Quad-core, no gaming, 1080P

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  1. mandeep

    mandeep Notebook Consultant

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking for a new laptop and I'm having trouble finding a suitable purchase. Please see the form below:


    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    No budget

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

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

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

    Maybe

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

    Software development, music production

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

    Both

    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?

    5+

    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?

    Don't need to see it

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Will be running Windows 7 and Linux Mint in dual boot

    Screen Specifics

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

    Doesn't matter

    Build Quality and Design

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

    Yes, nothing with a silver body and black keyboard. I also want a laptop that has the trackpad centered with the keyboard (no numpad).

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    This summer

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

    3 years would be great

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?

    Atleast 256gb SSD

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

    No


    I had my sights set on the Lenovo 460P, but the high temperatures lead me to believe that there will be CPU throttling. I'm not sure what else is out there.
     
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  2. tgipier

    tgipier Notebook Deity

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    What type of performance do you need? For quad core, a simple i5 6300hq would fulfill that.
     
  3. mandeep

    mandeep Notebook Consultant

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    I'd prefer atleast an i7 6700hq, but would prefer an i7 6820hq. The Xeon E3-1505M would be great, but I don't think they're available in laptops that don't have the numpad.
     
  4. Starlight5

    Starlight5 Don't call me Chris, my name is Elvis

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    @mandeep if 4712MQ is enough, check out Fujitsu E544 in the refurb department. There are configurations with i7 quad mentioned above and 14" IPS 1920x1080 display. It should last over 5 hours wi-fi surfing with SSD, and meets your design requirements.
     
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    mandeep Notebook Consultant

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    Silver with black keyboard :(. Does Fujitsu offer all black or all silver designs?
     
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    Starlight5 Don't call me Chris, my name is Elvis

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    @mandeep I meant black-on-black E544, oops. (=
     
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    mandeep Notebook Consultant

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    I'll keep this one in mind. Are there any Skylake alternatives?
     
  8. win32asmguy

    win32asmguy Moderator Moderator

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    A few Skylake options:
    • HP Zbook Studio G3, Xeon E3-1505M + ECC (Xeon E3-1545M planned)
    • Dell Precision 5510, Xeon E3-1505M + non-ECC
    • Dell Latitude E5470, i7 6820HQ
    • Lenovo P50, Xeon E3-1505M + ECC (Xeon E3-1535M planned)
    • Dell Precision 7510, Xeon E3-1535M
    • HP Zbook 15 G3, E3-1505M + ECC (Xeon E3-1545M planned)
    The model most likely to deal with the heat would be the P50 / 7510 / 15 G3, but those models are thicker than everything else. I own the Zbook Studio, and while it does not throttle, the processor can get up to 90C while under max load without any supplemental cooling.
     
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  9. mandeep

    mandeep Notebook Consultant

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    I'd go with the P50 easily if it weren't for the off centered keyboard. I find full keyboards on laptops to be incredibly hard to type on comfortably.
     
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    Oh, thats right. In this case the Zbook Studio and Dell Precision 5510 are good options. If you are waiting until summer, the Zbook might get a bit closer to what you want as HP is supposed to be releasing a version of it with the Xeon E3-1545M but no Nvidia GPU. Provided it still uses the same dual cooling fan solution, it should have minimal throttling under load.
     
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