Looking for a mobile workstation. (Several specific criteria)


Apr 12, 2012
Okay, I'm looking for a replacement work laptop. It'll be purchased by my employer, they have a few specific requirements, and I have a few of my own. I'll fill in the usual copypasta:

1. What is your budget?

$1500, including taxes and a two-year on-site warranty.

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

Under 17", unless that's the only size that would meet the spec.
Would happily go for a 17" 1920x1200

3. What screen resolution do you want?

1920x1080 or better

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

Portability is a bonus, not a requirement.

5. How much battery life do you need?

Two hours under a moderate CPU load.

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)?

No games, work only.

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

It'll be a dev machine - a few databases, web server, some GIS engines.

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


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

No preferences.

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

Two years.

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

A DVD drive would be a good thing, but is NOT required.

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.

No preferences.

13. What country do you live in?

United States

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

The requirements:
-Two year, on-site service warranty.
-1080p (or better) display.
-256GB (or larger) SSD
-8GB (or more) RAM
-A physical Ethernet port
-An HDMI port
-At least two USB (2 or 3) ports

The wants:
-Would prefer a Haswell-based chip, but Ivy Bridge is fine
-No need (or really even want) for a discrete GPU
-If the processor supports virtualization, that's a good bonus

So, if anyone knows of a company offering laptops to this spec at this price range, kindly let me know :)


Apr 12, 2012
I ended up going for http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/E4T18AV?HP-ENVY-TouchSmart-15t-j000-Quad-Edition-Notebook-PC

Configured with:

-HP 3 year 3 day Onsite Response for Envy Notebook Hardware Support
-15.6-inch diagonal Full HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1920x1080)
-Backlit Keyboard
-802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)

-All other options default

And an mSATA Crucial M4 from Newegg.

...Just in case anyone ever discovers this and happens to need a similar setup.


Oct 26, 2013
This is all you really need. http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/

I just bought this LT which should fit all your requirements extremely well. http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Zeus_Hercules_Gaming_Notebook

Here is a review of the LT I bought. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Schenker-S413-Clevo-W740SU-Notebook.98313.0.html

Here is the config of my LT which I didn't buy for gaming.
Laptop - Clevo W740SU - Intel Core i7 4750 HQ with integrated intel iris Pro 5200 GFX | 120 GB intel 525 series MSSD | 1 TB Travelstar 7200 RPM HDD | 16 Gigs Mem | Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260HMW 802.11AC | Win 8.1 Pro with Media Center. $1,354.00

Good Luck.

Edit: Woops. Just seen you already bought a LT.
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