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From your comments on the other answer, and my own experiences, (and much to my own suprise)... dude, get a dell. Or specifically the l1100/SK-8115. I'm a keyboard snob. I have a backlit mechanical keyboard that over the years has mellowed down to a very comfortable piece of equipment, which some day I will hand over to my nephew. Its a elegant weapon for ...


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You should look into the Logitech K120 Keyboard. This keyboard meets all of your requirements, but none of your preferences. It costs $15 USD + shipping. It has a large font printed on the keys for maximum visibility. Every Logitech product that I have owned has lasted over 5 years. My mouse that just died made it almost to 7. Requirements: ✔ Price should ...


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It's not quite just a keyboard, but the Logitech MK220 is probably the smallest big keyboard I've ever used (comes with a mouse). Battery life is measured in years and standard batteries allround. Its full sized, just dosen't waste any space at all, nice clear non-backlit keys. Works with Windows and Linux, and over wireless via a dongle. I think I paid ...


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If your are into flat keyboards, I recommend the Cherry Stream. They just released a new revision with the 3.0. I'm using this keyboard for years and already bought it twice. I can't recall how long the first one lasted but it was at last 5 years with intensive use. I'm not sure how much it is in the US but in Germany you can get it for less than 20€, which ...


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Honestly it won't make much of a difference. While they are clocked differently, all of the core M chips (and indeed, all modern CPUs) are designed to throttle down when not in use. The exact voltage and frequency depends on binning, so the higher tier chips could have a slight advantage, but it's negligible compared to usage by screen. If you really ...


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I've recommended it before but I'll recommend it again (and no, I swear I'm not an Acer employee): the Acer Aspire E1-572. It's a little over your specs in some ways, but it's a good laptop, especially for the price. i3/i5 (in newer versions) quad core 1.7 GHz 8 GB DDR3L RAM 1 TB internal HDD Removable/replaceable battery (handy for being away from power ...


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The laptop I've been given for work seems like it would fit the bill quite nicely. It's a HP EliteBook 850. Weight (✓) = 4.15lb Display (✓) = 15 inch 1080p IPS Memory (✓) = 16GB @ 1600 MHz CPU (❌) = Intel Core i5-4210U (dual core, 4 threads) OS (✓) = Windows 8 (Free upgrade to Windows 10) Storage (✓) = 256GB SSD GPU (✓) = Intel HD 4400 Fingerprint ...


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Asus UX501 is a solid 15" laptop that can be compared with Macbook Pro retina 15". Specs: 15.6 inch, 3840 x 2160 px resolution, IGZO IPS, touchscreen Intel Haswell Core i7-4720HQ CPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 16 GB DDR3 (8 GB soldered, 1 x 8 GB DIMM) 512 GB PCIe SSD (M.2 PCIe 80 mm) I'm not sure about the trackpad quality, but it does come with an ...


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After seeing @Alpha3031's comment, I checked the Gigabyte site. v3.1 of the board is AM3+, v1.3 is AM3 with this additional note: If you install AMD AM3 CPU on this motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s) spec. Gigabyte's product pages for the two versions: GA-M68MT-S2 (rev. 1.3) GA-M68MT-S2 (rev. ...


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I've had good luck with MiniDSP products for this. For example: https://www.minidsp.com/products/usb-audio-interface/mchstreamer


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For HP I would recommend: The best fit at $1850: HP Spectre x360 15 EB0065NR Same idea, at $1450: HP Spectre x360 15 DF1040NR If you can afford it, I would definitely go for the first one since it has everything you're looking for. The second one has a graphics card not as powerful as the first one, and "only" 512GB of SSD (note that you could ...


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The Razer Blade Stealth looks insanely good and is the laptop I would definitely buy if I had the money... It will suit all your needs at the price you want, but it might be slightly overkill, however, if you want the fastest possible I suggest this one Razer Site Amazon Page I think macs also do a fine job and I see lots of programmers using them, but I ...


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Note 1: The score is based on your requirements. Note 2: A typical workstation rarely has a gaming card. Note 3: A typical gaming laptop rarely has a fingerprint reader. Note 4: Most of the newest touchpads have not separated buttons. Proposition 1 Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231 - Score: 7/7 Check my answer here. Weight (✓) = 5.29 pounds (may vary ...


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Disclaimer: I do not own the following product. I have found the Dell XPS Ultrabook (Amazon link) that looks like it would fit your needs. It has a 15.6" touchscreen with a resolution of 3200x1800 pixels. It has a 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM with 2GB GDDR5 RAM dedicated to the Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics card. Its battery is rated to last around 11 hours. ...


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It sounds like the best drive for your circumstances is a 3TB Western Digital Green. Normally, I'd never recommend a WD Green because of severe performance issues (the firmware prioritizes power savings over speed of access). However, since you're using the drive for backups rather than as your main drive, the delays probably won't be an issue. ...


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Think about Logitech G105. Price: $39.99 . According to your spec: 6 programmable G-keys: Configure up to 18 unique functions per game, including single key presses, complex macros or intricate Lua scripts* (*Requires software installation) Long-life blue LED backlighting (Two different brightness levels plus Off) Quick-access media controls: volume, mute, ...


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For that price you won't be able to get anything too great, but there are a few options still. I'll recommend the same mic I recommended to @JonasCz here a while back: the Tonor USB Condenser Mic. For being a small, cheap mic, it has great quality. Specifications Sensitivity: -55dB to 2dB Frequency response: 50Hz to 16KHz Sound-noise ratio: >36dB Cord ...


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I think you should take a look at used workstation laptops made just before the XP support dropped off, maybe circa-2013. Since you are already familiar with high-end HP, I suggest looking for a used 8570w or 8770w. There appears to be a full set of 64bit XP drivers available (8570w - Windows XP 64bit drivers). There are dual core and quad core variants of ...


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Now for the more traditional approach: You want a CPU-heavy actual laptop with a decent amount of fast storage and quite a bit of RAM. So the obvious solution is to look for the beefiest CPU that can be crammed into a laptop and go from there. Normally people would just look for laptop CPUs here, but because Gamers being Gamers, there are laptops that use ...


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First, I'll post the solution which may not directly fit your needs, but could at least be worth a consideration and will probably deliver significantly higher performance, however you'll essentially be getting a highly portable desktop PC, so you need: A monitor wherever you go A mouse A keyboard If you are actually in a situation where you can have these ...


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I think this would be great(I included a monitor too since you didn't specify if you needed it), but I didn't include the storage since I don't know do you need 1TB or 5TB, you didn't specify it. Price without the monitor is ~1500$ which is ~1270 euros. You can take the nVidia 1080 if you are doing much complex work in DaVinciResolve but the 1070 should do ...


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You have some options here. Most Laptops come with a very basic card provided, 90% of the time, by Aetheros. They often either do not connect to an antenna or they are connected to thin wires that loop the monitor and serve as an antenna. The component connection is relatively universal, so if you can get your case apart, you can upgrade this card ...


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I'll structure this response by increasing complexity of the solution. Turn it off turn it back on. Use the power button to shut it down, some systems use quick-boot if you shut down from within the operating system. Quick-boot preserves the system state and as such cannot act as a system reset. (This one costs money)Buy an external WiFi adapter or NIC, as ...


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Much of the problem you could probably solve with a virtual machine, but graphics will remain an issue. On a VMware esxi server you can dedicate any device to a specific VM. However, that means you need drivers for it. In which case you would have to get an older video cards that support 98,9x,or etc. Windows 9x only support 4gb of RAM so if you have 8gb ...


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Can I make use of that extra keys on Japanese keyboards, e.g. rebind with Autohotkey to other keys (mouse click)? Yes, I tried it myself and it worked perfectly. Below is the actual script I used. SC07B is the "無変換 (muhenkan) " key on the left and SC079 is the "変換 (henkan) " key on the right. In case the your future Japanese key code is different from ...


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Intel Quick Sync is only available from Intel's integrated graphics. If you're using integrated graphics you probably already have this feature. Make sure you have the latest drivers installed for your motherboard and integrated graphics. Your motherboard supports something called "Lucid Virtu" which allows a dedicated graphics card and integrated Intel ...


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One alternative well suited for "CAD and computer programming, and schoolwork (likely with VMs), medium-light gaming (e.g. CS:GO, World of Warships), and lecture note-taking", would be a ThinkPad P73 which NewEgg advertised at $1,399 FOB US Destination in one configuration. The 17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits screen is well suited for CAD, ...


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You will find what you are looking for listed as a USB DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) even though technically, toslink is not analog and you may not need the DAC functionality for your purpose. There is a long list on amazon. This one claims to be Plug-and-play and need no drivers.


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I found two thumb-driven wireless trackballs with tilt wheels that are compatible with Windows: Logitech MX ERGO ELECOM M-XT3DRBK


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Just having metal won't necessarily make your laptop more durable (It depends more on construction and some laptop manufacturers put a metal coating over plastic), but if you want to maximize your durability you could consider something like a toughbook (which is constructed with a magnesium metal alloy). They are usually around the $1000 price range and ...


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