Light/thin and performance

wouterbruijninckx

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My current laptop (hp envy dv6 15.6") is kind of dying, so I'm looking for replacement.
My hp is quite heavy to walk around with a whole day, so I would like a lighter device:
max +-2kg
max +-20mm thick
size: 13-15.6"

I'm going to use it for microsoft office, and some lighter autoCAD/archiCAD, photoshop, illustrator and programming.. so mostly graphical 2 and 3D work.
I have a good desktop so it shouldn't be able to render fast or handle super large projects.
I just want it to be small and portable, but also fast so I can work without lag.

I was looking at the Zenbook Pro ux501, Lenovo Yoga 2, Dell XPS13/15, Microsoft Surface (i5/7/256ssd/8ram) but the thing is, for that kind of money i could almost buy something like the MSI GS60 with i7-4710HQ/4720HQ, 16GB RAM, dedicated 970m gpu etc...
What are your opinions about this? What would be best value for money?

At the moment my laptop still works, so I could wait for Skylake, but the thing is, I would like to have an option already if he would completely crash (for the 5th time in barely 2 years :p)

edit: budget <1500EUR (I live in Belgium btw idk if that helps for research)
 

wouterbruijninckx

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So after some looking around, I relly like the Dell XPS13 (2015) but I have 2 concerns:
1. I see a lot of people complaining about Dell customer care and overall quality of their laptops, is it really that bad? I start to get the feeling that all laptop manufacturers are bad, except Apple, but I want to stay with windows...
2. The XPS has no dedicated GPU, will the i5 or i7 with HD5500 graphics be able to run photoshop, autoCAD and others? I really want an ultra portable device, but I just need to be able to do some (short) autoCAD sessions in the classroom, or open some programming projects or photoshop projects smoothly for feedback sessions...
 

orlbuckeye

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What your hasking is like saying you want a fast car that's good on gas. Thin and light in computer means save saving energy versus performance. You will need a little power for what you want to do so the MSI will be a safer pick and just work with it plugged in.
 

wouterbruijninckx

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Well I know that performance will increase size, but the thing is, I have an 6-core 32gig desktop that I can use in the evenings, I need something light for in the classroom, where I can't always plug it in, so it needs to be light, portable and have a decent battery life, but I have architecture classes where I need to do some photoshop or autoCAD work, so it needs to be able to run those programs, but I don't need it to be blazing fast, I can do heavyer editing and rendering on my desktop. I just don't want to wait 5-10 seconds after clicking on a tool in autoCAD or PS on my laptop :p
 
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