New Laptop, Help!

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by MPArtist, Sep 15, 2017.

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  1. MPArtist

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    Help... after a well used 7 years my MacBook Pro is beginning to creep its way into it's grave. I have a great new IPad Pro, but it can't handle all the things I do with a computer. I do a Lot of work on it and am a freelance artist and social media manager as well as a business admin, but for my downtime fun I enjoy Second Life. My laptop needs to be replaced and in the very near future. Could you please help point me in the right direction? I grew up on a PC but found I had to play around more with the hardware and settings than I enjoyed doing. Here's my info - Thanks!!

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1,000 - $1,500

    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 – thin and light 15”?
    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: Apple
    b. Dislike:

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Lots of graphics, photo editing, Social media & blogging, MS Office, Internet research and Second Life

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Where I go, it goes

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Second Life

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Varies 4?

    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?
    I’d prefer to see it

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Mac OS …. Does anyone Really prefer Windows?? I want to work and enjoy not have to play IT all the time

    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. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    I’m an artist …. Details and Color, but I hate tiny text

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)

    Build Quality and Design

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

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    This year or early 2018

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    5 years?

    Notebook Components
    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Not an issue, I use DropBox a lot

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    Not if I can plug in an auxiliary
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    The Dell XPS 15 might be worth a look if you want a light 15" notebook.
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