Looking for a bulky desktop replacement: Budget USD 2500

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Sakaro, May 28, 2019.

  1. Sakaro

    Sakaro Newbie

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    Dear Community,

    I am currently using a Dell Latitude E6430: i5-3340M, 8GB Ram, Windows 7, 720p screen, 120 GB SSD.

    I have been using that laptop for 6 years, only swapped out the hard drive, and it is still going strong, but since Windows 7 is approaching its end of service date, I am currently thinking whether I should get it cleaned up and buy a new copy of Windows 10 or upgrade to a new computer.

    The biggest draw back of my current computer is the screen size, resolution and color accuracy, I love that the screen is matte, but the resolution and color accuracy leaves a lot to be desired. My main use for the computer is work related video conferencing and watching movies. I do not play games, or perform hardware intensive tasks. If I upgrade, I would love to go to a bigger 4K screen for videos and movies and an overall bulkier form factor.

    I have used an Apple MacBook Air before and it was a horrible experience. For some reasons I cannot keep light laptops sitting still on my desk, I subconsciously move them all the time. That also happens with flimsy keyboards. The E6430 is more planted on the desk, but I would prefer the laptop even a bit heavier than that, with a keyboard as sturdy as the one of the E6430.

    I was lucky enough to see a Predator 21 X in person, and I loved the form factor, something like that, just a tad bit smaller, would be perfect. I am also considering going back to a desktop computer, because I never take the laptop out with me.

    Having said that, I travel once a year or maybe every two years to Europe and stay there for like a month and so I need to get the computer into the plane and set it up in my apartment abroad. I do not travel around, it's really only about getting it on the plane without a hassle. Therefore, a portable desktop solution that I can easily take with my on a plane is also ok. However, I need to be able to get the screen on the plane, because I might relocate completely at some point.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    USD 2500 max

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    Desktop Replacement; 17"+ 4k-screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    Taiwan or Germany

    4) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    Yes

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

    Watching Movies and making video calls.

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

    Mainly on my desk, see description above.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook?

    No

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

    Does not matter.

    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 care about built quality a lot, so seeing it would be highly appreciated.

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

    Windows 10.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer?

    4K

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

    I prefer 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?

    I do not need much space, but I would really love to have a built in BluRay-Player and an SSD.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    Within the next year

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    5 years+, probably until the end of the Windows 10 life cycle or even beyond.

    Thanks for all your help in advance.
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2019
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    The HP Envy 17 supposedly has a gorgeous 4k screen.
     
  3. rlk

    rlk Notebook Evangelist

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    Lenovo ThinkPad P72 is another option; there looks like there are specials today. If you want a built-in optical drive, you'll have to do with one of the older ones (P70 or P71). Those will do just fine for what you want. Lenovo never offered a BluRay drive, though, but you can buy a 9.5mm drive and install it. The P72, unfortunately, doesn't appear to have a bay for that.

    I used the optical bay on my P70 to add an additional HDD (I'm a storage hog).

    Dell Precision 7730's tend to be a bit cheaper, but they never offered an internal optical drive. The HP Zbook whatever also has a 17" 4K option that's supposed to be very good.
     
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  4. Sakaro

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    Apparently, if I want to upgrade, the HP Zbook 17 5G seems to be the way to go, it offers the same thing as the competitors but also still offers an optical drive. Thanks for the help.
     
  5. rlk

    rlk Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't think you'll regret purchasing that machine; it sounds like an ideal match for what you're looking for. The DreamColor display is considered one of the best. That's just the one major workstation brand I've not had experience with.
     
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