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Searching for the perfect ultrabook for my wife

swechsler 1,631 289 August 22, 2016 at 06:00 PM
This is more of a product recommendation rather than a deal quest, but hey, if you happen to know where one is for a good price, so much the better.

My wife wants a new laptop. Her current one is a Lenovo Yoga 2, but it's been having a myriad of problems, the main one being that it will just power off at random (not a real shutdown, but the machine juts shuts off). There are other issues as well; more than are worth paying to get the machine fixed (and it's more than two years old anyway). She liked it when it worked, so I'm trying to find something like it, but more reliable.

She uses the machine for her business, so I'm willing to spend more to get one that fits her needs exactly (since it's a business expense it's depreciable).
Here are our requirements:

1. Reliability. This is paramount. I'm thinking that I should get a commercial grade rather than a home grade machine
2. Touch screen
3. Light weight - around 3 lbs or less
4. 8GB of memory, or user upgradeable.
5. SSD of 128GB or more (or user upgradeable from a physical disk)
6. Decent battery life (6+ hours)
7. Availability of on-site extended warranty (I expect that I'll have to pay extra for this). I don't think any third-party warranty companies (including Squaretrade) offer this.
8. Must be usable comfortably as a laptop - this means the screen's angle must be adjustable and it must be able to sit on a lap without falling over, without an additional stand - this, unfortunately, rules out a lot of 2-in-1s. My wife works a full day with the machine on her lap.
9. Must have a keyboard with a CTRL key (which she uses a lot) in the lower left corner. Unfortunately, a lot of the newer Lenovo laptops have put the Fn key there instead, presumably copying Apple.
10. CPU requirements are not too high - I'm thinking a modern i3 should be fine, but obviously an i5 would be OK as well. She mostly uses office-type applications; this won't be fore photo editing or gaming or anything like that.
11. Screen resolution isn't really an issue - in fact, even the latest version of Win 10 seems to have occasional issues with the super-high resolution of the Yoga 2. 1366x768 would be fine; I probably wouldn't pay extra for higher resolution.

Suggestions are welcomed!


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