Need a Windows laptop with several USB-C ports and the following

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  1. Knocks

    Knocks Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all. I am looking for a laptop that will have the following features:

    Must have:
    • 2 or more USB-C ports (the more, the better)
    • Must use a USB-C charger that can be shared with a phone (to avoid traveling with multiple power bricks)
    • Ethernet port
    • HDMI port
    • At least 14 inch screen (15 or 16 highly preferable)
    • Thin bezels
    • SSD only
    • quiet

    Preferred features (not 100% necessary but would be nice)
    • Matte screen
    • 4:3 screen
    • Relatively thin and light
    • 1080p max resolution (I don't want 4K, retina, etc)
    • Not a Macbook (don't want it to be a theft magnet; price is also a concern)

    Not important:
    • Powerful processor (i5 is enough)
    • Graphics (integrated is OK)
    • SD card slot
    • USB type-A ports
    • Amount of memory
    • Optical drive
     
  2. Mr.MSI

    Mr.MSI Newbie

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    When you listed out your requirements, I instantly thought of a Macbook only to see what you wrote near the end. How about the Dell XPS 13?
     
  3. Knocks

    Knocks Notebook Enthusiast

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    Dell XPS doesn't have an Ethernet port and not enough USB-C ports.
     
  4. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Deity

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    x1 carbon
     
  5. Knocks

    Knocks Notebook Enthusiast

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    I can't even tell what all these ports are on the X1 Carbon, but it's definitely missing Ethernet.

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  6. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    The number of notebooks that use USB C chargers is low and Ethernet is going the way of the optical drive. You're most likely not getting everything you want, so you should probably figure out what's most important to you.
     
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    Knocks Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have read a lot of reviews of USB-C to Ethernet adapters/hubs, and they are pretty much all garbage and cannot maintain consistent network speeds. They don't hold a candle to native Ethernet ports.

    I've found a lot of cheap 15" laptops ($300-600) at Staples that have both an Ethernet port and USB-C. The are mostly made by HP, Lenovo and Dell. Not as thin and elegant as XPS 15 but much more practical due to the large number of ports.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Those laptops are extremely unlikely to support charging over USB-C.
     
  9. Knocks

    Knocks Notebook Enthusiast

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    You're right, most of them don't support USB charging. But since the Ethernet port is of such crucial importance, one must choose his battles. I can do without USB charging for now, although with luggage weight so severely limited by airlines lately, every gram counts when traveling.

    I do believe there will always be outlier manufacturers and/or models that will include the Ethernet port because there are people who really need it.
     
  10. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The HP EliteBook 850 G6 would meet most of your needs. I think all it's missing from your requirements is multiple USB-C ports, but it has Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), which you can use to charge/power the notebook. Perhaps look for a USB-C hub that supports power pass-through so you can use the Thunderbolt 3 port for both power and ports.

    Charles
     
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