Hopefully I don’t look like it, but I’ve been reviewing laptops since before the introduction of the first “notebook computers” in the late 1980s. I remember when the NEC UltraLite was the coolest, most portable computer around, despite numerous now-laughable flaws, including a 1MB silicon hard drive that completely erased itself every time you ran out of battery power.
In all that time, I’ve been searching for the “perfect laptop”— that ideal combination of maximum computing power, usability, and portability. A handful of relatively new devices – Apple’s new MacBook and iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface 3 come to mind – have made great strides lately. They’ve inspired me to create a new set of specs for the perfect laptop.