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Help me find a high-end 17.3 laptop (but not a gaming machine) for $1,000+

18 10 July 12, 2018 at 02:09 PM
I know that most requests for assistance (especially at the high end) are gaming related, but what high-end, but non-gaming laptop would you recommend for me? (Seems like a lot of the laptop reviews out there are old?)

1. Budget: Like everybody, I would prefer to pay less rather than more. But I do not want to buy an underpowered machine and then regret it. I have set aside $1000, but do not have a good feel for fair market value in the laptop space. Am willing to go a bit higher for a good deal (no hard cap if the deal is right) but ideally I'd like to be around $1,000.

2. Screen size: Am looking for a 17.3 inch screen (I do a lot of spreadsheet work and need the screen real estate).

3. Screen resolution: Am thinking that I would benefit from 3840 x 2160, but could probably limp by with 2560 x 1600

4. Primary Tasks: As mentioned above, a lot of spreadsheet work (very computationally intensive). Also use a relatively unknown program called TradeMaximizer that consumes as many cores/threads as I can throw at it. Some work in Adobe Illustrator, a program called GIMP, and occasionally some video editing (but video editing is *not* my full time job). Watching movies on planes when traveling. Other office/productivity applications. The games I play are Twilight Struggle and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (as well as some Android titles via Bluestacks). My daughter *might* use the machine to occasionally play League of Legends, Overwatch, and something called DOTA2.

5. Mobility: I will be traveling with the machine so would like to keep the weight down. Maybe 6 pounds or so? However, other than on planes, I will usually be able to plug into power so battery life is not as critical as it might be for others. Not that I want a crappy battery, but I do not need a model that is solar powered and able to run for days on a single charge. Would be nice to have 4 hours of battery life, but if I have to cut somewhere this might be an area?

6. CPU: Must be current generation. Do not want to invest in last year's technology even if it costs a bit more. Am thinking i7 because the applications that I use need the power. Am willing to invest a little more here, but if the i7 is hundreds more than an i5 then I may have to settle.

7. GPU: Since I do not play the high-end games, I do not need a gaming machine and the associated GPU power. Again, I do not want to buy an underpowered machine and regret it, but I just do not need a 1080 or 1070. Am kinda thinking 1060? Not sure about 6GB vs. 3GB?

8. OS: Windows 10. I don't think that I *need* the Pro version.

9. Purchase site: First choice would be Costco since the warranty and customer service is unparalleled. Newegg would be second choice as Amazon now charges me tax. Amazon would be third choice as I have a BIG gift card from there. Other places that are SD certified and bonafide are good too. Would prefer to avoid rebates, but can fill out the forms if huge savings are there to be had.

10. Keyboard: I have mostly used Lenovo laptops in the past and generally like the feel of their keyboards. Willing to adapt to others.

11. Desired brand: Have used Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Am mostly agnostic on brand as long as the quality/warranty is there.

12. Materials/Style: Would prefer a healthy dose of metal, but not because it looks cool -- rather because of durability. I really do not care what it looks like. Not a status symbol for me at all, but rather just a tool.

13. Timing: Willing to be patient and get a good deal. While it would be nice to secure something by Prime Day, I am not desperate and do not feel like I have to have something right now or my life is over. Cannot wait til Black Friday though. Maybe target Labor Day at the absolute latest.

14. RAM: At least 16GB. Want a machine that will allow 32GB but can add another 16GB later.

15. HD: Would like a 512GB SSD plus a secondary 1TB-2TB drive that can be a spinner.

16. DVD: Although it is probably weird, I would prefer a model that has a DVD reader/writer. Not a deal breaker if it does not though.

What brands have the best reputation for this type of machine and what model(s) should I be looking for and what price should I wait for to pull the trigger?



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Dell Precision 7720 maybe a good choice.
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Dell Precision 7720 maybe a good choice. []
Thank you for taking the time to read my request and make a suggestion. While I am totally OK with spending a bit more than $1000, I cannot go up to $2000 (or more).
Can you make any suggestions on what I might be being unrealistic about with the features/specs that I have outlined?
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