Filled out questionnaire - what laptop should I buy?

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  1. acumena

    acumena Newbie

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    1) What is your budget? 1350

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Netbook; 10” screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12” screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    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?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike:

    5) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Taking notes, surfing, and watching videos
    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Taking notebook to different places
    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?
    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    8 hours, more if possible
    9) 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 care too much

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    I don’t know – Mac is familiar, but I can learn whichever is better

    Screen Specifics

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
    a. WXGA – 1280x800 or occasionally 1280x768; For people who like big text and icons that are easy to read. Less stuff fits on the screen, which translates into more scrolling.
    b. WXGA+ – 1440x900; A modest bump over WXGA. Text and icons are a bit smaller. A little more stuff fits on the screen.
    c. WSXGA+ – 1680x1050; The middle ground. Again, text and icons are smaller than WXGA+, and more stuff fits onto the screen. Good for having applications open side by side, like a web browser while playing a video.
    d. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Very small text and icons, that can be hard to read. Lots of stuff fits on the screen, which means less scrolling. Good for applications that require a high level of detail like CAD or Photo Editing.


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

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    A bit, but not too much. As long as it’s relatively thin + easy to carry around.

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    In the next couple of days; a few(2, 3?) years.
    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Maybe 300 or 400, idk… I do really want to be able to run multiple apps without my computer freezing… I don’t know what an SSD drive is, sorry.

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
    I want it to play DVD’s and CD’s; it would be cool if it could burn one or both of those, but not totally necessary.
  2. MidnightSun

    MidnightSun Emodicon Super Moderator

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    The Sony VAIO Z would be good for you, although it is a 13" laptop (it is very light and compact, so I don't think weight/size will be an issue). The Lenovo X200 would also be good - it is a 12", but I think it's actually heavier than the Z. Both would be able to get up to 8 hours of battery life with their extended batteries.

    The size of the hard drive does not impact multitasking ability - the hard drive in general has little impact in this regard. However, a faster drive (7200RPM) will perform better.

    WSXGA+ resolution is generally not available in any screen smaller than 15", but the Sony Z does have a 1600x900 screen.
  3. Euquility

    Euquility Notebook Deity

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    Running multiple apps without freezing is more based on the RAM in your system and the processor you have. 8 hours of battery is quite a feat and I dont believe you can get WSXGA+ on a 11" or 12" laptop. Most laptops at the 11"-12" size only have WXGA resolution. The exception to this would be Lenovo's x200s.

    The HP Business Notebook 2230s would not be a bad bet either.^~^HEWLETT-PACKARD
    although it definitely will not be getting 8 hours on battery

    Apparently Lenovo 12" models dont have optical bays. But the Lenovo U110 is actually a pretty decent machine if you want an 11" laptop. It might actually be able to hit the 8 hour mark because it has an ultra low voltage core 2 duo processor. It does have a glossy screen though
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