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Workstation-ish 15", non-gaming laptop that will support 3440x1440 external display

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It's been a long time since I've bought a laptop, and I also kinda need a new desktop, especially if I want a better external monitor. My current video card is too old. I kinda had in mind that I would get an external display similar to Acer 34" thing.

Maybe it's time to replace both machines with a laptop?

My current laptop is a late 2012 13" rMBP, which is getting a little long in the tooth. My desktop machine is a 2011 Core i5 with 8GB RAM, so it's not exactly a speed demon, either. I was going to get a 15" MBP, but I really hate the touchbar thing, and I don't care to reward stupid design with my money, so I'm steering clear. Most of my time is spent in Windows anyway.

Me:

- No gaming

- Lots of text

- I run several instances of Visual Studio at a time sometimes

- I run SQL Server locally for dev

- Being IO-bound annoys me way more than being CPU-bound

- I don't often run VMs locally, but when I do, I don't want to have to worry about disk space

- In a perfect world, I would like to be able to run a single, large external display without needing a docking station

I think that means:

1) Local storage (1TB SSD)

2) Lots of memory. I think I want 32GB RAM this time around because why not

3) Really good IO

4) It's probably time for an i7? At least four real cores.

5) Sufficient video capabilities to support a nice external IPS display

6) Preferably something that will last 4 years the way my current machines have

My current work machine is a 17" HP zBook thing with an i7-4810MQ and 32GB RAM with 512GB SSD. It's pretty good, except for the display, and it weighs a ton, and it's huge (17"). Keyboard is mostly terrible, too, but I think that's a given for portable machines.

I think I prioritize portability (a lot of the time it will sit on my lap), build quality (fit, finish, feel), and battery life.

What makes/models should I be looking at? What am I likely to have to pay?


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