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ssjwizard

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Mar 12, 2002
So I am looking to buy a new laptop to replace my aging HP 8730W.

Requirements,

16:10 display with a minimum of 1920*1200 resolution
relatively powerful GPU
17" display
full size keyboard

preferences

Compatible with windows 7

Budget ~$1200
 

P A U L

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Mar 24, 2016
do you have a brand preference? i think notebookreview or some similar website has a search function with filters to narrow down just the notebook you may be interested in.
 

TechWizard

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Nov 16, 2004
You're going to have a really hard time finding a laptop with 1920x1200 for the screen res and the rest of your specifications for the price. That's a pretty specialized resolution to ask for on a laptop.

There really isn't that much of a difference if you were to sacrifice 120 pixel difference and settle for 1920x1080 - this would also greatly open up your options for buying.

Is there a reason you want 16:10 ratio? Nearly 99% of anything in a $1200 price range is going to be 16:9 @ 1080p...
 

TechWizard

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Nov 16, 2004
Glad I'm not seeing that yet with the HP's I buy at work... still formatting most Win 10 machines back to Win 7 - they actually have better support with the drivers on 7 then 10.

Then again these are HP ProBooks and ZBooks and not high end gaming laptops.
 
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ssjwizard

ssjwizard

Has slightly less legible writing than Thideras
Joined
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Its true that business grade machines have better driver backwards compatibility.

As for the 16:10 resolution its just my preference. I do game on my laptop occasionally but I primarily use it for business. As a computer programmer that extra 120 pixels means I can see deeper into my code which I like.

Thanks for the help. I am not sure if I am going to go forward with an upgrade as I have had to spend a good chunk of my savings on a few unexpected expenses recently.
 

McGrace

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Dec 21, 2006
I am currently returning - or attempting to return - my brand new Asus. Not allowing Win 7 is absolute trash. It's like selling a car then telling them oh you can't drive it on the roads you want to drive it on, only our chosen roads :)

Will get an HP when the money is returned... thanks to this thread :)


Regards,

DB
 

Archer0915

"The Expert"
Joined
Nov 3, 2008
So I am looking to buy a new laptop to replace my aging HP 8730W.

Requirements,

16:10 display with a minimum of 1920*1200 resolution
relatively powerful GPU
17" display
full size keyboard

preferences

Compatible with windows 7

Budget ~$1200

OPEN BOX! Check BB online and in store. Got my last one that way.
 

Rainwater

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Nov 10, 2016
Location
Portland
I have entirely given up on Windows laptops. I honestly wish there were a more universal operating system for Pc's too. Or at least more freedom I should say. I love desktop Pc's, I have a huge passion for building them and gaming on them and it requires Windows to do so. But I picked up a late 13 Macbook Pro Retina with a 13 inch screen a quad core i7 16gb of ram and a 500gb ssd and I will never ever go back to a Windows laptop. I love how small and lite and the overall convenience of it and it pairs wonderfully with my iphone and ya idk. As far as mobile goes I like Macbook and will probably never again own a Windows laptop.
 

Archer0915

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Nov 3, 2008
I have entirely given up on Windows laptops. I honestly wish there were a more universal operating system for Pc's too. Or at least more freedom I should say. I love desktop Pc's, I have a huge passion for building them and gaming on them and it requires Windows to do so. But I picked up a late 13 Macbook Pro Retina with a 13 inch screen a quad core i7 16gb of ram and a 500gb ssd and I will never ever go back to a Windows laptop. I love how small and lite and the overall convenience of it and it pairs wonderfully with my iphone and ya idk. As far as mobile goes I like Macbook and will probably never again own a Windows laptop.

Microshaft is not the issue! The issue is people not making software compatible with other operating systems.
 

Rainwater

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Nov 10, 2016
Location
Portland
Right but Microsoft refuses to provide support for their own software for newer hardware. Newer laptops not supporting Windows 7 is a Microsoft issue. And they will be discontinuing support on Skylake chips this summer as well for older windows. That's all I was saying. I've found my Macbook to be the most reliable, convenient notebook I've ever owned. I'm not trying to hi-jack the mans thread here so I'll see myself out.