fixing a laptop usually involves more trouble and expense than fixing a desktop
Amen to that! I went ahead and ordered the Dell earlier. I've no great love for Dell - the heat issue(s) were near pandemic in my last corporate gig, and I had a similar model (bought for a price I could not turn down in a weaker moment
) go south on me about a year ago. Replaced the hdd in it, but could not keep it running long enough to restore a backup image or install from scratch - kept shutting off due to heat issues. Naturally, it was shortly after the warranty ran out. (Also had some problems with tech support, but that's for a different post
On the other hand, I know several folk who've used Dell laptops for years with no serious hardware issues. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky
My biggest concern was the GPU. While somewhat familiar with AMD's Radeon, the Intel unit is foreign territory to me. (My current primary is a Toshiba with the Intel GPU, and I've had a few issues, but nothing I could specifically pin to the GPU.) However, I was somewhat put off by the lack of specs/stats for the Intel.
Recently priced a similar machine via a Dell newsletter. On the Dell site, with a drive 3/4 the size, the tab came to ~$1,600. This'n came to $882.89 ... may have been seduced by price again, but se la vie
Thanks all for the - unanimous!
- opinions. Much appreciated