Hello there, i am in the need for a laptop, which will be my first one and have come to your forum after reading Tom's Hardware website for a few years as i thought i would be able to get some good advice for what i should get.
1_What is your budget?
£1000-£1200 at a push
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
3_What screen resolution do you want?
not great with this stuff but i would like at least 1440x900 which is my desktop so i guess that would be ok
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
mainly portable but as im at uni i don't want to have to take my desktop back at holidays so the laptop will need to be suitable for a short time desktop replacement.
5_How much battery life do you need?
6 hours or so 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)?
Yes, everyone needs some play time mainly counter strike source, Eve online and COD MW2 would like it if i could play css and EVE at med- high graphics but will happily play cod mw2 at medium
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
The laptop would need to be capable of running photoshop cs3, autocad, adobe premier pro etc being able to watch movies and listen to music will also be important
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
300-500gb would be fine
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.
not too bothered as long as they are decent
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
atleast 3/4 years
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD rom i guess maybe blueray if it is that important these days.
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.
Don't have any issues really as i have zero to very limited experience with laptop manufactures and my desktop is custom built.
13_What country do you live in?
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Having a decent keyboard for touch typing, nice bright screen quality similar of apples would be ideal. Would prefer a stylish laptop as well. Hope it isn't too much too ask for, but i am sure you guys will be able to point me in the right direction
Thanks for the quick reply, i have been looking at the XPS 16 and it does seem like an excellent choice for what I am looking for, the only small doubts I had about it was that from some reviews that i had read of it it was noticeable in most that the reviewer found the keyboard not to be as good to some of the competition such as mbp and sony vaio fw. I think i will probably end up buying the XPS 16 but havn't had a chance to see one in the flesh yet so don't have much of an idea as too the screen quality etc
"The keyboard on the Studio XPS 16 is one of the nicer keyboards I've used on a desktop replacement notebook. The keyboard is firm with only a minor bit of flex detected near the "Enter" key. All the keys have excellent travel and cushion. Unlike the Studio 17, which featured a dedicated number pad, the fullsize keyboard on the Studio XPS 16 looks smaller than it actually is thanks to the massive speaker grills located on either size of the keyboard (more on that later). The only complaint some may have is that the keys are "flatter" than the ones used on other Dell notebooks, so touch typists might have a learning curve when using this notebook. The keyboard also features a nice white LED backlight function when you're typing in the dark."
"Sadly, however, it isn’t all diamonds and pearls. Compared to the Apple’s all-aluminum unibody design, the XPS 16 is lacking in build quality, although with its aluminum hinges, only slightly. Also, the XPS 16’s keyboard leaves a bit to be desired and is just a small bit flimsy."
It doesn't seem a bad keyboard,however it seems to get hot,if you found that annoying,get a notebook cooler too