I am looking for a laptop with the following specifications. I have done a lot of searching but can't find anything that meets my requirements.
I'm willing to spend $3k, but after that becomes questionable and I have an absolute limit of $5k.
I need something light as I carry it around a lot but I need something powerful as I run VMs and develop various memory hungry Java server processes.
I feel like the answer might be found via a manufacturer that enables you to customise a model that doesn't quite meet the specs in its default configuration but will after maxing out all the configuration options. However, that makes searching for it with a search engine difficult.
- Skylake CPU i5/i7 (main concern is battery life though)
- 16 GB RAM
- 14" screen
- 512 GB SSD
- Less than 4lbs
- 6+ hours battery life
Good to have but not essential
- Backlit keyboard
- 2+ USB3 ports
- VGA output
- HDMI output
- Ethernet port
- Built in webcam
Must run Windows OS - cannot be a Mac
I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts so the keyboard layout is important to me. The following are dealbreakers:
- Keyboards that have the Fn key outside the Ctrl key (almost all Lenovos - not sure if anyone else)
- Keyboards that don't have separate Home/End/PageUp/PageDown keys
These caught my eye but I rejected them for the reasons below,
LG Gram 14 - Only 8GB RAM and annoying keyboard
Fujitsu U904 - Only 10GB RAM and Haswell processor. Very light and cool looking though!