My dell L502X laptop motherboard just fried and I need a replacement. I liked the machine performance and the optional led backlit FHD screen was pretty decent once calibrated (99% of sRGB), but the thing is gone now... I expected more than 2 years of lifespan for a computer that cost over 2000$ at the time so I seriously had not budgeted this "upgrade".
The replacement laptop is going to be my only computer for a while as the growing family won't allow for a office/computer room. Honestly, the main use is going to be engineering and scientific computing, but I would really like it to have a good screen for photo editing. For reasons akin to the office space limitation, I would like to have it for as cheap as possible, but I 'd rather go for a quality item and pay only once. I would also prefer a windows machine over a mac, I feel that the bang for money is lower on mac and I am more familiar with windows and Linux than mac OS.
Note that I already have a Spyder 4 Elite for calibration and use LR4 for editing.
The two models I am considering right now are:
1 - Lenovo W530, windows 7 ~ 1600$ (http://shop.lenovo.com/ca/en/laptops/r-series/w-series/w530/
2 - ASUS N550JV, windows 8 ~ 1100$ (https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/N550JV/
Does anybody have experience with these or suggestions on other options. Honestly, the Lenovo is a bit pricey for me right now but I don't want another unreliable machine and I do trust the Lenovo brand more than ASUS, which has a rather flimsy brand record.
One last note, I live in Canada.
Best regards and thanks in advance for your incoming inputs.