It's been 8 years since I last bought a laptop, so I'm very rusty. I would like a laptop which has:
- a 15'' monitor
- it's reliable (don't want to buy another one anytime soon!)
- it's lightweight
- it's a powerful computing enviroment: I like dabbling with machine learning and statistics (I use the open source language R). I have a powerful workstation at work, thus I don't have to do computationally intensive stuff at home too, but I sure would like to try it out now and then.
- I haven't been playing for at least 10 years, but recently I've taken a liking to playing games on my smartphone (Samsung S6), so I was curious to come back to the gaming world and see how it is now.
I've been offered a Dell XPS 15 9550 laptop with high-end configuration: basically it's the 15'' Touch screen model (a touch screen on a laptop? sounds weird to me) with the 512 SSD hard disk (curious to see what difference this kind of HD makes with respect to the SATA I knew). It's nearly new (1 month), and I would pay it 1300 € (I live in a European country). Full warranty, etc. Since Dell site prices it at 2050$, it sounded like a good deal and I got a verbal agreement, but...an acquaintance told me that the graphics card is "crap" (his words) and that there are better options at the same price. He pointed me to this laptop. I apologize for the non-English link, but I couldn't find exactly the same laptop on the English HP site. This one seems the closest one, but note that it has an HD twice as big (!). Anyway, it's not necessary to focus on these two. I just want to know if the XPS 15 9550 Touch is a good laptop, given my requirements, and if not, which one would be a valid alternative.