Looking for the Best Laptops – Need Your Opinions

I am so excited. This year for Christmas, I am getting a laptop. I have never had a laptop before.

Ok, wait. Let me correct that. My mom gave me her old laptop a few years ago. It’s a Gateway and it’s almost 12 years old. The thing is a dinosaur. It weighs about 500 pounds, and doesn’t even have up-to-date wifi. So, I don’t even call it a laptop, because if you set it on your lap, you’re either going to end up with burns because the thing gets so hot, or you’ll end up with a broken bone because the thing weighs so much.

laptopNow, here’s my problem: I have NO idea where to start looking for the best laptop to fit my needs. I know I need quite a bit of memory on it. I need to be able to do all my photography and design work on the laptop. I’ve got several external harddrives to hold files and images, but I still need to be able to run all of my programs on the laptop without bogging it down.

I don’t have a ton of money to spend, either. I’d like to keep my purchase around $800 or so.

I do know that I do not want a Dell. I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with Dell’s lack of customer service and crappy products. So please don’t recommend a Dell laptop to me because I’ll skip right over it.

And I can’t afford a Mac. As much as I’d love to convert, I just can’t.

I’ve done quite a bit of research online, and it looks like Apple is the best – but again, can’t afford to convert. Next is Lenovo? But I’ve never even heard of them. Then there’s HP, Sony, and Toshiba. {According to laptopmag.com.}

The possibilities are endless, so I’m coming to my readers. I’m really feeling clueless here.

If you have the best laptop, would you mind letting me know the details? Photographers, designers – I want to hear from you too! I will still use my professionally calibrated desktop monitor for the majority of my photos, but I need to be able to use the laptop as well.

Please leave your opinions of the best laptop in the comments below.