Replacing Secondary/Tertiary Laptop

ubertrout

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I've been using a Asus U30JC laptop as a secondary/travel machine for the past 9 years (I didn't realize it's been that long until just now), but the screen is on the fritz and I think it's time to start looking at replacements. I upgraded it a while ago with a WD Black2 hybrid drive (128gb flash / 1 tb hard) and performance was perfect for my needs until today, essentially.

My desktop/main PC is a Ryzen 2700X box with most of the trimmings. I also have a work-owned and supplied laptop (HP Elitebook X360 1030 G2) that is hobbled by a number of ridiculous admin rules (no Chrome or Firefox, for instance). It runs any authorized apps well, though.

I tend to use the laptop that just died for personal travel and writing - so a mix of typing in coffeeshops and on the road. I often use it with large Excel sheets as well, and like the ability to occasionally game (mostly Civ, although V didn't work well on the old machine).

Do people think I'd be happy with the Surface Go? The Costco bundle is appealing, especially considering the other options I have for the price? Or should I really look at the Pro or a proper laptop? A good keyboard for typing would be important for me and I know that the type covers are nice but no match for a real keyboard (I'm using a MagicForce KB with Gateron Brown switches at home).

Are there other machines I should be looking at? Because it's very much a tertiary machine, I'm not looking to spend serious money. Not interested in Mac.
 

Photobug

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Do people think I'd be happy with the Surface Go? The Costco bundle is appealing, especially considering the other options I have for the price? Or should I really look at the Pro or a proper laptop? A good keyboard for typing would be important for me and I know that the type covers are nice but no match for a real keyboard (I'm using a MagicForce KB with Gateron Brown switches at home).
I am looking for a new laptop. I considered the Surface computers, the higher end ones. I had to drive 2 hours to the big city to see one. The surface platform would not work for me. I often sure the web or write while sitting on the couch. From what I could tell the surface is not laptop able. The keyboard only works when attached to the tablet portion. There is no rigid hinge between the keyboard and tablet. Its ability to stand up is based on the hinged back of the tablet resting on a table. It would not work for my style of use.

I am thinking a 2 in 1 360 hinge would be a nice "coffeeshop" laptop.
 

fire400

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