Searching for new technology can be both fun and frustrating. I find myself in need of a Windows laptop for a few specific ‘productivity suite’ tasks, as well as a few software requirements. Portability isn’t a huge factor, since I have other smaller devices. I find that for extended duration screen use, a larger screen with larger text is easier on my “aging” eyes. That means a larger screen is the number one feature, followed closely behind by:
- NO number pad. I want a centered keyboard and touchpad to the screen. Working off-center is extremely irritating.
- Upgradability. While I love my MBP, the fact that I can’t add RAM or SSD size as it ages is extremely frustrating.
- Budget. Since this will be a second machine, I don’t have a big budget.
Options galore? Sure. Could I sell my 2016 MacBook Pro 13 and upgrade? The new 16 inch MacBook Pro seems like a great machine. But I do like the portability of my MBP13 and am not really interested in the Boot Camp/VM option on a new one. Could I pick up a ‘gaming’ laptop? Sure! When it’s time to punch my ticket into the ‘PC Master Race’, I want a top of the line entry and my budget isn’t quite there yet.
So…with my budget and requirements in mind, it’s time to start narrowing down the contenders.
- Lenovo Flex 5 (new)
- Dell XPS 15 (new/used)
- Dell Inspiron 3000/5000/7000 2 in 1 (new)
It looks like it’s going to be a price vs feature vs upgradability decision. Time to start trying keyboards and looking at screens. Next stop? Costco!!