Looking for Gaming or Media laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by dander, Jan 29, 2019.

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  1. dander

    dander Notebook Consultant

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Looking to go up to €2500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    Ireland(can order from Amazon.co.uk, Scan etc)

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Meh
    b. Dislike: Apple lol
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    If the price is right

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Browsing, some simulations, CAD, gaming, media consumption

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

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Metro, Doom etc

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    As much as possible(laptops that charge with a PD power bank would be cool)

    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?
    Don't really have a choice

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

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    1080P if gaming laptop, 3:2 ratio otherwise for productivity

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Prefer matte, can live with glossy if touchscreen

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    I prefer a clean look

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    ASAP, can wait a bit if launch is close by

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

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    Couple of 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?
    Depends on price

    Noise is important to me, being able to control the laptops fan curve from 0% to 100% is very important. I already had a Dell XPS 9570, HP Studio 15 G5 and Gigabyte 15X. I was thinking about the HP Spectre X360 15 with the i7 8750H but it's not easy to find out info for it regarding cooling etc

    If it's not a gaming laptop I'd prefer TB3 to be able to use an egpu

    I'm a student so battery life is important for me, being able to charge via Type C usb is very welcome since the power adapters are much smaller and I can use powerbanks too

    I'm open to 17 inch screens if they're not huge(bezel less etc)

    Windows Hello would be handy too

    Last edited: Jan 29, 2019
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