need help finding a laptop that will work for my needs within my budget.

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by bealelc, Mar 5, 2019.

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    1) What is your budget?
    around $1000

    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
    probably d
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    usa

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike:
    i don't really know enough about the different brands to like or dislike them im open to buying any brand as long as i can find some good reviews and they have good customer service in case anything goes wrong.

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    possibly i haven't thought much about it .

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    casual gaming mostly, checking social media ,nothing too crazy

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    it'll will probably be on my lap most of the time, i don't have a desk yet

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    yeah, im what i call a basic gamer. i play the sims mostly, good old roller coaster tycoon, etc... i have planet coaster but haven't been able to play because my old laptop's graphics card wasn't good enough. i do have a mass effect and medal of honor game through origin but i haven't been able to play them either and id like to branch out a little but i don't see myself as playing anything too hard on a laptop, maybe fortnite if possible, idk

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    it doesn't matter it'll probably be plugged in most of the time .

    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 okay as long as i can see a picture of it.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    ive only used windows but id be open to others .

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    im not sure

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    im not sure

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    not really .

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    im not sure my old was 500gb and it wasn't full so at least that

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    in the next couple of weeks. maybe longer. ive been looking around and trying to find even a small sale so i can get slightly more for my money .

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    my last one lasted eight years ,i know its dumb to think another will last that long but maybe four years .

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    it's been a month so i guess a while .

    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?
    ship it, i cant afford to pay extra.

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    im not very tech savy when it comes to computers. my cousin picked an msi off of newegg for me and it seemed good for the price but i don't know much about the site and it was an exclusive to them so no chance of checking reviews from other sites. i would like some other options from people who actually know and understand the different components of a laptop and what ill need. the only thing id like it to have is a backlit keyboard.
     
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