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I am a System Admin at an IT Support Services company that supports small and medium sized businesses in the DC metro area. My boss is getting ready to purchase me a laptop for work. Not having a laptop with me all day is limiting my efficiency in handling calls I get while on-site with a client; with a laptop I can provide remote support or answers for certain tasks instead of waiting until I get back to my computer at the office.

Essential Specs:

  • Size: 15.6 or smaller with 1920x1080 resolution or better
  • CPU: Quad Core Intel i5 or i7
  • Memory: DDR4 8gb or more expandable (would be open to non-expandable ram depending on what other laptop suggestions)
  • Keyboard: As close to full sized as possible; keys cannot be too shallow and/or too small. Number pad would be nice but is not required.
  • WiFi: Dual Band AC

I would like the laptop to have both a HDD for storage and a PCIe NVME SSD for Windows and apps. Not getting the NVME SSD is not a deal breaker by any means just something that would be useful to me. I would use the SSD for my boot/app drive and the a HDD SATA drive for storage.

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  • Is the price an issue here? Are there any brand preferences? Are there any battery life requirements? Do you want ECC RAM if possible?
    – SEJPM
    Jun 21 '16 at 16:14
  • If possible I would like to stick to around $1000, not a whole lot more. As far as brand, anything buy Acer is worth considering. It would be nice to get 4-5 hours, or be able to buy extra or larger battery. ECC ram is not a requirement.
    – Woz
    Jun 25 '16 at 12:00
  • I can't issue a formal recommendation or something, but the Acer Aspire V7 Nitros look like what you're looking for.
    – SEJPM
    Jun 25 '16 at 12:39

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