I often get asked questions on which laptops to get for different users, but this recent user is making me crazy. I would appreciate some assistance and opinions. Finding the proper specs for the user is no problem, but this particular person is very picky with aesthetics and so I need to find computers that conform to their taste of style.
I feel the user needs to have at least the baseline specs shown here at a $600 price point. Obviously better is always good.
CPU: i3-i5 (Sandy if possible)
HDD: 320GB+ 5400rpm+
Screen: 14in – 15.6in user preferred 14, but would “live” with 15.6
GPU: Integrated is fine, but I think it would be good for the user to have an expansion slot if they want to add a GPU later.
1 HDMI port
CD/Drive (Some 14in models lacked a CD/DVD Drive and that is a deal breaker.)
Color: User doesn’t like plain “plastic” black. They want color other then black or a really well done black computer.
Keyboard: User is extremely picky with keyboard. Shows large interest in the Sony VAIO \ MacBook keyboard style.
Touchpad: User dislikes the dimpled design in favor of a smooth design. I feel the dimple design it will grow on them if they use the dimple pad more however.
I’ve directed the user to VAIO laptops that seem to conform to the users aesthetic taste, but am curious of alternatives.
The Lenovo Z-370 13" laptop also has a DVD drive. Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 13" notebook $602 in 'charcol brown'
Core i3-2310M CPU & Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4.4lbs. The list a Geforce 410M graphics card as an option but I think might be too close to the HD 3000 in performance to deal with. Lenovo Z-370 datasheet