What Notebook Should I Buy

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  1. Chimaster7

    Chimaster7 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Good day all,

    Once again I come to get help from all of you tech specialists :)

    I am looking to buy a high end gaming laptop in the upcoming months. Currently just gathering information before I make a decision on what laptop I actually want to blow my money on. Will order around April/May.

    I have previously owned a Alienware 13, Alienware 17R4 and currently a low end MSI GTX1060 laptop. I have reasonable experience with building computers having build 3 in the past for myself, and re-pasted the above laptops.

    Currently looking at the Razer Blade Pro 4K and the Alienware 17m.

    1) What is your budget?
    More or less $6000 or 5700 euro

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    Netherlands, but think of ordering through www.hidevolution.com due to them doing a LM repast for me since I have never done one in the past.
    @Donald@HIDevolution

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Alienware and Razer
    b. Dislike: MSI
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No laptop needs to be new.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook
    High end gaming.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    I travel a lot flying around 20-30 different airplanes in a year. The laptop will go wherever I go.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    All the latest games.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Irrelevant. Laptop will be plugged in whenever I use it.

    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?
    Without seeing is OK as long as it is a trustworthy source with good warranty options.

    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.)
    QHD or UHD
    • High Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)
    • Offered on most mid-range and better notebooks. Ideal for most usage and productivity
    • Ultra Resolution: 3K/4K (3200x1800, 3840x2160, etc)
    • Found on high-end notebooks. Only get a Windows notebook with one of these screen resolutions if your apps and programs are good at scaling. Macs don't have that problem

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    I do not mind glossy or matte.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes this is important.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    Looking at 2x Samsung EVO Plus 2TB in RAID0 total 4TB

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Buying the laptop end April/May

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3/4 Years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    By end July I want the laptop.

    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?
    On site is preferred but shipping is not an issue.
     
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    For travel I think the Razer Blade Pro 17 is a good choice. It's thin and light and has an available 4K screen. However, I suggest the 1080p screen for gaming. That laptop doesn't have the power to run demanding games at a 4K resolution.

    Charles
     
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  3. Chimaster7

    Chimaster7 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you for the reply. I was leaning towards the Razer at first until I learned that they do not offer warranty coverage in the Netherlands which is where I am based from. Currently leaning towards the Alienware m17 R2. I have had good experiences with the brand and their warranty support.

    Still hoping for a rtx 2080 super laptop variant to come out and a new cpu line from intel.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    HIDEvolution sells the Blade with an international warranty. It costs extra, but if that's really the laptop you want, it's an option.
     
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    Just noticed the 21% import tax for importing from the us to Europe that is a no go for me
     
  6. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    In addition to the Alienware, the MSI GS75 Stealth is an alternative to the Razer. The quality isn't as good, and all the ones I found only come with 1920x1080 screens, but it should be less expensive.

    Charles
     
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