I am looking to replace a laptop of mine that died yesterday. I want it to have a dedicated video card and windows 7, but everything else is negotiable. I have a desktop gaming pc so it doesn't have to be a gaming machine. Any ideas of brands to stay away from/ or to buy from? Any general recomendations. I haven't bought a laptop in 6 years so I am curious what I should look for at this point. I can also wait a month or two if there is a financial incentive to do so.
1_What is your budget? Under 1000 pref, up to 1250.
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15-17" monitor
3_What screen resolution do you want? unspecified
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? replacement laptop, have a Q9650, 4870 Radeon desktop
5_How much battery life do you need? As much as I can get
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)?
The occasional RTS or RPG
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
Enough for games and a movie or two, my desktop has 3 tb storage
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.
Up for recommended sites to purchase from. Purchase plans of 6months - 1 year would be nice but not required.
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
4 - 6 years
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
CD/DVD player, burning not required
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.
Acer - heard good things
Asus - My desktop is using a lot of asus parts and I am pleased
Dell - Last laptop was a dell and lasted 6 years. Have $200 of studio laptops from company deal.
13_What country do you live in?
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Want windows 7, not required because I can buy an oem version if required. Would prefer a minimum of crapwear but I can remove it or do a clean install myself if needed.