Matthew Miner's Pretty Reliable Product Recommendations

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Laptop Recommendation

My current laptop model is a custom HP Pavilion 17t, but the exact model is no longer made. Most people probably do not need what I want though. My recommendations for others would be as follows:

  • Basic Laptop
    Acer Aspire 5 Slim w/ Ryzen 5 3500U
    This is a solid laptop with good performance for the price. It also has a very nice screen. The only downside might be that it's a bit heavy.
    Specs:
    • Screen size: 15.6" IPS (1920×1080)
    • CPU Passmark score: 7549
    • RAM: 8GB
    • Storage: 256GB SSD
    • Weight: 5.7 lb
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    Acer Aspire 5 Slim w/ Core i5-8265u
    This is a decent laptop. It's very similar to the last one, but it has a bit weaker of a processor. This kind of makes it a worse value, but it does let it be lighter and should improve battery life.
    Specs:
    • Screen size: 15.6" IPS (1920×1080)
    • CPU Passmark score: 6656
    • RAM: 8GB
    • Storage: 256GB SSD
    • Weight: 4 lb
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    Acer Aspire 5 Slim w/ Ryzen 3 3200U
    This is a quite a bit cheaper option. The performance will probably be passable, although the RAM is quite worrisome. I would not buy this unless you plan on upgrading the memory, which is admittedly easy to do. It's still pretty cheap even buying extra RAM though and does have a nice screen.
    Specs:
    • Screen size: 15.6" IPS (1920×1080)
    • CPU Passmark score: 4378
    • RAM: 4GB
    • Storage: 128GB SSD
    • Weight: 4 lb
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    Buy extra RAM:
    Dell Inspiron 2020 Premium 14” HD Laptop Notebook Computer w/ Core i5-1035G4
    This laptop has incredible performance for the price. The downsides are that its screen could be better and that it's not the lightest.
    Specs:
    • Screen size: 14" TN (1366×768)
    • CPU Passmark score: 9602
    • RAM: 8GB
    • Storage: 128GB SSD
    • Weight: 4.4 lb
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    2020 HP Pavilion 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop w/ Core i3-1005G1
    This laptop is a good average. It's about in the middle speed-wise. It's about in the middle price-wise. It's screen is above-average quality but not the best resolution. Its weight is on the lower end, but not the lightest. It's a pretty good laptop though. I'd recommend it.
    Specs:
    • Screen size: 15.6" SVA (1366×768)
    • CPU Passmark score: 6102
    • RAM: 8GB
    • Storage: 128GB SSD
    • Weight: 3.8 lb
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