Desktop replacement

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Meowface_the_cat, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. Meowface_the_cat

    Meowface_the_cat Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    Around £1200. I could spend more for something attractive.

    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

    17" + please!

    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:

    I've had a lot of issues with HP. I'd rather avoid but I'm not totally against.

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

    Prefer not to unless the warranty is very good.

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

    Editing 4K video and photos (Creative Cloud) audio workstation (Cubase, FL studio), gaming, a LOT of typing and research tasks. (I don't necessarily need a 4K screen, just the grunt to deal with the files).

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

    I'll be taking it places, but I literally don't care about size and weight - I just want as much power as possible within my budget! I will be putting it in a car, driving somewhere, setting it up, putting it back in the car.... so as long as it fits in a large backpack we're golden.

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

    Yes - for example Borderlands 3

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

    A couple of hours would be nice for flights, but it's not that important

    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, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.


    Screen Specifics

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

    1080P is fine.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)

    Prefer matte, but will accept glossy

    Build Quality and Design

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

    Not at all. A solid build is a big plus though. This laptop might get a bit of abuse!

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    512GB plus. Would prefer to avoid mechanical drives for durability reasons. Happy to upgrade my own storage!

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?


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

    3 - 4 years

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

    A week or two

    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?

    Would ship it if needed.

    Thank you! :)
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I know you don't like HP, but the HP Omen 17 would be a good fit. The MSI GE75 Raider is an alternative. Both machines have full-power (non-Max-Q) Nvidia GPUs, 45-watt CPUs, and can take lots of RAM and storage.

    Given your 4K video editing need, I'd suggest no less than a Core i7-9750H processor and 32GB of RAM. Also look for a 1TB+ SSD as your main drive. It will probably be less expensive to upgrade the RAM and storage aftermarket. Look for a GeForce RTX 2060 or an RTX 2070 for gaming, preferably the latter since it has 8GB of VRAM.

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  3. Meowface_the_cat

    Meowface_the_cat Newbie

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    Thank you! I'll check it out! :)

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