I see dozens of "which laptop I should buy" but none of them quite addressed my questions. Here is a quick list of data. Please guide me to the right one! Windows only please. Nothing against Apple, but it's like .... the difference between reading a book in english or french. I don't want to spend the time to learn a new operating system.
1. I run 3 businesses (real estate, web design, lawn care) and I like to write. I have a big i7 machine (desktop) already at home so don't need dt replacement but something that performs snappily.
2. I'd like to be able to do some mobile guitar and vocal recording eventually
3. I don't NEED to have it be an "ultra book" but it should be reasonable compact and portable because...
4. I will also travel with it
5. Price isn't huge deal although I don't think I need a Razor Blade $3,000 gaming machine (because I don't ever ever play any games) though I'd be suspicious of anything under $500 as being "not enough"
6. speed is important! i7 would be nice though I'm not clear on the "real world" experience of i5 vs. i7. Is it worth the extra?
7. From what I've seen so far ... SSD is a must. prefer 256 though 128 would be ok (can always use external for movies)
8. Battery life is ultra important. When traveling, I don't want something that I can maybe watch one movie and check my email once, then it's back in my backpack until we get to the hotel. My old Dell Inspiron 14 is 1-2 hours max and I don't like that...might as well treat it as a plug in. That being said, it doesn't have to be 12 hours, but 5-6 "no matter what" hours would be awfully nice.
9. At home, I'll use it for quick, light duty (email, wunderlist, light browsing) but will probably use it alot to hook to TV and play recorded (ripped) DVDs and streaming quite often. Will also watch movies and shows directly on it from time to time.
I hope this is useful! I can pick specs as well as anyone else, but I think it's brand that makes the difference. I'd like the keyboard to be "usable" and not have to go from 60 WPM to hunt and peck, if you know what I mean?
I've seen info on Lenovo Thinkpad XT Carbon and that looks pretty nifty. I've had Dell and had good luck with them except you pretty much have to reformat them before you can use them (bloatware) XPS 13 seemed to have decent reviews. They used to have XPS 14 but no longer?? Samsung Series 9, and Asus Zenbook Prime...these are all "ultra books" and I don't necessarily need an ultrabook, I'd go up to 14" and weight is not HUGE deal. I'm going to lean toward NOT needing DVD drive though I might regret that someday ...
Hope this is just enough info to get some meaningful advice??
If you're not exhausted...I'll also be buying my daughter (8th grade) one for Christmas and would love input on a snappy but under 1K machine for her too! (i5 / 128G SSD / 14" max) Thank you!!!!