By no means do I know much about computers; just the basics. And at my budget, it may be hard to find a laptop with an i5, or, let alone, i7 processor. But maybe?
1. What is your budget?
$0-800 (preferably no more than 700)
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Standard 15.6''; but this is not a big deal +/- in size is fine.
3. What screen resolution do you want?
No specified resolution, but, of course, the higher the better.
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Anything for day to day use. It will be used on the go, and at home.
5. How much battery life do you need?
No specified battery life (this isn't a huge deal, but 5+ hours would be great)
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Not playing many games, but a bit of TF2 and Left For Dead 2 on at least 'medium' settings would be cool.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Going into video editing for YouTube within the year, so a computer with enough power to handle multitasking and editing.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
No specific site. Preferably one with free/cheap shipping.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
This needs to be a keeper for some time (staying away from cheap build quality).
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc?
A basic DVD player (with any added features) would work, but absolutely a player of some kind is necessary.
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Asus and Lenovo I've heard great things about. Probably staying away from all the rest: HP, Dell, Acer, etc do to past experience/others' experiences; unless someone with more knowledge sheds light on my ignorance.
13. What country do you live in?
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Looking for an Intel i5 or i7. No AMD. Preferably 2.0Ghz+, with a decent webcam.
Please feel free to ask me for more detail, I'm not extremely picky, and nothing above is set in stone. Thanks in advance.
Literally looks perfect, please tell me I'm dreaming or there are downfalls.
If you want a Lenovo G510, the one I just linked is considerably cheaper and has an i5-4200M instead of the i7-4700MQ, but for your applications it would be more that enough.
However, the issue with the G10 compared to the X550LB is graphics. The G510 is relying on the integrated Intel HD 4600 on the Intel processor, while the X550LB has a dedicated Nvidia GT 740M video card that will drastically outperform the integrated graphics in every way.
Basically, if gaming is at all a concern to you and it is possible within your budget, get the X550LB.
Thank you for your help thus far. Because of the great prices I've found, I've decided to go with an i7 for sure (even if it surpasses my needs for now). I took a look into the X550LB, and it looks nice, but do you think the "1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-4500U"is considerably worse than Lenovo G510's "4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor (2.40GHz 1600MHz 6MB)"? Or is that made up for by the dedicated graphics card and $100 extra price price?
Also I'd like to throw out another option that has better screen resolution than 1366 x 768 (if I decide to disregard graphics card dedication for gaming)
The dedicated video is seriously worth the extra money. Also, the i7-4500U is on par with the i5-4200M.
Any Intel processor with a U after it is their ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) CPU line, and is made for power management.
Regardless, the X550LB is going to be worth the money.
One last question. If gaming is not my primary concern, would the integrated graphics (Intel 4600) still work okay for medium-to-heavy video editing and other similar tasks? If that is the case, I would probably go with the Lenovo G510 you linked earlier, as that is the only major downside I see in the computer (besides poor screen resolution, which I hope not to be a problem either).