Looking for something that’s not bad

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Compaq12, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Compaq12

    Compaq12 Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? 350-760 usd

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: lots
    b. Dislike: none really
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Maybe if can save some $$$
    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Gaming, basic tasks (word processing web browsing etc)
    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?) yes
    My summer car, half life 1 and 2, mudrunner, and the occasional game of solitaire

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    5+ hours
    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?
    Yes. I’d like photos of it but I can purchase online
    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.)
    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Doesn’t matter to me
    Build Quality and Design

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

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    1tb or more
    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3-15 years
    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    1 year
    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?

    Other wanted items:
    Touchscreen, wifi, dedicated graphics, backlit keyboard, and Ethernet
    If it could be done maybe one with lots of USB ports
    Thanks, Davion
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    PCs in your desired budget range generally have a 256GB or a 512GB storage drive, though it can usually be upgraded later.

    This Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15" would work well - it has nice specs for the money, even if it's a tad over your budget - and HP has the Pavilion 15z on sale. (Customize it to get the full HD touch display; avoid the base 1366x768 screen. I'd also recommend upgrading to 16GB of RAM and be sure to get the backlit keyboard option.)

  3. Ed. Yang

    Ed. Yang Notebook Evangelist

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    I find that the questionnaire is spot on on all fields, however the position priorities would somehow steer the buyer's mind away from the initial direction...
    Key Use should be placed #1, then follows by OS, CPU performance comes 3rd, how long a working duration expected comes 4th, portability comes 5th, screen type/size comes 6th, lucky 7th shall touch on expected budget.
    If one is lucky, the fore front 6 criteria will not break the buyer's budget. If the buyer expectations ain't matching enough, unluckily, the buyer will hv to up the initial budget...

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