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What laptop are you using and why?

I’ll open with a preface because some certain Mac users here have a misconception about Windows computers: that they are unsafe. I’ve never installed an antivirus on my windows laptops and I’ve used them since 2003. How do you get viruses on your computer in the first place? That’s right, you clicked on a bad link or you went to sketchy websites or you used torrenting sites which downloaded malware to your computer. They don’t come with Windows. You cannot get a virus just surfing Facebook, Google, Youtube normally. It’s not that Mac is more safe – it’s just that Windows gets more viruses because more people use Windows, and more viruses target windows, and thus the chance of a regular non-tech person opening a file laced with a virus is higher, that’s all.

Now that’s said, I have 2 main laptops:

Lenovo Thinkpad 25

This is the anniversary edition that Lenovo put out in 2017. Cost me $1900. For that I got a MIL-SPEC tested design, water resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader, infrared camera that I can login with, 14″ matte touch display, 7th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia Geforce 940MX graphics, removable battery (actually, hot swappable), three methods of input (touchpad, trackpoint, touch screen), a 7 row keyboard, and 8 ports including a Thunderbolt 3 and full size SD / Ethernet.

Some people might say this laptop is overpriced – but I like it, it’s my daily driver, and the versatility of this laptop is amazing, and it only weighs 3.5lbs so its fairly portable. You could probably get the Thinkpad X1 Extreme now which is a good upgrade over this in power and display, but its missing some features like the keyboard, removable battery and some of the full size ports.

Alienware 15 R3

This is my power laptop, and the one I use for gaming and video editing. yes its big and heavy and not very portable, but hey thats why I have 2 main laptops. This is the 2016 model I got for $2000 when it came out. The specs are great – 15″ 120hz display, 6th gen quad core processor, 16GB RAM, I upgraded it to 2TB of SSD storage with the 4 hard drive bays, Nvidia Geforce 1070, this machine is a beast, and kills whatever I throw at it whether it be the latest games or an Adobe Premiere session.

I also have other computers on reserve (that are not my main ones): 2016 13″ MacBook Pro, 2016 Microsoft SurfaceBook, 2016 Lenovo ThinkPad P70.

Which laptop brands are the best and worst? Why?

So, qualification for myself, I collect computers and laptops especially:

My favorite laptop brands:

-ThinkPads. I own like 4 of them. Seriously they are awesome, the older Lenovos and IBMs tend to be better though. The ThinkPad X61 is my personal fav. The ThinkPad 25 which i also own below is my daily driver:

-Dell Latitude. Similar to ThinkPads, but the new ones come with the nifty InfinityEdge display and tons of Thunderbolt 3 ports. Haven’t had an issue with any of them yet.

-Alienware. Yeah, I used to think they were overpriced, but surprisingly they are well made. They use aluminum and magnesium for their builds which is better quality than the Asus ROG / MSI / Acer Predator ones which use plastic usually. I’ve been using the same Alienware for almost 2 years, everyday its been left on, for VR / gaming etc and had no issues

-Apple. Yeah, I’m not a big fan of Apple in general, but I don’t doubt their Macbooks are well built and look really clean and stylish. The new Macbook Pros I do not recommend for professionals (go for a Dell XPS or ThinkPad X1 instead) but they make great consumer laptops (I know, it’s “Pro” but its actually an upgraded Mac Air)

-Microsoft. Their Surface Pros and SurfaceBooks are excellent. They are taking design cues from Apple and some like the SurfaceBook are just straight up innovative. I used to use the X1 Yoga as my convertible but the SurfaceBook 2 is now my main convertible. detachable, convertible, dedicated graphics, 3:2 display with high ppi (in my ranking its the third best screen I ever had right behind the MacBook Pro and X1 Yoga with OLED), stylish, and portable.

Why are business laptops so expensive?

I haven’t bought a consumer class laptops since 2007. Business laptops are the way to go and I’m happy to pay a premium for it.

Why?

Because they are built better, last longer, come with a better warranty, had fingerprint sensors long before consumer laptops got them recently, a lot of them were tested under different temperature/dust/humidity conditions, and on top of that they don’t attract a lot of attention. What do you think a thief will notice more? A giant gaming grade laptop with cool looking fans and RGB lighting or a plain looking Dell Latitude or Lenovo ThinkPad? They probably have no idea that the business laptop costs more than the gaming one did usually.

Business laptops also (though they are becoming more similar to consumer laptops these days) offer more functional features, like TPM, Smart carder readers, WWAN capability, removable batteries, a variety of ports, easy access to replace RAM or HDD, etc.

Also, as a bonus they usually omit the bloatware or spyware that usually come with consumer laptops (those are there usually because a third party company paid the OEM to install those on the computer so that the OEM can give a discount to the end user)

That’s why its more expensive.