Latitude Ultrabook questions
Greetings! I will be pasting the form below, but I wanted to start out with my basic question and situation. I'm a network engineer who does systems work on the side, and run a few VMs that I'd rather be running on the local machine instead of a host in my lab. This machine is going to be replacing my home desktop; gaming is not a consideration (I have other machines for that).
My reasoning is, one of my work laptops is a Latitude E6540. I like the Latitudes in general, and I have a (personally owned) E-Port Plus II dock (PR02X is the model). My desktop has a pair of 23" 1080p monitors that I can hook up to the dock, and be able to switch between personal machine and work machine when I work from home. I have multiple work laptops so running them side-by-side isn't going to work so hot.
Currently, I'm looking at the E7250 and E7270. I recently picked up an old E4200 and love the form-factor FAR more than I ever expected I would, so I'm sold on the 12.5" lifestyle. Is there anything other than CPU type to choose between the two? I'm mostly looking at upgrade options, gotchas for construction, different interfaces for hardware, etc. Goal is to decide whether the extra cost for the E7270 is worth it. I will be buying used, either eBay or Dell Outlet most likely.
Oh. WWAN capability is a nice-to-have, but not necessary by any means.
1) What is your budget?
Maximum of $800, less is better.
2) What size notebook would you prefer?
b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
United States - Dell Outlet or eBay. Maine if the state matters.
4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
a. Like: Dell - needed for compatibility with existing dock
b. Dislike: N/A
5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
I am ONLY considering refurb/redistributed/used. New is out of my price range by a lot.
6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
Running 1-3 VMs, standard office tasks, consoling into network gear
7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
Both - I've been using my E4200 while watching TV quite a bit, and take it with me on road trips.
8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
No gaming - have a reasonably powerful HTPC for gaming in the living room.
9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
Not overly concerned with battery life, I have travel adapters. That said, I'd like 4 hours at an absolute minimum - enough to watch a baseball game without recharging.
10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
Online is fine, not averse to checking them out in a store first though.
11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
Linux. Specifically, Antergos (Arch) Linux, so high end/new hardware support will be good.
12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
I'm looking for max resolution of 1440x900, and am completely fine with 720p/WXGA. 1080p is way too high.
13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
Non-glossy. Only problem I have with my desktop monitors is they're glossy.
Build Quality and Design
14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
I'd like to say no, but I'd be lying. That said, I like the looks of the Latitude line, so it's moot.
15) When are you buying this laptop?
Likely between the end of June and the beginning of September 2017.
16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
Quite a while. I'm not much into upgrading for upgrade's sake anymore, and am usually good for 3-5 years on a machine.
17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
SSD is a given/minimum, and I can get away with 128GB (256GB or more is preferred, but an easy sacrifice for cost savings). Does NOT need to be NVMe; mSATA is fine.
18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
Nope, no optical drive needed.