Originally Posted by NWR
... The Macbook Pro (running Windows 7) has been the best laptop I've ever had build quality wise but unfortunately after 3 years it's time for an upgrade.
I've looked on the Apple website and the latest Macbook Pro doesn't support Windows 7 :-( so I'm a bit gutted.
What is the best laptop you've ever had?
If that Macbook Pro is such a great laptop, why do you need to upgrade after only 3 years? I usually keep my laptops 7-8 years and only replace them because I want something faster, not because they had problems.
What is the best laptop I've ever owned? All of them. I've owned laptops from Fujitsu, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Compaq and IBM. They've all been fine and were used 7 or more years before I replaced them. All were in working condition and were then sold or handed down to someone else to use.
My current laptop is a Toshiba Satellite S55 with i7 cpu and 12GB of RAM. It's clearly the "best" I've owned in regards to power and it does everything I need it to do. I switched out the 1TB hdd it came with for a 500GB Samsung ssd which added some additional performance.
The Toshiba came with Win 8.1 and I don't have any issues with that OS. With 12GB of RAM I can easily run other OSes in VMs. I have VMs of Win 7, Win 10, XP, Vista and others.
You haven't really stated what you're looking for in a laptop other than you want to run Win 7. Is portability most important to you? Power? Battery life? Gaming? I don't think anybody could really suggest a laptop for you until you state what's important to you and what you plan to do with it.