1.) screen size
2.) battery life
5.) display resolution (because everything in budget is 1366x768 good luck finding a better resolution for more than what is considered budget maybe <$400)
1) Battery life
2) Aspect Ratio
5) Additional features (ports, webcam, mic)
Lower than low) Storage and RAM (if you can't replace them it's trash)
Ready for the apocalypse) Battery is composed of standard, replaceable cells instead of proprietary form factor, CPU is socketed
discrete graphics cards are really annoying to set up, especially "switchable" graphics, which only work with a manufacturer-distributed driver, and that driver will never receive updates after launch.
Not to mention, anything but integrated graphics will kill your battery life.
Just spring for a better processor,
If you need heavy graphics, get a desktop instead.
Here are my final selections. I was just looking for a comparison between an integrated card and an additional one and whether or not the extra one is worth the extra money
Notebook Dell Inspiron 3542 i5-4210U 4GB/500GB/820M 2GB/15.6"/DVD-RW/Black/Linux
Processor: 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4210U processor up to 2.7 GHz 3M Cache
Memory: 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz
Storage: 500GBSATA hard drive 5400RPM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT820M 2GB DDR3
Display: 15.6 inch LED Backlit Display with Truelife and HD resolution (1366 x 768)
Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW
Audio and Speakers: 2 tuned speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® processing
Camera: HD (720p) capable webcam, microphone
10/100 RJ-45 Ethernet network
Dell Wireless-N 1705 @ 2.4GHz + Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi Display Support (Wi-Fi Alliance)
External Chassis Connections
HDMI™ 1.4a, USB 3.0 (1), USB 2.0 (2), Security slot, Media Card (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Keyboard: Full size spill-resistant keyboard
Touchpad: Multi-touch gesture-enabled pad with integrated scrolling
Weight: Starting at 2.4 Kg
Lenovo G50-80 - Intel® Core™ i3-4005U Processor (3M Cache
• 1.70 GHz)
• AMD Radeon R5 M330 2GB DDR3 VGA
• 4GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM
• 1000 GB (1TB) 5400 rpm HDD
• Web Camera
• DVD R/W ODD
• Wireless 802.11n
• Bluetooth 4.0
• LAN 10/100 Ethernet
• 2 x USB 2.0
• 1 x USB 3.0
• Audio Jack
• 2 in 1 Card reader
• Battery 4cell Li-Ion
• Linux OS
• 15.6`` HD LED Glossy
• P/N: 80L000C2RI
1. It wasn't used by a girl.
This sounds like sexism but the truth is that girls treat their laptops like shit.
2. It wasn't used by a boy.
This sounds like sexism but the truth is that boys treat their laptops like shit.
Buy used business laptops, they're not used very much and were high quality when they were new.
Consumer tier laptops are ass and if you can't personally inspect it you shouldn't bother.
Factors ordered by importance:
Storage/RAM if non-upgradable
These things do not matter
GPU (actually this does matter, you want something that DOESN'T have a Nvvidia/AMD card, anything Intel will be fine)
>1366 x 768
The screen will look like shit and the space will be cramped.
Either go down in screen size, or up in screen resolution.
Ditch the idea of using dedicated graphics cards.
And instead find one with a intel iGPU, since this will improve the batterylife by alot.