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17" Laptop, $1500 CAD budget

SugarJ

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So my oldest son's girlfriend is looking for a desktop replacement type laptop. It will be used for some graphic design and photo editing, and finishing her university degree. She's insisting on a 17" screen, understanding that she's giving up some portability.

Light gaming if at all. Suggestions for a $1500 plus tax budget?
 

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I bought the wife an MSI "gaming laptop" a couple of years ago. I have not looked at recent offerings, but the MSI brand has been solid for us. Easy to install an m.2 into, and no problems with daily use.
 

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Any chance you could nudge her into the idea of grabbing a "15 and using the price differential to buy a stand-alone monitor for her main work desk? 17" really limits options especially when it comes to finding bang-for-buck sales.

I'm liking the Lenovo Y540 17".

Not sure how long that price will last but the lenovos were reasonably well reviewed a couple of years ago when I bought my dell. Intel seems to be the choice for image manipulation... would upgrading to the ti make a difference in that aspect?
 
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Rakuten has 10% off today for Lenovo. Also; the 15.6 'customized' option adds Win10 for free, and the 2060 upgrade is only $80 if desired. It could definitely help with graphic design going to the 2060.

Biggest downside to this laptop is the base screen is only 250 nits...which makes @sswilson having an excellent point. You might want to add a keyboard/mouse, and just use the laptop as a 'desktop'. You can get even larger than 17" that way if desired.

Sale at Lenovo on their Y25f Legion. Use MONITOREXTRA5 for some more $ off, on top of the Rakuten previously mentioned should put this monitor to just about 225. (It is TN panel though...)

Asus TUF 24". $250 IPS @ Bestbuy

Acer Nitro XZ272 27". $300 VA @ Costco.
 
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I totally get what you are saying, I had the same thoughts myself. But I will leave it up to my son to point this stuff out to her. I'll put the bug in his ear, he can pass it on.
 

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