So, for robotics we are replacing our insanely old dell latitudes(D500s i think) with new laptops. Apparently I have been given the task of finding laptops suitable enough. I am looking for laptops that will last for a long time 3+ years, and offer the best bang for the buck.
Also, would it be worthwhile to wait for ivy bridge laptops? I am aware that they give a much better battery life and a somewhat better HD4000 graphics, but considering that we are not concerned with either of those, are there any other reasons?
1. What is your budget?
$500ish per laptop if we get 4, 650ish if we get 3.
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
3. What screen resolution do you want?
I prefer higher resolutions, but considering the budget restraints and the fact that we have an almost infinite amount of monitors lying around...
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
5. How much battery life do you need?
more than 30 minutes... Battery isn't really a concern.
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, we'd love to play crysis or battlefield 3 at maxed out settings.
All jokes aside, apart from the occasional mindsweeper game, no. However,the laptop should be able to play back a HD youtube video at a decent framerate.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Coding, web browsing, MS office, youtube vids, maybe process images from the camera at around 20 frames/sec(resolution is 640*480 i think).
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
as long as possible
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
would prefer a DVD drive, but if its sacrificing the drive for a better CPU or screen, i would go for the additional processing power. apart from installing from a DVD, the drive is not really used. We can just copy the DVD onto a flash drive.
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.
Brands not to buy:
Apple - overpriced, not a big fan of mac OS X, oh, and it won't fit into the budget
I would like to buy from a brand that offers decent costumer support in case something goes wrong. Of course we are perfectly capable of fixing any software problems, but if its a hardware issue, we'll have to ask for help.
13. What country do you live in?
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Not much, should be windows 7, needs wireless. Also, keep in mind, that the laptop needs to last a long time. I would prefer an i5 over an i3, but due to the budget constraints, this probably isn't possible.
hmmm... good question. I do know that our school has this "thing" with Dell, that is they get their computers and stuff from Dell at a discounted price. But apparently when we looked at the prices that they would charge us for a few laptops, it ended up 200-300 dollars more than what it would have cost if we had not bought through the school.
I knew the Dell University and HP Academy deals might not be the best. They like to bundle software and services (MS Office, extended warranty, etc). But it's good to check to make sure the deals aren't what you need - like an extended warranty.