Post # 1
My laptop is soon going to need to be replaced, as the casing is cracked all over and is officially breaking apart.
I’d love some recommendations about brands to check out for less than $800-900. I’ve always had Dells for personal and work use, but I’m not really picky about the brand in general, but I don’t want a Macbook, definitely.
I’m looking for a laptop available in 14-16 inches (so not a mini), fairly lightweight. I don’t play games or anything like that, but I work and travel a lot for work, so I need something with enough power to run data programs, etc.
I’m very technologically uninformed so tell me what you have and what I should look at!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
You should try to get something with 8g ram and an i7 processor or equivalent if possible to make sure that it stays current as long as possible and has the power to run your programs.
I have this one and I love it. It’s right at the top of your price range, but it runs well, has an awesome screen, and looks sleek. It’s definitely light enough, and has ports that are conveniently located. The trackpad took me about a week to get used to since it is sensitive, but now it’s not a problem at all.
BTW good choice on banning the macs from the start. A bunch of people will come on here and tell you that you need a mac and it will change your life, but that’s really not true. I had a mac for 5 years and it was nice, but this laptop is just as nice and cost so much less. Also, you won’t need new software.
Post # 4
I have the Dell Inspiron and I love it! I’ve had it for a few years and I haven’t had any problems with it at all!
Post # 5
Can I ask why not a Macbook? My Macbooks have lasted, on average, 5-7 years longer than the PC laptops of varying brands others in my family have gotten. Well worth the extra money.
Post # 6
@MeiFrancis: I hadn’t thought about Samsung; I’ll have to check it out. I’m trying to stay as cheap as possible for something that will still allow me to work, which is hard.
@LilliePad: I’m currently on an Inspiron and use Inspiron and Latitude laptops at my office. I’ve had such a terrible time with them breaking, touchpads not working, etc over time and such *awful* customer service I suspect I’ll try and stay away from another one.
@crayfish: I really don’t enjoy the differences between PCs and Macs. Partly it’s probably familiarity, but I find Macs irritating to use and not very intuitive for me. I’ve used them in the past (Apple desktops, too) but I just don’t find them better than PCs. I also want to limit how much I’m spending now as my grant funding doesn’t really cover this kind of expense so I need to try find the most affordable option within a certain range.