Right my dads old gericom laptop (about 7 or 9 years old!) is finally on its way out and its about time hes had a new laptop, his birthday in a few weeks so decided to get him one. He uses it daily but only at home (portability isnt needed in regards to weight, only needs to be moved room to room), mainly used to browse web watch some videos, so heres what ive gathered in a requirement:
17"+ (largest screen as possible + high res, thinking 1920x1080?)
Reliable/strong built (nothings gone wrong with his gericom laptop and it was a bargain at the time)
Room for a 7mm or standard sized SSD (have an M4 as my current boot but want to replace with a larger one so will shove in his new one!)
Strong video playback(guessing intel HD3000+, games not really needed)
HDMI out, be good to stream to tv etc
Quad-core? I noticed a massive difference from a strong dual core to quadcore so it would be nice if its possible, so i5 if an intel chip
And thats about it, apart from the all important budget... looking to spend as little as possible really but im going with £300 - £500 if its possible, i recall large screens demanding a premium. I am looking far and wide now but i havent bought a laptop in 2 years and am not in check with whats good , be nice to have a guideline!
Edit: been looking and it appears 17" is possible but 1080p seems impossible , and its only possible with an i3! I guess an i3 should be sufficient mind!
What are the decent manufacturers currently? Top of my list is Asus / Dell but thats it, lenovo is massively overpriced and im unsure as to HP and toshiba/samsung, acer and sony i will avoid as both laptops have been terrible that my friends have owned (sony lasted just over 6months, battery issue sony wanted hundreds in repair charges to fix it... was a 1k laptop! and my friends acer was just horrid build quality).