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Ask an Expert: Featuring Avram Piltch, LaptopMag Editor

Are you having difficulty finding the right laptop? Need an expert’s opinion on the latest and greatest? We’re introducing on Tom’s Guide our advice installment ‘Ask an Expert’, hosted by your community staff.

For a time, we’re going to help you and answer questions regarding laptop tech support. What type of tech you’re looking for, how powerful of a laptop you need, and the gear necessary to cover all your needs.

Our special guest this week is Avram Piltch, Editorial Director of Tom’s Guide and LaptopMag. As one of the geekiest members of the Tom’s Guide staff, Avram directs both the editorial and production teams. Passionate about testing his products, Avram has developed several of our real-world benchmarks including the Laptop Battery Test and the Spreadsheet Productivity Test. He holds a Master’s degree in English from New York University.

‘Ask an Expert’ will be running from 2PM Wednesday July 19th to 4PM Friday July 21st. The forum thread will open on 10AM July 18th in preparation for questions. Find our forum link Here!

Ask and Expert Rules

  •  Keep questions direct and to the point.
  • Avoid opinion bias, as in, "Why are all your products awesome/horrible?"
  •  Be respectful of our guests--no insults, no leading questions.
  • Do not post duplicate questions or repost your question multiple times.
  •  Not all questions may be answered. Questions may not be answered in the order in which they are received or posted.

To reiterate: No opinion bias, insults, leading questions, or breaking the Rules of Conduct. Breaking these rules may result in a one-day ban.

Only registered users will be able to ask questions, so if you haven’t yet, be sure to register now for your chance to participate!

The official representatives will reply periodically over the time the AMA is active using a recognized and verified account.

Please join us and throw your questions for Avram Piltch into the mix!

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  • robertcbyrd
    I am looking for a laptop for photo editing using Windows 10. I prefer a dedicated GPU with decent rendering using an external monitor.

    My budget is pretty small, under $700.

    Any thoughts?