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Looking for powerful mid-range laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by csh8428, Feb 14, 2018 at 2:42 PM.

  1. csh8428

    csh8428 Newbie

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    What I’m looking for in general:
    A powerful laptop that is somewhat future proof for the next 5 years or so. I don’t game anymore, but a nice GPU is icing on the cake. In order of priority from most to least – powerful and efficient processor and RAM, screen quality, Thunderbolt 3, having an SSD or a port for one.


    1) What is your budget?
    As close to $1,200 as possible. I could be persuaded to go to $1,400 depending on which component is worth the increase. Right now Costco has the ASUS ROG GL753VE and Acer Predator Helios 300 at $1,199; which are my benchmarks for now.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Desktop Replacement; 17"+ 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, Acer, Lenovo, open to others
    b. Dislike: HP

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Heavy multitasking with office/productivity related apps
    4k video output(laptop screen doesn’t need to be 4k though)
    Light Video editing
    I don’t game, but it would be nice to have a gaming capable unit

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both, but this isn’t important to me.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Driving Sims

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Don’t have a minimum, but the longer the better. This isn’t important unless the laptop totally sucks at this compared to similar units.

    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 (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows 10

    Screen Specifics

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

    1920 x 1080 minimum

    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?
    No

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Not sure.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    5 or more years(my MSI Leopard is currently about 5 years old)

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    1TB HD + SSD

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No, would actually prefer not to have one
     
  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    The Helios 300 tends to run hot and build quality is mediocre. I'd suggest looking at the Asus GL703.
     
  3. kojack

    kojack Notebook Deity

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    I would look at any brand besides asus. They have crap build quality and even poorer customer service when things go wrong. Go for dell, Lenovo or HP for superior devices and service.
     
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