Help to choice a laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by lhozedu, Sep 10, 2016.

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  1. lhozedu

    lhozedu Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    ~700$ or 800$

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Dell, Asus, Lenovo
    b. Dislike: HP
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    Yes

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

    coding, games development, programming, maybe some games

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

    both

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

    ~4h

    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?

    I'll buy online

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Windows

    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. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)

    1080p it's fine

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)

    matte

    Build Quality and Design

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

    yes

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    one month

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

    at least 2 or 3 years

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?

    SSD for system

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

    No

    I'll use this laptop most of the time for coding, therefore I need a good keyboard and a good screen.
     
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    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Look in Dell Outlet for the Latitude E5570 and check Dell Outlet's twitter feed for coupons. That notebook will give you everything you want except the style. For something more stylish there's the XPS15 9550 / Precision 5510 but I doubt you will find any within your budget.

    John
     
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    So heavy and fat, nothing more light and thin?
     
  5. Krowe

    Krowe Notebook Evangelist

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    Well, if you want thin and light with any sort of decent build quality, you gotta be willing to pay for it.
     
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    and another brand?
     
  7. Krowe

    Krowe Notebook Evangelist

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    At that price point, you're not going to get a lot of build quality (or horsepower) in a typical consumer laptop. Business class refurbished is about as good as it gets, but they aren't pretty.

    For thin and light, sure they exist at that price point, but they had to make a lot of compromises to hit that price point. Performance, construction quality, component choices and durability all take a hit to make it cheap. You get what you pay for.
     
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    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Perhaps review your requirements. Probably the first priority is a good quality high viewing angle (ie IPS or equivalent technology) FHD display. Glossy may be OK (but it's more vulnerable to reflections from lights) as matte tends to be only used on business notebooks. Do you want a keyboard with a numpad or without? Your preference may depend on what you are used to.

    If your reading vision is good then you could also consider a 14" notebook which would widen your options (eg Dell Latitude E5470 / E7470) and give you more portability. A good quality wide viewing angle FHD screen is very legible but everything will be slightly smaller than on a 15.6" screen.

    John
     
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    A matte display it's very important to me, also a keyboard with a numpad, for that reason I need a 15.6" screen.

    I can sacrifice construction quality for more thin and light, but with the good quality display, good quality keyboard (with numpad) and good performance (i think that 6th gen i5 hq its ok or the i7 6820HQ that comes with E5570 its really necesary?)

    thank you so much for the help
     
  10. Krowe

    Krowe Notebook Evangelist

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    What you're describing is basically a business notebook that is within your budget! (From the outlet of course). Why the focus on thin and light?
     
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