I recently started to search for a good laptop, that fits somewhere between a regular laptop and a gaming laptop - it's powerful spec wise, but is not loaded with a ton of "high end gaming stuff" that makes it prohibitively expensive.
- Has a quad-core CPU, obviously with built in graphics.
- Has 16GB or 24GB of RAM (or 16/32 versions for sake of simplicity - you either need 32 or you good with 16)
- Has SSD only - 512GB+, NVMe PCI Express slot. No HDD, even optionally. Use the space for cooling and/or battery.
- Has a dedicated middle-level GPU - GeForce 1060 probably would be ideal price and TPD wise. Don't make it optional, please.
- Is not a gaming laptop with all the bells and whistles that skyrocket it's cost into stratosphere.
- Is not as thin as possible - has a good cooling system for it to be able to run for long periods of time at load
- Uses the free space for the battery, not making it thin. Make the battery run 8-10 hours while actually working, not just browsing web or watching video.
- Has a quality 15" ISP panel type display, 1080p is enough - otherwise it is going to cost a ton
- Has the ports to handle a few monitors. And please, for the love of god, ship it with convertors to DVI and DP/HDMI depending on what type of port is chosen as being the port of choice.
- Camera and microphone should be a high quality once. Give me, for the love of god, a high quality camera and a microphone.
- Backlit keyboard.
The problem is, that almost anything that fits that power level, is a gaming laptop, most of the time some 17" monstrosity. And a 15" are usually not as powerful, they are artificially limited because of positioning.
And cameras and microphones usually are appalling - I talk a lot on skype and other voice comms - I have dedicated headsets both at home and office, because the built-in stuff just does not cut it. And I want to present a high quality web cap to a long-term customer that we have regular calls with because the built in stuff is just bad.
The main point of such a laptop is you plug it in at home and work into monitors, keyboard, mice and a headset. Think of it as a portable PC, with the ability to use it on the go.
What I'm thinking, actually, is make a laptop that ships with 2 dock stations - one for home, one for work, so you plug it with one cord (probably two, because you need the power cord - I don't think USB-C can deliver high power and high data transfers, or is it?).
I guess such a laptop is going to get over 1500 eur, probably close to 2000 eur. But most of what I see, goes over 2000 easily, usually to 2500 or even 3000 euros. Definitely room for improvement.
Surfacebook came close, but it's a 2 core cpu and video is not as powerful. It's a dealbreaker for me, it can't handle the workload.