I am thinking about replacing my old Samsung 700T (Intel Core i5 3317U 1700MHz / 4Gb RAM / 3G / touchscreen) laptop.

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Is there something on the market which is close to it in terms of usability, just more modern or am I looking for a unicorn 🦄?

Intended usage

  • Software development;
  • Internet browsing.

I.e. File system, CPU, and memory intensive labor + usability in terms of text (code) visibility on the screen. WiFi network independence is a huge bonus.

Required parameters

  • built-in 4G (LTE) adapter;
  • 13" — 15" anti-glare display;
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor (or "better");
  • 256+ Gb SSD (526 Gb is preferable);
  • 8 Gb RAM with a possibility of upgrade (16 Gb is preferable);
  • Great video card is NOT required;
  • Touchscreen is NOT required;
  • Budget is open-ended, but ideally below $1500/2000 USD.

Nice to have

  1. Back-lit keyboard;
  2. 4+ hours long living battery.
  3. Port-rich form factor.

Close examples

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Actually, this might be something I am looking for ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Gen

  • Take a look at mysn.eu, I own a Slim 14 and am very happy as coding machine
    – Knerd
    May 14, 2018 at 22:51

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Have you considered the Dell Latitude 7490? For 1700 or 1800 USD, you can get a 14.1 inch screen, 16 GB of DDR4, an Intel i7-8650U (supposedly up to 4.2 GHz), and a 512 GB SSD. It also seems to have 4G capability. It does only have Iris graphics.

I'm sure the battery can hit 4 hours, and it has a multitude of ports.

  • Thank you! I've read a few reviews and it leaves me with a mixed impression. Things like "fan running for no reason" aren't acceptable for me. I used to hate another laptop with such issue. May 19, 2018 at 21:29

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