Need one with best bang for buck, some of the Toshibas and Acers I've seen have the Centrino 2 platform already, which means an IGP that should be able to run AutoCad and such right? I live in Canada, and I looked at the Lenovo Ideapad Y530, but we don't get that here, so ugh. Should I wait for the new Macbooks or?
1) What is your budget?
2) What size notebook would you prefer?
b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.
4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
Putting a Linux distro on it, engineering/comp sci stuff in future.
6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
Leaving on desk most of the time.
7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
Prefer stores, but willing to buy online.
10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
Build Quality and Design
13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 500GB?
120-250 GB is fine.
16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
DVD/CD Burner drive.
Last edited by Changturkey; 13th October 2008 at 10:22 PM.
Reason: Better info.
Hmm not many laptops have matte screens anymore, but the Levono T400 or T500 might be a good choice. It also has reports of a very good battery lief which is a plus.
For engineering and science programs(such as scientific calculators and the like), I'd suggest a higher clocked CPU as those applications are CPU dependent so aim perhaps for 2.2GHz or higher depending on which programs you plan on running.