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Old 24th September 2020, 10:53   #5851
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Does anyone have any experience using the MSI Alpha 15? This one here is cheaper than its sibling under the same name but with slightly inferior specs. I'm also not too sure about the service and customer care of MSI. It has mixed reviews about it all across the world. Looking for a good laptop for CSE.

Link: https://www.flipkart.com/msi-alpha-1...ebd6652a1e699c
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Does anyone have any experience using the MSI Alpha 15? This one here is cheaper than its sibling under the same name but with slightly inferior specs. I'm also not too sure about the service and customer care of MSI. It has mixed reviews about it all across the world. Looking for a good laptop for CSE.

Link: https://www.flipkart.com/msi-alpha-1...ebd6652a1e699c
Boss, while i donít own a MSI, but 2 of my friends do - A MSI GS65 stealth and another MSI GL63. Both donít have good things to say about Thermals, hinge design and after sales. According to them, thermals are really bad and not suited for Indian conditions wherein heat cannot be properly dissipated as ambient room temperatures in India are high. Further, one of the them had hinge broken within a year of ownership and still MSI has not been able to repair the same. The other guy with MSI GL63 thought of getting thermal repasting done for his laptop, but the service center guy probably did not properly assemble the laptop - now there are weird artefacts that pop up now and then on his display.

Would suggest to stick with brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo for peace of mind post purchase
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Does anyone have any experience using the MSI Alpha 15? This one here is cheaper than its sibling under the same name but with slightly inferior specs. I'm also not too sure about the service and customer care of MSI. It has mixed reviews about it all across the world. Looking for a good laptop for CSE.

Link: https://www.flipkart.com/msi-alpha-1...ebd6652a1e699c
Like most brands, MSI has its hits-and-misses. The GL and stealth models are best avoided (thermal issues akin to ASUS's TUF series). Bravo, GF and Creator are the good ones. MSI's service has improved tremendously as well.

The Alpha is not bad although this one features an older Ryzen, which while still capable, should not be your first choice in this range. Pick something based on the new Ryzen 7nm Hex-core CPUs whenever possible. Similarly, while that 5500m is a good card for the price, it is still a bit behind the 1660Ti. If GPU/3D performance is your priority, springing for that might be worthwhile even if you have to give up a bit of CPU performance.

Every laptop currently worth considering is linked here:- https://nextpc.co/2020/08/24/workplay/

No matter what you buy, test thoroughly during the return period. Hope that helps

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Ordered this absolute beast of a laptop (if you can even call it that) for my manager's son to play AAA game titles on.

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A desktop would have been preferred, but since he moves between his mom & dad's houses every week and wants to be able to take the system along with him, I helped him narrow down to this as it's pretty much the closest you can get to a desktop experience in a laptop form factor.

I think I might be more excited about this laptop arriving than he is

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Ordered this absolute beast of a laptop (if you can even call it that) for my manager's son to play AAA game titles on.

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A desktop would have been preferred, but since he moves between his mom & dad's houses every week and wants to be able to take the system along with him, I helped him narrow down to this as it's pretty much the closest you can get to a desktop experience in a laptop form factor.

I think I might be more excited about this laptop arriving than he is

Cheers
Very nice! This looks like a Clevo(TW)/Schenker(German boutique laptop maker) chassis . I'm guessing he wasn't keen on a portable SFF PC build he could carry between houses? (finding a display in either house shouldn't be too hard.)

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Very nice! This looks like a Clevo(TW)/Schenker(other German boutique laptop maker) chassis . I'm guessing he wasn't keen on a portable SFF PC build he could carry between houses? (finding a display in either house shouldn't be too hard.)
Yes, it's from Schenker and based on a Clevo chassis.

He also wanted to be able to use the system elsewhere, so laptop it is.

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My sister is looking to get a 2in1 laptop with touchscreen within a budget of 80,000 Rs. Her usage will be online classes, browsing, doc works and movies. Kindly suggest a laptop for the use case.
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Hello Folks,
I'm trying to buy a laptop for mom and would appreciate some inputs. I'll be buying it online from the US for her in Bangalore. I don't really want them to go to a store in India due to COVID-19.

Usage:
1. MS Office
2. Recording music + some classes on skype
3. Browsing + Email + Social media

Min specs:
1. 256 GB SSD
2. 8 GB RAM - I'd love to avoid asking them to upgrade a 4GB RAM to 8GB
3. 15.6" display
4. Windows 10 only

Additionally, I want a laptop which has decent support. I'd love it if she never uses that support for the 4-5 years that she'll use the machine.

Here are some options I've seen:
1. Lenovo V15
2. Asus X509JA - Has no review on Amazaon - does any BHPian have a personal experience?
3. Asus Vivobook 15
4. HP 15s

Any other options are also welcome. TIA

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For that age group, I would recommend get her an iPad. The ease of use and robustness of the m/c justifies the cost you pay upfront
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Hello Folks,
I'm trying to buy a laptop for mom and would appreciate some inputs.
Min specs:
1. 256 GB SSD
2. 8 GB RAM - I'd love to avoid asking them to upgrade a 4GB RAM to 8GB
3. 15.6" display
4. Windows 10 only
Any other options are also welcome. TIA
We just bought a laptop for my son's online classes. you can have a look at it. It fulfills all your criteria except that its is a 14 inch not 15.6.

https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B08G24RGKS/
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My sister is looking to get a 2in1 laptop with touchscreen within a budget of 80,000 Rs. Her usage will be online classes, browsing, doc works and movies. Kindly suggest a laptop for the use case.
The HP Envy x360 should be a good fit:- https://amzn.to/3by4R64

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For that age group, I would recommend get her an iPad. The ease of use and robustness of the m/c justifies the cost you pay upfront
+1 for this suggestion. You can pair this with a good keyboard like the Logitech K480 if needed.
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+1 for this suggestion. You can pair this with a good keyboard like the Logitech K480 if needed.
I would strongly suggest that she get the Samsung Galaxy Tab s7+ 12 .4 inches .I just got once recently and its just awesome . It can turn into a desktop with all the goodness of a Tablet . You should watch some videos of it to make a decision .
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Thanks for the suggestion - I'd have bought her a Mac if she was willing to switch.

Being used to Windows for 20 years, she's reluctant to shift to iPads. Plus her current dell is nearing 5 years and I think that is decent life for a laptop with a HDD. Time for replacement as her birthday is soon approaching.

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Thanks This looks good. How are the hinges in the lower end HPs?
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Thanks This looks good. How are the hinges in the lower end HPs?
My wife uses a similar laptop with a slightly different configuration since more than one year. Have upgraded that one to 8GB ram ( originally had 4GB) and added an SSD ( that came with 1 tb hdd). Have been pretty much satisfied. No issues at all.

So we bought the similar one for my son. This one doesn't need any upgrade. (Although an HDD can be added if required.)
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Thanks for the suggestion - I'd have bought her a Mac if she was willing to switch.

Being used to Windows for 20 years, she's reluctant to shift to iPads. Plus her current dell is nearing 5 years and I think that is decent life for a laptop with a HDD. Time for replacement as her birthday is soon approaching.


Thanks This looks good. How are the hinges in the lower end HPs?

Since you would have bought her a Mac if she could switch, then get her Dell XPS 13 or 15 with base config. Just don't tell her the price though.
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