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Offline Minux1

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Re: Laptop recommendations
« Reply #30 on: January 02, 2020, 07:52:46 pm »
My 64 bit Peppermint 10 installation is swimming in resources on a ThinkPad X140e with a 1.4 GHz dual core processor and 8 GB RAM.
Not dragging a CPU cycle sapping AV suite (a la Windows) in tow helps significantly with speed.
The web pages are up almost before I take my finger off the last key typed.
Canít beat this combo for browsing, movie watching, youtube,  and word processing (LibreOffice).

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Re: Laptop recommendations
« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2020, 09:37:16 pm »
I just got an Acer Aspire 5 with Ryzen 3 3200u, and Radeon Vega 3 graphics. (Model: A515-43-R19L). It comes with 128g SSD, and space for an additional SATA 3 drive. And, 4gig of memory (one slot of two. It will accept 2x 16gb for 32gb total. But, another $20 buys a second 4gig memory module which will get you dual-channel performance on 8g total). It has a HD 1920x1080 screen. Backlit keyboard.

It's an "Amazon Choice," $320 USD. It seems like a great value (price/performance). I documented how I installed Peppermint here. I'm going to install a $30 SATA-3 500g drive. I'll put the OS (/) on the SSD, and my /home on the traditional drive.

I haven't bought the 2nd memory stick yet. I'm thinking I'll live with 4g for awhile, and then buy two 8g instead. (I'm thinking 16g total might be more "future proof" than 8g). The only downside is that I'll have single-channel performance until then. But, it's a snappy machine. I've been using a budget Toshiba Satellite C55-B the past 3 years. It cost me about $200. That CPU benchmarks at 650. This Ryzen benchmarks at 4570 (for only $120 more). So, it's quite a new experience for me. I'm just curious to see what dual-channel mem performance would be like. That's supposed to be 25% faster.

I'm not an expert on hardware. Not sure how this price/performance compares. But, it's a huge step up for me (without being too expensive).
« Last Edit: January 26, 2020, 09:44:11 pm by az2020 »