It's been a long while. I was once an avid PC enthusiast that was heavily into small form factor and PC Laptop performance. Overclocking, customs mods, parts upgrading and even soldering was basically second nature to me; TEC Extreme overclocking, Pin-Mod CPU Laptop upgrades, super small Small form factor (Shuttle SFF, remember those?), Laptop custom LCD panel swaps, undervolting and custom GPU swaps (Asus C90S), Asus F8SN that I custom swapped for an Xtreme ES sample etc etc. Then things changed... I went to the dark side. In 2008 I picked up my first Apple Macbook Pro with it's Unibody design and never returned back to PC for latptops, I maxed that one to it's full potential, then even swapped the logic board to a Mid 2009 opting for the custom top of the line CPU logicboard. I then upgraded to a Mid-2012 which again I topped out and even sourced and upgraded the screen to the top HI-Res LCD panel with 2 SSDs 4TB total with 16GB ram which had pretty much every thing I needed; my work behaviours changed, less gaming, less overclocking which in turn my desire to tweak computers and laptops. All I wanted was a fast and reliable computing experience. I was super active on NBR for a long time, during the mid to late 2000s. (see my rep and posts). Life became busy, I focused on career, life, got married, got a kid.. and voila, it's 2019! Flash forward to present, Apple is pretty much dead to me, they are not made for a computer enthusiast. TouchBar is a gimmick, Apple that cares about being way too thin for their own good rather than being reliable or even working at optimal speed (thermal throttle fiasco). Nothing is upgradeable, the price is astronomical, and worst of all they are not even fast anymore. What I do need is, a new Notebook for work. I'm basically looking for a value added Notebook today and since I've been a bit disconnected from the hardware today I'm looking for advice from you.. the forum users in NotebookReview what is a good buy nowadays? The market I find today is really full of fluff and marketing terms(Gaming, RGB, etc etc), and not entirely sure what is what. A fast CPU, multi-core preferrably 4 cores or better. Has a decent GPU M2. NVME Upgradeability A very good LCD/LED panel for color. 100hz+ Refresh isn't necessary. Excellent build quality (comparable to Apple, but more reliable in terms of hardware). I don't really care for brand Price: $1500 - 2000 USD 14in - 15in size Needs to be a good value in terms of performance and price, does not need to be spec'd to the top of the line. Thanks all. It's sort of refreshing to be back after all these years.