This is what my perfect laptop would look like. Now why on Earth can’t I have it?
The current choice of laptops is disappointing. I have scanned hundreds of options, but still cannot find a laptop that fits all my requirements. Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, MSI, LG, and Samsung – you name it, they all offer some nice machines but every one of them lacks at least one important feature.
And no, a tablet won’t do. I need a traditional workhorse with a robust keyboard. It must be dependable, high-quality, easy to transport, and a pleasant-to-use road-warrior companion.
Here is what my perfect laptop would look like:
- CPU: Dual core or better, 64-bit.
- GPU: 2 GB NVidia or ATI chip, good enough to play current shooters. Yes, even business users occasionally need an opportunity to relax.
- Display: 14” or 15″ 1920 x 1200 non-glossy. Can we please, please have 16:10 for business use? There is no logical justification for the 16:9 format for business customers. Whoever had the idea that 16:9 is enough for business should be publicly whipped.
- Keyboard: robust, back-lit, and nice, like the Dell Latitude E6430 or better. Extra arrow keys, please; the extra number block is not needed anymore. Mechanical -volume and mute buttons are a must-have.
- A good, reliable touchpad.
- OS: Windows 8.1 Ultimate.
- Memory: 8 GB, expandable.
- Hard Drive: 500 GB SSD.
- Optical drive: DVD-RW. I don’t care about Blu-ray.
- Quiet cooling. I am aware of the fact that we will not see fan-less laptops in the next few years, but PLEASE give me a quiet fan!
- Ports: at least four USBs with, at minimum, one on the right side, SD, HDMI, 1 GB/s LAN, headphone/microphone, and support for a laptop lock for added security.
- A docking station interface. No, docking stations are NOT out! And yes, I am aware that there are some nice WiGig modem solutions, but they won’t charge my laptop. I want a docking station that will connect everything with just one click; new innovations mean we don’t need additional plugs and cables.
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Both UMTS and LTE support that is fully integrated inside the casing without any visible thumb drives or antennas.
- Battery run time: at least 6 hours of business use – office software and surfing via Wi-Fi.
- Replaceable battery.
- A real mechanical button to switch “flight” or “airplane” mode on and off.
- Weight: no more than 2 kg.
- Size: not much bigger than the display itself (15” +- 0.5”), about 1” thick.
- Mechanical design: a robust casing that’s rigid; should be firm and not too easy to bend.
- Please no funny colors; boring black-and-gray is what I want.
- Easy to service.
- Support bundle: something similar to Dell’s next-business-day (or four-hour same-day) support is a must-have for today’s business user.
- Please, no huge logos on the casing. I am not willing to let anyone abuse me as advertising space.
- Price: less than 2,000 US$.
Not a single laptop in this world meets all these requirements. We are discussing sending people to Mars and other planets, building autonomous flying drones, and even think we will soon have a computer that’s smarter than any human being, yet it appears to be too difficult to build a device with the above specifications.
I truly want to know.
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