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2019 Survey of Features You Want in Your Next Laptop

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I have some theories about how laptop manufacturers decide which features to incorporate into the laptops they design. Having some hard data could either support or refute my theories, but either way, hard data should be useful to help explain why laptop manufacturers make the decisions they do. I would imagine that I am not alone in wondering about this topic. So, if you would, please use the survey form below to tell me which features you would be willing to pay for, if you could find them, in your next laptop. After enough of you have responded, I will share the results in a later article. As explained in the privacy statement of this website, visitors to this website are not identified or tracked in any way, so this survey is strictly anonymous.

The Survey

A nice multimedia display for movies, pictures, etc yes no don't care
A high-quality metal case yes no don't care
A battery that lasts longer than 8 hours yes no don't care
A CPU that is significantly faster than that of the average laptop yes no don't care
A laptop that is thinner than the average laptop but has no replaceable or upgradeable parts yes no don't care
At least 3 USB ports and at least one of the following: ethernet port, display port connector, VGA connector, ExpressCard slot, SD or micro-SD card slot yes no don't care
Can be recharged on a wireless charging pad yes no don't care
Runs on regular AA flashlight batteries that can be bought at any grocery or department store and installed easily by the user yes no don't care
A strong case that makes it more resistant than most to damage but adds 3/4 lb to its weight yes no don't care
Separates from its keyboard to become a tablet yes no don't care
A great, easy-to-type-on keyboard yes no don't care
Can be recharged through its USB port yes no don't care
At least one USB-C port yes no don't care
At least one USB-A port yes no don't care
A user replaceable battery yes no don't care
Faster than average file transfer rates through its USB ports yes no don't care
A modular laptop with CPU, monitor, hard drive, RAM, and video card that can be replaced as needed or upgraded as desired yes no don't care
A super fast SSD drive yes no don't care
More than one internal hard drive, one of which may be and SSD yes no don't care
An internal DVD drive yes no don't care
Weighs less than the average laptop yes no don't care
Can run multiple operating systems, including Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Android yes no don't care
An operating system and software that make you feel super safe and secure on the internet yes no don't care
An operating system and internet browser that allow you to be anonymous and untrackable online yes no don't care
A monitor that is 17 inches or larger yes no don't care
A laptop that is very simple and easy to use and maintain yes no don't care
A monitor that is 12 inches or smaller yes no don't care
Great built-in speakers yes no don't care
A built-in wireless card that can accept data from a cellphone data plan yes no don't care
A laptop that is capable of being part of a well-established, large, wireless mesh network that can be used to transfer files and communicating privately and anonymously with any other so-equipped laptops within 1000 feet of it, which can ,in turn, do the same with others within 1000 feet of them, and so on yes no don't care
A monitor with a very thin bezel yes no don't care


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