Looking for Clevo P650SE/Sager NP8651 Replacement

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by StormFalcon, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. StormFalcon

    StormFalcon Notebook Geek

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    1) What is your budget?
    $1500 is probably the highest I would go

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    US
    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Clevo and associated resellers
    b. Dislike: Apple
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Sure
    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    CAD, programming, general use
    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Going to take it around, but serious work will always be at home
    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Not anymore
    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    7+ of moderate use
    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?
    Online is fine
    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.)
    1080p
    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Matte
    IPS doesn't matter, a regular old 1080p 60hz TN matte panel is good
    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    NP8651's style was perfect
    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    Hopefully a 500GB+ NVMe SSD

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Sometime in the next year or two (maybe I should wait for the next gen to come out)

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    5 years at least
    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    1 or 2 weeks
    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?
    Usually I don't like spending extra on warranty

    Extra: The NP8651 was perfect for me as a desktop replacement, but now that it's been 5 years I'm thinking of getting a new laptop that trades out some performance for better battery life and weight. I'm alright with computers (swapped thermal paste, installed new drive and memory, flashed bios for some crazy OCs, etc). My priority list probably goes something like this

    1) Reliability (no thermal/power throttling, no weird software issues, etc)
    2) Performance (integrated GPU is fine)
    3) Battery life
    4) Weight and size
    5) Keyboard and trackpad
    6) No bloatware
    7) Screen
     
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