My laptop broke and I need a new one. I’m basically looking for a “FIRE guide to purchase a laptop”.
I thought a general thread for optimizing this purchase might be of interest. So here are a couple of questions I stumbled upon, everyone welcome to add others.
What are good general resources for choosing a new one?
Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News - NotebookCheck.net looks like a somewhat systematic expert review site.
But there would also be merit in having reviews from people who actually use it, but they seem to be dispersed all over the internet.
Is a laptop more than the sum of its parts?
For example, if I read a thoroughly tested review on laptop X with processor Y, will the same laptop with the slightly worse processor Z perform a.) about the same b.) slightly worse c.) a lot worse.
I know it all depends on what you care about and what you want to use the laptop for but it’s confusing me.
How much should I pay?
Let’s say I find CHF 800 laptops now that do everything I want them to do. There are still some considerations that might move me to buy the CHF 1400 laptop instead like durability, long-lastingess (“Will the laptop still be able to do things I want it to do today in 2 years?”) or changing circumstances (“Maybe in 1 year I will have different requirements for a laptop that only the more expensive one can meet?”).
But there’s also the trap of wanting the shiny new laptop and using ‘reasons’ to justify the expense.
Where to buy?
Until now I’ve only ever bought electronics via “toppreise.ch” → “cheapest trustable source” (usually digitec, microspot or physical stores). But there are possible other ways?
You can get manufacture store discounts, employee benefits stores, student discounts, etc.
You could also buy electronics abroad (and either change the keyboard or get used to it).
Hope those questions are reasonably well posed. I’m obviously not an expert but I hope that others are neither and could also benefit from some mustachian guide to a laptop purchase