Alright guys, I am a newb with limited technical knowledge. I am looking to spec out a new laptop for my business which is comprised of largely clerical work utilizing the MS Office suite. There is heavy internet usage, some large spreadsheet manipulation, large powerpoint presentations and some video playback. I need a machine that is lightning fast and absolutely reliable. It also has to have the ability to mount to a true docking station, as opposed to one of those USB contraptions. As a small business, I don't have unlimited funds, but anticipate spending $2000-$3000 on a new laptop. I cannot afford to get it wrong the first time though guys.
I have a tendency to buy bleeding edge tried and true technology to ensure that it is not only stable, but relevant for the longest duration possible. The machine I am replacing is a Dell Latitude D630 that I upgraded heavily when I purchased it. It has been an absolute workhorse for me for nearly ten years now. It is time to put it out to pasture and replace it with a newer and better machine that hopefully will give me similar reliability results.
I am considering four potential machines at this point, but am open to additional suggestions if you are so inclined. I am considering the Dell Latitude, Dell Precision, Lenovo X series, or Lenovo X series. I am looking at 14-15" machines. Which of these machines is the best to go with and why? How would you spec it out and why? I am considering i7 or Xeon processors, which would you recommend and why? Someone suggested an i5 as being more reliable than an i7, is this true? How much RAM is appropriate? touch or no touch screen? What are your thoughts on the service plans and virus protection plans offered by these companies, in light of the fact that I am not as tech savvy as y'all.
I guess in short, given the considerations I have outlined, if you could build the best machine for that purpose, what would it be?
Thank you in advance for any recommendations you can make or advice you can give!
Edited by hamluis, 28 July 2016 - 12:41 PM.
Moved from System Building to Buying New Computer - Hamluis.