Hi, I’m trying to decide what laptop I should get for college. I won’t be doing any heavy gaming, but I might be using 2D simplified AutoCAD, build quality, value, weight, and size are also important. Please no recommendations for laptops with screens bigger than 14″ and without an SSD. I’m currently looking at the Asus UX330UA with a core i7-7500u, a 512gb SSD, 16gb RAM and a 1080p screen.
* **Total budget and country of purchase:**
My budget is roughly $1000-1300 CAD ($700-1000 USD), and I’m in Canada
* **Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.**
I don’t really care about Having a 2-in-1 laptop, but I really want to aim for the best possible value without sacrificing too much build quality. A good battery would also be good
* **How important is weight and thinness to you?**
Very important. I have a crooked back so it’s very important that I get a laptop under or just a bit over 3lbs, and moderately thin.
* **Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.**
Windows. Nothing else.
* **Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.**
Preferred is 13.3″
* **Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.**
Possibly (I’m going into urban planning) but none of it will ever be used for 3d rendering
* **If you’re gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?**
This doesn’t matter much, since games I might play on a laptop are lightweight games like team fortress 2, factorio, CS: GO, audiosurf, etc, but I would prefer 60fps to be a minimum for games like cs go and 30fps minimum for
* **Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?**
I absolutely need an SSD and at *minimum* a Skylake i5 CPU. I would also appreciate the build quality to not completely be plastic.
* **Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.**