Budget desktop replacement

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    Hi all,

    I decided it was finally time to upgrade my MSI from 5 years ago. I currently have three leaders in mind, but wanted to get your thoughts on them and see if I'm missing anything.

    1) What is your budget?
    Up to $1700 all in

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

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

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    A ton of word document editing, opening a number of PDFs at once,video streaming, some light gaming
    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Mainly desk but want to be able to take it the 5-6 times a year I travel

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    MOBAs, maybe Fortnite/Apex, but also want to be able to play some of the newer titles even if on reduced settings

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

    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 need to see

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

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Lightweight and thin is a plus. It needs to be subtle/non-remarkable since I will be taking it to work from time to time

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Next few days
    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    5 years
    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    1 week max
    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?
    OK to ship if needed

    My three frontrunners:

    A: Lenovo Y740, ~$1600. https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptop...eries/Lenovo-Legion-Y740-17ICHg/p/88GMY701062
    Love the price/performance mix, the loe heat is great because for my last 2 laptops heat was a huge issue, and the style is what I'm looking for. The dealbreaker for me is the keyboard. I need to write a ton, and it just doesn't look high quality from the reviews I've watched. The macros on the left are a killer too, and I want numpad as well. But a laptop at this price point and component level is my ideal, and if there are issues with everything else, maybe I can tolerate the keyboard.

    B: Sager 8972 (Clevo P970EF) from Gentechpc, ~1650: https://www.gentechpc.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Sager-NP8972-Build&CartID=1
    I really like the thinness and style of this one, plus the performance seems good. I have significant hesitations after reading about BIOS/driver issues with Sager, and want input on how severe they are. I'd need to purchase any sort of BIOS upgrade from a reseller because I want it to be good to go out of the box. Hesitant because I have never had a Sager before and am not as tech savvy as I once was if there are big issues. I like the Gentech throwins of 30-day pixel guarantee and the thermals. Curious to know about overheating over time because like I said, this killed my last two.

    C: Sager 8971 (Clevo P970ED) from XoticPC, ~1600 with thermal addons: https://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8971-clevo.html
    I don't think I need the upgraded card on the 8972, so this seems cheaper than the 8972 and still gives me the performance I'm looking for. I'd buy the thermal compound add-ons. Have never dealt with Xotic, so a little hesitant there as well.

    Very open if anyone has other notebooks that I've missed. I feel like I should go for a 2060/70 video card as well as 8750 processor given I want this to last a number of years.

    Thanks for any input! Much appreciated.

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