Hi guys! I am a New Adult in the market for my first self-purchased laptop!
My current laptop (which is on its last legs) is an old 15.6" (6lb) HP Pavilion w/Intel i5 @ 2.30GHz, 8gb ram, & integrated graphics, and it meets my needs. I'd like my next laptop to be smaller/more portable and not an HP.
My priorities are 1. size/portability, 2. light gaming capabilities, and 3. cost effectiveness, in that order. More details:
My budget for the new computer is:
Not sure what a realistic budget is. I'd love to keep it around $500 if possible.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Everyday use (Internet, word processing, etc) + Photoshop + casual gaming.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Light/casual gaming, eg Stardew Valley, Grow Home, Sims, etc. I'm ok with lowest graphical settings. (Please note I'm not necessarily looking for a "Gaming Laptop," just a laptop that can manage [some] games.)
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
I have an external HD so storage space is not a priority.
Will you be overclocking?
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
I don't need a built-in optical drive. Need 2 USB ports.
Specific product recommendations are appreciated, but more generally my questions are: What minimum specs should I look for? And what price is reasonable to expect for those specs?
Thx in advance!
Edited by puppycola, 07 September 2017 - 10:46 PM.