Hi! I'm leaving my job and going with full time web dev consulting. I really don't want to stay inside my house every day, all day, so I'm looking for a laptop that I can bring to coffee shops and such to get some work done.
I'm a .NET developer predominantly using Visual Studio, if that's relevant.
I'm guessing I want a 17" for maximum screen space. I'd prefer 1920x1080. The laptop would be plugged in 90% of the time so I can trade some battery life for screen size and power. Obviously it needs to have a great keyboard as I'll be doing lots of coding.
I also do a fair amount of Photoshop work, and it couldn't hurt if it could do some light gaming (although it's not necessary).
OH! Also, I have an extra 128Gb SSD that I want to use as the boot drive so I need a laptop that has an extra hard drive location.
I'm thinking an Ivy Bridge w/ HD4000 would meet my needs nicely, from a CPU and graphics perspective.
Budget is $1,000 but I'd really like to find something under $800. Any suggestions? All help is much appreciated!