Topic Wiki

Please, when posting a link to a laptop listing, make sure to include the price at time of posting. It helps.
Requesting help with a purchase? Please post here: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=135662.msg2794782#msg2794782

Dell:
Precision - Very powerful desktop replacements - great warranty, ridiculously expensive - Usually overpriced or overkill

Latitude - Good Laptops - Great warranty! Highly recommended for any Business environment - Sometimes expensive.

Vostro  - Lower end Business Machines - Better Priced - still durable - Usually 1 Year warranty.

XPS - The nicer looking dell machines, Some are better than others...

Inspiron - YMMV Every model is different

(Plain) Insprion Series - Dells lowest end laptop
(R) Insprion Series - Perfect Home use, dependable, decent build quality, recommended
(Z) Insprion Series - A little slimmer than the R series, Some are Ultrabooks (Very often don't include Optical Drives)

HP:

Spectre - Top of the line personal (dragonfly is the top of the line for business) - lightest laptops, and beautiful!

Pavilion - YMMV (Some better than others)

Probook - Stable durable business systems - Usually a little on the heavy side.

Elitebook - Business Higher end systems, usually pretty expensive

ENVY - Used to be the HP sleek and nicer systems, they pretty much replaced most of the standard pavilions now and call them either ENVY or sleekbooks

Sleekbook - like it sounds slimmer line of laptops

Lenovo:

Thinkpad Series - Very Dependable Business Machine, Expensive (Not Pretty but Durable)

IdeaPad Series -

S Series
U Series - Usually the slimmer line Ultrabooks, Doesn't always include DVD Drive
Y Series - Nice machines with good specs and features (Cool Backlit Keyboards)
Z Series - Step up from the G Series, all around decent build, priced nicely, great home use laptop
G Series - Lower end

Samsung:

Series 3
Series 5
Series 7
Series 9 - The nicest, sleekest looking laptops I've seen in a long time - Can pass for a Macbook!!


HT: Dh Data Recovery & Name Changed


A great post by caliheat:
I believe that there are many factors when deciding what laptop to purchase.
1) What is your intended use and necessary features. e.g. light use vs. heavy use & optical drive, computer speed etc.
2) As mentioned several times in this thread, RAM itself is very easy to upgrade after you purchase.
3) Brand - IMHO this is pretty important as well - which do your prefer vs. which brand do people recommend.
4) Price - you should decide a price range that best suits your needs.
5) Operating System - Many people like myself prefer Windows 7 vs. 8.1, so this would be another consideration.
6) Warranty - does it include 1 year or more, cost for extending warranty.
7) Detailed Specs:
  Processor  - model and speed i3, i5, & i7 2.0 Ghz, 3.0 Ghz etc.
  RAM - This IMHO should be minimum 8GB, especially if running 8.1, however can be added easily.
  Hard Drive - SATA vs. SSD, the latter being much faster. SATA itself offers 5400 RPM vs. 7200 RPM again, the latter being faster.
  Screen Size - this is a personal preference as you can always attach a larger screen in an office setting.
  Battery & Weight - overall laptop weight preference & battery life.
  Graphics - Integrated graphics vs. dedicated graphics, e.g. Intel 4400 vs. Nvidia GTX etc.

In summary, you have to decide what are you priorities, what can be upgraded and what you are flexible on.



Excellent article about the differences between the Intel processor suffixes.

Excellent "Laptop Buying Guide" by @dailykasha, written for Black Friday 2021, updated for holidays 2023

Author Topic: Laptop Deals Master Thread  (Read 3371475 times)

Offline DaasTora

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Nov 2022
  • Posts: 406
  • Total likes: 175
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
    • View Profile
  • Location: Brooklyn
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14620 on: May 20, 2024, 07:58:28 PM »
Looking for recommendations for a laptop to get for my daughter's 18th birthday. Anticipate it will be used for seminary, college classes, spreadsheets, organization, etc. Currently have a very cheap and sluggish Chromebook. Budget of $500-$800 or so. Should I wait until next week for memorial day sales?

Thanks
I saw some good deals on Dell’s website deal page but I would suggest you wait for MevinYavin to wake up to guide you. His knowledge there is unparalleled on this thread.
“Never underestimate the power of…stupidity”
- Robert Heinlein

Online HudZ

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2019
  • Posts: 1384
  • Total likes: 798
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: BeisMedresh
  • Programs: Torah
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14621 on: May 20, 2024, 08:00:09 PM »
I would suggest you wait for MevinYavin to wake up to guide you. His knowledge there is unparalleled on this thread.
+100
אין עוד מלבדו

Offline Chuchum Ainer

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2020
  • Posts: 514
  • Total likes: 212
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14622 on: May 21, 2024, 01:55:56 AM »
Looking for recommendations for a laptop to get for my daughter's 18th birthday. Anticipate it will be used for seminary, college classes, spreadsheets, organization, etc. Currently have a very cheap and sluggish Chromebook. Budget of $500-$800 or so. Should I wait until next week for memorial day sales?

Thanks

What size?
If you arent sure, I'd suggest a 13 or 14. Lots of schlepping around is on the horizon.


Offline Chuchum Ainer

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2020
  • Posts: 514
  • Total likes: 212
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14623 on: May 21, 2024, 01:57:33 AM »
https://www.costco.com/hp-envy-x360-15.6%22-intel-evo-platform-2-in-1-touchscreen-laptop---intel-core-ultra-7-processor-155u---1080p---windows-11.product.4000251861.html

Interesting at $900. Envy is a decent line, and the base specs are pretty powerful.
The 55whr battery seems like it will result in mediocre battery life considering the other specs.

Any way to know how bright the screen is?

Offline aishel

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Dec 2014
  • Posts: 259
  • Total likes: 208
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14624 on: May 21, 2024, 05:18:30 AM »
What size?
If you arent sure, I'd suggest a 13 or 14. Lots of schlepping around is on the horizon.
Currently using a 13" Chromebook which seems small. I get what you're saying about the shlepping though, and I'm open to suggestions.

This one looked like it might be a good deal:
https://www.costco.com/dell-inspiron-15.6%22-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i7-1355u---1080p---windows-11%2c-black.product.4000260563.html?sh=true&nf=true

But I'll defer to MevinYavin's opinion as per above.

Offline mevinyavin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2022
  • Posts: 2306
  • Total likes: 2720
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Laptop help/deal request template
  • Location: Yerushalayim
  • Programs: Windows 10 and 11 Home, Word/Excel/Publisher 2021, Wordweb, McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, VLC, Torat Emet, 7-Zip, Lightshot, Calibre, FDM, FreeFileSync, Teracopy, Handbreak, Lightshot
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14625 on: May 21, 2024, 05:19:58 AM »
https://www.costco.com/hp-envy-x360-15.6%22-intel-evo-platform-2-in-1-touchscreen-laptop---intel-core-ultra-7-processor-155u---1080p---windows-11.product.4000251861.html

Interesting at $900. Envy is a decent line, and the base specs are pretty powerful.
The 55whr battery seems like it will result in mediocre battery life considering the other specs.

Any way to know how bright the screen is?
Plug in the model number on HP's support website:
15.6" diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), multitouch-enabled, IPS, edge-to-edge glass, micro-edge, 400 nits, low power, 100% sRGB [17,35]
https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/details/hp-envy-x360-15.6-inch-2-in-1-laptop-pc-15-fe1000/model/2101987906?sku=9U602UA
Quote from: ExGingi
Echo chambers are boring and don't contribute much to deeper thinking and understanding!

Offline mevinyavin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2022
  • Posts: 2306
  • Total likes: 2720
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Laptop help/deal request template
  • Location: Yerushalayim
  • Programs: Windows 10 and 11 Home, Word/Excel/Publisher 2021, Wordweb, McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, VLC, Torat Emet, 7-Zip, Lightshot, Calibre, FDM, FreeFileSync, Teracopy, Handbreak, Lightshot
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14626 on: May 21, 2024, 05:26:05 AM »
Currently using a 13" Chromebook which seems small. I get what you're saying about the shlepping though, and I'm open to suggestions.

This one looked like it might be a good deal:
https://www.costco.com/dell-inspiron-15.6%22-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i7-1355u---1080p---windows-11%2c-black.product.4000260563.html?sh=true&nf=true

But I'll defer to MevinYavin's opinion as per above.
Maybe in a few hours, depending on if I have enough time.
Meanwhile, answer this:
Do you want to spend as little as possible? $400 or so, maybe less, can get you a 14" computer under 3.5 lbs, plastic, at least 5 hours battery life, and will be fast for at least a few years. A lower weight, a metal build, longer battery life, a larger screen (with a number pad) that is a decently low weight - all these are usually within your upper budget of $800. Each of these advantages without the others are cheaper, usually. Tell me what matters and what is irrelevant and I bli neder can look around.

Agav: Chuchum Ainer and DaasTora and many others here know their stuff too.
Quote from: ExGingi
Echo chambers are boring and don't contribute much to deeper thinking and understanding!

Offline aishel

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Dec 2014
  • Posts: 259
  • Total likes: 208
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14627 on: May 21, 2024, 05:57:48 AM »
Maybe in a few hours, depending on if I have enough time.
Meanwhile, answer this:
Do you want to spend as little as possible? $400 or so, maybe less, can get you a 14" computer under 3.5 lbs, plastic, at least 5 hours battery life, and will be fast for at least a few years. A lower weight, a metal build, longer battery life, a larger screen (with a number pad) that is a decently low weight - all these are usually within your upper budget of $800. Each of these advantages without the others are cheaper, usually. Tell me what matters and what is irrelevant and I bli neder can look around.

Agav: Chuchum Ainer and DaasTora and many others here know their stuff too.
Thank you for the response. I'm willing to pay more for quality and something that will last longer. Lower weight and a long battery life is obviously nice. A number pad certainly makes a difference in my own life, not sure how much she cares though. If it was me, I would want it.

Offline mevinyavin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2022
  • Posts: 2306
  • Total likes: 2720
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Laptop help/deal request template
  • Location: Yerushalayim
  • Programs: Windows 10 and 11 Home, Word/Excel/Publisher 2021, Wordweb, McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, VLC, Torat Emet, 7-Zip, Lightshot, Calibre, FDM, FreeFileSync, Teracopy, Handbreak, Lightshot
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14628 on: May 21, 2024, 09:06:29 AM »
Thank you for the response. I'm willing to pay more for quality and something that will last longer. Lower weight and a long battery life is obviously nice. A number pad certainly makes a difference in my own life, not sure how much she cares though. If it was me, I would want it.
Can't get the number pad without going bigger, and to get that and battery life and lightweight takes you all the way to the end of your budget.
I'll see what I find, though, in both categories. Check back in a few hours.
Quote from: ExGingi
Echo chambers are boring and don't contribute much to deeper thinking and understanding!


Offline mevinyavin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2022
  • Posts: 2306
  • Total likes: 2720
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Laptop help/deal request template
  • Location: Yerushalayim
  • Programs: Windows 10 and 11 Home, Word/Excel/Publisher 2021, Wordweb, McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, VLC, Torat Emet, 7-Zip, Lightshot, Calibre, FDM, FreeFileSync, Teracopy, Handbreak, Lightshot
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14630 on: May 21, 2024, 11:47:12 AM »
@aishel
All options: 16GB RAM
$460 is your budget option, an Ideapad 5 16 with 13th gen i5, 512GB SSD and 4.17lbs, B&H. (Upthread somewhere) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html/specs
$600:
A 14" option is the Swift Go 14 Evo with a 13th gen i7, 512GB SSD, weighs 2.76 and excellent battery life. (Select AMAZON as the seller.) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTQWR77M/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
16", there is an LG Ultra PC with a Ryzen 7 7730U (Zen 3), 512GB SSD, weighs 3.52lbs. https://www.microcenter.com/product/670279/lg-ultrapc-16u70r-kaas7u1-thin-and-lightweight-16-laptop-computer-charcoal-gray

The above are fine for light work, and should get decent battery life (excellent in the case of the Swift), but may not be fast in five years. Below are orders of magnitude more powerful. These following have a TB of storage, if that matters.

Best 14" in your budget is the more modern Swift Go with Core Ultra 7 for $715 shipped from Costco or $700 pickup: https://www.costco.com/acer-swift-go-14%e2%80%9d-touchscreen-laptop-intel-evo-edition-powered-by-intel-core-ultra-7-processor-155h---lcd-1920-x-1200---windows-11.product.4000237600.html
Best 16" is a LG Gram 16 Evo with 13th gen i7 (higher wattage and core count than above 13th gens) that weighs 2.78lbs.  $765 shipped from Costco and $750 picked up. https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-16%22-intel-evo-platform-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i7-1360p---2560-x-1600---windows-11.product.4000213360.html

Other than the above, which I recommend without reservation:
This ASUS 15.6" Vivobook has oodles of power and will probably still be fast in ten years if it isn't broken. Still only 3.75 lbs. But don't expect battery life out of it. It has a 45W i9 and mid-range dedicated graphics. Get this if your daughter might decide to go into the graphics world. Don't get this is battery life matters. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1807565-REG/asus_k5504vn_ds96_15_6_vivobook_s_15.html/specs
Quote from: ExGingi
Echo chambers are boring and don't contribute much to deeper thinking and understanding!

Offline DaasTora

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Nov 2022
  • Posts: 406
  • Total likes: 175
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
    • View Profile
  • Location: Brooklyn
“Never underestimate the power of…stupidity”
- Robert Heinlein

Offline mevinyavin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2022
  • Posts: 2306
  • Total likes: 2720
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Laptop help/deal request template
  • Location: Yerushalayim
  • Programs: Windows 10 and 11 Home, Word/Excel/Publisher 2021, Wordweb, McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, VLC, Torat Emet, 7-Zip, Lightshot, Calibre, FDM, FreeFileSync, Teracopy, Handbreak, Lightshot
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14632 on: May 21, 2024, 12:03:22 PM »
I think that this Dell https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/new-inspiron-14-2-in-1-laptop/spd/inspiron-14-7440-2-in-1-laptop/useichbts7440gthg and adding some 8GB ddr5 ram for $25 from Amazon and including the 10% Dell email signup discount should be a good option.

ETA; Sorry $33 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C79Y6CN3?ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_YHCJ9Z004PMGEVSH0E2W&ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_YHCJ9Z004PMGEVSH0E2W&social_share=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_YHCJ9Z004PMGEVSH0E2W&skipTwisterOG=2&th=1
Deliberately left out DIY upgrade options today. Just didn't feel like looking for them...
Quote from: ExGingi
Echo chambers are boring and don't contribute much to deeper thinking and understanding!

Online baron

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jun 2021
  • Posts: 844
  • Total likes: 162
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14633 on: May 21, 2024, 12:08:28 PM »
Deliberately left out DIY upgrade options today. Just didn't feel like looking for them...
That’s how I always fell.

Offline aishel

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Dec 2014
  • Posts: 259
  • Total likes: 208
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14634 on: May 21, 2024, 04:53:55 PM »
@aishel
All options: 16GB RAM
$460 is your budget option, an Ideapad 5 16 with 13th gen i5, 512GB SSD and 4.17lbs, B&H. (Upthread somewhere) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html/specs
$600:
A 14" option is the Swift Go 14 Evo with a 13th gen i7, 512GB SSD, weighs 2.76 and excellent battery life. (Select AMAZON as the seller.) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTQWR77M/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
16", there is an LG Ultra PC with a Ryzen 7 7730U (Zen 3), 512GB SSD, weighs 3.52lbs. https://www.microcenter.com/product/670279/lg-ultrapc-16u70r-kaas7u1-thin-and-lightweight-16-laptop-computer-charcoal-gray

The above are fine for light work, and should get decent battery life (excellent in the case of the Swift), but may not be fast in five years. Below are orders of magnitude more powerful. These following have a TB of storage, if that matters.

Best 14" in your budget is the more modern Swift Go with Core Ultra 7 for $715 shipped from Costco or $700 pickup: https://www.costco.com/acer-swift-go-14%e2%80%9d-touchscreen-laptop-intel-evo-edition-powered-by-intel-core-ultra-7-processor-155h---lcd-1920-x-1200---windows-11.product.4000237600.html
Best 16" is a LG Gram 16 Evo with 13th gen i7 (higher wattage and core count than above 13th gens) that weighs 2.78lbs.  $765 shipped from Costco and $750 picked up. https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-16%22-intel-evo-platform-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i7-1360p---2560-x-1600---windows-11.product.4000213360.html

Other than the above, which I recommend without reservation:
This ASUS 15.6" Vivobook has oodles of power and will probably still be fast in ten years if it isn't broken. Still only 3.75 lbs. But don't expect battery life out of it. It has a 45W i9 and mid-range dedicated graphics. Get this if your daughter might decide to go into the graphics world. Don't get this is battery life matters. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1807565-REG/asus_k5504vn_ds96_15_6_vivobook_s_15.html/specs
Thank you VERY much. I'll look through all of these and see what will work best for her. Thank you again!

Offline Chuchum Ainer

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2020
  • Posts: 514
  • Total likes: 212
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14635 on: May 21, 2024, 09:48:12 PM »
@aishel
All options: 16GB RAM
$460 is your budget option, an Ideapad 5 16 with 13th gen i5, 512GB SSD and 4.17lbs, B&H. (Upthread somewhere) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html/specs
$600:
A 14" option is the Swift Go 14 Evo with a 13th gen i7, 512GB SSD, weighs 2.76 and excellent battery life. (Select AMAZON as the seller.) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTQWR77M/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
16", there is an LG Ultra PC with a Ryzen 7 7730U (Zen 3), 512GB SSD, weighs 3.52lbs. https://www.microcenter.com/product/670279/lg-ultrapc-16u70r-kaas7u1-thin-and-lightweight-16-laptop-computer-charcoal-gray

The above are fine for light work, and should get decent battery life (excellent in the case of the Swift), but may not be fast in five years. Below are orders of magnitude more powerful. These following have a TB of storage, if that matters.

Best 14" in your budget is the more modern Swift Go with Core Ultra 7 for $715 shipped from Costco or $700 pickup: https://www.costco.com/acer-swift-go-14%e2%80%9d-touchscreen-laptop-intel-evo-edition-powered-by-intel-core-ultra-7-processor-155h---lcd-1920-x-1200---windows-11.product.4000237600.html
Best 16" is a LG Gram 16 Evo with 13th gen i7 (higher wattage and core count than above 13th gens) that weighs 2.78lbs.  $765 shipped from Costco and $750 picked up. https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-16%22-intel-evo-platform-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i7-1360p---2560-x-1600---windows-11.product.4000213360.html

Other than the above, which I recommend without reservation:
This ASUS 15.6" Vivobook has oodles of power and will probably still be fast in ten years if it isn't broken. Still only 3.75 lbs. But don't expect battery life out of it. It has a 45W i9 and mid-range dedicated graphics. Get this if your daughter might decide to go into the graphics world. Don't get this is battery life matters. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1807565-REG/asus_k5504vn_ds96_15_6_vivobook_s_15.html/specs

The swift go gets my vote, either one of them.
Personally I prefer 14 inch, and any students I know like even smaller and lighter. (besides power excel users)

The only question I think is if she may prefer a fold over 2in1. Some people don't like them because they are somewhat less durable, and sometimes more expensive or heavier than the exact equivalent.
something like these, though these are currently overpriced https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-envy-x360-2-in-1-laptop-14-fc0097nr?jumpid=ma_weekly-deals_product-tile_laptops_28_9u9v1ua_hp-envy-x360-2-in-1
https://www.costco.com/lenovo-ideapad-5-14%22-2-in-1-touchscreen-laptop---amd-ryzen-7-8840hs---wuxga-1920-x-1200---windows-11.product.4000253139.html




Offline mevinyavin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2022
  • Posts: 2306
  • Total likes: 2720
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Laptop help/deal request template
  • Location: Yerushalayim
  • Programs: Windows 10 and 11 Home, Word/Excel/Publisher 2021, Wordweb, McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, VLC, Torat Emet, 7-Zip, Lightshot, Calibre, FDM, FreeFileSync, Teracopy, Handbreak, Lightshot
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14636 on: May 22, 2024, 03:55:22 AM »
The swift go gets my vote, either one of them. Definitely the best 14" option.
Personally I prefer 14 inch, and any students I know like even smaller and lighter. (besides power excel users) User implied 13" was too small.

The only question I think is if she may prefer a fold over 2in1. Some people mevinyavin doesn't like them because they are somewhat less durable, and sometimes more expensive or heavier than the exact equivalent.
something like these, though these are currently overpriced https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-envy-x360-2-in-1-laptop-14-fc0097nr?jumpid=ma_weekly-deals_product-tile_laptops_28_9u9v1ua_hp-envy-x360-2-in-1
https://www.costco.com/lenovo-ideapad-5-14%22-2-in-1-touchscreen-laptop---amd-ryzen-7-8840hs---wuxga-1920-x-1200---windows-11.product.4000253139.html
Comments above.
The feedback I have gotten with 2-in-1s mirrors that of Lee Grant, a columnist at PC Pro who runs a computer repair shoppe for several decades. Everyone who knows that they NEED one asks for one. Those to whom it occurred to them that it might be a useful feature end up not using the feature - every last one of them that I have encountered and that Grant has encountered. Lastly, the connection between the screen and the laptop is A) more prone to breaking and B) costs much more to fix than standard screens (this applies to all touch, not just 2-in-1s).
Full disclosure: the second Swift above has a touchscreen.

That said:
To be clear, this is a good computer but I am not recommending it over my above options.
https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-envy-x360-2-in-1-laptop-15t-fe100-156-8t485av-1 $600 Envy 16 2-in-1

I didn't seen any good-priced 14" 2-in-1s that I can recall, but I am biased so I may have missed them.  ;D
Quote from: ExGingi
Echo chambers are boring and don't contribute much to deeper thinking and understanding!

Offline Flatbush

  • Dansdeals Gold Elite
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 103
  • Total likes: 17
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: brooklyn
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14637 on: May 22, 2024, 11:24:44 PM »

Offline Chuchum Ainer

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2020
  • Posts: 514
  • Total likes: 212
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14638 on: May 23, 2024, 12:01:19 AM »
Would be a decent deal for what it is (and the ram is upgradeable) but I believe it's a TN screen. Dealbreaker.

for $40 more,  https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3520-laptop/nn3520grzzs Has an IPS screen, i5  instead of i3, 512 ssd instead of 256, and Id assume longer battery

Offline mevinyavin

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Sep 2022
  • Posts: 2306
  • Total likes: 2720
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
    • Laptop help/deal request template
  • Location: Yerushalayim
  • Programs: Windows 10 and 11 Home, Word/Excel/Publisher 2021, Wordweb, McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, VLC, Torat Emet, 7-Zip, Lightshot, Calibre, FDM, FreeFileSync, Teracopy, Handbreak, Lightshot
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14639 on: May 23, 2024, 01:18:27 AM »
Would be a decent deal for what it is (and the ram is upgradeable) but I believe it's a TN screen. Dealbreaker.

for $40 more,  https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3520-laptop/nn3520grzzs Has an IPS screen, i5  instead of i3, 512 ssd instead of 256, and Id assume longer battery
Why would you assume longer battery life?
To answer the OP, this computer should be fast, not slow, for office work, especially because RAM can be upgraded later (though the same is true of the latter). But as said, the bump in processor makes it worth the upgrade.
Quote from: ExGingi
Echo chambers are boring and don't contribute much to deeper thinking and understanding!