I work for a lower MM bank that has employees provide their own laptops and whatnot. My $500 middle of the road laptop isn't cutting it. It is generally slow, crashes Microsoft Office a good bit, Internet freezes somewhat often, CapIQ plug-in practically makes the laptop unusable, etc. In short, it is a terrible laptop for banking, even at the unknown boutique level.
What kind of laptop should I get? Preferably under $1,500 (ideally in the $1000-1200 range but not trying to go too cheap on this).
I am also be looking to buy 1-2 monitors for extra screens.
I've heard a lot of people use Lenovo Think Pads and a couple people in the office use them now but one of my friends in banking has one as his personal laptop and he doesn't like it very much.
I'm not a huge computer/tech guy (hence why a $500 Dell was perfectly sufficient for my personal computer needs) so any feedback is appreciated. Long battery life is a plus and my current laptop has an i5 processor (not sure what generation) so I think I'll need to bump up to an i7 and I guess make sure I get one of the newer generations of processors. This will also double as my personal computer.
Open to anything other than a Mac since I'm living in Excel/PPT most of my days.
edit: Yes, I'll most likely be carrying this back and forth to work everyday so something that isn't a tank is preferred. I wanted my current laptop to have a number pad but that adds some size and sometimes I wish I had a smaller one.