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Windows 7: Recommend a new Laptop please

31 Mar 2016   #1
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 
Recommend a new Laptop please

I am not sure if this is an appropriate thread for this forum or not, if so my apologies and please delete, i figured you guys are more up to date than I am on such things.

Ok, my Sony laptop is getting old and I seriously need to think about a replacement... problem is there is 1000's of laptops on the market, the only ones I get to repair are like 4 years+ old so I have not had my dirty paws on anything "new" in a long time, I live out in a jungle / swamp (seriously) so just popping to the mall to have a browse about is not exactly easy.

Anyway could anyone recommend me one please ? my basic requirements would be:
Min 14in screen or bigger.
Nvidia graphics card.
8gb or more RAM.
A decent CPU of course.
I gather most come with an SSD these days size of that is not important, however the ability to either have or expansion to fit a standard SATA drive is essential.
A good keyboard is essential with a solid feel.
A decent battery life, say 4 hours+
Sound not to concerned about I use headphones anyway.
Must have an SD card slot... or enough USB slots to have one spare to plug in a converter.
price range around the $1500 USD mark.

My uses for the laptop would be, mostly programming, working with photoshop and a little gaming none of the heavy duty modern stuff in the past few years though.

Any suggestions please guys ?


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31 Mar 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Best is if you go into a store and look at the various models. The feel of a keyboard or the quality of the screen for your eyes is not something you can read from books.

As far as the SSD goes, I would replace the standard HDD with an aftermerket SSD. That is usually cheaper than a native SSD in an off the shelf laptop, Plus you gain a HDD which you can use with an external enclosure.
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01 Apr 2016   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You're kind of in a different area than we are
This is a nice one here in the u.s.a. it's 1499.99
MSI GE 72 Apache Pro-070 17.3" Gaming Laptop Computer - Aluminum Black; Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz; Microsoft Windows 10; 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM; 1TB 7,200RPM Hard
Code:
  • ntel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM
  • 1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
  • DVD Super Multi Drive
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Killer Gaming Network E2400
  • Intel 3165 Stone Peak 1 (1x1)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 17.3" Full HD eDP Display
Cheaper on Amazon sold and shipped
Oops different model know wonder why
Amazon.com: MSI GE72 Apache Pro-003 17.3" GAMING NOTEBOOK LAPTOP i7-6700HQ NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M 16GB 1TB WINDOWS 10: Computers & Accessories
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01 Apr 2016   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

If you want my two cents worth the laptop I am on right now is just about the best thing since sliced bread - an Asus P2520LA I bought this with the 7 downgrade and slipped a SSD in and upped the RAM to 8GB and it is greased lightning. It is also very thin and light and the graphics amazing

If you want the specs https://www.asus.com/au/Commercial-N...USPRO-P2520LA/

Edit If you want the extra hard drive then have alook at the Asus ROG series.
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01 Apr 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Narrr MSI all the way
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01 Apr 2016   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Never tried MSI Mike so cannot comment I have ha issues with Asus mainly support but this machine is just the ducks guts
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01 Apr 2016   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I'd trust you on that but the msi one is bitchen
Win-10 but dang it's nice for the price.
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01 Apr 2016   #8
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks guys ! I shall take a look at them soon as I get chance (work to do atm).
I am actually living in the Philippines now not the UK but I have trusted friends in most country's so sending one of them the money and having them ship it to me is not a major problem.
I always liked the MSI motherboards back when I was building rig's for people I found them to be very reliable and not many compatibility problems unlike some others.

Anyway I shall take a look and get back to you both :-)
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01 Apr 2016   #9
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

I just had chance to check them out... I am liking both of them, slightly favour the MSI due to the backlit keyboard most useful in this country as the power often go's off without warning and I have to use a touch in order to type anything at night...

More suggestions are welcome please if any other of you guys have any...
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02 Apr 2016   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

MSI has a lot of nice laptops
I was looking at a much more expensive one
But your location and what is available is still a tad of an issue for what is a viable suggestion :/

I'd just go to some sites and what MSI laptops are being sold near by and in your price range.

If you wanted to use win-7 make sure as stated it can have downgrade rights
Or look at slightly older models in the x99 mother board series
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