Some things are going to change for me soon and I am going to need to purchase a laptop. I havent done so in 10 years. I realize I dont know what is going on, really.
I want to be under $700 in a midsize machine when all is said and done. No gaming or insane audio needed. Around 3-4 GB RAM but can do with less if the price is right. Long battery life and portability are important. I'd like to be around 4 lbs but I am not sure that is realistic. I currently work with a 14" screen but that is a little negotiable. I dont need the whole microsoft office suite to start, but word and excel are must haves.
Converting to the cult of Mac is not an option due to pricepoint.
I have been through Dell, Lenovo and HP through work machines with HP being my preference. I would never ever buy a Dell again. Ever.
Right now I am looking at the baseline HP dm4t. The dm3t and dm1 (basically the whole dm series) have a bunch of different options that I am trying to sort through. I am not wedded to this product, but it seems to fit relatively well into my requirements.
Does anyone have any advice on 1) best places for unbiased reviews 2) any experience buying something similar recently 3) advice/general help. I'm out of my league here and this forum is populated by a significant number of nerds.