I will never buy NEW laptop again, especially with dedicated GPU, for extensive use.
- They’re were/are overpriced
- Cheaper laptops render poor performance or no performance at all
- Most displays in cheaper laptops are of poor quality
- Laptops are not made to last, heat and extended use will kill a component or two, eventually, making the laptop unusable
So now, I try to buy the best used laptop (that works) for the least amount of money from those who don’t want them. I always find what I want for $300 or less on craigslist. If I buy something used that breaks after a while, it won’t cost me $2000+
My favs are used Dell Precision laptops for cheap. They usually boot *nix or *BSD OS fine, ware made to perform as workstations and they do that well. I use and abuse them, as much as I can. I haven’t killed one completly, yet