I want a new PC, mainly for work, plus other minor stuff like browsing, Netflix, and Skype. I work in economics research, therefore I need to easily work with reasonably big datasets (say, ~25Gb of data) and pure, brute computational power for simulations, model estimation, some light machine learning task. I write code mainly in R/Python/Julia/Matlab/Stata languages, plus LaTeX for writing presentations and articles. I can get some discount on Dell machines through my Uni, which restricts the options to basically two alternatives:
- XPS 13, fully spec'ed (i7 10th gen, 16 Gb RAM, 512 SSD)
- Latitude 7400, fully spec'ed (i7 8th gen, 16 Gb RAM expansible, 512 SSD)
Both machines fit the portability requirement, as I can also work at a conference without carrying around a stone slate. The after discount prices are close enough (<1500€).
Here comes my question then: which one should I favour, knowing my work needs? As of now, ports and expansible RAM on the Latitude are an advantage that comes at the cost of separated AC port and thickness, while the XPS has fewer ports, RAM is soldered but has more portability and is powered via USB C (one less charger to carry around)?
Please note that when I am at office I usually use a second screen if that helps in any way.
edit: 15" would be ok but are usually much more pricier and less portable.
edit II: got in touch with Dell's Sales, the Latitude 7400 can be powered by a USB-C charger (so a dock station can work, too) and not only with the barrel ('Coaxial') plug.