I am currently looking for a very good laptop computer. Total change of direction for me. Up until now, I have been very PC-centered, with just any old laptop to fill in the gaps. But my wife and I are at the point where we are traveling more than a third of the year, and lugging along a big PC is totally ridiculous. But I am very computer-centered on the road. I spend quite a bit of time gaming, including acting as a commish for an OOTP Baseball baseball league, which is RAM intensive. Also of high priority – I do a large amount of bird photography and video and audio recording and editing (and storage of all this stuff). Plus a wide array of other things. So it is worth it to me to pay for a good machine. My aging eyes require the largest screen possible, which looks to be 17". Don’t care much about weight; if you have been lugging around a PC, then a 10 lb laptop is nothing, and my laptop never goes on my lap, always on a desk. Durability is a high priority, the machine will get heavy use, and breakdowns would be extremely inconvenient on the road. Computer aesthetics mean nothing to me, but quality of graphics and sound are important.
Someone suggested an Alienware 17 R5 which looks like it could be had for around $1600 with an SSD boot drive, 2 TB HHD, and 16 GB RAM. But it is advertised so clearly as a gaming computer, and I wonder whether that implies a weakness in other utilizations that I will only discover later. Also, I read one reviewer on Amazon who made it sound as though Windows updates could be a challenge, something to do with the Alienware skin also needing to update? Really didn’t know what he meant, but Windows updates already cause me problems on my PC, I don’t want to sign up for that kind of problem again.
I’m interested in thoughts from people more informed than myself.