Updated: Jul 23, 2019
A couple things come to mind for the typical IT-lovers needs. Lets cut right to the chase - Here's what we need:
A Full OS - Non of this 32 bit or Google OS stuff. We need access to MSTSC Remote Access, Windows 64bit, Servers, Domains, Admin CMD, etc.
Speed: It's not 2000 anymore, typically people look for high ram and storage. In this day-in-age speed is dictated by SSD, RAM, and Processor capabilities.
Mobility: I mean two things by this.
One: How much abuse can it take? So looking at durability, longevity and your long term investment.
Two: Can I slap this down and run if the problem I am trying to solve is urgent without breaking it?
With these 3 things in Mind I have narrowed down the two best Laptops you can buy right now and get the most out of your purchase.
Dell XPS 13/15: $999.99 avg
This machine is the epitome of mobility. It's small, lightweight and packs a punch in computing capability. A strong SSD and processor make this a complete powerhouse with a full System OS, great mobility and it's highly versatile. The shell is carbon and hardened rubber making this an extremely tough machine. The SSD allows this laptop to have an extremely small form-factor allowing it to be highly mobile. You can keep this under your arm all day with out causing wear and tear on it. As far as speed goes this is nearly unmatched. Read/Write speeds on SSD's are 10x faster than a traditional HDD - making this an extremely fast laptop. Lets take a look at the Specs:
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz, 4 cores)
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Intel® UHD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory
8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz RAM
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Added Touch display for additional $100 if needed
4-Cell Battery, 52 Whr (Integrated)
Microsoft Surface Pro: $1,449.00 avg
A 12.3" display makes it a little smaller than the XPS but prioritizes pure speed and control with it's RAM, Processor and full Windows 10 Pro OS. Includes a TPM chip for enterprise security and syncs flawlessly with Microsoft products such as Azure, Office, and Microsoft Servers. It's made of aluminium making it simply the lightest and highest performing in its size and class. Since this is a Microsoft product, office can be bundled and discounted. What makes this unique to other small form-factor laptops is the processor and idle speed. This thing boots-up in roughly 20 seconds, which is incredibly fast! Lets take a look at Specs:
Screen: 12.3” PixelSense™ Display
4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
TPM chip for enterprise security
Intel® Core™ 7th-generation i5, or i7
Windows 10 Pro (i5,i7)
Solid state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
4G LTE Cat 9 modem up to 450Mbps
Intel® HD Graphics 620 (i5)
Up to 13.5 hours of local video playback (Idle: 120Whr)