Is this the best bang for my buck? ASUS K501UW

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Nafafi, Apr 13, 2017.

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  1. Nafafi

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    Hi, my Lenovo Y410P just bit the dust and I'm looking for a replacement. Currently, this is my top choice:

    However, I bet there's something better out there so I would love suggestions! In particular I would like to have a touch screen. 14inch is my ideal size because I don't like them too bulky, but they don't seem to make too many of those anymore. Also, graphics are nice, but not paramount for me. I would like some dedicated graphics, but I would be happy with something like a Geforce 940m or better.

    What do you think would be the best bang for my buck.

    1) What is your budget? $500-900

    2) What size notebook would you prefer? (14inch would be ideal)
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. 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: ASUS, Lenovo
    b. Dislike: N/A
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? Probably not

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? School, some occasional gaming

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

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games? Games like the new Total War games and perhaps Skyrim. No need to play on highest settings, but medium or so would be nice.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need? 5+ (minimum 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? I'll probably just buy online

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows 10

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? FHD/HD

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? Would rather have matte if its not a touch screen, but otherwise I don't care too much

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Somewhat. I don't really like anything too flashy (see link)

    15) When are you buying this laptop? Very soon

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last? 3.5+

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive? I definitely want an SSD, but size isn't too important

    18) Do you need an optical drive? No

    (I would also prefer my laptop to not be too terribly bulky and to be made at least partially from aluminum)

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