Re: Sad to lose old hardware
Yeah its sad, however I tend to find that OEMs are problem here dragging out old hardware longer than necessary.
The netbook niche angers me the most. Its a brilliant form factor but the specs are woeful.
Theres a whole lot of Celeron and Pentium landfill out there.
I was hoping the Core-M might fix this problem but a Core-M based netbook is rare as rocking horse shit and when you do find one they cost far more than they should.
A good example is the Lenovo Yoga 710. Cracking piece of kit but flawed. Its 11.6", has a 1080p screen and a Core-M CPU...but its touchscreen and expensive presumably because of this.
Ive been desperate to bridge the gap between my workhorse laptop (Asus UX303LA running Arch) and being out and about for a long time now.
I love my 303 but its a bit too large to shove in a bag and dash out with. 11.6" is perfect for whacking in a small bag and trotting about with to nail those tickets you get at 8pm on a Friday or while you're away on business.
Deapite what most people say you can't just get by on a Celeron N3040 with 2GB RAM. Especially if you have to tunnel into a DC to manage $JAVA_BASED_KIT.
ILO and DRAC run like shit on low end kit such as Celerons.
Aside from server management I do a fair amount of coding which in itself isnt a heavy task but if you need to spawn a webserver for testing etc netbook specs start to get a bit thin.
Core-M, 6GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 1080P TN (none touch) screen and 6 hours of battery. That should be easy to achieve and should cost no more than £500-600.
Dont bother with Thunderbolt, AC wifi or gigabit ethernet. Keep connectivity "good enough". Id rather forego decent networking in favour of carrying a dongle or two.