It is time for Rana 125.0 to upgrade to Rana 125.1!
I'm not planning to buy one until late summer, early fall. However, I figure if I see a good deal on any laptop recommendations made here, I might as well buy it and save a little money. The laptop I have now is great, but I am growing out of it needless to say. I need more storage and a higher RAM. However, seeing as this HP still has some life left, I am going to give it to my parents because: A) They put half down on it & B: Their desktop with a 256 MB memory finally died after 13 years of use and abuse.
My budget for the new computer is: $1500 max. I would love to keep it under $1000 though.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
E-mail, School work, SPSS work, Research, web browsing, Photo and video editing, listening to music
What software do you intend on using on the computer? Microsoft Office suit, SPSS, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash, Adobe Premier and Adobe Photoshop
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? I really want to play my Star Wars Podracing game from Windows 98. That game is the awesome. I also have Mah Jong Quest that I play frequently.
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? It all depends. Most of the time, I do run a lot of programs, especially when I am conducting research, including SPSS.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Pictures, Music and Videos combined probably make up the largest consumption of my hard drive space. Research would be 2nd as I do save my work and drawn on previous reports for current assignments.
Other notes: I would love to keep using Windows. I've seen Windows 8 and I'm not really a big fan of the OS. I prefer Windows 7. That being said, I realize how limited my options are and I may have to adapt to Windows 8. It is such a pain to configure Windows 8 from tablet to desktop setting though. Also, I am concerned about the issue where Windows 8 is "selective" of its owners installing software and/or applications onto the device.
I am also concern about laptops vs. tablets war. I'm more comfortable with a laptop/desktop than a tablet. I want to buy something that will hopefully be "current" for the next few years and not become outdated. I do understand that technology is always improving so I know that my laptop may be outdated within a year. I just don't want a surprise a year later that tablets are what everyone is using, thus leaving me in the stone age.
Thank you for all your help in advance!
Edited by Rana125, 26 May 2013 - 07:35 PM.