I am looking to purchase a budget laptop.
First of all, what companies do people recommend? Is Dell considered to be reliable? What about any others that are particularly reliable or unreliable?
I'm not sure if a gaming laptop is in my budget, but if it's possible to play many games at say medium settings, please let me know (see below for my budget).
Can you guys recommend both a good bank/buck laptop that's not so geared toward gaming, and another good bang/buck laptop that is geared toward gaming (according to the information below)? For instance, is this laptop from dell considered a good buy in your opinion:http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-75 ... on-15-7537
(I can get it for $735, there's a $50 coupon and another discount for students I guess).
I'm looking for something in the $700 range (possibly a bit more if it's gaming oriented), maybe with a screen size that's 14 inches - 15.6 inches. Not sure what I can expect regarding battery life, and it would be good if the laptop were kept close to 5 lbs.
As I said, it would be nice to play games, but I'm not sure if it's possible in my budget (maybe if the CPU is slow). For instance, would it be possible to play something like starcraft 2 at medium settings?
Also, I think a DVD Writer would be nice, but many laptops do not seem to come with one which makes me worried. How big of a problem is it if a laptop lacks an optical drive? Can one easily reinstall an OS or install a new OS for example, or is it a big headache?
Thanks a lot, I appreciate any input I can get.