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Re: [tlug] Need laptop vendor recommendation

Unless you're planning on running the latest AAA games or Windows in a
VM, these specifications might be way too overkill considering your
You might want to look at Linux laptop makers, which commonly sell high
end laptops with Linux pre-installed, and at the same time never tend to
have anything for those of us who prefer the Japanese keyboard.
For example:

Framework and Slimbook seem to come closest to both your specifications
and budget, and the biggest selling point of Framework is that it's very
easy to repair, and every component is easily user swappable.
The downside is that they don't ship to Japan yet, so you might need
some person in the middle in a western country to forward the laptop to

Or the alternative is to consider what you need the laptop for, and
perhaps lower your requirements, and maybe your choice of software too
to create more choice.
I'm still using a Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB SSD machine I
bought 15 years ago as my daily driver, which still handles everything
I need perfectly fine.
Then again, it depends on what you use your laptop for.
This is fine if you're a software developer, but if you play the latest
AAA video games, or do any graphics or video editing, or Javascript
frameworking, this might be far too underpowered for today's standards.

On 2023年08月22日 03:52, Stuart Luppescu wrote:
> Hi TLUGers, although I'm formally retired, I'm still doing some work to
> keep me out of trouble. For this project I'm working on now, I need a
> rather powerful laptop (e.g. i7-12800H processor, 32GB RAM, 512GB M2
> storage) with an English keyboard. I found a nice Dell Precision 5470
> but it only comes with a Japanese keyboard. It's about 270,000 yen,
> which is right at the top of my budget. The nice man at Dell Japan
> suggested a Precision 5480, but it's over 350,000 yen. Lenovo and ASUS
> don't provide more than 16GB of RAM and no English keyboard. I run
> Linux (of course) so no OS would be ideal.
> Anyone know where I could find an appropriate machine? If you're going
> to direct me to a physical store, let's keep it in the Kanto area.
> Thanks.
> -- 
> Stuart Luppescu
> Chief Psychometrician (ret.)
> UChicago Consortium on School Research


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