And I don't mind browsing for my next laptop, so I'd really appreciate opinions about the various brands. I currently use an HP-built laptop...it has been adequate, but I'd like to give another manufacturer a chance. Sony Vaio seems promising. It looks like they might be upgrading their Fit line soon. For the record, I won't be buying my next laptop until early 2014, so all I really need is input on what specs I should be looking for.
My budget for the new computer is: about $1500
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Heavy browsing (lots of tabs), programming, a few 3D (CPU- and GPU-intensive) games, a few CPU-intensive (but not GPU-intensive) games, probably 3D CAD modelling, Virtual Machines, and MS Office work.
What software do you intend on using on the computer? CAD, MS Office, Chrome, Windows Virtual PC (or similar)
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? MS Flight Simulator X, Dwarf Fortress (...maybe)
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? I like to multitask, especially when I'm toying with VMs.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Not in particular.
From what I've gathered, it seems like I'll need (...and want )
- a 4th gen i7 core
- 8GB RAM
- a dedicated graphics card...at least 1GB
- a 256GB SSD (I think 256GB would be adequate. And I want this computer to easily last 4 years, so it needs to be future-proof.)
- I'm not really particular about the screen res or size. I've been thinking about a 14" for portability and 1600x900
- good/decent battery life
P.S. Has anyone heard of the Razer Blade? It basically has the exact specs I just listed...unfortunately, it's rather expensive