My dream ultra-portable: does it exist?
I'm a veterinary medical student in my second year and I have two years left before I go off into the real world. Right now I'm rocking one of Lenovo's consumer IdeaPad laptops that performs fairly well, but does hiccup/slow on occasion when I have Outlook, OneNote, PowerPoint, and several tabs in Chrome open, even though I have 8 GB of RAM, but it's probably the ULV processor that's the bottleneck. It's pretty annoying that large Powerpoint presentations with over 50 high-quality digital images of radiographs (X-rays) cause the program to slow to a crawl, but that's what I get for getting a cheaper laptop.
In any case, next spring I would like to upgrade to something that will last longer and travel with me around the country.
This is what I'm looking for:
- 13 or 14 inch screen, and I have mediocre vision so I don't care about super high-res screens.
- No optical drive, portability matters more. Less than 4.5 lbs would be great.
- Decent battery life. I'm used to about 3.5 hours of real-world use, but 6 would be stellar.
- Backlit keyboard with keys that are not super flat. I like Lenovo's "smile" concave keys on the X1 and also the more traditional keyboards on their Thinkpad line.
- At least 500 GB of hard drive space. Don't really need an SSD, but it would be nice to have a decent amount of storage.
- At least a Core i5 processor that will easily handle multiple MS Office programs open at once, with a browser in the background, and perhaps some music playing from Winamp, etc.
What do you all think?