Looking for a combo tablet/laptop to replace my T460s and iPad Pro

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  1. nizmoz

    nizmoz Notebook Evangelist

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? $1500 ish

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    a. Netbook; 10" screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator. USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Dell, HP, Microsoft, Asus, Lenovo
    b. Dislike: Toshiba, Acer, MSI, Razer
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? Browsing Web, Email, some video processing, running VMs, IT related tasks.

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

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games? Maybe sometimes if I am traveling. COD WWII, and other COD games mostly. (not a requirement)

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need? 8-10+

    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? Not required

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. Windows 10 Home/Pro

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.) 1920x1080p or higher. High DPI preferred with great RGB colors.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.) Either work.

    Build Quality and Design

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

    15) When are you buying this laptop? Within the next couple of weeks as soon as my current ones sell.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last? 2-3 years before I upgrade again.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive? 512gb SSD mininum

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner? Not required these days for me.

    I decided that my iPad Pro 10.5 has been sitting 90% of the time since I owned it as I use my powerful gaming desktop at home for mostly everything and my Note 8 phone. I used it last at a VMWORLD conference with the pencil and smart keyboard. It did come in handy writing on it vs typing or a regular paper and pen. But the pencil battery not lasting, wasn't the most a great thing. Also, my T460s (personal laptop), sits a lot till I travel or need to do something with it that my gaming rig is busy with. Or if I feel like taking it to another room to relax and use it instead. I decided that I should combine these two as when I travel, I carry my Dell XPS 9560 13" (work laptop) with me, the T460s, and my ipad was becoming a bit heavy. If I can combine these two into one, and use it like a tablet on the plane as well to watch movies, read books or magazines, or browse the web it would be an improvement.

    I am/was considering the Surface Pro 2017 model (even second hand). My only issues with it, no TB3 port and reliability questionable. I like the way the Spectre x360 is, and the Dell XPS 2n1. I am just not sure how well those would work as a tablet (due to weight especially).

    Let me know all your thoughts especially from those who went through this too. I've got at least 25 years in IT, but when it comes to my own personal laptop, sometimes I don't keep up with all of them enough to know what would be the best, and I like to get other peoples opinions especially when I haven't worked in the Desktop area of things in 10 years.
     
  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    As far as performance goes, I believe the best available in a 2-in-1 device is the 1060-equipped Surface Book 2 15". If that's outside of the budget, the XPS 15 9575 and a Vega M GH is the next stepping down. If that's also not suitable, the Acer Spin 5/Nitro Spin 5 offer a 1050 in a reasonably well designed machine.
     
  3. RampantGorilla

    RampantGorilla Notebook Deity

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    The Surface Book 2 is a hot, throttling mess. Take a look at the HP Spectre x360 15" and the Yoga 720 15" (this laptop get pretty hot under load). The Dell XPS 15 2 in 1 is also worth checking out, but it has poor battery life (around 5 hours).
     
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    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    Wrong. NBC's WS 1.3 test gives it an average moderate usage duration of over 9 hours.
    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-...ega-M-GL-FHD-Convertible-Review.296996.0.html
     
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    nizmoz Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks to those that responded. Still researching but any other suggestions?
     
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