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Nearly time for me to get myself a new laptop. I'd appreciate any recommendations, particularly any specials on sale in the major stores or online. My budget is around 20,000Bt. I could go a bit more if it was really worth it. I'm not a gamer, really just need it for general internet use. I am into photography so a high resolution screen is necessary, either a 14'' or 15' screen. And obviously SSD. I like the laptops that fold up and can be used like a tablet. I don't have any great preference regarding brands, just as long as it's a well made reliable machine. Not interested in Mac or Linux, so a Windows machine. I also like lots of ram, but of course that can be added later.

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Indeed, foldable windows labtops are rare/expensive and have not impressed many as it needs major revision of the operating system. The following from a computer magazine (Jan 2020):

 

Asus, Dell, and HP have also not yet revealed any dual-screen or foldable Windows devices, but most of them are playing around with some prototype ideas. Dell introduced concept foldable and dual-screen labtpos this week, and Asus introduced a smaller 14-inch dual-screen labtop.. All of these devices, including  Intel's folding concept, are also running a standard version of Windows 10 that’s not designed with this new hardware in mind. It’s fair to say that Windows 10 looks janky and awkward in dual-screen and foldable hardware demonstrations. It reminds me of the early days of touchscreen laptops, back when Windows 7 wasn’t designed and built around screens you could touch. Microsoft then went all-in on touchscreens with Windows 8 to much criticism, and is now taking a careful approach with Windows 10X.

 

Something like the (non foldable) Notebook Dell Inspiron 5593-W566054461PTHW10 might fit your specs, costs about 25,000 Baht.

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6 minutes ago, cormanr7 said:

Indeed, foldable windows labtops are rare/expensive and have not impressed many as it needs major revision of the operating system. The following from a computer magazine (Jan 2020):

 

Asus, Dell, and HP have also not yet revealed any dual-screen or foldable Windows devices, but most of them are playing around with some prototype ideas. Dell introduced concept foldable and dual-screen labtpos this week, and Asus introduced a smaller 14-inch dual-screen labtop.. All of these devices, including  Intel's folding concept, are also running a standard version of Windows 10 that’s not designed with this new hardware in mind. It’s fair to say that Windows 10 looks janky and awkward in dual-screen and foldable hardware demonstrations. It reminds me of the early days of touchscreen laptops, back when Windows 7 wasn’t designed and built around screens you could touch. Microsoft then went all-in on touchscreens with Windows 8 to much criticism, and is now taking a careful approach with Windows 10X.

 

Something like the (non foldable) Notebook Dell Inspiron 5593-W566054461PTHW10 might fit your specs, costs about 25,000 Baht.

 

I think you have grabbed the wrong end of the stick with the foldable concept. The OP is simply referring to laptop that have 360 degree hinges.

 

But as others have stated, best to let go of the gimmicks in order to get something of suitable quality.

IPS screens are 'two a penny', but getting a high quality screen with a wide colour gamut and suitable brightness is another thing altogether.

 

The DELL you mention, even if it has the IPS screen option(that is unclear), it only covers 54% of sRGB. 

https://laptopmedia.com/review/dell-inspiron-5593-review-does-it-have-the-balance/

 

 

 

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About the extra RAM: Better buy it right away because at least in some cases a 8GB RAM notebook will have two 4GB modules. If you want later i.e. 16GB that means throwing the existing modules out and buying new modules.

If you have originally only one 8GB module and one free socket then you need only another 8GB to upgrade.

And that might be different for every notebook model.

 

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Here is a good resource: https://www.notebookcheck.net/The-Best-Notebook-Displays-As-Reviewed-By-Notebookcheck.120541.0.html

 

For a photographer screen quality comes first. It's fine waiting a millisecond longer for a RAW file to load, but poor screen quality can stymie your work.

 

Photographers and graphic designers are more likely to refer to Adobe RGB, but 100% Adobe RGB is too high a bar.

4k is also more suitable to a photographer. Who takes pictures at such a low resolution as 1920p x 1080p? 

 

So you will need to make compromises. I suggest a good screen should score higher than just the latest CPU.

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It depends how deep you want to go in photo editing. Some pics from your phone or do you have a real camera and take pics in RAW? Then you will need a good program, a good screen (better an external one), an i5 or similar chip, 16 GB RAM... And for sure not a laptop with touch screen what is always dirty. 

 

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1 hour ago, varun said:

Your budget is extremely low for the kind of specs that you are expecting:

 

See here for a good idea of what 20,000 baht will get you:

 

https://www.advice.co.th/product/notebook

 

Being a Dell lover, usually for Vostro models (appear they don't carry them here in Thailand) bought a Dell Inspiron 5593 (as per the leaflet) back in January, happy with it, great machine, only replaced the SSD from 512 GB to a 1TB Samsung, the one provided with the offer was a Toshiba

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Thanks everyone for your helpful replies. I realize my questions were very general and I need to look around and narrow my choices down. I'll look in some of the big stores and after I have a few possibilities will come back here are seek some final opinions...thanks again everyone.

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On 7/31/2020 at 3:17 PM, TSF said:

I am into photography so a high resolution screen is necessary, either a 14'' or 15' screen. And obviously SSD. I like the laptops that fold up and can be used like a tablet.

you aren't getting that spec for any less than 30k

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10 minutes ago, TSF said:

Thanks everyone for your helpful replies. I realize my questions were very general and I need to look around and narrow my choices down. I'll look in some of the big stores and after I have a few possibilities will come back here are seek some final opinions...thanks again everyone.

 

Take some sample pics and video on a USB drive.

 

Example: https://webkit.org/blog-files/color-gamut/

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