I'm in the market for a new laptop to replace my aging ASUS model from 2013.
I'm looking for a thin and lightweight model, with good battery (let's say minimum 5 hours). I would also like some sort of dedicated graphics card. I'm not a huge gamer, so it doesn't need to be top of the line. The laptop will be used primarily (90%) for office productivity / video, photo editing / coding with WSL2. But I would like the ability to play something now and again if the mood strikes.
A Dell XPS with a GeForce 1650 seems like an ideal solution, but it has a pretty hefty price tag, around $2000 CAD. I'm wondering what if any alternatives I should consider that could save a few bucks.
A few other considerations:
I need a 15 inch display, 1920 x 1080 with a good color gamet. I do not need a touch screen, although I'm not opposed to one either.
I need a very large, fast hard drive (e.g. 1 TB SSD) though I'm willing to buy a model with a smaller drive and upgrade, as long as the model allows it.
I would prefer to stick Intel/Nvidia if possible. I've had three AMD laptops in the past (2006, 2009, 2011) and none of them lasted more then 2-3 years, as they all had serious over heating issues almost from Day 1. However my current Intel/Nvidia laptop from 2013 has no such issues, nor have any of the Intel-based laptops I've used for work.
WiFi 6 is highly desirable. Ethernet port and a dedicated number pad would be nice but not required.
Preferably compatible with a Dell TB16 dock.
Looking to purchase in the next 1-2 months. Dell often does a semi-annual sale in early March, so I might buy an XPS then if I don't find anything else in the meantime.