I've got a bit of a dilemma when it comes to picking what laptop I'm picking up. I'm buying these second hand and I know I can realistically afford either if I decide on one.
On one hand I'm looking at the Yoga 730 15", which I'd want to have the i7-8550U and the GTX 1050 mobile GPU in terms of specs. The issue is this laptop has a smaller battery than the XPS by about 40%, and the display is generally dimmer. What's nice is that it's a 2-in-1, so I get the conveniences of that, including stylus support for drawing and an edge in terms of portability and tight quarters usage. I've checked reviews and generally this thing doesn't thermal throttle too hard either, so I'm not concerned about that, especially since I plan on repasting. Also, there aren't a lot of peculiar issues reported for this laptop but it may be just because it's less popular.
Edit: also, I plan on getting an external battery bank for some extended use times if it becomes an issue anyway, so battery isn't my utmost concern
On the other hand I have the XPS 15, specifically the 9560. It's older but has similar specs. I'd want one with an i7-7700HQ, and as usual with this generation of XPS 15, the GTX 1050 Max-Q. This laptop has superior battery life but the form factor is strictly traditional. I also know that there are a lot of known issues with the XPS lineup from Dell, especially with thermals and VRMs and just weird driver issues. I'm not sure if it's nearly as bad as I've been lead to believe, but repasting isn't out of the question. The plus side is that it's a Dell product, specifically an XPS 15 so it has the nice finish that comes with that. Plus, dbrand skins.
If anyone has any wisdom to bestow upon me, please do so. I need some extra eyes and brains to help me unstuck myself.