My Dell Latitude D630 (1280x800, 1.8Ghz C2D, integrated graphics) is starting to show its age, and I'm looking to buy a new laptop. I'm looking for a laptop with a better screen and better speakers than the Dell. With Ivy Bridge out, I can feel myself getting an itch to upgrade!
I don't game aside from some Flash games, but I watch a lot of video on my laptop, so it should be able to handle high definition. My current laptop can't handle 1080p, but is a champ with 720p. Also, I want to edit photos on this, so I would need some pretty good color reproduction.
What is your budget? 1200 dollars, but preferably much less
What country will you be buying this in? USA
What size notebook do you prefer? Thin and Light (13 - 14-inch screen)
Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)
Really, I just don't want a laptop that's too big.
Would you consider a refurbished laptop? Maybe. As long as it's reliable!
What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for? Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Listening to Music, Photo Editing, Movie Viewing, and Transcoding
Where will you be using this laptop? Mostly on the desk, but if battery is strong enough, I'd move it around.
How many hours of battery life do you need? At least 3, but the more the merrier!
Will you be buying online or in store? online or in store
List the screen resolutions that interest you: High Resolution (1600 x 900)
Max Resolution (1920 x 1080) <--- is this worth it?
Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen? Glossy or Matte is fine, but I hear matte is better for colors
Is the laptops design important to you? No. Just don't be too thick! Around 40mm would be great!
Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop? Around 07/01/2012
How long do you want this laptop to last? 4+ years
How much storage capacity do you need? At least 160 GB. I'm outgrowing my 120GB HD right now
Are you interested in SSD for storage? Maybe, if it's within budget.
Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type? Yes, DVD Burner.
Last edited by chexmixing; 4th May 2012 at 06:54 PM.
It's tough to find a laptop with an "excellent" screen, and those that have high quality screens tend to be priced much higher than average. That said, I know the D630 you have is most definitely middle of the pack in terms of screen quality, so if you've been used to that then maybe you're not all that picky after all.
Some laptops with highly regarded screens include the Dell XPS 15 with the 1920 x 1080 screen B+RGLED upgrade option, Lenovo ThinkPad X220 with IPS screen, Apple MacBook Pro 13/15/17 inch, HP EliteBook 8760W, Dell Precision M4600 with the UltraSharp display, Lenovo ThinkPad W520 -- to name a few. They're all pretty pricey, but worth looking at. If you are willing to accept an "average" screen and simply use a high quality external IPS monitor for photo editing then your options open up much more.