Never Buy A Laptop | Do This Instead | Laptop Buying Guide

Never Buy A Laptop | Do This Instead | Laptop Buying Guide

“What is a good cheap laptop I can buy?” is a question I get asked often. In this laptop buying guide tutorial, firstly I talk about why most people should never buy a laptop. Cheap end laptops are designed to fail sooner than their desktop counterparts, and than higher end laptops.

Often a person looking for a computer can buy a decent traditional desktop computer, even better is to build a desktop computer. There are so many YouTube Tutorials on How To Build A PC or Computer.

The main advice is this, if you are looking to buy a laptop, then do not buy a laptop at the low end spectrum. Often many people buy a mac book. If this is too pricey, then look for a laptop with a fast SSD (Solid State Drive) instead. The best advice for buying a laptop is to have it custom built and pick your own parts, including an SSD as the main drive.

If you are buying a used laptop, consider buying a laptop that is easy to upgrade, easy to troubleshoot, and easy to repair if necessary.

The general advice is never to buy a cheap end laptop with a normal laptop drive for around £300.00. Note that this will work for all makes and models like: HP Hewlett-Packard Dell Acer Lenovo Asus Samsung Toshiba Sony Vaio Thinkpad Apple

In this video I demonstrate how an older 8 year laptop with a less powerful CPU and less RAM with an upgraded SSD (Solid State Drive) can outperform more recent laptops with a normal laptop Mechanical Hard Drive spinning at 5400 RPM.

This is Part 2 of: Troubleshoot & Fix A Slow Laptop Or Desktop Computer Part 1

These two university students refute my opinion on not needing a laptop for studies, watch the video here:

Back To School 2017 2018 | Best Laptop Buying Guide For University Students | Money Saving Tips

Time Stamps:

01:13 HP Compaq SFF & Data Backup Rant

02:32 Troubleshoot & Fix a Slow Laptop or Desktop Computer– Part 1

02:39 Dell Inspiron 1545 review

03:26 ASUS X553SA Laptop, Intel Pentium, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6″ £299.95

03:35 HP 15-ba079sa 15.6″ Laptop – Red £299.99

07:22 Fix An Overheating & Loud Fan Noise Laptop – Dell Inspiron 1545

09:50 All-In-One Desktop PC (AIO) Ram Memory Upgrade Quick Easy Tutorial

12:02 Uninstall Windows 10 After 30 days (1 Month) – Pcspecialist laptop review

12:25 PcSpecialist

14:47 HP Pavilion 15-au077sa 15.6″ Laptop – White £499.97

15:13 UkPcPartPciker

Check out another Youtuber who did a similar video, much better presentation and editing than my own: Dev from Team Axon


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  1. Gaelle Melloul on August 9, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    "in 2020, this list helped me decide for the best laptop cooler ** hope it helps you out too!"

  2. David debideen on August 9, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Never buy a laptop why you need it for bussness "fb

  3. STONE on August 9, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Yes this video was very informative..I am a Desktop type of guy.

  4. Spooky spooky cakes on August 9, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I droped my toshiba laptop on the ground after buying a laptop table wich fell . and now i have to buy a new laptop . thats 800 dollars wasted. 🙁 bad debra shame on u ,,,

  5. MegaHomieJ on August 9, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I actually got a used Samsung Chromebook for $50 U.S. for university. I mostly use it to write papers and online assignment. I thought it was not going to be that useful since for mechanical engineering there are many assignments the use windows application such as solidworks, autocad, matlab and other coding programs. The Chromebook has turned into my main computer because I get 8 to 10 hours of battery life, it is light weight and durable, I really like the keyboard, and it has a fanless Intel processor so you never hear any loud fans. Anytime I assigned any engineering work that requires windows software i just go to the university and use the computers there and they already have the programs so I do not have to pay anything extra or download anything; after I am done, i just upload my work to google drive until the next time. thank you for this video by the way, it really helped a lot in deciding whether or not to buy a new laptop

  6. ariel aad on August 9, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I marry to jewish

  7. William Cameron on August 9, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Very good video.

  8. Ellen Leitner on August 9, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Internet forever I don’t want apple pie I want my Wi-Fi

  9. Beemy Breezy on August 9, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    The entire point of laptops are to be portable computers

  10. Vladimir Putin on August 9, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    A desktop is always better then a laptop, when you do everything at the same place.

  11. Gerald Octa Diaz on August 9, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    All crap hahaha

  12. Frank Zimmerman on August 9, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    As a tech, I find today that unless you have access to some wholesale prices on parts, or your starting with an older system and don’t have to replace everything, building your own desktop is no longer cheaper than buying one.

    What I also recommend to people is to look for refurbished laptops, and aim at a business-class model, such as the Dell Precision, or HP Elitebook. You will get a laptop that is rock solid construction (not just cheap plastic), and designed to be fast. Yet even at 5 years old, it will still be very competitive, performance-wise. Often these refurbs will have an abundance of RAM, and an SSD already installed.

  13. Vlad Vaduva on August 9, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    beacuse of lockdown we had lockdown school so we had to bring our laptops because they didn’t supply any.

  14. jim dee on August 9, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    I dont listen to any one who so proudly shows reverence for death cult

  15. Luís H. Pena on August 9, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Yes. Totally agree. I lost so much money buying laptops. Fuck mobility. These days I can just use my phone for that, is not that bad. At home or office desktop always.

  16. Ted Tolentino on August 9, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Great video and explanation for your guidance on buying computer equipment. I like tinkering with both laptops and desktops just for the interest in how components work with one another, and I marvel at the genius behind some of the engineering that went into making these products. Keep those videos coming.

  17. Rokr Smith on August 9, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I agree with u 1000000% was looking up upgrading or buying new laptop and found it was cheaper to have a desktop built

  18. Kc Elma on August 9, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    How to make dell latitude e6400 faster ?

  19. Greg Olczyk on August 9, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    I recommend SSD drive to everyone

  20. X3MCTZN on August 9, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Efficiently I was playing games in the aula during a major lecture with 400 people, and I most of my peers were staring at my monitor 😀

  21. 7Write4This9Heart7 on August 9, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    As someone who repairs mostly laptops for a partial living, I respectfully disagree with laptops being really hard/harder than a desktop to repair. Also, there are many cheap, good (if old, but can usually be upgraded) Lenovo Thinkpads on ebay/Amazon! Just saying!

  22. Gurpreet Singh Virk on August 9, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    But I have 1 laptop what i do now

  23. Ellen Leitner on August 9, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Do not buy a laptop can I buy a desktop an Android Tablet with an attached keyboard

  24. HealMyTech on August 9, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    I am finally going to do a video response to the comments here in this video. so chances are that your comment will feature, will update with a link by today/tomorrow, watch this space.

  25. Sai Shreyas on August 9, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Which course have u done bro

  26. Muhammad Rahadiansyah on August 9, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I’m sorry, but not having a laptop in Uni because its going to be annoying to carry around makes absolutely no sense.

    And i like how you’re saying borrowing shitty ass public PC is a solution. Well, it’s not.

    That’s like saying you can get away with not take a bath for a month just because you can cover the smell with perfume.

  27. Kon Alexoulis on August 9, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Everybody needs laptops everyone needs a laptop am I see you also have a laptop

  28. Martin Breguet on August 9, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I’d love to go back to DIY desktops, but my electricity is sometimes unreliable, so I need the battery. Otherwise I’d be back to desktops!

  29. Petrona Hinds on August 9, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Valuable information in choosing a good computer. Very informative and clear.

  30. MAFIA sy on August 9, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    😊 i love you videos but i need arabic cc

  31. Sathishkumar S on August 9, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Is that buying the laptop parts and assembling is cost efficient than buying the new laptop ? Pls answer this

  32. Dally Singhson on August 9, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I think the "should never buy the laptop" advice applies to people that use laptops as their main PC without having any use or need for the mobility aspect… I have many desktop PCs, a few of them are a decade old and run perfectly fine (a first gen i7 and a Phenom 955) but not one of the laptops I have is running anywhere near as smooth. I only use a laptop for when a mobile phone is not useful for "productivity" uses when away from home.

  33. Inkling Boy on August 9, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    The only thing I hate about laptops is the building on plastic body :/ fortunately I have one build on aluminum :3 the only reason I can’t get a desktop is because the space in my room.

  34. Abc Def on August 9, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    should i pre order online staff?

  35. And1Metal on August 9, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    never buy a laptop
    well both laptop and desktops have different purposes

    sure desktops offer better but to get a good gaming desktop is about $1600 AUD minimum that has at least a 8 GB GPU and reasonable CPU then got the monitor cost too which a 144 hz + is about $300 AUD average

    I’ve owned cheap laptops and expensive
    most have SSD’s so boot up is quick

    however you seem to be one sided on this topic
    is a desktop really better when you need to spend more on a monitor and good mouse / keyboard ?
    is a cheap desktop really better than a cheap laptop ?

  36. Mellowlink on August 9, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I call them craptops.

  37. YouTube sucks S on August 9, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    This is advice for a certain price range, not for engineers and gamers duh

  38. mohammed zakaria on August 9, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    what of a teacher who prepares his lectures and present in a class

  39. William Awwad Dababneh on August 9, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    i use a custom pc with a amd ryzen 5 2600x Gigabyte B450M DS3H 8gb ram ddr4 msi gtx 1060 6gb

  40. mark bradshaw on August 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    So, considering i shouldn’t buy a laptop and i work away from home what should i buy ?

  41. Yunian Irfanto on August 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    make a video again about laptops, it’s been 3 years and laptops sure worth the money now

  42. Ellen Leitner on August 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    I am a 70 year old techie I was using computers back in the early 80s with no one even heard of them

  43. ANDROJOLIE on August 9, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for the advise, you showed a new perspective to look from

  44. Jeremy on August 9, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I will admit I only made it five minutes into the video. But, I’m currently typing this on a Thinkpad(laptop) with fantastic build quality, in Great condition, that I bought for $200. It has 256SSD, 8gb of ram, and a really decent i7 processor. I did a full wipe and install of windows 10 when I bought it(which is free since it had windows originally). Cheap laptops are great if you do the homework to figure out what to buy. If you buy a cheap shitty ASUS(worst laptop I’ve ever owned and a complete waste of money), yeah, it’s gonna be shit. But a used laptop that was actually nice when it was new can be a great value. Cheap laptops are great. And desktops are difficult to set up in the coffee shop or take to a friend’s house.

  45. shadowless on August 9, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I agree with you fully. Proprietary hardware goes directly against the concept of IT, networks and engineering as whole. Sadly, as with real world engineering applications, what gets the most distribution becomes the standard.

    The soda can was an example of engineering succeeding over marketing. That doesn’t apply when you look at mobile devices, just because marketing is very successful, and general education isn’t

  46. Kakashi Hatake on August 9, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I find it easier and more effective to take notes on paper. Way more customizability which can be done within a short time. In my opinion taking notes using electronics is really stupid and you miss out on the real learning experience

  47. Robin Lillian on August 9, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Why do you need a computer to take notes? Use a pen & paper. You will remember the lecture better if you have to think about it to take notes. You could also just record the lecture and take notes later. Voice recorders are cheap & you can upload the recording also later. The more contact you have with the contents of the lecture, the more repetition, the more you will remember, and the better you will do on exams.

  48. Andy Power on August 9, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Is it possible to build a gaming laptop?!
    Should have a 4 core CPU and 4 core GPU at least… and maybe 8-16 Gb ram.

  49. Miguel Ângelo Correia on August 9, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Many thanks for the tips

  50. Abdul Momin Sakib on August 9, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Do you use pirated windows?

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