Surprise tech search…2019 Edition

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!!

Author: golasalle

La Salle University Alumni and proud father to a UVA Wahoo. Gadget Geek, SAP Mentor, computer nerd, SME in Business Intelligence/Analytics and Destiny/Overwatch Xbox player. Also a ProBoard Firefighter 2 and Fire Police Captain (Ret). Can you say dichotomy?

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