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I work in IT networking infrastructure.  I am looking for a new laptop.   I am leaning towards a dell xps.   I would consider any manufacturer including Mac.  I primarily use windows, some linux, aws,  workspace.  I have a budget of approx $1300.  just looking for suggestions
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independent Technology Professional
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There is something for everyone in that price range. You'll have to narrow down what is important to you... Screen? Battery life? Processing power? Portability?
MY own choice is Dell as well since I like how much you can customize them. However, I've used HP a lot and find they are very good as well.
Fred MarshallPrincipal
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Some people who need serial ports look for old laptops that has them built in.
Long ago, we had trouble with USB to Serial Port adapters.  I'm sure those days are past for a reasonably cautious buyer.
So now that's all I use.

Buying computers has become a pretty easy thing.
You will generally get enough hard drive space for this kind of application.  If you go for a bootable SSD then get enough or one with a hard drive as well.
Don't skimp on RAM.  8GB should be good enough 4GB is surely NOT.  Get 12 or 16 if you can but 16 is probably overkill.

Get the i7 CPU if you can.  The price difference is small enough that you will be glad you did it.

With your job, you will want Windows 10 Pro.
David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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AMD Ryzen Chipsets are as good or better than Intel these days. For me 8GB is minimum 16 GB Preferred.
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Dell is fine.  Get 16 GB.  8GB is for web surfer home users.
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i suggest you look also at ASUS laptops; there are very good ones too :
https://www.techradar.com/news/best-asus-laptops

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nociSoftware Engineer
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If using Linux on the laptop your choice maybe is more limited. Don't look at the latest model. Dell has very decent models.
Check if hardware is supported anything over 1 year old for common chipsets is probably supported.
NVidia may provide some challenges as they lag on driver development. And if your laptop getd a bit older they have remove drivers from what they do supply.
AMD might be slightly preferred after all Intel fallout on the hardware security front.
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Don't forget HP and Lenovo. Often you can find yesterday's models at attractive prices.
That said, I would go for a model with USB-C connection.
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I primarily use windows, some linux, aws,  workspace
No Office? This sounds like you don't need any extra power, maybe just dual boot for Windows/Linux and everything else is on a cloud...

So the RAM seems to be irrelevant and you may stay with 8 GB. You should look for notebooks with SSDs because they have major impact to the notebook speed. i5 or i7 is also not so important for your intended use.

You have to decide based on your additional preferences - display size, weight, battery life, available ports, WiFi security, maybe CD drive presence, warranty length etc.
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Shop around on NewEgg once you have the specs you desire from the other good comments.

https://www.newegg.com/Laptops-Notebooks/Category/ID-223
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Make note of the keyboard.  A lot of laptops these days combine certain keys that you may (at least I do) use a lot.  For example, Page Up/Page Down may only be accessible by pressing the Function key and an arrow key (or another key combination).  If you have to use a keyboard with that kind of limitation and you commonly use those keys, you will rapidly grow to hate the laptop.  Yes, you can use a Bluetooth or a plug-in keyboard, but are you really going to carry one with you?  So pay attention to those details.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independent Technology Professional
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Did you decide to go with wintel vs a MacBook then? You never responded to this question here: https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29173782/Why-do-IT-professionals-buy-Macbooks.html
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J G   time for some feedback : what are you looking for, or want to do with it?
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Dell XPS is great, light weight and can be configured with a powerful CPU.  

With any of the Dell model,  make sure sure to get an PCIe NVE SSD drive (5 times faster than SATA drives), get at least 16GB memory and a powerful i5 or i7 8th or 9th gen CPU -- if it has HQ in the model number that is likely better.  You can see passmark CPU ratings.  
here: :.   https://www.cpubenchmark.net/CPU_mega_page.html

AMD Ryzen is a good choice too, not sure if you will find any on the Dell outlet site..  I would not select any CPU with a CPU mark below 6000.on the passmark site.  The closer to 10000 the better.

Those might top your budget for a brand new model, However, as mentioned above the Dell outlet is a great place to save serious $$.  Don't overlook the dell Lattiude series with similar specs for relatively light weight PCs.  

If you are going to be connecting directly to devices, you might want a Dell precision.  They are larger, but offer more ports than the lattitudes and XPSs, just not as thin and light. .
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The simple rule says: The longer you'll wait the better laptop will fit to your budget.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independent Technology Professional
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Thanks for coming back and closing. I guess you purchased a refurb Dell then?

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