Laptop Ultrabook PC Recommendation

Microsoft / Eng CqnP51
Nov 7 34 Comments

Looking for a thin productivity ultrabook/laptop in the 13-14" size, i7, 16GB. I don't need the latest 10th Gen Intel, 8th is good enough and no 2 in 1s. Staying away from Macbooks for their pricing (budget <$1500)

How is reliability/customer support amongst Lenovo/Asus/HP/Dell?

I had a HP x360 and had to replace within the first 3 mons. The Dell I swapped with lasted about 3 years, still good but needs an upgrade. I purchased at the MS company store years back and now looking at thanksgiving deals.

The Huawei Matebook X Pro looks interesting but then it's a Huawei and in this political realm I doubt the longevity. Comes with all bells and whistles around my budget.

Ideas?

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TOP 34 Comments
  • New KuqP64
    X1 carbon
    Nov 7 10
    • New KuqP64
      @Nooglerish, when google will have the option to pick a X1 extreme over MB pro?

      I was so disappointed to see they only offer MacBook’s for new engineers 🤨
      Nov 7
    • Google / IT Nooglerish
      Google does allow you to procure x1c via stuff . Just not the extreme.
      Nov 8
    • New KuqP64
      I know - but x1c is more biz related.

      I would love to have a x1e over a mbp
      Nov 8
    • Microsoft / Eng CqnP51
      OP
      The general opinion at several places is that X1 is so bland in design
      Nov 8
    • Google / IT Nooglerish
      Yes it's bland. No doubt.
      But it's good and sturdy and meets or excels every competition in tech specs.
      Personally for me a laptop is like a construction worker's hammer. I want it to do the hammering and do it well and not try to be a fashion accessory.
      Nov 8
  • Microsoft / Other : 🐧
    Take a look at Lenovo Yoga or Dell XPS, both are reputable manufacturers and laptop lines.
    Nov 7 8
    • Microsoft / Other : 🐧
      Oh btw, I have Carbon X1 as work laptop and hate it.
      Nov 7
    • Microsoft / Eng CqnP51
      OP
      Is that your SAW?
      Nov 7
    • Microsoft / Other : 🐧
      No, regular laptop. I've had plenty of problems with it - both hardware and software (Windows incompatibilities, but that might be because I work at Msft). Not to mention it looks like a laptop from the 90's.
      Nov 7
    • State Farm sweeeeee
      Which Yoga model precisely?
      Nov 7
    • Microsoft / Other : 🐧
      Not sure, probably the 9xx which was available 2/3 years ago
      Nov 7
  • State Farm sweeeeee
    Surface Laptop?
    Nov 7 5
    • Microsoft / Eng CqnP51
      OP
      My work laptop is already a surface, would like my personal device to be a non-surface.
      Nov 7
    • State Farm sweeeeee
      Gotcha. Yeah unfortunately customer support at those places is nowhere close to Apple if something goes wrong with your laptop according the some of the complaints I’ve read on subreddits related to specific Dell/Lenovo laptops such as the XPS or Yoga series.

      I bought a sub $500 laptop that had good reviews with an i5, upgradable RAM, and upgradeable space. Using it until the next generation of MacBooks comes out to either get one of those or buy an older one with better specs for a cheaper price.

      Edit: the Thinkpad series exists as some users suggested but idk if you’ll get those specs for under 1500.
      Nov 7
    • Microsoft / Eng CqnP51
      OP
      Well, Apple's customer service and accessibility to stores for repairs is unbeatable. The new (supposedly fixed!) keyboards and their pricing still keeps me far away.
      Nov 7
    • Microsoft / Eng CqnP51
      OP
      Thinkpad at that specs tops at 1650 ( may be a little less if wait for a couple of weeks), if someone can vouch for its reliability I'm willing to try.
      Nov 7
    • State Farm sweeeeee
      They’re offering to fix keyboard issues for any models from 2016-2019. I think it was the 2016/17 models that had very flimsy keyboards. 2018 and 2019 seem to have improved.

      I’ve been using a 2018 top of the line 15” since I joined SF and have not had any keyboard issues. I’ve had coworkers that had issues with their keyboards but only if they ate around their laptops or got crumbs into them.
      Nov 7
  • New / Eng bytec
    If you’re truly concerned about cost, you could always get a refurbished MacBook Pro (https://www.apple.com/shop/refurbished/mac). That’s what I did.

    If you’re set on Windows, Dell XPS 13 is best in class.
    Nov 7 2
    • Microsoft / Eng CqnP51
      OP
      For a brief period I used the keyboards and could never get comfortable. Apart from cost this is also a reason
      Nov 7
    • New / Eng bytec
      I bet you’d get used to it in a week. On the other hand, you won’t find any windows laptop with half as good of a trackpad. I’ve tried.
      Nov 7
  • Google uzaname
    X1, xps13 or pixelbook go.
    Nov 7 0
  • Google hurhurhur
    I have a Dell XPS 13 and I really like it. Got stolen last year and I bought exactly the same model to replace it. It's fast, reliable and holds the charge quite well
    Nov 7 0
  • Cisco FXzH34
    Macbook pro. More economical over long duration of use
    Nov 7 0
  • Intel apdndn
    XPS 13
    Nov 7 0
  • Surprised no one's mentioned lg gram yet
    Nov 7 0

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