I'm a first time poster, so I do not know whether this is in the right place.
After doing a bit of research for a new laptop, since my old one is giving me problems, I am having difficulty choosing the following four laptops:
Dell xps 15
Acer Aspire v3 572g
Samsung ativ book 8
Toshiba tecra z50
This is for graduate student work in a chemical engineering lab, where I plan to use analytical software for various projects. I would like to stay with a 15.6 inch laptop, a battery with at least 5.5 hours battery life, an i7 processor with at least 2.0 GHz, and at least 8 GB RAM. Can I have an opinion on any of the four above laptops, specifically on whether any of them have any resounding problems? I would also like a REAL life analysis of the actual battery life of the Acer Aspire v3 572G and the Toshiba Tecra Z50 when using it for wi-fi surfing, as information has been very unclear about that. Thanks for your help, and I would like an answer soon.
My budget for the new computer is: Unlimited
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Use of analytical tools , web browsing, mail, other uses for graduate student work)
What software do you intend on using on the computer? (Prism, Pymol, Chemdraw, similar tools). Also plan on installing linear regression software and maybe adobe photoshop and adobe reader.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Some, but not intensive games. Roguelike games like ADOM.
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? Have up to 7 programs running at times.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? I store ~250-400 pictures, and a minimal amount of music.
Can someone edit the post title to acknowledge that I used this template? Thanks for the move to the right forum, as I did not know of its existence when I looked at the topics.
Edited by wizard44, 27 July 2014 - 10:26 PM.
Moved to Questions and advice for Buying a New Computer ~ OB