Laptop preferable specs: gtx1070, 32ram, 1TB ssd, i7 8750 processor.
Hi all, I returned after some research and a final purchase.
After much pondering, I decided not to go with the tensorbook as it was just to expensive and the lead time to get the laptop was a little long (I am from Singapore)
A bit more research and I managed to find these laptop that fit my criteria.
MSI P65 Creator 8RF – SGD3308 ~ USD2442
Specs: i7-8750, 32GB ram, 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus sdd, gtx 1070, battery 82whr
MSI GS65 – SGD3295 ~ USD2432
Specs: i7-8750, 32GB ram, 1TB ssd (2 x 512 Super Raid 4) , gtx 1070, battery 82whr
Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop (7590) – SGD2899 ~ USD2140 (on offer)
Specs: i7-8750, 16GB ram, 512GB ssd, rtx 2070, battery 90whr
Alienware 15 r4, (older version with gtx 1070) – SGD2799 ~ USD2066
Specs: i7-8750, 16GB ram, 128gb ssd + 1TB hdd, gtx 1070, battery 68whr
Aftershock Apex 17 – SGD2699 ~ USD1992
Specs:i7-8750, RTX 2070, 8GB, 512 nvme ssd, battery 68whr (components are customizable)
In the end, I went with Aftershock Apex 17 as it was the cheapest and the company is also a home grown customized laptop dealers (supporting my own country hahah). Some comments for the others are:
MSI laptop had all the specs that I wanted with reasonable price. However, I had also found online that there are a lot of hiccups during installation of ubuntu on the msi laptop, somehow it does not play well with msi hardware so I decided to skip this even though they are very attractive with the prices and specs offer. Also, I was a owner of a slim msi gaming laptop before and it has brought me hell with the sub par build quality and frequent visit to warranty to get those parts change. However, these recent design seems good and people had pretty good review. There is also a github page that tells us how to install ubuntu on msi laptop so I guess it might be worth a try.
Dell and Alienware was a great option and I was actually having a hard time choosing this and aftershock. Reason been that 1. Dell has better ubuntu support. You know your dell hardware will play well with ubuntu and there is some support. 2. Dell laptop had an amazing build quality and installing your own ram / storage for future upgrade is very easy with their design.3. Excellent thermal design. during the time i was looking, there was an IT show in Singapore and much of the price I had stated was after offer discount so its looks extremely affordable to get it. The only issue I had was the weight. The Dell G7 was weighting at almost 3kg ! (no surprise due to the battery cell it is carrying). If you are not so mobile, then Dell G7 might make some sense. Otherwise, its a great laptop for deep learning.
Lastly we come to Aftershock laptops. They are a relatively small customised laptop builder based here in Singapore. Was actually looking into customized laptop builder and lucky enough found one here. The price they provide seems very competitive and they allow customization of components. However battery is not fantastic in this machine. I opt for the final specs of i7-8750, RTX 2070, 16GB x 1, 512 nvme ssd, battery 68whr (components are customizable) without windows 10 and comes up to around SGD 2655 = 1960, allowing me to have some cash to upgrade it further where rams and storage are cheaper in the future. FYI aftershock laptops are actually clevo / tong fang / eluktronics / wallmart overppowered laptop. All are from the same manufacturer tong fang.
I had been using the Aftershock Apex 17 with ubuntu 18.04 installed for the past 2 weeks and I must say, its performing well with not much of difficulty setting up. all hardware working, Only issue is the backlight customizable is not available in ubuntu but hopefully in the future there will be.
Highly recommend for deep learning is to look into customized laptop that allow you to pick components and not waste money on getting a default windows installation unless you need it. Also pick a laptop with additional slot for upgrade.
Hope this helps in anyone trying to buy a laptop for deep learning.