What are the latest ultra-portable options?

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  1. nycgags2

    nycgags2 Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    up to $2,000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    OR SMALLER


    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    U.S.

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

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

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Web Browsing, Excel

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

    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?
    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?
    do not need to see in person

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

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    depends on screen size, no more than 1920 x 1080

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    No pref.

    Build Quality and Design

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

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    1 TB - SSD (NVMe x4?) maybe 2 drives (the 1 TB can be split)

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    ASAP

    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 sure

    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?
    Maybe
     
  2. nycgags2

    nycgags2 Newbie

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    NVMe x4 not a requirement.

    Looking at Asus Zenbook 13
     
  3. Tech Junky

    Tech Junky Notebook Deity

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    Getting down to 10-12" screen to me usually indicates a Tablet of some sort. Maybe a Surface Pro?

    If you want the ability of dual drives it's probably going to require something a bit bigger in size to accommodate / cool them.

    Probably not going to get 1080 on a screen that small either. Excel / WWW wouldn't need much power either. If you use Google Docs instead of Excel it's even easier.

    Just my 2 cents from your OP here. If there's a more power need you didn't list let us know.
     
  4. custom90gt

    custom90gt Doc Mod Super Moderator

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    I mean the XPS 13 may be an option for you. The size of the laptop is smaller than some 12" laptops. It does not have 2 nvme slots (I don't know what would in that size rang) and sadly ram is soldered...
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Do you want light weight, small size or both? A smaller screen doesn't mean less weight in the way it did historically with notebooks as you can now get a 17" notebook that weighs less than three pounds, the LG Gram 17. You just don't see as many small notebooks these days as they have a hard time competing portability wise with tablets for people such as yourself who don't need much oomph. When I read your thread my thought was an iPad with a keyboard.
     
  6. N2ishun

    N2ishun Notebook Consultant

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    I've got one of these..
    https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/For-Home/Vivobook/Vivobook-S14-S435/
    And I'll tell ya what, the battery does last seemingly forever and the build is rock solid (I have a feeling I could throw it at a wall and it'd still work).
    It's just too damn small, so small the screen is useless to me (1300x768 if I remember right and I'm not firing the thing up to find out right now).
    Soldered ram and unchangeable wireless card although I have put a older samsung pro ssd in it and it helped tremendously.
    If a standard 15 inch lappy is too big and heavy for ya, start working out ?
    The small laptops are every bit as garbage as a tablet (ipad or whatever).
    BTW, I won a ipad at work in a drawing and I liked it so much I honestly just gave it away to some chick that thought it was *cute*.
     
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