Discussion Laptop that can easily handle 21 000 page documents

May 3, 2023

I decided to ask this question here since this seems like a place with a lot of tech savvy people and I struggle to choose the right computer to buy.

I work as a translator and at this point I came to the realisation that I better shop for something more powerful than what I have because recently someone sent me a 21 000 page PDF document to work on. And I had to refuse the job because my current computer really struggles with documents that big. If I want to look something up using Ctrl+F, it takes my computer about 4 minutes to do. In case you are wondering, I use 2015 13 inch Intel Macbook Pro configured to run Windows on it.

I really hate Windows and PC, but I think it will have to be a Windows based PC, because I have to run certain Windows only applications on it. I was considering laptop and desktop variants. If it is a laptop, it must have excellent keyboard, 100 sRGB screen, nice selection of ports, be reliable, durable, rugged, easy to repair and to upgrade (add more storage, ram) and have a trackpoint (that "nipple" in the middle of keyboard). I was looking into Thinkpad workstations. However, I am not a fan because they use filthy sales tactics and put awful screens in most laptops of their lineups. And if you want anything with a decent screen (to me decent starts at 99% sRGB coverage) you better be ready to splurge at least 2000 euros.

Then I was also thinking about buying a desktop tower since it seems like it will give me just as much power for a fraction of a cost, or will it? As an alternative to buying a laptop, I was thinking about spending maybe 800 euros on a desktop PC since its hardware is likely to be much more powerful. Or is it? Besides I am not sure how much power it consumes. If it consumes a lot, I would rather spend more on a laptop now than slowly lose money over a long period of time by paying high electricity bills.

Additionally, I was also thinking about buying a 2023 Macbook Pro to run Windows on it in Parallels.

Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations? I rarely deal with 21 000 page documents, but I want to be ready if a job like this pops up.

1. What is your budget?

2500 EUR, but I’d rather spend less, much less

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

15,6, 16, 17

3. What screen resolution do you want?

1920x1080, 2560x1440

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

A bit bulky is OK.

5. How much battery life do you need?

More is better, but not crucial.

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

Not, really, but it better be able to run games passably well, if I have a video game to translate.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Some programming. Ideally, I would like to be ready to any kind of scenario, even the unexpected ones and the ones I can’t think of right now.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

512 gig, better have at least two drive bays.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

Long. At least 5 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

I don’t need it.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.

Thinkpads appeal to me because of good keyboard, but at the same time they use filthy sales tactics by putting awful screen in most of their laptops and I do not like being forced into buying something, especially when it is more than what I need.

13. What country do you live in?


14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

See above.

Thank you for reading.
May 4, 2023
Asus Zenbook Pro 17 UM6702 for around $1,700 EURO would be what I would be looking at. Great form factor that is comfortable to do professional work with a 17" screen at 2560x1440. Configured Ryzen 9 CPU and 32GB of RAM from the factory which will be comfortable in any professional environment. I don't think you would have any issue for the foreseeable future if you picked one up.
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