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What PC Laptop do you suggest?

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General Questions

1) What is your budget?

Up to $3,000

2) What size notebook would you prefer?

e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.


4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

a. Like: Xidax

b. Dislike: Dell, HP, Lenovo

5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

No. New only.

6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

Photoshop, 4k video. I have a Nikon D850. Files are massive shooting raw and jpeg.

7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

I shoot events and print onsite so I will travel with it.

8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

No games

9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

I will keep it plugged in. Not worried about battery life.

10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

Buying online is okay without seeing it. Locally it is just Dell,, HP, etc...

11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

I prefer Windows XP lol, which is all I have used. Nikon D3 worked fine with it, but is just too old for the huge Nikon D850 files. I guess Windows 10.

Screen Specifics

12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)

17 inch screen, great screen resolution

13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)

matte, non glossy

Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?


15) When are you buying this laptop?


16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

5-8 years at last. Last one lasted 10. Technically still going but I got a new camera its not compatible with.

Notebook Components

17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?

1 TB at least. I am use to only working with one hard drive but I guess I need 2.

18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

I would like a DVD burner

So my last laptop was made by Q2 Designs. LOVE that laptop! Quality at it's finest. I have worked 8 straight hours, no problems. Running Desktop Digital Darkroom, Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, all at the same time, etc. But sadly they are no longer in business. I print with a Shinko printer. The company changed their name to Sinfonia years later.



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.

Not very experienced with computers. I know I need 32gb ram but prefer upgradable to 64. Also need at least 16 (is it gb?) for graphics.

It needs great wifi and bluetooth.

Does not run hot. ( I know not to put on pillow or blanket etc. lol )

There may be other things but in reality, reliability is first and foremost. So many companies have horrible reviews.



Glossary and Explanations

Glossy vs. Matte Screen

Matte screens have an anti-reflective coating. Glossy screens generally offer more contrast and colors are more vivid. They do however produce more glare. Some people like them, others do not. The glare problem is most acute in well lit environments, like an office. Glossy screens tend to be better for multimedia uses like viewing DVDs or photos. 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. You don't want to get stuck with something you don't like.

SSD (Solid State Drive)

A solid state drive is a flash based storage device which uses non-volatile NAND memory chips instead of the mechanical rotating disk and reading head. This newer technology drives perform much faster since they dont need spin up. Think of it as using your RAM as your hard drive. It consumes less power since there are no mechanical moving parts, this in turn also gives SSD's the advantage of running cooler. They are also impervious from damage by vibration, shock and magnetism.

The downsides compared to a traditional HD is it lacks storage capacity and the cost is much higher per GB.

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. You may also wish to take a look at the screen guide for more information.

- Netbook resolution: WSVGA

- Actual resolutions: 1024x600 and 1024x576

- Offered on Netbooks 10" and smaller

- Netbook standard resolution. This is the lowest resolution available, and is designed to easily read text and icons on smaller-sized netbook screens. However, this leads to a somewhat “crowded” display that can generally only handle one visible window at a time. Typically not available on larger machines.

- Standard Resolutions: WXGA, HD, 720p

- Actual resolutions: 1280x800 and 1366x768

- Offered on larger Netbooks and Notebooks up to 16"

- Lower resolution screens offer big text and icons that are easy to read. Less stuff fits on the screen, which translates into more scrolling. Multiple windows can be worked with, though they may have to overlap some.

- Midrange Resolutions: WXGA+, HD+, 900p

- Actual resolutions: 1440x900 and 1600x900

- Offered on all Notebooks. Keep in mind text will be very small on a 12" WXGA+ notebook.

- A set of in-between resolution options that are found on some machines. Considered base resolution on 17" inch and higher laptops. Text and icons are smaller than standard resolution screens, and more windows fit onto the screen. These resolutions are very good for working with multiple windows side-by-side, without having to overlap them.

- Maximum Resolutions: WSXGA+, WUXGA, FHD, 1080p

- Actual resolutions: 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 1920x1080

- Offered on Notebook 15" and larger

- On these screens text and icons will be very small. Text can often be hard to read, though some do like it. A very large number of windows fit on the screen, and there will be little need to overlap any of them. Max resolution screens are good for applications that require high detail (CAD, graphics editing, etc.)

Typical Definitions of Refurbished Notebooks

Refurbished notebooks often come at significantly lower prices and are generally covered by warranties by Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Lenovo generally has a universal 1 year warranty, while Dell has standard 3 on their business lines and 1 on consumer laptops (all extendable). HP offers a choice of 1 or 3 years. Other stores like Tiger Direct only offer 90 days. These laptops are in conditions ranging from being never powered on to scratch and dent (but still fully operational).


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".


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.


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