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I'm running a 13" HP Spectre x360 for exactly what you described, currently about a year old. It was light to travel internationally with and I've had no problems coding on it. I even use it in tablet mode with a stylus for taking notes in meetings since my recall is better with handwritten notes and then I don't have to retype them afterwards for storage!
Does most everything I need it to without complaining. Only problem I've found is that it doesn't handle newer games all that well due to the Intel video card. Guessing if I picked up an eGPU and ran it through that I'd see much better results though.
I had the same reaction to the list price, fortunately I snagged it during a sale which made it much more reasonable.
It does fold well and stays in whatever spot I select, be it laptop, tablet, or A frame for display. There is a slight gap due to the chassis shape when you go full tablet mode. Never had a problem though since it seems to handle being fully folded just fine and the gap comes back after you release any pressure.
My main complaint with mine is the 'feel' of the keyboard when using it as a tablet. just feels odd in my hands, even though the keyboard is inactive, I dislike the feel of the keys in table mode.
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I'll admit that at first I felt the same way, and you do bring up a valid point. As recently as yesterday I've bumped keys while converting it to tablet mode but but before it was 100% flipped so a few errant keystrokes have occurred.
It was a blast! It rained most of Thursday so didn't venture too far from the hotel but Friday was mostly clear skies and sunny so I more than made up for it. Friend of mine who lives there recommended visiting Nyhavn, Christiana, and Tivoli so I did all three!
Getting back to Stockholm was an adventure, I didn't realize that my train left from a different station and the local ticket machines wouldn't accept any of my cards. Made it with about 5 minutes to spare.
Been using Mac Book Pro 2011 since 2011. Getting slow.
Save yourself some money on a new laptop and just wipe/reinstall the OS on the one you have. CPUs don't get any slower over time; it's useless background tasks that accumulate over time. If it was fast enough back in 2011, there's no reason for it to be any slower today - unless you're also now running more demanding software?
After 8 years, it's also likely there's a lot of dust that has accumulated inside. Time to take a good ol' fashioned air compressor.
(I'm not talking about those puny pressurized air cans - my dad's a mechanic and I've used the commercial air compressor in his garage countless times over the decades. Despite all warnings, I've never had a problem. Of course, I'm not being a dumbass and letting it spin the fans at a billion RPM...)
True, the CPU doesn't run any slower, but in the last 8 years software has gotten bulkier and bloated, from the OS on -- developers "taking advantage" of faster hardware and larger storage. If Maze3 was running software from 2011-2013, the laptop is probably fine.
That said, I agree with doing a clean install on an SSD, which will remove a lot of evils that have developed over time. Re-install only the needed applications.
Periodically I run a start-up manager (on Windows) which identifies the startup processes -- it's scary what gets installed in only 3 months. I remove things I don't need, which helps a lot.
Granted, nothing may help the laptop become fit for the intended purpose, but it will probably be more than sufficient as a web browser/email machine.
True, the CPU doesn't run any slower, but in the last 8 years software has gotten bulkier and bloated, from the OS on
It used to be that a system with 2GB of RAM was fine for "just email and browsing the web" and you could recommend one of those to grandma.
These days, for grandma, "browsing the web" means Facebook, and with its infinite scrolling (where more and more crap on a page gets loaded without ever letting go), it's basically unusable. Facebook is horrible and should die in a fire for many, many reasons, but even from a page design perspective, it's simply appalling because it'll make one of those machines crawl for minutes on end.
Raspberry Pi 4 4gb. you can get a desktop kit for $120, and just add a monitor.
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I would like to add my Samsung Galaxy Book 10 to the list of suggestions.
OK it has a chiclet keyboard but it's not too bad, the screen (2K) is amazing and the sound is too.
I have added a fast 64 GB microSD card to have a bit more storage.
The charger is no bigger than my phone charger so it's easy to pack & tote.