I want to buy a Windows laptop that is as future-proof as possible. I have looked at those with at least one Core i7 processor, 1
6GB memory, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 13-14in high resolution display. I really struggle to identify the one I should get.
I realize that the specifications may be overkill for my mix of office productivity programs and media usage. However, I plan to keep this notebook for seven to ten years, and I want it to be able to handle updates and new software in the future. My budget is about £ 1,500 – £ 2,000. Ed
It's not easy to buy a future-proof laptop because the industry is moving in the opposite direction. The trend is toward ultra-thin laptops where the processor, memory and storage chips are soldered and cannot be upgraded. Furthermore, sealed saws make it more difficult to replace failing keyboards, cracked screens and glued batteries. Unless laptops are still under warranty, replacing them may be easier than repairing them.
If you want to buy a laptop for long-term use, check the iFixit website for a demolition and a repair point. At the moment, Microsoft's Surface Laptop is the worst product, with a score of zero. This beats dozens or so Apple MacBooks that all score 1 out of 10. On the good side, the products score 10, such as the HP EliteBook 840 G3 and the Dell Latitude E5270. The HP EliteBook 1050 is among notebooks that score 9.
iFixit doesn't make many teardowns – and shockingly hasn't made the Lenovo ThinkPad – so you should try other sources like Laptopmain, Notebookcheck and AnandTech. Also search the web for a portable service manual to see how easy it is to repair and upgrade. The harder it is, the less future-proof it is.
Generally, it is safer to buy laptops intended for business users rather than consumers. Many IT departments expect to be able to replace batteries and install memory and SSD themselves.