My 5.5 year old laptop is about to give up the ghost - can you point me in the right direction for a new one?
My five and a half year old Dell Inspiron 9300 has served me valiantly, but I think it's time to put her down. I've been trying to search through various other opinion and review sites about new laptops, but I haven't found anything that quite matches what I'm looking for.
Thing I use my laptop for:
- Writing my dissertation
- Reading & marking up PDFs
- Watching Netflix movies & DVDs (both on my laptop and hooked up to a TV)
- Light Photoshop & video editing
- Playing some older PC games (and MINECRAFT!)
- Using my laptop as a presentation machine
- Traveling with my laptop 4 days a week to various places
My current machine is a 7lbs.+ 17 inch behemoth - I don't need something that big or heavy anymore. I teach at different places almost every day of the week, so having something portable enough to move around is important.
I've got a pretty good budget for this, but I'd like to spend less than $1600 or so. I'm unsure about how much computer I'm going to need to do all of this - I have a feeling it isn't much, but I'd still like the option to run a newer game or two that isn't too graphically challenging. I don't need a killer gaming laptop, though.
So, what do I need? My wife just got a new Lenovo, and she seems to like it, but after having a Dell for so long (and having a surprisingly good experience with them), I'm not sure where else to go.