I don't know much about CPU benchmarks and hardware specifications - I'm looking at laptops capable of running several VMWare instances. These instances have 2-4 GB of RAM allocated to each. They perform low-moderate intensity tasks but aren't doing anything niche like video encoding or graphics work.
I currently have a ThinkPad Edge with a i7-4702MQ, 8GB of RAM, and a (failing) 5400rpm hard drive. It's due for a replacement.
Here are the list of things I believe I need for this laptop - - Intel processor with 15W TDP, pref. i7. - 14" or smaller screen, the smaller and lighter the better. - M.2 SSD capability, preferably NVMe - Preferably 16GB RAM but 1x8GB would be okay to upgrade - 1080p screen - Australian retailer - $1500-2000 budget
Something from the Dell Latitude line would be nice but I'm likely unaware of some decent brands out there.