What laptop should I buy? Want a backlit keyboard...

  bigonroad 20:42 27 Jan 2014

Hey, I've included some questions asked on another site:

1. What is your budget? Probably around £400-£800. I usually buy laptops 6 months behind the curve on ebay, from ex business users and find myself with an amazing 3 year warranty thrown in...

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15inch. Will consider 14.

3. What screen resolution do you want? At least 1600x900. I actually find Full HD sets everything too small generally, but I guess I need to play with size settings in Windows, etc. Definitely doesn't scale as well as OSX.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Hehe, really a portable desktop replacement. I don't do much that's too high intensity, no gaming, occasional video editing. However, my bread and butter is web design, which I use Fireworks for. I need that, and my mail client and my 50 million tabs in Chrome to zip along pretty fast, so I'll need an i5 minimum.

5. How much battery life do you need? Loads. Realistically, getting 7+ hours out of it on basic web browsing and Wifi would be incredible. Have high hopes for Haswell. Wouldn't want to go below 5 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)? Occasionally. Not a priority. Sometimes pull out out OpenTTD (The Transport Tycoon clone) for a few hours. Just looked up minimum specs for that: Windows 95 minimum, 233MHz Pentium with MMX equivalent or greater, 64Mb of RAM. Think we can beat that?

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) Bit of music production, photo editing. Rarely some video, but I'm off to volunteer in Africa for a year, and generally end up doing something like that for an NGO. Have the last retail Adobe Master Collection, so needs to be able to useably run Premiere, but understandable if it doesn't fly.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? Dunno really, about 500Gb? Mostly ends up transferred to my monster desktop.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. I'll find the right machine, then hunt it down anywhere.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? Generally run on a 2-3 year replacement cycle. Running a Dell XPS 15 l501x from 2011 at the moment, its getting a little long in the tooth.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? At first, hated the idea of Ultrabooks, because I do use the Optical drive, especially when away, as a DVD player. However, could cope with nothing and just get an external one. So ideally, at least a DVD writer, but Blu Ray (reader) would be cool, but nothing is acceptable.

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. Err, had HPs for years, but rather liked the specs on this last Dell. Been unimpressed with battery - I'm at like an hour and a half on minimal intesity, and its not been heavily used over the years. But any manufacturer considered.

13. What country do you live in? UK

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed. Definitely want a backlit keyboard. Number one item needed. In order, my requirements: 1. Backlit keyboard 2. 5+ hours battery 3. 15 inch 1600x900+ screen 4. Haswell i5 5. Matte screen

Thanks, Chris

  bigonroad 09:24 28 Jan 2014


  spuds 10:18 28 Jan 2014

I think nobody is answering, because they cannot understand what you are asking, having provided most of the answers already in the ibtroduction of your post?.

  spuds 10:20 28 Jan 2014

ibtroduction = introduction.

I need to ask about a keyboard that doesn't have a mind of its own :O)

  bigonroad 11:14 28 Jan 2014

Well, yeh I've provided all the answers about what I'm looking for in a laptop. The only bit I need now is for advice about which laptop has those features...

  Pine Man 14:02 28 Jan 2014

'I've included some questions asked on another site'

What did the other site recommend?

  bigonroad 14:09 28 Jan 2014

The other site gave a list of questions to fill in to guide responses. But they didn't tell me which one to buy!

  Pine Man 14:41 28 Jan 2014

Sony has always been my choice for computers,TVs, radios and mobiles. They might have something in the Vaio range that ticks most of your boxes.

  Woolwell 10:45 29 Jan 2014

£400 - £800 is a huge range. Almost all of the major brands have laptops that meet your requirements. You can narrow them down by backlit keyboard because there are fewer of them. I don't think that we can tell you which one to buy.

  MelisaStewart 11:28 31 Jan 2014

AS far as my knowledge is concerned I think Even if you’ll only ever surf the web, write emails, and cobble together the occasional Excel spreadsheet, setting a minimum quality standard for your computer ensures it will do those things reliably and painlessly for years to come. You don’t need much, but there are a few essential things you shouldn’t skip or skimp on. I would recommend you to go for the Dell laptop as they are very significant and have all the relative aspects which a good laptop should have.

  AroundAgain 13:03 31 Jan 2014

Have you tried Novatech? I presume they could build to your requirements?

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