She also is not fond of spending big bucks on anything and in some cases I have to agree. Bu Murphy's Laws and a trail of bad luck had put me through 3 systems in the past 4 weeks,
Screen size, Touchpad, Memory, Speed, Storage, wifi capability and battery life. She uses the same system as her desktop when in the office
Every one of the normal brand ultra-books I tried failed for one reason or another. And I wondered if anyone had found the perfect mix. SSD would be nice but 256 is too small for her, must be 500GB minimum. 8GB RAM is necessity.I5 or I7 depending on price. 13-14 “screen, no larger. Weight as low as it can go. Touchpad that works like a TOUCHAD with no fancy whirly finger motions. No Multi triple function F keys. Must have webcam and Windows 8.1 OS. Other than that it should work as well on WiFi as it does on wired as she travels more than home or office. Reliability would be a big Plus.
It seems that out of every brand I set up from the YOGA-2 to the Toshiba Ultra she has now and a couple others in-between. They all seem to fail at critical moments. It is my opinion that most of what is hitting the market right now seems to be set for Low price not quality or performance.
I usually get one or two days to set up the next one before she leaves again and right away I start getting the phone calls. “Pointer won’t move” or, “Outlook is frozen”, or “Touch-pad acting weird”, or, in the WORST case lately, hard-drive died! (That one I blame on Murphy!!)
Tomorrow I have to find another one and wondered if anyone had any suggestions with pricing at $1000 +/- $100 with specs as above. I would love to go with the Intel Surface Pro but in addition to price being high, it just doesn’t feel very sturdy. Drop it and you better have Replacement Insurance on it.
Thanks to all for any suggestions. And this has to be a normal production model I can pickup locally custom load and have ready for her to leave with on Monday