Solved New laptop purchase advice

June 23, 2017 at 11:55:58
Specs: Windows 10
I am in the process of buying a new laptop for my master's degree and it has to meet the following requirements:

Hardware- i-5 or i-7 processor, 8GB RAM (16GM recommended), 500GB Hard Drive, WiFi 802.11 a/g/n or a/c

Software- Windows 10 Professional, MS Office 2016 Professional

These are straight forward requirements and I was able to come up with a list of numerous OEM brands/manufacturers that fit these specifications. The difficult part of my search comes in when trying to find a laptop that will enable me to extend (NOT duplicate) my display to two external monitors ( https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS238H-... ).

With my limited research, it seems people are having issues extending to two external displays (using their laptop as the primary screen) on Windows 10 OS or their GPU is not capable of having two external displays. My fear is I will buy a laptop that will not be able to use two external displays that I just purchased.

I am looking for a Dell/HP/ASUS laptop in the range of $800 to $1,200 that will meet the requirements above and allow me to have two external monitors that can be extended.

Can someone list 3 to 5 compatible options with links?!!

I will use an HDMI cable to connect one external monitor but what connection/adapter can I use to connect the second external monitor with the links you provide?

Thanks so much




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June 23, 2017 at 15:06:39
Make sure that your laptop has a discrete graphics card rather than Intel graphics, it will help.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers...

https://www.digitaltrends.com/compu...

There is some good info here and I note that you can use Display ports to Daisy Chain monitors but only if the monitors have a display out port. HDMI and DVI do not support this feature.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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June 28, 2017 at 07:16:48
✔ Best Answer
https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiro...

Dell Inspiron 15.6" Gaming Laptop (7th Gen Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1000 GB HDD + 128GB SSD), NVIDIA GTX 1050) (i5577-7359BLK-PUS)

@ 800$ & it has a dedicated GPU

or the budget one @ 705$

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiro...

both will also do good in 720p-ultra & 1080p-medium gaming on the side + video rendering

Simple solutions are often the best

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