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Laptop buying advice

Looking for advice on the best laptop to buy. Looking for 15 inch screen, good battery life, above average performance and lots of storage for pictures and music (more than 256 GB). Don't really care about touchscreen and already have iPad so 2 in 1 not necessary. Would spend up to $1600. Thanks

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First, find your list of 1,600 dollar laptops.

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Am interested in people's opinion of this HP Envy 15t configuration for $1500

5th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5500U Dual Core Processor + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB Discrete Graphics
16GB DDR3 - 2 DIMM
15.6-inch diagonal QHD+ WLED-backlit UWVA Display (3200x1800)
1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive + 256GB Flash Solid State Drive
3-cell 55.5WHr Lithium-ion Battery
SuperMulti DVD burner
Backlit Keyboard
HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone, Fingerprint Reader
Intel 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth(R) [2x2]

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My last HP was my last HP.

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It was something picked up at a big box store then troubles begin. It would not boot. Eventually I figured out it was when the smart phone was plugged in. A look around the web and my background in embedded computers found it was a flaw in the BIOS. No big I thought, I've used HP gear and support for decades.

The laptop was 3 months old and I got another laptop from the office and moved to the next laptop as HP will wipe the drive on repair.

So I set aside the day to call in. 8 hours later HP remote connected, guided me on settings and more but the laptop would lock up when the smart phone was plugged in (no other laptop at the office had that issue) as well as randomly lock up so there is something wrong with this one.

At the end of the day, HP sends a box to have it fixed. Good I thought.

The laptop returns, still broken but in even worse shape that it now locks up in 5 minutes without the smart phone.

Calls to HP are met with "We've done all we can", "We (HP) buy the bios" to "You should have bought the ENVY."

6 months of calls and web surveys later it's clear that HP is not the HP I knew. If a company this size walks on a warranty I know they are not a name I will buy again or suggest to anyone.

Imagine a student if that happened to them.

My last HP.

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My last HP

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We have had about the same experience. My son is 17 and I thought making him deal with this would be a good 'life experience', particularly since he aspires to do IT work in the future. The only way I can get past this is that my financial losses on HP products, and making him deal with customer service, was probably more valuable than anything he will learn in a classroom or at a tech school.

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If you don't do gaming, the video card certainly is overkill. And if you want a good battery life if could even be fatal.
With a top-of-the-line CPU and too much RAM the performance certainly is above average, however.

Do you happen to define "best" as "fastest"? Or did you apply other criteria also?


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From a functionality POV i just need it to be able to handle up to 20 open applications windows (outlook, office, email, photo editing, itunes, adobe etc.) without any issues

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That's a good argument to have 8 GB of RAM indeed, although I doubt if you will notice much difference with having 4 GB. Windows handles virtual memory rather well when you switch from using one active program to another.


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My Laptop buying advice for you

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Hey Beaker,

So I did a quick google search for you and depending on what exactly you are looking for here's what I will advise.

Gaming Laptop

If you are a gamer and with those specs, then I recommend the "Asus RoG G751JY-DH71 ".
It has a 17.3 inch screen, good battery life, i7 processor ("above average performance"), 256 SSD + 1 TB additional HDD.

Programming Laptop/Student Laptop

If you are looking more for a good programming laptop, then in my opinion Apple's Macbook Pro takes the cake. You can choose a 15 inch screen option, 256/512 SSD (flash storage), excellent performing laptop, and should be able to meet price range easily.

That's the best I can do with the details provided. With $1600, you should be able to afford pretty much any laptop with the specs you asked for. I hope you liked the advice and good luck!

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Post was last edited on August 13, 2015 12:19 PM PDT

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Thanks for the advice. No not looking for a gaming PC just one for work, music, photos, videos etc. The 512 GB Macbook Pro actually comes in closer to $2300 though.

My challenge is that all of the best review laptops have smaller screens. Anything larger that compares in performance and features seems to be $2000+

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I'd avoid HP like the plague

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My advice for you

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I would choose msi with GS40... but it is not really 15" screen ...LOL....
however, just have a look...i think i will help you.

if you are interested in music and pictures, i think it has a color technology and music system

maybe you can check from its website:

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You could look for gaming laptops

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