That's what I'm here for. CAG is my trusted go-to for info and not just for games. I really do appreciate the info. Me, I'm sorta of low tech in a high tech world. Always a couple steps behind most.
Stay away from HP, at least customer (lack of) support. I did find a doorbuster at best buy, Dell Inspiron 15.6" touch screen Intel core i5 8GB with 2TB HDD. Forgot to get its price.
The portability of the laptop is nice. Barely have space for one PC. I travel often. Be able to upload and edit videos on the road. GoPro. If possible, play some lower requirement steam games like Diablo 3. Then, I've heard it's better using two computers for streaming.
I might be able to use the money I was going to use for a TV and put it to use on a better laptop. Be nice to get everything online early and know how much cash is left for doorbusters and other goodies.
If you don't mind me asking, with your research, what would you recommend?
Well, for my brother, they asked me to find him something in the $800 range that does a good job with Windows Ink, as he wants something he can draw on. It's hard to beat some of the Surface Pro 4 deals you might find online in that price range, but then again, my dad kinda has blown off my recommendations and his budget and is looking at stuff that's going to cost him north of $1,000 by the end, haha.
My brother-in-law just kind of went vague as can be with "I want a new laptop sometime," and gave me no budget or a decent use case to go off of. I ended up seeing a decent ASUS Vivobook Flip (or is it Zenbook Flip? I can't remember the insane number of model names that get thrown around, haha). I think Micro Center had it at $700 for a solid 2-in-1 that did the inking (pen sold separately), while giving you 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage--if you are doing video editing, the HDD with more storage might help you a bit more than the smaller SSDs with great boot/load times, since video eats storage in a hurry. I did find that Dell you mentioned, it's $329 as a doorbuster. If you are fine with the non-convertible design, it's a great value device in that price range.
Around $600 is where I might be willing to recommend a single HP device: http://store.hp.com/...touch-1za07av-1
That's a really unique device because it's the first to use the new AMD mobile hardware. It's a very power efficient chip, and it does much better on the GPU front than something running off the Intel graphics chips. It won't do anything crazy, but it can do some light gaming (mostly in the 720p range, but depends on the game). If you want a little bit of gaming on the go, it would be a notable upgrade over something based on a 2016 Intel chip with a near-useless iGPU. It's also a 4-core, 8-thread CPU, something that runs more like $750 in a Black Friday Intel laptop (vs. $600 here). But still, even on a good sale and as a great value, I find getting over the HP hump too great.
If you're not into pen support or a convertible design, you DO open yourself up to more performance. However, the leaked stuff from Best Buy isn't that deep at the moment, so it's a little tough to get a reference on exactly what you'd find.
One option: https://www.bestbuy....p?skuId=5709801
That one will be $650 at Black Friday, and it can legitimately game, given the NVidia GPU inside. It also trades the U-class mobile CPU for a beefier HQ, so it'll do most everything with more oomph. However, you lose any chassis flexibility, as well as a touch display, and with the more-powerful internals, you might sag on battery life and have something heavier. To me, if you're wanting to do video editing, something like this (though overkill on the GPU because you didn't mention gaming) might be for you.