I have an Asus A52j (K52JK). The laptop has been with me for around 7 years. It is i5. Now I need to get a new one. I am looking for

  1. Good CPU (i7 or better)
  2. Full Keyboard (with the right keybad)
  3. More than 17" display (LED could be better)
  4. Good number of USB plugs/connection
  5. System RAM - at least 8 GB of memory
  6. 2TB SSHD or regular provided that I can upgrade to SSD when their price goes down.
  7. Graphics RAM - at lease 4 GB of memory.

Can you please recommend a good one for me?

  • Is there an upper limit for the price? – SEJPM Nov 23 '17 at 19:55
  • What kind of software are you running? Any expectations as to battery life or portability? Which country do you need shipping to? Are compact desktops (+ monitor and peripherals) acceptable? – timuzhti Nov 24 '17 at 2:53
  • It should be a laptop. Battery life is not a driving factor. However, good battery life is better. I will be running dual OS: Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux. Shipping to the US. – OOzy Pal Nov 24 '17 at 10:44
  • @OOzy Pal, like SEJPM asks, is there a max price limit? Also approximately what kind of work or use? – Yisroel Tech Nov 28 '17 at 12:52
  • Not much of software. Office, Matlab, Dropbox, dual boot. – OOzy Pal Dec 28 '17 at 5:42

Consider using the Laptop Finder feature on LapTopMag.com. After answering about a half dozen multiple choices questions, it displays a list of up to 10 laptops to consider based on the selection criteria entered while answering the questions.

The requirements of a 17" display and 4 GB of graphics memory will add a significant amount to the laptop cost and limit the selection of applicable laptops.

Based on your stated requirements and some that I inferred ($1K or less target budget and average battery duration), these are the top 5 suggestions generated by the Finder.

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad P71 - $1259
  2. PowerSpec 1710 - $1400
  3. Dell Inspirion 17 7000 2-in-1 (7th Gen Core) - $900
  4. Acer Predator Helios 300 (17 inch) - $1357
  5. OriginPC Eon 17-X (2018) - $3712

Full disclosure: this website does contain header and right vertical banner advertisements. (I've seen some for Dell & Acer.) That could influence the results generated by the Laptop Finder.

Regarding the processor selection, version 8 is significantly faster and more power efficient than version 7 for the i5 and i7 Intel processors. For many performance tests, an i5 version 8 processor will outperform an i7 version 7 processor. The Intel 8th Gen vs 7th Gen page on LapTopMag.com covers this.

Retailers are just beginning to switch from version 7 to 8. A recent Best Buy website search had about a 2 to 1 ratio of v7 to v8 laptops. So be aware of this difference.

From laptopmag.com on 4/6/2018: Which Laptop CPU is Right for You?

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