Ditching Macbook Pro 13" for something Lighter

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  1. Onikage

    Onikage Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi guys! I currently have a 2016 Macbook Pro 13", which for the most part meets my needs. It's just too heavy! At 3 pounds I know that sounds ridiculous, but hear me out. My primary use case for this system is as my travel system. I travel quite a bit for work and leisure while lugging it around. When it's in a backpack with the charger and other random bits, that adds up. I'm hoping to shave at least a pound off my laptop weight.

    I'm a cyber security professional and mainly use this for surfing, hacking tools, and running virtual machines while I travel or compete in hacking competitions.

    Thanks!


    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    I should keep it below $1000 USD, but I will spend more if I find the unicorn.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    No
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    Sure

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Penetration Testing, Hacking Competitions, running 2 virtual machines at once, productivity while traveling (This would be a secondary laptop)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    Traveling with it.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)

    No

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    The more, the better.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    Buying online is OK.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

    Windows or MacOS is fine. I have a Macbook Pro 13" 2016, but honestly it's too heavy for huffing around with other gear.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)

    Higher is better.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)

    Doesn't matter.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Not really.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    256 GB is fine. I can probably get by with 128 GB.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    If I find the right one, I'll get it right away.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    A few years.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    Not a concern.

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?

    Shipping is fine.
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    The LG Gram comes to mind.
     
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  3. redwolf2x

    redwolf2x Notebook Geek

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    I 2nd the LG gram that is a fairly light system
     
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  4. hfm

    hfm Notebook Prophet

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    I would agree there. The 13.3" Gram is 2.1lb, I have the Gram 17 (3lb) and love it.
     
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  5. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    that definetly the way to go, ge force now and stadia for some games on your ultrabook and a egpu setup for more intense gaming sessions.....that would be my dream setup
     
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  6. Vingard

    Vingard Notebook Consultant

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    Dare I say Huawei?
     
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