Hello PF, I'm in the market for a new computer and due to my needs I've got it narrowed down to a laptop. My budget is about $1000, maybe a little more if need be. I'm looking for advice on what hardware specs would be most useful for the standard physics major. I run MATLAB, Maple, and a few other heavy applications, but nothing too crazy. Also, if anyone has any specific models that they'd recommend, I'd be open to that. A few constraints: - I'll be running Windows. Probably Windows 10 by the time I purchase this computer (as long as it's everything Microsoft promises it will be). - 15" range. Maybe up to 17" if I find a great one. I don't want a huge beast of a laptop, but I definitely want one with a number pad on the keyboard. My current laptop is 14" and the lack of the number pad is frustrating. - I plan on having an SSD. Probably at least 256GB. I'm not sure if it is possible/viable to also have an HDD, or the differences and pros and cons of Dual Drives and Hybrid Drives. I was considering doing an SSD with my OS and a couple most frequented applications, and then everything else on an HDD. I think this would require a dual drive, but I'm not really sure about these. - Either and i5 or i7. I've been sufficiently warned/advised to stick with these. - I'd like a somewhat "nice" design to the laptop. Basically, I don't want to be lugging around a beast of a gaming laptop. This isn't a major constraint, but I've looked at Lenovo Thinkpads and the like and I'd rather be working on a PC that feels a little more consumer oriented than business. With all this being said, I understand that functionality outweighs appearance, feel, and size.