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Thread: Help choosing hardware - yes, that old chestnut!

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    Help choosing hardware - yes, that old chestnut!

    Howdy all. Been sat on the sidelines of this site forever but never gotten around to actually posting anything. Now, however, I find myself a little stumped, and so I turn to you, the Glorious Verge Overmind for guidance!
    OK: I need a laptop. Simple problem but, as we all know too well, a tricky decision.
    What will I use it for, you ask? Largely, writing (as in novels) so what I need is a good battery life, preferably lightweight, with solid build quality, and if it could have actual support so I am not left stranded when it breaks down, then hang the expense!

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    While it will also be used fro general surfing, playing music (via bluetooth - I don't care about its speakers) and research, etc, it needs no power for gaming as I already have a dedicated gaming rig.
    Budget wise? Well, I don;t mind going up to 1500 - maybe more if justified - as long as it is solid and the cost is justified, but obviously, the less I can spend on this, the more I can waste on other shiny toys!

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    While I am very used to Windows (15+ years as IT tech/programmer) I am more than comfortable with Apple products, too. In truth, I am posting this today as I was holding out on yesterday's Apple announcement, crossing my fingers for a shiny new update to the Mac air, but it was not to be. Therefore, I am a little lost.
    I think that, right now, the Mac Air is a) too expensive* for what it is and b) has an 'orrible screen, so I am far from sold on that anymore. A MBP is just...well, its overkill, innit? Also, those new post Brexxit prices are eye-watering. Other things I am considering are the Surface Book (as it looks quite sexy and ticks a lot of boxes) but worries over its battery being very hit and miss are staying my hand.

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    I've looked at the Dell XPS 13: it seems...solid, but uninspired, should I say? Plus its also getting harder to get hold of at sane prices. I've also considered Chrome Books of various flavours, but the online-only aspect is a none starter for me.
    So, yeah: What do you recommend? Happy to listen to all thoughts as, after spending a week studying specs and reviews, I am frankly losing the will to live!

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    Surface Book is great if your budget allows for it, but it might be slightly overkill for you if you don’t see yourself detaching the tablet portion a lot (for reading your novels after you’ve written them, watching video, surfing the web or whatever).
    If you just want a more traditional laptop form factor, then maybe look at the Yoga 900 and Thinkpads?

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