Budget 15 inch multimedia laptop with light CAD work

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Ellatan, Aug 22, 2019.

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  1. Ellatan

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    This laptop is a gift for my parents in law. They have a really outdated laptop model, they might do some very light CAD projects on the laptop. Looking for something that looks decent, and has a good speed for simple everyday tasks, along with a decent screen and performance.

    So far my main candidate has been Acer Aspire e5-576g-5762 model, which seems to be better than Lenovo Ideapad 530s. Wondering if there are other good options in the same price range that would satisfy the needs.

    1) What is your budget?

    Roughly $500-800, can stretch for a deal

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    14" - 16" screen, 15" would be a sweet spot
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    I will be buying it on Amazon India or a similar online store for Indian market

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    Not planning to buy a MacBook.
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?


    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Multimedia streaming, watching movies, browsing, light CAD projects work

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

    Staying at home for the most part

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    No videogames

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

    6 hours at minimum, 10 preferred

    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?

    Without seeing is ok

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.


    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)

    FHD should be enough

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    Either is fine, screen quality important

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

    Somewhat, but functionality is more important

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    256-512GB SSD

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    Today or tomorrow

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    Several years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    Not an issue

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?

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