General Questions 1) What is your budget? Not sure yet. Less than $2k preferred 2) What size notebook would you prefer? Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen 3) Which country will you buying this notebook? USA 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? If covered by warranty 6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? work (lots of windows and memory hungry office apps), WebEx (and teams and zoom) with virtual background (currently throwing up a cpu warning message pretty much every time) 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? 90% time on the desk in clamshell mode with dual monitors 8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) CK3 9) How many hours of battery life do you need? more is better but not the priority 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? online is expected 11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. Windows. Ideally 10 given work compatibility Screen Specifics 12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.) high (but typically driving external monitors) 13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.) doesn't matter Build Quality and Design 14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Not garish Notebook Components 15) How much hard drive space do you need? more Timing, Warranty and Longevity 16) When are you buying this laptop? soon 17) How long do you expect to use this laptop? Based on my track record, 5-6 years 18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? could probably get by for a week or 2 with work-issued laptop and my ipad 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? probably not.