So my poor laptop is now four-and-a-half years old. It’s been very good to me over the years, and I’ve been very happy with it. But it’s now reaching its golden years and it’s time to give it the dignified retirement it deserves.
So I’m looking for a new one. Here’s what I want:
[li]Durability. I want something that will last for a while. I don’t want to replace it in a few years because the hardware is physically breaking.[/li][li]Decent power. I run software like Adobe Audition, which is a resource hog, as well as MS Office, which is just bloatware. (I have to use Office, so no debates about Open Office versus Office Office.) It also needs to be able to multitask fairly well, because I often have live video teleconferences running simultaneously with the aforementioned Office and sometimes multiple browsers.[/li][li]A decent-sized hard drive. I have a 1 TB external hard drive for backups, so I can take stuff off and store it if I want to, but I’d like to have at least 500 GB to play with. The more, the merrier.[/li][li]USB ports. I have a lot of peripherals that run on USB and I don’t want to have to play Musical Ports.[/li][li]A built-in webcam.[/li][li]Price. I have some money to play with, but my last name isn’t Gates or Buffett, if you know what I mean.[/li][/ul]
The other stuff I need is standard with Windows, so it’s a non-issue. (Stuff like accessibility features for the visually-impaired and the like.) The other stuff is a function of improved technology, but battery life is important.
Here’s what I don’t care about:
[li]I don’t need a super-spiffy gaming computer. I run a lot of stuff simultaneously, but I don’t play graphics-intensive games or anything like that, at least not when I’ve got other stuff open.[/li][li]I have other devices for music and movies, and when I play audio or video, I do it through a decent-quality USB headset. For this reason, I don’t need a top-of-the-line audio system or separate headphone and microphone jacks.[/li][li]I don’t want a Mac. No debate is necessary; I just don’t want a Mac. Period, end of discussion, and I will reach through the Internet and dope-slap anyone who tries to start such a debate.[/li][/ul]
Everything else is negotiable and will be decided when I actually go to look.
Basically, I’m looking for a solid workhorse that will do what I want it to do, and do it gladly. I will entertain all suggestions and probably print the thread to take with me when I go to the store.