MS is right though, does one really need all the horsepower under the hood? If you do, then great. There are loads of options out there. However, if you are, like me, looking for a portable which is lightweight then the argument for something like the Surface or even the ultrabooks is something to consider.
That's the thing, I fought with myself for SO LONG about what laptop I wanted, because I'm so used to having this massive 12 core powerhouse ready to do my bidding at any time.
I often thought 'If I'm going to carry a computer, it'd better be a computer if you know what i mean....
But I eventually stopped and really thought about it, what do I enjoy, and what do I need to do while I'm on the road?
My answer ended up being pretty simple; I enjoyed web content and emulators. Anything these days can handle that.
Work related, I needed Terminal Services (MSTSC), a weak linux VM for investigating suspect attachments (Puppy does fine), an office suite, and Basic image editing (cropping and converting file type.
EVERYTHING else could be offloaded to the home PC, or could just wait until I was back in the office or home.
I went and got a junk laptop; its an old HP ultrabook thats about 4 years old. First of the 'U' model 'i' Series intel CPU's, gets about 5 hours battery life.....
Big reason I love them so much? They're write-offs from work. Out of warranty, failed HDD's (now I have SSD in it).
If I take it traveling and smash it, OH WELL!
If I leave it behind somewhere (encrypted) WHO CARES!
I could finally stop thinking about my laptop as an expensive device to care for, and start using it like a tool.
I often recommend people HP Stream laptops ($300) for traveling.
I should have a job with HP for all the sales on Streams they get from me! lol
And Hence those Xaiomi air books being on my list.
I mean, I like Xaiomi anyway, they're a really cool company, but a MODERN, light, IPS laptop with 7+ hrs battery for $600 new?
It's an expensive tool, but it's not a $3k Surface Pro, you know what I mean?
Just really take a seat back and think about the laptop you're replacing.
When did you last use its power? And if you did, was it just convenient, or important?
More convenient than halving your carried weight?
If you insure it, how much do you save by NOT insuring a $600 laptop?
All things to consider :)
Oh, and going on from Rybags post there, stick to the U series. H and HM, while still being fairly power efficient are impossible to heat control.
Edited by Master_Scythe, 14 February 2018 - 09:02 AM.