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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello LTT,


I think it is time for me to upgrade my Surface Pro 3 i3/4GB RAM/128GB SSD for about 2-3 years. I am somewhat feeling the age of the hardware, RAM along with the 128GB SSD and possibly a USB Type-C charging port. I really like the idea of only bringing one wall charger and can charge both my phone and tablet or laptop at a same time without needing to carry two separate chargers. 


I don't really know whether I should get a tablet or laptop. Using laptop will require me to go back to old school with paper and pen or using a tablet with notes on tablet. Nothing wrong with either of them because both are pretty good. I did have three options in mind: Huawei MateBook HZ-W19, Microsoft Surface Book (1st Gen) and lastly, Xiaomi Air Laptop 13.3. 


I saw Huawei MateBook for $399.99 with an Intel Core m5 (1.1 GHz), 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and charges by USB Type-C. It does uses a Pen and folio keyboard case but will cost separately.


Then there is a Microsoft Surface Book (1st Gen) with i5-6300U (2.5 GHz), 8GB RAM but 128GB SSD and cost $599.99 for pre-owned but uses Surface Connect. 


Lastly, Xiaomi Air Laptop 13" which is i5-6200 (2.3 GHz), 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD plus a GT 940MX or MX 150 ($70 dollar more), but it does get charged by USB Type-C. It cost either $719.99 (GT 940MX) or $789.99 (MX 150). 


My budget is definitely under $800 dollar but more cheaper is better. 

I don't mind pre-owned or refurbished as long it has somewhat a warranty to cover it. 


My tasks: School, light gaming use and programming. 

Any opinions/thoughts or recommendations if my three options doesn't work. 


Thank you very much, 

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