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Need new Laptop with Haswell Processors

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by fahdeen, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. fahdeen

    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    <span style="color:#646060">What is your budget?</span>
    $1500

    <span style="color:#646060">What country will you be buying this in?</span>
    Middle East

    <span style="color:#646060">What size notebook do you prefer?</span>
    Thin and Light (13 - 14-inch screen)
    Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)


    <span style="color:#646060">What brands do you like or dislike?</span>
    Like: Apple, HP, Dell, Asus<br />Dislike: Acer

    <span style="color:#646060">Would you consider a refurbished laptop?</span>
    No

    <span style="color:#646060">What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?</span>
    Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Listening to Music, Video Chat and Conference, Movie Streaming and Viewing, Output Video to TV or Large Monitor, Casual Gaming

    gaming sometimes may include need for speed (although I haven't played for years). a little bit of photo editing.

    <span style="color:#646060">Where will you be using this laptop?</span>
    Will be used different places

    <span style="color:#646060">How many hours of battery life do you need?</span>
    6+

    <span style="color:#646060">Will you be buying online or in store?</span>
    online or in store

    <span style="color:#646060">Which OS do you prefer?</span>
    Windows 8 or Windows 7 or Mac OS

    <span style="color:#646060">List the screen resolutions that interest you:</span>
    High Resolution (1600 x 900)
    Max Resolution (1920 x 1080)


    <span style="color:#646060">Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen?</span>
    Glossy or Matte is fine

    <span style="color:#646060">Is the laptops design important to you?</span>
    Yes

    <span style="color:#646060">Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop?</span>
    Around 02/28/2014

    <span style="color:#646060">How long do you want this laptop to last?</span>
    5-7 years

    <span style="color:#646060">How much storage capacity do you need?</span>
    1 TB+

    <span style="color:#646060">Are you interested in SSD for storage?</span>
    Maybe

    <span style="color:#646060">Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type?</span>
    No

    I would prefer a laptop with the new Haswell i7 Processors,but i'm open to i5 also. and would like to keep the laptop as light as possible. i have looked into various brands such as the Asus, Apple, HP, Dell etc. but in terms of build quality I loved the apple, but i'm new to OSX so its a bit hard to access. i'm currently using an hp which is more that 5 years old.
    the laptops i have looked at are
    HP Envy 15J005SE
    Apple Macbook Air & Pro (both 13 & 15" models)
    Asus X550LC
    Sony SVF1531SAB
    Lenovo Y510P

    I would like to buy it as quickly as possible but i'm willing to wait until feb end.
     
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  2. fahdeen

    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    bump...anybody...any reply???
     
  3. fahdeen

    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    what the???? a week and no advice?? 245 views!! anyways i'm still keeping my fingers crossed for some advice/
     
  4. KCETech1

    KCETech1 Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    your 5-7 year expected lifespan puts you into better business class units, and budget may not allow that in your location. consumer laptops today, including the MacBook Pros are a 2-4 year nominal life and are much more a disposable laptop than older laptops from 4-10 years ago.

    but with that said, of the choices you listed the y510 would be my choice but keep in mind it may not get you your 5-7 years and hopefully another can chime in with advice as I am not current on all the good consumer models.



    also keep in mind the only major advantage haswell has over IB is the IGP, so in many cases if there is a gaming requirement a previous gen unit with a switchable GPU may give you many more options as well.
     
  5. fahdeen

    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    just bumping this thread...to see if anyone can give further advise....
    a bit of an update....I'll actually will not be doing any gaming...just surfing listening to music watching videos, viewing & editing (only small edits) of photos... and I would prefer something lightweight with FHD or above screen.
    looked more into the Y510 and i feel its a bit too heavy....
     
  6. Tmets

    Tmets De-evolving to Amoeba

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    I'd second what Kctech said. You will be best served by a business class laptop. You do have the budget, and as you aren't doing anything intensive, you might as well use it for something better built. Apple, Acer and Samsung do not fit into that category. Something like a Lenovo T440s or T540, Dell Latitude or HP Elitebook would be what to look at.
     
  7. daviskiara

    daviskiara Newbie

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    some of the top Haswell Processors laptops that should be considered by you before you buy it are :
    HP Envy TouchSmart 15t
    Sony Vaio Pro 13
    Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus
    Toshiba Qosmio X75 A7298
    Acer Aspire V7 (Model 482PG-9884)

    But then after having a look at your requirement i will suggest that you go for Sony Vaio Pro 13 as it is 13.3 inches, has an intel HD graphics 4400 and weight just 2.3 pound, which is the minimum of all the above mentioned laptops. It has some of Sony&#8217;s best image-processing technology. In the tread you have also mentioned that you intend to use it mainly for Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software so it a perfect match for it. But then if you are wishing to use it more for the gaming thing (although you have said casual gaming) then don't go for it.
     
  8. fahdeen

    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    How about this hp envy 15 tj101-ex model. Specs in the pic attached
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    It's approx $1,260/-
    How is the build quality of the envy series in general nowadays?
    Also I'm thinking of getting either this or the rmbp 15" with discreet graphics it's approx $2,950/- ( which can be paid in installments over 12 months). The Sony Vaio pro 13 is not available here. And the Lenovo y510p is too heavy and it's resolution is just hd.
     
  9. raptir

    raptir Notebook Deity

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    The HP Envy 15 isn't particularly well or poorly built compared to other consumer notebooks. They're not bad, but as other people have said you're not going to get 5-7 years out of any consumer notebook. And since nothing you are doing requires the 4702MQ or the GT750m, you're spending a lot of money or specs you don't need.
     
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    raptir Notebook Deity

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    Double post, sorry.
     
  11. fahdeen

    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    Thanks raptir. I'm in Qatar. I just put a time frame for the usage. Here in qatar we have a very limited selection of laptops. Some systems which you can get for maybe 900$ in the US or Europe are sold here for sometimes $1,200/-. For eg the highest spec rmbp with discreet graphics is sold here for approx $3,000/- when compared to 2,599/- online in the us store. I don't know about other countries, but overall in the Middle East all electronics items are marked up and sold even by the authorized dealers. The dell xps 15 and m3800 are unknown here even to the authorized dell distributor! Which is amazing. The Asus ux series with second gen intel processor is still sold here at $1,650/-. Some systems just come and go once and are never seen again in the market here.even if they are hot sellers elsewhere.
    As of now I don't have a laptop.
     
  12. fahdeen

    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    Also I would like to have at least 3 USB ( preferably USB 3.0) ports.
    So coming back to the point if you can give me some options it would be helpful. Thanx
     
  13. raptir

    raptir Notebook Deity

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    Well, something like the T440/T440s would meet your needs and would be substantially better made than the Envy.
     
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    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    Anyone?? The t440 and t440s are not available here!!
     
  16. Raftina

    Raftina Notebook Consultant

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    [Original message was scrubbed for being wrong. Nothing new to contribute]
     
  17. fahdeen

    fahdeen Notebook Guru

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    i'm just bumping this thread if any one has any opinions. i have been without a laptop for more than a month now.
     

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