Current OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, SP1
Current laptop: ASUS K52F, Memory 4GB, Hard drive 500 GB, Processor Intel Core i3 M370 @ 2.40 GHz, Screen 15 inch (diagonal), Display 1366 x 768
My current laptop is 5 years old & has provided great service. However not knowing how much longer it will last, I want to be proactive and start researching a new laptop.
Budget: < $700
OS: Windows 10 (OS on current laptop is Windows 7 Home Premium)
Primary uses & software: Web surfing, coding (C, VBA), watching movies (via DVD & streaming), Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc. When watching movies I connect the laptop to an external 22 inch HD monitor.
Will not have multiple programs running at same time
Store lots of pictures & music
Laptop screen size of 14 inch or more
Laptop connects to 22 inch HD display (currently ViewSonic VX2250)
Peripherals: none required
I would appreciate recommendations as follows:
(1) Manufacturer - which ones have the best customer service ? (ASUS customer service has not been good to me)
(2) Which manufacturer has the best reliability? I want the laptop to last for many years.
(3) Memory - how much?
(4) CPU - which series (eg: Intel Core i5?)
(5) CPU speed?
(6) Hard drive speed?
(7) Flash cache necessary?
(8) 3 USB 3.0 ports
(9) Any other characteristics I should consider?