Looking for a new lightweight laptop with decent power and long battery life. So far, I'm thinking the LG Gram 15/17 (need to go physically look at them and see which feels best), Zenbook or Swift. But open to any other suggestions. Ideal weight range would be in the 2.5lb range, give or take.
Total budget and country of purchase: Not an issue, but not looking to go crazy. USA
Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. 2-1 sounds interesting, but not a necessity
How important is weight and thinness to you? VERY. My whole purpose is to be able to do programming(both front and back end stuff) as well as business applications - email, doc, spreadsheets, etc. Also, streaming/watching movies on a plane.
Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. If I can get everything done on Linux, that would be great. Been a Mac user for 15yrs now (Windows 15yrs prior) and happy with the OS, for the most part (love being able to type sms messages on the laptop. kind of a big thing). I's be open to going back to Windows if I absolutely have to.
Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. My eyes are getting worse, so 15-17. 15" feels to be a sweet spot. But I've heard that the LG Gram 17 actually feels like a 15, which sparked my interest.
Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. Some light video/music/photo editing. Maybe some CAD down the line, Maybe some gaming. But neither are on my radar for this.
If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? N/A
Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Good keyboard, solid build quality. Enough power not to have the fans running all the time and depleting the battery.
Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Right now I am using a 2015 13" MBP. Does the job ok, but as mentioned, anything a little more and the fans go nuts. Also, screen is a little too small. Need more real estate for side by side programming, graphics editing, etc.