Needing a New Laptop

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  1. Fretless

    Fretless Knob Fiddler Contributor

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    Howdy! I am currently in the market for a new laptop, and my goals are to replace my aging desktop, and my current laptop which is falling apart (seriously held together by epoxy right now). I will go ahead and list what I am looking for in a laptop below.

    Intended usage:
    I will be using this laptop at work, mainly to use as my own personal computer. I want to be able to use my DAW at least as well as my desktop (which is an aging 5 year old AMD processor, so that won't be hard). I will also be programming and gaming off of this laptop, and while I know it won't be as great for gaming as XYZ desktop, I really don't spend enough time in one room at my house to warrant a desktop. Mine only gets used for an hour or less every week. As far as games go, I really don't play anything too graphically intensive, and running things at max settings isn't a must.

    Needs:
    OS: Windows 10. I do not want a mac, and will not consider a mac.
    Form Factor: I need it to be between 15-17 inches. Also, the thinner the better.
    Processor: Latest I7 generation, doesn't have to be top of the line.
    RAM: at least 32GB.
    HD Capacity: 1TB SSD or more, and the more, the better.
    USB: At least a few USB ports, preferably something with C and a few 3's
    Budget: Under $4000 USD. I know that's a lot of money, but my wife said spend up to that much, and so I am not afraid to spend it. It doesn't have to be that much, but if there's a killer laptop for 3999.99 don't exclude it just to exclude it.


    So if you have any suggestions please let me know. I'm looking all over right now, but chances are I will miss something that someone else may find.
     
  2. TedEH

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    I can't recommend much but for 4k cause I'm a bit out of the loop with computer hardware, but I'd say just pick a company you trust and go to town with the specs. That kind of budget should be able to get a pretty monstrous workstation replacement kind of deal.

    Some side notes:
    - 32gb is the MAX I've seen available on any site so far, not the minimum. It might be overkill for a laptop outside of future-proofing or doing some pretty heavy-duty dev work. Games won't use that much. And your DAW *shouldn't* use that much. I think having that as a requirement is going to inflate your costs for very little benefit. :2c:
    - I'm not sure that you want to specify "i7". 7 is a higher number than 5, but not every i7 is better than every i5 as far as I know.
    - I would guess that workstation-style "quadro" cards will inflate your cost as well, but aren't going to give you any gaming benefit compared to a similarly priced gforce etc. so I'd avoid those.

    Someone with more up-to-date hardware knowledge will probably correct me :lol:

    Edit: I was able to easily spec out something to match your requirements on the Dell website, under 3k, with a couple of extra fancy bits added.
     
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    Honestly, I've been out of the loop for quite some time as well, and so as far as company trust, the only computer company I have even bought from in the past 10 years is my lenovo laptop that I currently use. I use dells at work daily and have terribly luck with them(The amount of dells I have had to replace is significantly more than HPs, ASUS, and pretty much all other brands combined. Granted my computers I manage here are all on 24/7 with 0 down time). As far as RAM goes, I've found that there are some laptops with more, but they fall more into the workstation category(not that this is a problem).
     

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