Research Laptop Options


May 27, 2007
Hi, looking at laptop deals, hoping to buy soon and asking for opinions. I have a full description of what I'm looking for below, but in a nutshell:
Windows machine that is suitable for large dataset wrangling (viewing and manipulating big *.csv or excel files), pilot analyses (usually R), and having a bunch of web browser tabs open. Heavy duty analyses will be done remotely by wifi to a computer cluster.
Running Baldur's Gate 3 or similar games would be a cherry on top, but not critical. I'll be commuting with it often, so at least okay build/weight/batt life would be nice.

Any thoughts of gems or lemons in this list? Open to your other suggestions!
$650, MSI Modern 15
$750, Asus Vivobook 15X
$789, HP TPN
$799, Asus Vivobook 16
$850, Dell Inspirion 15


1. What is your budget? < $950

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 14-15", maybe 16"

3. What screen resolution do you want?

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? It will be my primary computer, but doesn't totally require desktop capabilities.

5. How much battery life do you need? > 5hr

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)? Baldur's Gate 3 medium (low priority)

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

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? 1+ TB

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

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? > 4 years

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

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.

13. What country do you live in? USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
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