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Asked on 15 Oct 2019

Any recommendation for an affordable yet powerful laptop for work?

I'll be using it mainly for browsing webs for research, viewing and reading MS documents. Considering iPads too?

My budget is $600 and below.

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I would ask you to consider 2nd hand/refurbished laptops. There are a few sellers on Qoo10 that you can consider.

I had the same requirements as you and bought mine for $500 and has served me well for the last 2 years.

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Brandan Chen
Brandan Chen, Financial Planner at Manulife Singapore
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 15 Oct 2019

Well, I would suggest getting an iPad with a keyboard and an Apple Pencil!

One way is to look at carousel listings! you should be able to find something around your budget and iPads will perform the above just fine!

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Ninja

18 Oct 2019

Tablet and Laptop has two different power capabilities.

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Investor Z
Investor Z

20 Oct 2019

This is so helpful 👍
Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee

20 Oct 2019

Thank You!
Jervis Quek
Jervis Quek, Financial Consultant at Prudential Singapore
Level 2. Rookie
Answered on 20 Oct 2019

Personally, I would recommend the iPad based on your usage needs. I am heavily reliant on the iPad for my own work, which involves reading of documents and web browsing as well. So far the experience has been rather intuitive, and I do own a bluetooth keyboard and the Pencil as well, and the pencil's great for annotating documents neatly and even you can even use the right apps (highly reco. Goodnotes) to draw mindmaps and take notes easily. Keyboard comes in handy when there's a need to draft longer documents and emails as it is much more comfortable typing on a physical keyboard. The new updated iPadOS even allows you to connect your mouse to aid you, and also to connect external storage such as flash drives as well.

Budget-wise, a basic iPad would set you back by around $500, and you can add on the other accessories over time based on what you need. I timed my purchase of accessories such as the Pencil together with my credit card application, so I manage to get $100 credit to offset the cost, you can check out shopback and moneysmart for such promotions to maximise benefits and discounts while making such purchases as well.

Hope you find a suitable and efficient work companion soon! :)

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Investor Z
Investor Z

20 Oct 2019

This just convinced me to get one. Thank you!
Serene Toh
Serene Toh
Level 6. Master
Updated on 16 Oct 2019

IT Show is coming 14 Nov -17 Nov. You can try there to get better deals? I'm not sure you can find something powerful & brand new with $600 though unless you are looking for something 2nd hand. Less than $1000 might still be possible for brand new.

Edit: My notion of powerful might be different from yours. Bought a brand new asus laptop last dec for around $1100.

Do keep note of your requirements and also consider if the budget is more important or if flexibility is more important, so that you are firm during your purchase. For reference, I tried to think like you and budget $1000 for a brand new laptop / tablet. I've bought a laptop last year with a firm notion of what I need it for, home use only, rejecting a tablet as more of a "want" than a "need". However, 7-8 months down the road, I realised that I should have bought a tablet with keyboard instead, as it more useful for work. I work in the design industry, so a tablet would be more convenient than stacks of paper. It'll also conveys a more professional hi-tech feel. Still Ok for me not to buy the tablet this 1-2 years but based on the digitalisation in my industry, looks like I have to get a tablet soon.

So do think carefully about your needs. And make your your 'needs' are really 'needs' and your 'wants' are really 'wants' (or at least won't turn into 'needs' within 1-2 years)

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Alvin Teo
Alvin Teo
Level 6. Master
Answered on 27 Oct 2019

I’ve seen early 2010s mbp on sale for cheap around carousell.

iPad also can if you don’t need to really type ms documents.

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Adrian Goh Jun Wei
Adrian Goh Jun Wei, Product at Nodeflair
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 27 Oct 2019

I usually recommend people Lenovo ThinkPad if it is for work as you get good value and it's known to be more lasting as compared to other brands

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Alex Chua Cheng En
Alex Chua Cheng En, Pcme at Anderson Junior College
Level 5. Genius
Updated on 19 Oct 2019

Your problems is conflicting and vague so I just give you in point form followed by advice which is do your MATH. Define what is your work to give a better advice

Ipad is a complementary of laptop not a replacement. There are some some Web or apps that are not phone or tablet friendly (main)

I infer that you want a light, long battery life laptop. You want a touchscreen too. Low processing + cheap graphic card (need for your video editing and presentation)

Your consideration :

  1. Light - - - how heavy you want? Light = expensive

  2. I3 with normal graphic card. Default recommendation I5

  3. MIN : 8GB ram

  4. 256 ssd >>> 1TB hdd. Ssd is more stable, longer shelf life and higher processing speed.

Do your math and INVEST on your laptop.

You get a cheap paper laptop of $600 or second hand laptop that last for less than a year. Vs a good decent laptop of $1500 that use for more than 3 year. Cheap scrub laptop costs $50 per month vs good decent laptop that cost about $40 per month? Tell me which one is a wiser and more affordable choice??

In conclusion, know your needs and preferences. Save by waiting for Dec IT Fair, or the current leveno discount. Thinkpad is a decent choice. Do your basic +-*/. It also tell you how much should you save per day till the IT fair

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Alex Chua Cheng En
Alex Chua Cheng En

19 Oct 2019

Define your work to give better advice. Your needs are too vague
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Ninja
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 19 Oct 2019

Please go to lazada and find hp models. Stylish design with flash and quite power for $550+

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Cedric Jamie Soh
Cedric Jamie Soh, Director at Seniorcare.com.sg
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 17 Oct 2019

Buy 2nd hand. its the best value for money.

  1. Sim Lim Square has many retailers specialising in refurbished laptop. They took old laptops IN BULK from overseas, format the HDD and reinstall new windows. These are really value-for-money. Especially since they usually are able to fix any problems you can find within a week of using.

  2. Carousell may have good deals especially from people who are keen to sell their old laptops quickly.

Old laptops can still be very fast if you add in cheap rams, again, most refurbisher merchants can add these rams cheaply.

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William Lim
William Lim
Level 2. Rookie
Answered on 16 Oct 2019

I would highly recommend Microsoft Surface. Now surface pro 7 is out and most places are giving good offers for pro 6. Can get the i5 with 256GB. If you are getting something like a Surface Pro please only get Microsoft brand as the support and accessories are much much better. If normal laptop with a keyboard, I think any brand can do pretty well.

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