1) What is your budget? 1.5K USD 2) What size notebook would you prefer? c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen 3) Which country will you buying this notebook? Worldwide. I like Walmart, Amazon, Bestbuy but also it can be on-site vendor outlets (HP, Dell, Acer) 4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? a. Like: b. Dislike: No special preference, except I don't trust newcomers in this business: Honor, Xiaomi, etc. 5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? No. 6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? Video editing, mastering, VM (virtual machines) 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Mainly on desk 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? 2-3 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? Online is ok 11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. Doesn't matter 12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.) Doesn't matter 13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.) Matte is better but it's not a really critical decision factor 14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? No 15) How much hard drive space do you need? Doesn't matter, because I have a M.2 stick to upgrade 16) When are you buying this laptop? Now 17) How long do you expect to use this laptop? 3 years 18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? 2 weeks 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? No 20) Should it be upgradable? Yes! I don't accept rigs with the soldered memory or SSD. I want something possible to upgrade. Long story short, I'm a developer, but I do not do work at home and this laptop I am buying is for home activities. But I do a little video composing/editing at home just for fun, so the laptop should be performant and resilient, on my current one HP Probook 430 G5 I cannot properly render in Adobe After Effects even with 32Gb of memory. I want to highlight am not choosing the laptop solely for Adobe AE, I also occasionally (!) run virtual machines and other tasks, but AE is a good example how heavy tasks can be a stress-test for laptop. I know my budget is a bit tight for video mastering, but maybe you can suggest couple of decent options. Also I have spare RAM and SSD to replace, so I don't really care what comes out of the box, only the CPU and chipset matters, it should be Core i7 or higher-level Core i5 of latest generations (10+). On my workplace I changed 3 different laptops this year and the most I liked was Lenovo ThinkPad P15v, however it exceeds my budget. For other brands I have no special preference nor distrust.