a. Netbook; 10” screen or less
b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12” screen c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
b. Dislike: Apple
5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
MS Office(e.g. Word, Excel), Internet Surfing, CATIA V5 (3D modelling but not overly complicated! ), Listening to music and watching DVD's/films.
7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
Around the house and the odd other location.
8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
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?
11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
Windows 7 preferably, though Windows XP an acceptable alternative.
12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. Click here for Screen resolution information.
•Standard Resolutions: WXGA, HD, 720p
•Actual resolutions: 1280x800 and 1366x768
•Offered on larger Netbooks and Notebooks up to 16"
•Lower resolution screens offer big text and icons that are easy to read. Less stuff fits on the screen, which translates into more scrolling. Multiple windows can be worked with, though they may have to overlap some.
•Midrange Resolutions: WXGA+, HD+, 900p
•Actual resolutions: 1440x900 and 1600x900
•Offered on all Notebooks. Keep in mind text will be very small on a 12" WXGA+ notebook.
•A set of in-between resolution options that are found on some machines. Considered base resolution on 17" inch and higher laptops. Text and icons are smaller than standard resolution screens, and more windows fit onto the screen. These resolutions are very good for working with multiple windows side-by-side, without having to overlap them.
•Maximum Resolutions: WSXGA+, WUXGA, FHD, 1080p
•Actual resolutions: 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 1920x1080
•Offered on Notebook 15" and larger
•On these screens text and icons will be very small. Text can often be hard to read, though some do like it. A very large number of windows fit on the screen, and there will be little need to overlap any of them. Max resolution screens are good for applications that require high detail (CAD, graphics editing, etc.)
13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?
Build Quality and Design
14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
Not too fussy.
15) When are you buying this laptop?
Next couple of months.(Will be birthday at the end of Apriland would be gift off of parents).
16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?
Bestavailable in price range.
18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner
OK, bit of research and complete lack of understanding of graphics cards etc, i've found three thatmight meet my requirements and would like peoples opinions or if they could suggest similar alternatives.