Yet another laptop recommendation needed thread

Discussion in 'SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs' started by UNCjigga, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. UNCjigga

    UNCjigga Lifer

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2000
    Messages:
    17,035
    Likes Received:
    696
    Hi AnandTech--I need a new laptop. Unfortunately, I just haven't been able to find the right set of specs and features at the price point I need.

    The last laptop I bought was a Lenovo Yoga 11S roughly 4-5 years ago, back when Windows 8, 2-in-1s and Haswell were all the rage. I loved how compact it was, but in hindsight an 11" screen was just too small. The keyboard was also cramped, and while I don't have big hands I prefer a larger palmrest area. Unfortunately, it hasn't aged well (poor battery life, crappy wifi, touchscreen no longer works, and 128GB was too small.)

    I recently picked up a Chromebook as a stopgap--an Acer Chromebook 14. It's actually waaaay better than I thought it would be. The matte 1080p screen is decent (max brightness is low though) and I get 10-12 hours of solid usage on battery. The Android versions of Word and Excel work well enough, but I do miss the flexibility of running Windows apps (haven't looked at CrossOver yet.) Also, I've already hit the wall a few times where a Celeron and 4GB of non-upgradeable RAM just weren't enough.

    So here's what I'm looking for:
    - 8th Gen Core i5/Core i7 U-series (may consider mobile Ryzen once reviews are out)
    - 13.3" - 14" 1080p IPS screen @ 300 nits or brighter (ideally a 14" with slim bezels in a 13.3" frame)
    - Minimum 8GB of user upgradeable RAM (DDR4 preferred but not required)
    - Minimum 256GB SSD (PCIe preferred but not required)
    - 802.11ac 2x2 wifi
    - Back-lit keyboard
    - Large precision trackpad
    - Ports: USB 3.0 (2); USB 3.1 Type C (1 or 2; Gen 2/Thunderbolt preferred); HDMI preferred; SD Card reader preferred
    * MINIMUM of 8 hours battery life in standard rundown tests
    - 3 lbs or less
    - unibody construction (aluminum, magnesium alloy, carbon fiber) preferred
    - Under $1000

    So far the closest I've come to hitting all my requirements are the Acer Swift 3 laptops with 8th-gen processors--unfortunately the reviews tend to agree that the display quality is somewhat lacking (I haven't been able to find one in the wild to confirm):
    SF314-52G-55WQ
    SF314-52-52SY
    SF314-53G-87EQ
     
    #1 UNCjigga, Nov 8, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2017
  2. Loading...

    Similar Threads - laptop recommendation needed Forum Date
    Need Laptop recommendation SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs Sep 6, 2015
    Laptop recommendation needed - engineering school SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs Aug 26, 2015
    Need laptop recommendations SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs Feb 19, 2015
    Need a laptop recommendation under $400 SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs Jan 11, 2015
    Need a recommendation for a good laptop for a family member SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs Jan 24, 2014