Best personal laptop to buy? Looking to spend as little as possible while still being able to comfortably store files, browse, Zoom with friends, stream YouTube/Netflix, the occasional Excel modeling (one of my annoyances on old laptop is you can’t easily lock Fn). Initial thought is a Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 Intel for $600 but I’m not well versed in laptops so curious what others have to say!

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Get a MacBook Air, no bloat ware

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Not so complicated that I need a huge amount of computing power, but complicated enough that I need to easily use shortcuts. Paying a premium for a Mac just to have more Excel frustrations is a no for me

If that’s all you’re gonna do, the specs aren’t all that important. Most common laptops will fill that requirement. Maybe consider one with a bit more memory.

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MacBook Air with Apple silicon

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Personally I think the two main priorities would be 16gb of RAM minimum, and a great screen with resolution higher than 1080. And I’d go with something lightweight.

Thanks this is helpful - would also appreciate if any come to mind that fit this description

Wire cutter reviews

Does anyone have any recommendations besides Macs?

Microsoft Surface PRO. Also no bloat ware.

Lenovo ideapad flex, amd ryzen 4500U and 16 fb ram. About $600 usd and is good enough for even casual gaming

Following. In the same boat: might have to purchase a new personal laptop but use it for basic things (stream tv shows, gmail, word, basic excel, not a gamer). I have an iPhone and have always use MacBook, but open to other cost effective recs.

Dell XPS. Your welcome.

ThinkPad is a smart choice

Get a Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 8 if you’re really doing crazy stuff in Excel.

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