
Ports   1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s)
2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only)
1 HDMI
1 RJ-45
1 headphone/microphone combo
Expansion slots   1 multi-format SD media card reader
Wireless Note   Miracast compatible
Dimensions
Minimum dimensions (W x D x H)   32.4 x 22.59 x 1.99 cm
Display Specifications
Display size (diagonal)   14"
Display   14" diagonal FHD IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
Display   14" diagonal Full HD display
Battery and Power
Battery type   3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion
Power supply type   65 W AC power adapter
Battery weight   210 g

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2019, 16:55 »
Add more memory in sim Lim. These days 16 GB is bare minimum
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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2019, 18:22 »
Think for Uni, good enough already :)

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 19:58 »
OS already gobble up memory.
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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 20:00 »
what's the faculty u in? Also why HP? Why not Acer? Look for brands that offer longer warranty in case anything goes wrong...

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2019, 22:33 »
Not me for my daughter in Science
Come with 2 year warranty
I heard HP and IBM used to make good laptop, but IBM now become Lenovo not sure about it quality.
Acer heard a lot of quality issue previously but not sure about now.
So just post here to get some valuable feedback to narrow in.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2019, 22:37 »
Come with 8gb still not enough, Windows 10 really that bad.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2019, 22:39 »
OS already gobble up memory.
Think for Uni, good enough already :)
That what i think so but just get some valuable information to strengthen my thoughts.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2019, 22:49 »
The one you listed should do just fine for her. LG and Asus are 2 brands that you may want to consider as well.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2019, 22:56 »
Not me for my daughter in Science
Come with 2 year warranty
I heard HP and IBM used to make good laptop, but IBM now become Lenovo not sure about it quality.
Acer heard a lot of quality issue previously but not sure about now.
So just post here to get some valuable feedback to narrow in.

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If you want a similar robust laptop like IBM, for HP will be EliteBook series. Like the rest have suggested, bump up the ram - 16GB is like an entry now. Lenovo is fine but you need to look at probably the ultrabook series - that’s my baseline.


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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2019, 22:58 »
The one you listed should do just fine for her. LG and Asus are 2 brands that you may want to consider as well.
Thanks for the valuable feedback from all of you.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2019, 23:05 »
If you want a similar robust laptop like IBM, for HP will be EliteBook series. Like the rest have suggested, bump up the ram - 16GB is like an entry now. Lenovo is fine but you need to look at probably the ultrabook series - that’s my baseline.


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Thanks will take a look on those you had mentioned but wouldn't like to spend so much cause probably will not last long with her history of carelessness handling

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2019, 10:26 »
Premium brands will be Microsoft, Apple and Dell.  (In that order)

I bought my son a Apple 15" Macbook Pro when he went to Uni.  There was no Microsoft Surface Book back then.  The only regret was that it is a little heavier than any normal 13" laptop but I thought the 15" would be good for his vision.

Today, after more than 10 years, the laptop is still working.

The Dell 13" XPS would be a good laptop at a lower price.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2019, 17:56 »
I would recommend to get a Apple Macbook Pro if possible.
I just finished my 3 years uni, and most students use Apple in my uni. Very robust and problem-free too.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2019, 11:57 »
I would recommend to get a Apple Macbook Pro if possible.
I just finished my 3 years uni, and most students use Apple in my uni. Very robust and problem-free too.
Not an IOS fan

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2019, 15:28 »
Not an IOS fan

I was a Windows user for more than 20 years, through Polytechnic and working life.
But around 5 years ago I switch to iOS and never looked back. It's easy to use,  very intuitive and problem free.

Yes, Windows machines are probably more value for money in the short term, but after 1-2 years  most will start having all sorts of funny problems. With my Mac, it's already 5 years and still going strong. Since it's for your kid, might as well get something that's more reliable and less blue screens.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2019, 09:06 »
Not an IOS fan

But you can bootcamp any Mac and turn it into a native Windows machine.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2019, 10:08 »
I would recommend to get a Apple Macbook Pro if possible.
I just finished my 3 years uni, and most students use Apple in my uni. Very robust and problem-free too.

until u spill any drinks on the keyboard. Very few had "protection".

The new Lenovo X-series is ok as long you dont buy their PRC manufactured X200-210. X220 onwards are ok.

The PC spec U put up is more than enough. Just add a little memory till it's atleast 8GB-12GB, more than enough to run even demanding software like VMWare. My kids in Uni n Poly using a i5 without any issues. The PC spec U put up is a i7.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2019, 10:30 »
people are just greedy for speed and convenience

the faster the merrier, I open like almost 20 tab on my chrome... 32gb ram... which I hardly used at all

SSD is a must!
16gb is optional
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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2019, 01:52 »
yes now a day anything after 3 to 5 year mentally will become lack but in actual fact the PC is not lack only too many rubbish app, game and no update of OS or driver which lead to lack....

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2019, 07:49 »
yes now a day anything after 3 to 5 year mentally will become lack but in actual fact the PC is not lack only too many rubbish app, game and no update of OS or driver which lead to lack....

I bet you must be very sleepy at the time of posting...:P

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2019, 12:46 »
Sorry for my naive

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2019, 13:35 »
Sorry for my naive

Not your fault....friendly discussion here.

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2019, 15:34 »
I been using Lenovo X series all my work life. Powerful and light enough for most scenario.
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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2019, 19:58 »
Go for the Lapbook 2...reasonably priced and sexy looking.  Discounts for students too...
https://www.microsoft.com/en-sg/store/b/home

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2019, 21:19 »
Go for the Lapbook 2...reasonably priced and sexy looking.  Discounts for students too...
https://www.microsoft.com/en-sg/store/b/home

You meant Surface Laptop. Anyway, no need to go for Laptop 2, instead go for Laptop (Gen 1) will do as there is not much difference in terms of CPU power - Kaby Lake and Kaby Lake R (Gen 8).

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2019, 15:46 »
My son just bought a notebook for his uni from this week's PC Show at MBS... Aftershock Apex 15 Lite. Will double as his gaming machine..  ;D

Battery life like not very good, leh...

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« Reply #29 on: June 02, 2019, 17:01 »
My son just bought a notebook for his uni from this week's PC Show at MBS... Aftershock Apex 15 Lite. Will double as his gaming machine..  ;D

Battery life like not very good, leh...

A gaming laptop battery life is never great to begin with...just imagine the amount of CPU load...luckily its not a 4K panel else it will take a toll on the battery as well. Why get a gaming laptop for Uni? Its not gonna be portable as well. Hmmm...

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2019, 17:16 »
My son just bought a notebook for his uni from this week's PC Show at MBS... Aftershock Apex 15 Lite. Will double as his gaming machine..  ;D

Battery life like not very good, leh...
With a dedicated graphic card for gaming, sure sucks power alot lah!
Just picture urself, owning high end AVR feels power bohlat, hoot external power amp to amplify the sounds further... when month end utilities bill comes, u'll scratch ur head..."that power amplifier sucks so much juice mehh?"

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #31 on: June 02, 2019, 18:17 »
Yeah, it's not very light either. 1.9kg and so-so battery life.
I use LG Gram 15.6", so light @ 1.1kg, plenty of SSD space and battery life is fantastic. :D

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Re: Is this laptop suitable for Uni normal application
« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2019, 23:19 »
U should hv gone for AMD Ryzen CPU lappies。More economical,can play games as well。