Great suggestion! At first glance I really didn't like the look of it, but having watched a review video it's a really good looking laptop, they should probably change the website pictures. EDIT: On the education store I can grab it for £726 as well... very tempting! I had a look into the Ryzen 7 4700u processor last night and it really does appear to blow any other processors in the category out the water (i7-10510u, i5-1035g1, i7-1065G7 etc.). I've tried to find other alternatives with the same processor, but they seem few and far between in the UK right now.
An ASUS Vivobook for £750 here: https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/asus-vivobook-m431ia-14-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-512-gb-ssd-silver-10208144-pdt.html?istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&istFeedId=4d7eb93e-055f-499d-8ee5-1cdcc50d67d1&istItemId=iliqwrxpr&istBid=tztx&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~1011+(PLA)+Windows+Laptops+and+Convertibles+-+Adaptive~1011+(PLA)+Windows+Laptops+And+Convertibles+ad+group~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&kwid=GOOGLE&device=c&ds_kids=92700027234655884&tgtid=1011+(PLA)+Windows+Laptops+and+Convertibles+-+Adaptive&=--present--&gclid=CjwKCAjw0_T4BRBlEiwAwoEiARX5aR-xOkqex4x5PeyYHy6n-h8fMKZhxcHVPmNH8QwVHxfpbeLXFxoC9M8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
A Dell Inspiron for £700 here: https://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/laptops/new-inspiron-14-5000/spd/inspiron-14-5405-laptop/cn54503
One question I do have - is a better processor, such as the above mentioned, worth the trade off of having no dedicated GPU in my case?
Sorry, I failed to say I'd rather not go larger than 13-14" and I really can't go above £850.
To give more context, I'll be undertaking a project in computational/quantum chemistry. This will involve running a fair few things simultaneously - putty connection to a supercomputer, python, excel, word, visualisation software such as VMD.
I do have time on my side as my current laptop is still running relatively well after 5 years, however it's getting extremely hot and the cores are constantly running at 90 celsius so isn't particularly reliable. So I can wait for price drops, new releases etc.
Most of the discussion you guys have had has gone over my head but I really appreciate it!