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I need to get a new laptop for school, going to be heavy on virtualization so I need both a capable processor and lots of RAM. I won't really be gaming a lot but it would be nice (besides, it seems that most options are categorized as gaming laptops anyway)


General Questions

1) What is your budget?

Under $3000 USD

2) What size notebook would you prefer?

Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

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

Canada or US.

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

a. Like: Any

b. Dislike: HP

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


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

Coding, Virtualization (heavy emphasis), occasional gaming

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

Needs to be mobile (no heavy bricks or 17" monstrosities)

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

Yes (Triple A: BF1, Overwatch, etc)

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

Prefer 4 hours+. Not necessarily gaming but back to back labs.

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?

I am ok without seeing it in person.

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

Windows 10 Pro

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.)

1080p or 4K

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

Either is fine.

Build Quality and Design

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

No but style is a plus (doesn't need to be lit up like a christmas tree though)

15) When are you buying this laptop?

Soon. Next 3 weeks.

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

3-4 years

Notebook Components

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

SSD/nVME: At least 256GB, 500GB+ preferred if price is right


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

DVD or Blu-Ray is a plus ONLY IF it can be used at the same as as the above SSD/HDD.



- Top end i7

- 24GB, 32GB RAM preferred

- GeForce 1060 or better GPU

- 4 or more USB ports (at least one USB-C a plus)

- HDMI Out/DisplayPort


Full Keyboard (re: Numpad)

I am also open to discussion about 1080p vs 4K screen resolution. I realize the pros and cons of both for the most part but how good is windows scaling in general if I did get 4K?

Thanks in advance


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