Ultrabook with 7mm SSD *and* mSATA slot upgrade over Thinkpad X1?

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  1. daveola

    daveola Notebook Enthusiast

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    This is fantastic - but I don't see (either in the advanced search or in your "Refine results") anywhere to select M.2 slot and a 2.5" slot. All I saw was the "mandatory" selection for secondary storage (which would also pick laptops with two M.2, for example). Where is that filter?
     
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    daveola Notebook Enthusiast

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    Okay - so I've summarized results so far, including a couple from the noteb search.

    I know that my "~40% faster" is just benchmarking and many other factors will affect performance, but it's a good general indicator.

    My X1 is i5-2520M and 13.3x9.1x.8" 3.7lbs

    Thinkpad x230 with mods
    Fun project, but not much performance diff

    HP ProBook 440 G5
    13.2x9.4x.85 3.6lb
    .., i5-8350U
    up to 75% faster
    Optional 1920x1080 IPS
    Not great reviews? check it out
    Good prices ~$1k

    HP ProBook 440 G5 dGPU
    i3-8130U, NVidia 930MX ~40% faster
    About the same price as 440 G5

    HP ProBook 640 G4
    13.4x9.5x.83 3.81 lbs
    1920x1080 IPS
    i7-7500U, i7-7600U, i5-8350U...
    ~40-75% faster
    Fairly expensive, up to $3k

    Or older: HP ProBook 640 G3/G2
    G3: i5-7200U Only ~ 30% faster
    4.3 lbs

    E7440
    i5-4300U
    Not really a performance upgrade

    HP Elitebook 840 G4
    Has M.2 and 2.5"
    i5-7300u + 16Gb ~40% faster

    HP Elitebook 840r G4
    i5-7200U, i5-7300U, i5-8350U
    ~30-75% faster
    13.3x9.3x.74" 3.6lb

    HP Elitebook 840r G5
    (has two storage, but "840 G5" does not)
    i5-8250u ~66% faster

    Dell Inspiron 14 7472
    ~66% faster and cheap
    12.73x9x.75 3.6lb
    Double check dual storage?

    Thinkpad E480
    i5-8250U (~66%) (or i7-8550U)
    13x9.5x.86 3.86lb (Aluminum case is 0.78")
    1920x1080 IPS optional
    Two drives: https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad E480/ThinkPad_E480_specs.pdf
    Spill resistant keyboard!
    rapid charge with 65W adapter and opens 180 degrees.


    I'm pretty drawn to the E480 right now, ~$1k and I can stick with ThinkPads. Going to do some more research on noteb later.
     
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    @daveola Thinkpad E480 reviews with different GPUs: Intel UHD 620 | AMD RX550. TL;DR just get the Intel version. However, please be aware that m.2 slot only supports more expensive NVME SSDs.
     
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    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    Unfortunately, I never thought anyone would want such a specific type of search. Most of the time, like 90%, having Mandatory secondary storage and requesting 1TB of storage space will give you laptops with 1 M.2 and 1 SATA drive.
    Also, on every laptop model, at the motherboard section, we have the type of Slots that are available for storage.
     
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