Hi guys, new here but i've been lurking for a while
Here's my form:
What is your budget? 1000 euro (little more is fine)
What country will you be buying this in? Italy
What size notebook do you prefer? Thin and Light (13 - 14-inch screen) (a light 15 also ok, but 13-14 is preferred)
What brands do you like or dislike? In love with thinkpads but they're too expensive Dislike: Acer, HP, MSI
Would you consider a refurbished laptop? No
What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for? Web Surfing, Listening to Music, Photo Editing, Computer Programming, Output Video to TV or Large Monitor Little vmware/virualbox, maybe flight simulator but I can live with the hd3000 integrated video card.
Where will you be using this laptop? Mostyl it will stay on desk, carrying on plan/train about once in a month
How many hours of battery life do you need? 3 is fine
Will you be buying online or in store? online or in store
Which OS do you prefer? Linux 95% of the time
List the screen resolutions that interest you: Standard Resolution (1366 x 768)
High Resolution (1600 x 900) <- preferred!
Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen? Matte strongly preferred
Is the laptops design important to you? Yes, but not so much
Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop? Before the end of May
How long do you want this laptop to last? 3 years
How much storage capacity do you need? 160 GB
Are you interested in SSD for storage? Yes, but I already own one and I want to use that one
Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type? DVD Burner, but it's not important
Very important for me, I'd like to replace the HDD with a 2.5" Crucial M4 128Gb I already have, without losing the warranty.
Other desired features:
- i5 or i7
- HDMI out
- 2 years warranty
- Sata 3
- good keyboard
Currently I'm struggling to decide between the Toshiba Satellite R830-14F (850 euro), Tecra R840-111 (899 euro), Dell Vostro 3450 (700-1000 euro depending on the configuration) and a VAIO VPC-SA3J1E (850 euro).
The two Toshibas have a capped sata3, the Vostro has probably a bad keyboard (don't know if it's true, I read it in some online reviews), the Vaio SA seems fine except that I read on this forum it has a poor build quality.