I am planning on purchasing a new laptop anytime between now and the next month (or a little longer if there is an awesome laptop coming out) if I can find the right laptop.
1_What is your budget?
~ $2000 Cdn
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
anywhere from 15"-18"
3_What screen resolution do you want?
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Closer to a desktop replacement.
5_How much battery life do you need?
Battery life is not very important - 2 hours is good enough.
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)?
medium - to high
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
I will be transcoding videos, possibly doing some photo editing and watching Blu ray movies. Also I want to be able to play some modern games (Crysis!, Fear 2...)
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.
Possibly ncix, amazon, futureshop (wherever I can get a laptop in canada)
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Blu ray is a MUST
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.
Dell, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, MSI, HP, Gateway - whichever has the best bang for the buck.
13_What country do you live in?
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
The os has to be 64bit (preferably Windows 7) No Linux.
I would like this laptop I am getting to have HDMI out so I can use my LCD TV to watch Blu-Ray movies. Also looking for a laptop with SPDIF (that optical technology) out for my speakers (currently 5.1 surround sound). If there is an excellent laptop that someone knows about but doesn't have any SPDIF - I don't mind buying an extra dongle for it to work.
I would either like USB 3.0 and/ or ESata support for external drives. Also - an SSD would be great - but if there are no laptops with standard SSD with my requirements I can always can add an SSD later.
I have an idea for a laptop right now but if someone can come up with something better that would be great:
ASUS G73JH-A1 (Approx $1700) I know this model does not have E-sata or Fireware (but firewire is the least important on my list)
Intel Core i7 720QM (1.6Ghz quad core, 2.8 with turbo)