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Laptop advice for GIS work/archaeology

I am on the hunt for a new laptop. I have one that works well for me for right now, but I am upgrading for work and need ideas - I haven't purchased a computer in a while and I'm out of the loop. I am an archaeologist and in the process of getting GIS certification, so my needs are:

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Only one item stood out.

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The matte screen is getting a little rare. While almost any laptop hits those requirements the matte screen may reduce your choices. I found it easy enough to fix my office to avoid any glare issue so I can use any screen.

Take another look at Sony.

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PS. What I'm using today.

In reply to: Only one item stood out. has it on a blowout sale of under 780 so it was quite a deal. I have yet to stress it with a game but I did do some video transcoding with HANDBRAKE for close to 2 hours and the palm and keyboard areas did not get hot. I can't say what would happen with games.

The 3 to 4 second zero power sleep is great and the display is quite nice.

The option to extend the battery life (versus run time) is one of those about time laptop makers offered such a feature feature.

I see folk wrote about bloatware yet I uninstalled Norton and the Best Buy demo and I was done. It's odd folk over stated the bloat ware issue.

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