14" or compact 15" with specific requirements

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  1. swooph

    swooph Notebook Geek

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    Hi guys, in need of a bit of a beast with a few key features.

    1) What is your budget?
    £1500 - 1700

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    14" ideal but will consider a slim 15"

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    UK

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Don't mind
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Everything except gaming. Sound and Video editing. Should be a very high spec machine with decent dedicated video for Adobe Suite. If I'm not mistaken Adobe loves cores, and I hear the 8th gen U processors are very impressive in this area.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    NO

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    More the merrier - bad battery life will rule the machine out. happy to tolerate a battery slice

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Don't mind

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Win 10

    Screen Specifics

    12)
    I LOVE big resolution but wont tolerate a glossy screen. so if it's glossy i prefer to go down to a 1080 and get a non-reflective.


    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Now

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    2-3 years minimum

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    I need a big SSD but am happy to install my own.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No
    MUST HAVES
    - Backlit keys
    - I need traditional USB 3s (at least 2), preferably at least one on either side.

    WOULD LIKE TO HAVES
    - in an ideal world this laptop will have DEDICATED pg up and down keys (no pressing ctrl / shift)
    - good scroll pad / gestures
    - Up-gradable SSD / RAM would be lovely but not a must, if the machine is of high enough spec. (1TB SSD bare minimum if the machine is not upgradeable


    I think that's it. Any help, as ever, greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. RampantGorilla

    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    I think you'll find it difficult to find a powerful laptop that has a non glossy colour accurate screen (90%+ AdobeRGB). A few suggestions: Dell XPS 15 4K model (glossy screen), HP ZBook Studio G4 (meets all of your requirements, but is really expensive) and the PC Specialist Defiance XS (my laptop). PC Specialist are company who make custom laptops and PCs. I got my laptop from them and they have great customer service and great prices. The Defiance XS (based on the Clevo P950HP6) has a poor 120Hz 1080p panel, but you can call them on the phone (0333 011 7000) to get them to upgrade it to a colour accurate 4K panel. https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk

    If you decide to get the Dell XPS 15, you can try it out beforehand at PCWorld or John Lewis. The glossy screen really isn't that bad and panel is more than bright enough to use in daylight. Try to see the laptop in person before you make any decisions beforehand.
     
  3. swooph

    swooph Notebook Geek

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    You know if they're planning on releasing an 8th gen XPS 15? how is that GPU on the current XPS 15s?
     
  4. RampantGorilla

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    Yes, it's coming April or May at the latest. Dell are waiting for Intel to launch the new 8th generation laptop cpus (H series, 45W) which will have 6 cores instead of the current 4. The current XPS has a GTX 1050 which is more than sufficient for even 4k video editing. You can find a review of the XPS here:
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  5. swooph

    swooph Notebook Geek

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    Is it true the XPS is non-upgradeable? I read somewhere that you can have the smaller battery and have room for an SSD / HDD. how badly does the battery life suffer though?
     
  6. John Ratsey

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    Also consider Dell's Precision 55xx range which is basically the equivalent XPS15 but with options such as a matte screen. The FHD panel on my 5510 (see review here) is very good quality. Notebookcheck do standard tests on display quality as part of their reviews. The Precisions also tend to have a slower GPU (not an issue for your usage) and have a better standard warranty which is reflected in the higher price. If you can wait longer then they will appear at Dell UK Outlet for, typically, 60% of the normal price.

    John
     
  7. RampantGorilla

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    The model with the 56wh battery comes with a hard drive. It has a battery life of ~5 hrs vs ~9hrs for the 97wh model.
     
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