Good hunting. May have to keep looking for a year or 2 as USB C catches on.
I am currently looking to purchase a laptop that I can use for CAD design work, simulating CAD models and gaming but I'm having trouble finding something suitable that has the features I’m looking for. I doubt I could get everything I am looking for so not all of the ‘requirements’ are set in stone.
My basic requirements are:
• Country of purchase: UK
• Budget range: £700 - £1200
• Purpose: CAD, simulations and gaming
• Screen size: 15.6"
• OS: Windows
Further requirements are:
• 1080p LED or 1080p LED backlit IPS display with high brightness and matte rather than gloss coating.
I'm not willing to pay extra for 2K or 4K
• A comfortable keyboard with decent sized keys and without a numpad – for some reason these seem to have gone the way of the dodo.
I like the keyboard on my current Dell Studio 1555 (http://bit.ly/1MvT85k)
• Dedicated graphics card – NVIDIA GTX 965M or better (must be NVIDIA)
• 12GB RAM (preferably 16GB).
I’m willing to pay more for DDR4
• 3 (preferably 4) USB ports, all of them V3.0 or, better yet, V3.1
• 1 or 2 HDMI ports (preferably V2.0)
• 1 VGA port
Nice to have features are:
• 6th gen Intel processor
• Separate L and R buttons on the trackpad
• Anti-ghosting keyboard
• No internal optical drive to save weight and reduce size
• M.2 PCIe3 drives instead of 2.5inch SATA hard drive bay
• Macro keys such as on the Alienware 15 (http://bit.ly/1PVk1BX) could be useful
• A USB C port