I think it is time to get a new laptop and I'm frustrated by my inability to find one that meets my researched specifications. I'm not looking for a paper-thin ultra-high-end gaming laptop, just something upper-mid-range that can handle casual gaming, productivity applications, web browsing, and programming. My most demanding requirement probably that I run Gentoo Linux which means A) I need hardware that supports Linux and B) I'll be recompiling software on a regular basis (which is CPU-intensive).
My budget is, ideally, around $300-$600 but I'd probably be willing to splurge up to around $1 000 if I could find one that meets all or most of my requirements.
My ideal laptop would be a two-in-one with (ordered by desirability- most desired first):
- 15" touchscreen at least- (I mean I'd like a 17" really but it's impossible to find an affordable 17" with a decent resolution in a laptop sporting most of the above)
- Internal Blu-Ray BDXL writer (seemingly impossible to find at a reasonable price point, I'll probably have to be content with a dual-layer DVD writer)
- Minumum of 8GiB of RAM
- SDcard reader
- Minimum of 1TiB hdd
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- 5+ hour battery life
- Headphones jack
- Conventional anti-virus program
- Bootable Anti-malware device
- Windows 10 Pro
- quad-core processor?
- Maaaaaybe a SSD drive for the OS partitions? I've seen it recommended but it seems a somewhat expensive luxury
- USB Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3 (Not something I have use for at the moment, but it would future proof the laptop and allow me to buy Thunderbolt hardware in the future)
Now after searching Newegg it seems that I need to cut back but I'm not sure what compromises I need to make. I'm especially perplexed by the CPU landscape- are quad-core CPUs twice as fast as dual core? Why do dual-core CPUs still predominate? Are desktop processors used in laptops now? What's with Intel's generations and how do Intel chips compare with AMD? Where can I find reliable CPU benchmarks?
Anyway, that's my story. What've you guys got?