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Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by lergix, Sep 7, 2012.

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    1) What is your budget?
    $2000-2500 flexible

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    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?

    No Preference

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    Sure. Probably not necessary.

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

    Programming, surfing the net, VMs, Linux, maybe gaming

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

    Bed, table. Semi-portable.

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

    Want to have the ability, although haven't played in a long time.

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

    5Hrs+ ideally

    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?

    OK without seeing.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Windows, Linux

    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. Click here for Screen resolution information.

    1920x1080. I am not a graphics designer but would like a nice screen.

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


    Build Quality and Design

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

    Nothing flashy, prefer professional looking. Currently have HP 8710p.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    Now or wait a bit (3-6Months)?

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

    3-5 years.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    256GB + SSD boot(OS)
    750GB + Storage

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

    Blu-Ray reader yes. Burner nice to have.
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    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    17" Dell Precision M6700 or the one gen older M6600. See Can be specced with a IPS LCD and a gaming capable M6000/M8900 dGPU. Has an expresscard slot too so can attach a NVidia DIY eGPU @x1.2Opt (eg: GTX580) if need GPGPU/CUDA computation. See Dell Outlet Laptops and Notebooks | Dell for deals.

    HP has a 17" Elitebook 8770W/8760W with similar specs: HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation - comparison results Small & Medium Business - HP .

    You could consider cheaper consumer HP DV7 or Asus G73/G75 offerings but the HP/Dell business machines have their excellent next-day warranty ensuring business continuinty in the event of hardware problems.
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