I will be starting a certificate course in Data Science soon and want to get a laptop. I've read some suggestions but thought you guys might have some ideas. Here's my answers to the questions. I had thought about taking advantage of the Prime day deals (or the competing sales @ Newegg, BestBuy) but without much understanding of Intel chips, and needing guidance, I know it's probably smarter to wait (class starts Sept. 21) and get the right machine versus saving a few bucks.
I'm a bit lost because I've only had desktops the last 20 years, and have always built my own, using AMD chips. But I want to go Intel now.
PS, if I was going to buy today I was looking at these two:
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501 (GM501GS-US74) for $1499
OMEN by HP 2018 15-inch Gaming Laptop also $1499
What is your maximum budget? $1500 (assuming that's reasonable)
What country are you in? USA
What will be the uses of this laptop? Schoolwork, handling small, med, eventually larger datasets for analytics, etc.
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? I like ASUS a lot, but am open to Microsoft, HP, Dell, Acer.
What screen size do you require? I'd like 15"
What screen resolution do you require? open, but like 1920x1080
Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? Prefer new
How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) at least 6 hours, more preferred
What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? No games. But still like good Vid Card, possibly for parallel processing
What operating system do you need? (if any) Windows 10 (ability to run Linux versions, too)
Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) No
How much hard drive space do you need? No less than 256 SSD, 512 preferred (SSD for fast data access)
Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) No.
Is there anything else we need to know? Modern processor, quality high speed RAM (at least 16GB). don't really care about touchscreen.