For the road-warrior wife

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by trube, Nov 17, 2021.

  1. trube

    trube Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey all.
    I'm hoping that you can help me to not screw this up. I have recently convinced my wife to align with the windows camp in order to give tech support (me) an easier job, since I am unfamiliar with macOS. Now I have to get her an appropriate notebook PC that will not leave her irritated with it or (more importantly) with me. I appreciate any help that you can give, but will not hold you or Notebook Review responsible for my relationship difficulties.

    I have been looking at the XPS 15, but would love to hear other options.

    Thanks!


    What is your budget?
    $1500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    Which country will you buying this notebook?
    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Lenovo

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Remote login to electronic medical record
    Photo editing (lightroom)


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

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    No

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    4

    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?
    No

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

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

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

    Build Quality and Design
    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No

    Notebook Components
    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    500 Gb

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity
    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    nowish

    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?
    3 days

    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?
    Not sure (but I probably should be willing)

     
  2. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Since switching my parents to an iPad from their decade-old Windows laptop, the number of tech support calls I received plunged to near zero. For the less technically literate, honestly, macOS is the way to go.
     
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  3. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Something like the ThinkPad T15 offers an excellent 600nit 4k display if you're doing photo work. If I were a road warrior, I'd want something smaller like the XPS 13 or ThinkPad X1 Nano, but that's me.
     
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  4. trube

    trube Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the thoughts, guys. I was hoping to stay away from Lenovo, and the purpose of her adopting windows is to get some computer uniformity in the house, but I hear what you are saying. Maybe it's a lost cause.
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I didn't see you wanted to pass on Lenovo. What's your beef with them? The X1 Nano offers a very good screen, but the Dell is good too.
     

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