1_What is your budget? $2500
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? Big, desktop replacement
3_What screen resolution do you want? Higher the better, but I don't want 1920X1080 on a 17" screen, if that makes any sense.
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Desktop replacement
5_How much battery life do you need? It's probably gonna be plugged in the outled 95% of the times, so not much battery life needed
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)? I don't play games anymore
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing, surfing the web, playing music, watching movies, Etc.) Surfing internet, photo editing, video editing
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? at least 160GB. My current desktop has only 75GB
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them. don't plan to buy online unless saving is above 30%
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop? 2 years or more
11_If you would like to mention some other things about purchasing your ideal laptop, post them. recent model and trouble-free OS (that's a tall order). I like quality and ease of use
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. Sony, Dell, Toshiba, HP... I'm not against any brand except Apple
13_What country do you live in? Canada
I hope this can help people to better find their ideal notebook.
This guy rides up on your budget, and has a 1920x1200 screen, which you say you don't want (but I love mine..). It is, unquestionably, the best choice by the numbers, as it uses an i7 desktop processor and will destroy anything on the market in terms of performance.
I would seriously consider the 3rd notebook, as it will trump all the rest. 1920x1200 @ 17" is really quite a treat for your eyes. You'll never look at another monitor the same again.