Quark Posted September 19, 2022 Share Posted September 19, 2022 I'm new here and found my way to this area; here is a summary and replies to the list of questions for "which laptop should I buy." I am interested to learn what you think. Summary: I bring work on some travel (maybe it is 10 to 20% travel). Some tasks are compute intensive and can use plenty of physical memory. A lot of tasks are easier for me with larger screen real-estate (in office I like a second monitor). I seem to use plenty of storage. There is low priority on games but sometimes bought gaming notebooks just for performance. I don't think display speed is highest priority (because games would be rare or none) but I would really like good color gamut for sometimes working with images. I don't want a hobby in making custom modifications: I want a powerful machine for cranking out work instead of diverting time into the machine itself. I want at least 4 or 5 years of service even when some travel miles have been put on it, so build quality really matters and my preference is toward cooler and bulkier instead of thin / throttled / hot. I would be extremely unhappy with a notebook that fell apart in 2 years. Lately I have started to think maybe 64GB max memory is going to be too small during the next 4-5 yrs; not sure but I am getting leery about designs with max 64GB. General Questions 1) $6k US or below. 2) What size notebook would you prefer? e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen 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? a. Like: Dell's gave me good durability but still have 64GB max memory. b. Dislike: "Workstation notebooks" are much too expensive. Anything flimsy that will last only a year or two (or three). 5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? Not this time around. 6) What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook? Running VMs, Simulations, Emulators, high-quality image review/edit, moderate to big file copies, plus entire range of general purpose tasks (spreadsheets, document editing, some streaming, etc. etc.) 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Both, including occasional use while in transit. 😎 Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) Very rare. 9) How many hours of battery life do you need? Will sacrifice for performance. Willing to plug in wherever I can. 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? Probably can't find what I am looking for in most retail stores. 11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. Would ideally like to run multiple OS on one notebook but Windows is a non-negotiable must-have. 12) What ports do you require on your laptop? (ex. MiniDisplayPort or HDMI? Displayport or USB-C w/ DP?) Plenty of connectivity is a good idea since I want 4+ years of longevity (and I can't predict exactly what I will need in 4 years). Screen Specifics 13) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? See further below for explanations. 4K 14) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? See further below for explanations. I dislike glare for this reason matte better I think Build Quality and Design 15) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Performance is higher priority. Stylish is only a bonus but not a necessity. Notebook Components 16) How much storage space do you need? 6 to 8TB for today. Maybe grow it later. Timing, Warranty and Longevity 17) When do you consider purchasing this laptop? Now 18) How long do you expect to use this laptop? Want to get 5+ years lifespan. 4 is almost too low. 19) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? About 1 week 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? Difficult decision. I could ship but one week downtime is about the most tolerable. Maybe 7 business days?? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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