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Laptop: Advice: Purchasing a future-proof laptop?


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#1 applepiebed

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:02 AM

I hoping to find a laptop that had the following:

If a laptop is not achievable then a light, portable PC case. I actually looked into portable PCs but they're very pricey and designed for the military or business enterprises, not gaming or home-use.

Q: Budget?
A: I was hoping to garner your opinions on this

Q: What will you be using your build for specifically?
A: Everyday use, gaming (Games that are mod intensive i.e. Skyrim, Dragon Age, Neverwinter Nights 2) and porn (Honesty isn't always the best policy)

Q: Components?
A: Everything, as below

I've done some research and I thought this might be best, I'd really appreciate some feedback/advice.

A, if achievable, future-proof laptop with chances to upgrade:

- A 17 inch screen

- No brand preference

- An optical drive caddy, can these be installed on most laptop models later?

- A high-end processor, perhaps: Sandy Bridge, Intel i7 or whichever else you recommend

- Enough space for RAM, dual graphics cards, a second hard drive bay/dock/port

- Accessibility e.g. Drives, graphics card and RAM bays/docks/ports

- USB 3.0 ports and any other future-proof port you could recommend

- No weight preferences

- A backlit keyboard, are there any alternatives to factory-made keyboards. I've found this: http://www.myglowkeys.com/ and several DIY instructions

- Preferably a durable design

- No over-the-top, insane, design features, like LEDs, garish designs, nothing that makes it look ridiculous

- Extra features aren't necessary, like: Memory card slots, DVD or CD maybe even Blu-ray trays, fancy screens or over-the-top resolution, webcamera, audio recording, bloatware, software extras, pricey OS extras or pricey speakers (I plan on utilizing headphones)

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:34 PM

Future proof seems to mean you want a touchscreen laptop. You will probably wish you had a touchscreen in your new laptop unless you can find some NOS (New Old Stock) with Windows 7.

I decided I would need to learn Windows 8 even though may main computers are Windows 7.

That meant the cheap laptops were out as they were all non touchscreen. I found a cheap, for a touchscreen ASUS for US $499.99 Asus-S200E-RHI3T73-116-Multitouch, Today it is up to US$649.99 So I lucked out. I could have gotten by with a non touchscreen laptop for over US$200 less. It is small light and came with a external DVD drive although most similar ASUS models did not. Interestingly enough I got it cheaper at a local store than a similar model from a online vendor. and the online one had no dvd drive. You just have to check everywhere.

It seems decent, some gotchas. No memory sockets for example.
Anyway these days future proof means touchscreen as I see it.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:16 AM

Have you considered the ASUS G75 Series G75VW-NS71?

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230408

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