Media/Photoshop Laptop, replacement for slow Alienware, $300-$600

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by YunaFires, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. YunaFires

    YunaFires Newbie

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    Bf gave me his old PI business Alienware M15x and it is so. painfully. goddamn *slow*. Pretty keyboard lights, thats about it.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? $300 - $600. Prefer to find the sweet spot between budget and performance.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook? USA.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    If it works, it works.
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    See above.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Twitch, offline video playback, image/video editing software.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    It won't be too mobile, likely won't ever leave the home. Primary function will be either hooked up to my 4k tv for video & movies, or moved to my bed when I want to make gifs or edit video.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook?
    That would be a bonus, but not necessity. Between ps4 pro, and a Switch, I'm well good on games.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    I'm always near an outlet, so battery life doesn't concern me.

    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?
    Either/or. While it would be nice to just hop on over to Best Buy and take one home the same day without waiting, it's not required. Plus BB is usually overpriced.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows. ChromeOS seems nice, but also incredibly limiting fo

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer?
    1080p - 4k

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Either/or is fine.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, but I wouldn't pay extra for it.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    As much as possible. 800gb-1tb or over.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Hopefully in a week or two, but can wait if needed.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    A couple years minimum, as long as it doesn't break down on me.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    I'd get on just fine. If affordable, I plan to back up all my twitch downloads and other videos to the cloud, and I do most of my other tasks on phone or Kindle.

    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?
    I've never had to send in a laptop for repairs, so. I'll cross that bridge when I arrive.
  2. Hirosake

    Hirosake Guest

    Look on youtube about how to repaste cpu....while doing that clean fans and radiator dust ...should make your laptop run faster.

    or not :)
  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I'd lean towards an HP ProBook 650 from the HP Business Outlet. (See our guide to outlet shopping.) Those are good quality (and upgradeable) machines that should last a while, and extended warranties from HP are reasonably priced. You might have to stretch your budget a little, but given how long you want to keep the machine, that shouldn't be a deterrent.


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