Martin...just another 2c worth. You don't mention battery life. which is one of the most crucial "need to knows" on a new laptop. You mentiioned a faster processor running hotter...but it will thus also consume more power....but you don't want it to slow you down if it's tooo slow.
And being a semi-geriatric I would consider screen size to be an important consideration, but your eyes might be better than mine.
I jsut saw you said it would likely never leave your desk and will use an external monitor, so maybe neither of the above will be a factor....but you are getting a laptop so you must foresee using it on the move sometime, right?
@apummer945 Question: it would be not make more sense to "redo XP inside" but leave it the outside ?
Unfortunately. It's not so easy to do that....
Actually I think that Windows 7 is about as close as you could get at least from a user interface view. Unfortunately the problem is that redoing the inside affects the ability of old drivers to operate which is the main compatibility issue that is of concern to me when I have a device where the manufacturer is out of business but it is still working and I would like to keep using it for as long as possible. Also this is something (a device programmer) that is not used as often as before so it is hard to justify a new one... I also have some old PCB design software that requires a parallel port dongle. I still need to figure out how to get the data transfered to the software I'm currently using...
So for now I stay with Windows XP on one computer (actually I just recently upgraded to that computer from one running Win 98)
usually it is very important, that your clients liking your product, that gives you a good hint, how your next product should look/work, and of course in that new product you will build in all the popular features of the old product, so the client will like it, and buy it, that is a good business practice, which worked in various part of the industry for very long time. For some reason software industry does not follow that logical and good practice, in case if the get it once right, you could be sure, that the next generation of the same software will be different and with a few exception less use friendly, well that is valid not just for Microsoft products. And also as soon as one learned the required new tricks to get around, there will be new operating system, which has more gimmicks – e.g. touch screen in widows 8 – which are in most of the case annoying, and it turn out very fast that they are even more sensitive to malicious, do not work with the old engineering software and need a new hard ware again, which will be usable after the learning curve for just a short time again. XP was one exception it worked relatively well with software made for previous operating system, did not required a super fast new hardware and it was usable, we got used to it.
Question: it would be not make more sense to "redo XP inside" but leave it the outside ?