Recommend a new laptop?
July 27, 2010 8:46 PM Subscribe
It's time to buy a new laptop. Please advise.
posted by medusa to computers & internet (26 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Sorry for yet another laptop-buying-advice thread. I would really appreciate some help since I'd like to buy something quickly and don't have time for my usual obsessive research. Help!
My budget is $2000-2500. I use windows; this isn't going to change. Performance needs: My most often used programs are for email, web browsing, and editing documents (word, power point, xemacs, inkscape). I fairly regularly use picasa, google earth, and endnote. I use matlab occasionally on my laptop, sometimes for number crunching that might run for an hour - while this isn't a daily thing the laptop should be able to handle it.
My current laptop (a Compaq 6710b) is flaky, bulkier and heavier than I'd like - I'm sick of traveling with it, and I travel at least 2 times per month. It does have a 15" widescreen, which is nice. I would love to have a laptop that has good:
- durability/reliability (I drop things)
- light weight/small size for ease of travel
- long battery life
- large screen
General question: what should I get?
More specific side question: what do you think is the best screen size when trading off usability (working with multiple windows) and light weight?