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  1. So I've been looking into a new machine for a while now. Not because I wish to decommission my (I guess custom) HP and Dell workstations. But things can change, so I'm now looking into a new machine and albeit I have tech experience; I'm pretty picky. I should mention my needs for a system is a good SRGB/DCI-P3 panel, upgradeable RAM and storage, it's a must. I haven't done these ever, I'd appreciate any suggestion or help! Thanks! General Questions 1) What is your budget? £800 to £1100 2) What size notebook would you prefer? a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen 3) In which country will you buying this notebook? Great Britain 4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? a. Like: Acer, MSI, Medion, Dell, HP b. Dislike: Asus to an extent after negative experience with keyboard quality and support from Asus. 5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? If it's a model suggested and can't be bought new, I can consider refurbs/redistributed laptops. 6) What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook? Video editing 10-bit Cinema4K footage, photo editing and gaming 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Both 8 ) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) I currently play Borderlands: GOTY Enhanced and been trying out Hitman 2. 9) How many hours of battery life do you need? 6 hours away from the mains. 10) Would you prefer to see the notebook you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? Buying it online without seeing is OK. I tend to find reviews, especially detailed ones from Notebookcheck. 11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. Windows 12) What ports do you require on your laptop? (ex. MiniDisplayPort or HDMI? Displayport or USB-C w/ DP?) My current machines have DisplayPort. But USB-C Thunderbolt 3 or 4 would be nice. I use Ethernet as well. Screen Specifics 13) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? See further below for explanations. 1920x1080 14) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? See further below for explanations. Preferably matte Build Quality and Design 15) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Build quality should be good, also meaning the keyboard shouldn't fall apart in 6 months. Notebook Components 16) How much storage space do you need? 256GB, but more the merrier. Timing, Warranty and Longevity 17) When do you consider purchasing this laptop? It's not urgent so not anytime soon. 18) How long do you expect to use this laptop? 4 Years. 19) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? Long enough since I'll still be keeping my Zbook 15 G2 and M4800. 20) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage? Not necessary. ========== END COPY
  2. OK, first off I'm not filling out a template because for now the question isn't about "What laptop to buy", but rather "Is this a good laptop to replace the old one". So, I'm looking for a new laptop for my lady, and she currently uses Dell XPS 15 9550 (i7, 16 RAM , 512 storage, 4k display). She's been asking for a lighter replacement, and it's black deals now, so seems like a good time to look for something. (Unfortunately I don't find many good options on discounts here in Norway... and this year's black deals don't look very enticing overall) Main requirement is it shouldn't be bigger/heavier than current one. And of course having something snappier is also natural in line with "upgrading". Her studies/work are related to statistics/data science (using R mostly), so having something that will compile code faster than the current one is good. I've found a deal (-28% off) on Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401QE-HZ055T) , and it seems like a nice machine overall. - CPU is definitely an upgrade - RAM is faster, but same capacity with only 1 slot being being upgradable ( ? ) and the other is soldered, from what I can see. So max mem can go up to 24 ? (16 + 8 soldered? ) Or does it support 32 GB in the non-soldered slot? - same storage (can it be upgraded ?) - better GPU (esp. since it's positioned as a gaming laptop), but this doesn't really matter much. She doesn't play games, and for code compilation this doesn't matter much. - weighs a bit less, which is also a benefit for her Are there any downsides to considering this laptop? I've also never owned Asus. How is their support? What is their software updates lifetime? All in all, is this worth it as an upgrade (with usage time horizon of 3-4 years at least) or should I keep looking for something else? Edit: I'm also now looking at Razer Blade Base 15 (2022) (Core i7 16GB 512GB SSD 144Hz 15.6" RTX 3060). Some specs definitely look better: - both RAM slots are upgradable, for instance - cpu is slightly faster - has a webcam (not a big deal, but still nice to have) But - worse battery life (?) - slightly heavier (although almost same as XPS 15 9550, so shouldn't be a deal-breaker) - and more importantly it's ~30% more expensive ( $1.25k for G14 vs $1.8k for Blade Base 15). So the question here I suppose is whether the price difference really worth it vs the cheaper G14 model. Edit2: I've read a bit about Razer laptops, and have come to a conclusion it's best to stay away from them. Swollen batteries, defective screens, horrible support... thanks, but no thanks. Can't really find any other good options for around 1.5k here where I live. Darn it, why can't there be just good affordable laptops that you don't need to compromise with... Anyways, I'm now also considering getting a newer model of XPS 15 (9510). More expensive than Asus but at least I know what to expect from it.
  3. 1) What is your budget? ~1000$ but can increase if needed. Just trying to find cheapest option that meets requirements as this will not be my primary laptop. 2) What size notebook would you prefer? The major requirement im looking for, the lightest and smallest screen size possible while still having a numpad keyboard 3) In which country will you buying this notebook? USA 4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? a. Like: N/A b. Dislike: N/A 5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? yes 6) What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook? internet browsing and basic office applications 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? taking it places, thats why I'm in need of a light/smallest possible while still having a numpad key section 8.) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) No 9) How many hours of battery life do you need? 7+ hrs, preferred at least 10 10) Would you prefer to see the notebook you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? online is fine 11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. must be windows capable 12) What ports do you require on your laptop? (ex. MiniDisplayPort or HDMI? Displayport or USB-C w/ DP?) 1 standard USB, no other ports needed Screen Specifics 13) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? See further below for explanations. no preference 14) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? See further below for explanations. no preference Build Quality and Design 15) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Not a requirement but i'm not a fan of touchpads without separate left/right click buttons, but thats rare to come by now days so not a hard stop Notebook Components 16) How much storage space do you need? 10GB, most the stuff will be online Timing, Warranty and Longevity 17) When do you consider purchasing this laptop? by end of year 18) How long do you expect to use this laptop? a few years 19) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? not a problem, i have a main desktop 20) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage? ship to vendor is fine in short, my main main requirements are: -Long battery life -lightest and smallest possible while still having a numpad key section on the keybord -not a must but I would consider/like a touchscreen as well Thank you for your time 🙂
  4. General Questions 1) What is your budget? Under $2,000 2) What size notebook would you prefer? Anything from 14-17”. 3) In which country will you buying this notebook? US 4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? Dislike: HP 5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? Yes but preferably new ones 6) What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook? Schoolwork, music production (FL Studio), some gaming 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Both 😎 Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) Not sure which games but I want something that can handle any game at medium settings I don’t need elite performance 9) How many hours of battery life do you need? Doesn’t matter 10) Would you prefer to see the notebook you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? I don’t mind purchasing online 11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. Windows 12) What ports do you require on your laptop? (ex. MiniDisplayPort or HDMI? Displayport or USB-C w/ DP?) Ports don’t matter Screen Specifics 13) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? See further below for explanations. At least 1080p 14) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? See further below for explanations. Doesn’t matter Build Quality and Design 15) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? No Notebook Components 16) How much storage space do you need? Doesn’t matter as long as I can upgrade with SSD or HDD. Timing, Warranty and Longevity 17) When do you consider purchasing this laptop? Next few weeks 18) How long do you expect to use this laptop? 4+ years 19) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? Couple weeks 20) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage? I’d be fine with shipping the laptop to the vendor
  5. INSTRUCTIONS: New laptop buyers, kindly copy and paste the below questions into a new thread. Answer the questions to the best of your ability, give as much information as possible and try not to be vague. The more accurate information you give, the better the recommendations you will receive. START COPY ========== General Questions 1) What is your budget? 2) What size notebook would you prefer? a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen 3) In which country will you buying this notebook? 4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like? a. Like: b. Dislike: 5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? 6) What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook? 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? 8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) 9) How many hours of battery life do you need? 10) Would you prefer to see the notebook you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? 11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. 12) What ports do you require on your laptop? (ex. MiniDisplayPort or HDMI? Displayport or USB-C w/ DP?) Screen Specifics 13) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? See further below for explanations. 14) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? See further below for explanations. Build Quality and Design 15) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Notebook Components 16) How much storage space do you need? Timing, Warranty and Longevity 17) When do you consider purchasing this laptop? 18) How long do you expect to use this laptop? 19) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? 20) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage? ========== END COPY Please state any additional features you need. It's also helpful if you can indicate how experienced you are with computers. If you're a novice and don't know much, that's alright. Everyone's a novice at some point. Glossary and Explanations Matte vs Glossy Screen Matte screens have an anti-reflective coating. Glossy screens generally offer more contrast and colors are more vivid, but do produce more glare. The glare is more acute in well lit environments, like an office. If you are unfamiliar with the screen types, we would highly recommend you check some of each type out before you buy. The screen is one of the more important parts on a notebook. Refurbished: Laptops that may or may not have been powered on. Laptops that may or may not have the security seal of the box broken. Laptops that may or may not have been used. Laptops that may or may not have minimal cosmetic "scratches". Redistributed: Laptops that where ordered and never delivered. Laptops that where place on order but never shipped. Laptops that where ordered but then canceled and never shipped. Laptop is new and sealed in box. Laptop has never been turned on. Security seal is not broken. Laptop is in mint condition. Scratch & Dent: Laptop has been turned on. Laptop has been used before. Security seal is broken. Laptop may have noticeable cosmetic dents. Laptop was fully restored to manufacturing state. Screen resolution If you are unsure of what to purchase, we would highly recommend you check some notebook screens before you buy to see what you like. These are commonly available screen resolutions. Low Resolutions: 720p (1366x768) Generally offered on only the most inexpensive of notebooks, and best off avoided. High Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080) Offered on most mid-range and better notebooks. Ideal for most usage and productivity Ultra Resolution: 3K/4K (3200x1800, 3840x2160, etc) Found on high-end notebooks. Only get a Windows notebook with one of these screen resolutions if your apps and programs are good at scaling. Macs don't have that problem.
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