17" Lightweight notebook for general use

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  1. Nintendam

    Nintendam Notebook Consultant

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    Hi All, looking for a laptop for my family member

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1000 EDIT: $500 (oof)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Netbook; 10" screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen OR
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

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

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

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    General Use/ Microsoft Excel/

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Portability is a plus, lighter, thinner

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Probably not, but discrete gpu is a plus

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    More the better

    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?

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

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    • Maximum Resolutions: WSXGA+, WUXGA, FHD, 1080p

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)


    Build Quality and Design

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

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3-4 years ish, pretty much as long as a $1000 can last

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    yes, dvd minimum, blu ray a plus

    I've recommended the new Dell XPS 15, as the non touch is 999.00. As for 17" I'm unsure of options right now. I don't believe they want to go sager/clevo route unless one is thin/light enough

    so..... I've found this: good deal?

    I hear the display is not that great-



    Last edited: Feb 23, 2016
  2. Kent T

    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    The above won't happen. 17" and 3-4 years lifespan and you're looking at 5 pounds to lug. And it's going to be a bit thicker to handle a discrete GPU and keep it cool.
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