laptop advice

hi i wish to get myself a 17inch screen laptop with all the physical bells and whistles as i wish to also be able to install (win 7 or win 8 or 8.1) but also have that speed and at decent size hard drive.

question 1.  can anyone advise on which laptop i could get  ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The Lenovo ThinkPad "W" series is a workstation class laptop with a 16 inch screen.

The W550s has long battery life and a good screen. It can come with I7 CPU, 16 GB of memory, 500 GB Hard drive or SSD drive.

Get Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and if you need Windows 7, use Virtual Machines via VMware.

I have nearly everything above in my ThinkPad X230, except I elected for an i5 CPU and I have an 11 inch screen. I have VMware Workstation 11 and a number of virtual machines including Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

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Kanti PrasadCommented:

There are many ways to define a best laptop (cheap, business, features, sleek, video, gaming, brand etc) so the below link will give you  good idea what are on in 2015

In general you can go that has
                   memory > 4 GB ram (the more the better but you more price)
                   processor i7 better to i5 better to i3
                   Hard disc > 200 GB should be fine but this is just storage it won't impact performance
                   Operating system > win 7 would do ( win 8 better or any other higher version)
                   64 bit better to 32 bit
                   Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPU \AMD graphics would be better if you are in games or video edition
                   More life on the battery the better but in developed countries you will be close power plugs....
You have asked a very open question, please supply your detailed requirements for better advice.
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maybe it is possible to wait a couple of months - till windows 10 arrives?
if not, look for a system with a free upgrade to it

that said - i would look for a laptop with an i-5 cpu, 6-8 GB ram at least, and an SSD drive of 256 or 512 GB, depending on your needs - together with an external USB3 drive, if needed
mikey250Author Commented:
ok thanks for that advice i think this is enough to be getting on with.  ideally a 17" laptop that can also be upgraded which has also been mentioned so that is good.  my laptop really only gets used for email and saving stuff on an external hard drive and (no gaming), obviously if something goes wrong with my pc/servers i can then use my laptop as a last resort if need be for whatever reason, hence capable of windows 7 which is definately preferred but nice to have the capability of windows 8 & 8.1 and vmware.

so thanks for that advice.
Kanti PrasadCommented:
Hi Mike

The below link will give you all the info for you to make the best decision.
mikey250Author Commented:
thanks for that.
mikey250Author Commented:
appreciated sound advice.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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