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  1. sfo423

    sfo423 Notebook Geek

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    I am looking to replace my (POS) Vaio VPCSE w/a new model. My use is primarily web apps, MS Office, website scanning & surfing. I am not a gamer and I might stream some Netflix and I keep my audio library on the PC.

    I had a Thinkpad many years ago and it was the best keyboard ever. Its been suggested I look at the Spectre line and I'd like to consider Lenovo.

    1) What is your budget?
    <$800

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    14"-15" preferred
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    US

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Lenovo, HP
    b. Dislike:
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    See intro

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Between home office and main office.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    No

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    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 will buy sight unseen but its easy for me to touch as I live in a major metro

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    HD

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    IPS

    Build Quality and Design

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

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    SSD 1T

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    I would buy now for right deal but could wait for Black Friday

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    5 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    I'd be in trouble w/out the PC

    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'd want on site or local drop
     
  2. RampantGorilla

    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    Lenovo Ideapad 720s, Lenovo Thinkpad T480 / T580, Latitude 5490/5590
     
  3. sfo423

    sfo423 Notebook Geek

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    Thank you.

    Maybe I should look this in more of a commoditized way;

    best value pc <$800 featuring 14"-15" ips screen, i5 processor or newer, ssd 250 gb+ and great keyboard.

    Would that open up options?

     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I would say the Dell Latitudes 14" 5490 or 15" 5590 from the Dell Outlet offer excellent value. The 14" 7490 might come in under budget too and it offers a three year warranty standard. Keyboard quality is somewhat subjective. Sadly, no one is making the old school ThinkPad keyboards any more, but I've used the newer Latitude keyboards and they seem pretty decent. Like a ThinkPad, they'll offer you a stick too.
     
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