Matthew Miner's Pretty Reliable Product Recommendations

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Laptop Recommendations

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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Repairable Laptop
Most modern electronics are designed to break in a few years, at which point you're supposed to throw the whole thing away in a landfill and buy a new one. This harmful cycle wastes your money and pollutes the environment. Buying a laptop made to be repaired and upgraded is a great way to save money and reduce the increasing amount of e-waste we generate.
The Framework Laptop
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