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Help selecting laptop

I need to purchase a new laptop. Mainly used for work (emails, research, MS Project, web-based apps, a little CAD, etc.), but also for some personal use (videos, web browsing, netflix for the kids, etc.). I know that aside from the CAD stuff, this isn't exactly demanding usage. I do want something that's a decent build quality and that won't be out of date the second I buy it. Hoping for 10th gen processor, 16gb RAM, 256gb SSD. My price range is up to $1300 max. I found this one on Costco.ca, but I'm wary of HP build quality and would prefer a smaller screen.

https://www.costco.ca/hp-pavilion-x360- ... 21199.html

Any advice, input or help is greatly appreciated! I used to be knowledgeable about this kind of thing but have been "out of the game" so to speak for a long time. Feel free to explain things to me like I'm a 7 year old!
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Hi,

You're being very vague in the features you need to have in your laptop, that will make it useful for your work. Are you looking for a conventional laptop or a convertible laptop with touch screen features? You would like to have a smaller screen, do you have a particular size in mind? Wouldn't a larger screen display your CAD stuff better? Does your CAD stuff require I-7 processor power or is I-5 processor power more than adequate? Typically a laptop will last 5-7 years, in which time it might get damage or have component failure or the CAD stuff might get a major upgrade. In which case, you'll need to buy a new laptop. Unlike a home PC, it's a waste of money to future proof it. Are either of these laptops better than the HP from Costco?
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/as ... 0/13655335
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/le ... m/13847139
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Thanks for the input, some good options there. I'm not sure how to be more specific about the features I need. I mean, I'm technically getting by right now with a 4 year old Asus "ultrabook" that has a core m3 processor, 4gb of ram, 256gb SSD, and oddly enough a 13.3" QHD screen that seems to be better than most new ones. My ideal size for a screen would be 14", slightly larger than what I have now but not as bulky as a 15"+. I use an external monitor when I'm actually doing the CAD stuff; I'm not doing any rendering, mostly just plotting points for on-site layout with a robotic total station. It is extremely inefficient with the machine I'm using now and I think that likely has to do with the processor more than anything, which is why I ideally want a 10th generation i7.
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Hi,

You do realize that an I-3 processor is a huge upgrade from a M-3 processor & an I-7 processor is more than 8 times faster than an I-3 processor. From what I can gather, your ideal device would be a convertible laptop with a 14" display, I-7 processor, 16 gb. ram, 256 SSD & HDMI/display port connectivity. With those kinds of specs., your choices are going to be limited & they're going to be pricey. If you're willing to downgrade to an I-5 processor, you'll have more choices.
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Chris883 wrote: I do want something that's a decent build quality and that won't be out of date the second I buy it.
Contrary to a lot of people's opinion, many old computers are fine for most users these days. Gone are the days when you're thinking of the next upgrade as soon as you buy a new computer.

Keep an eye on the CPU model to see if there is a trailing "U" = ultra low voltage when comparing. U is more efficient, but if you don't care about maximum battery life, you may opt for an i5 versus i7U.

Me, I'm a ThinkPad fan. Been using them for 20 years and wouldn't buy any other notebook. I generally buy them used.

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