Need Laptop (for School and Work)

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Mihael Keehl, Apr 12, 2014.

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  1. Mihael Keehl

    Mihael Keehl Notebook Evangelist

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Netbook; 10” screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12” screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Dell, Sager/Clevo, Samsung?
    b. Dislike: ASUS

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes, as long as they are certified with a warranty afterwards.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Light gaming (every once in a while), School work (in Medical School)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes, I will need it to be at the very least semi-portable.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Very rarely, if I do. I will mostly use my laptop for photoshop, web development, school work

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Typically not picky about this, but more than 2 should be good?

    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?
    Buying it without seeing it is fine, that's how I got this one (Dell Inspiron 1520 circa 2007) that lasted me the last 7 years.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Windows 7, preferable but I hear that Windows 8.1 is the same? Is that true?
    But odds are I will have a multi-boot system (e.g. Windows 7 or 8 but Ubuntu on the side will be there.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. Click here for Screen resolution information
    16:10 screens are preferable but I hear they don't have those anymore? I currently have a 1920x1200 (WUXGA), I don't want to downgrade, so anything above this would be great.

    13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?
    Matte/Non-Glossy is preferable

    Build Quality and Design

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

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Within the next 3 days.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    At least half as long as this one (~ 3.5 years)

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    I currently have a SSD, most likely will take it out of this laptop and put it into the laptop I get.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    Not really, I am not opposed to going thin, but would avoid it if I could.

    Currently, I'm debating between the Dell Precision M3800/M4800 and the Dell XPS 15.
    If I stick with the M4800, I probably won't have to purchase all that extra stuff (e.g. External Blu-Ray Drive, Adapters and etc.)
    But if I get the 15 or M3800, I could theoretically take both of those to the hospital and school without much of a weight problem.
    Perhaps you guys can gear me towards the right direction?

    If you have other recommendations outside of Dell, then I wouldn't mind hearing those as well.
    I've heard awful things about HP but I'm not sure if that has changed or not.
  2. stamar

    stamar Notebook Prophet

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