Help buying a laptop

1. What is your budget?

< $850

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?


3. What screen resolution do you want?

13.3-14 inch screen.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?


5. How much battery life do you need?

6+ hours

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)?

no preference

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Programming, Photoshop, Videos.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

no preference, SSD would be nice

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

Newegg, TigerDirect, Ebay

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

I want atleast 3 yrs. out of it.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

no preference

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.

ASUS, HP, Gateway are my favorites, but I am open for suggestions

13. What country do you live in?


14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

I want to use this for normal browsing, computer programming, photo editing, and videos/movies/music. Mostly programming, photo editing, and browsing
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