On my journey to build a new computer, I picked up a dell XPS 13 at costco to use in the meantime. the screen has a vertical line of dead pixels, no visible damage, going to return. Anyway, I need a laptop for general work, web browsing, learning Linux, and as a backup so I can access the internet and diagnose issues with my regular PC hardware. My only needs are this: Standard USB A, and a fast processor for boot up and "instantaneous" basic tasks. I also want to use it to help me learn Linux. Most likely use case is table top, plugged in. budget is $500-1000 not including shipping and taxes. Honestly I'm surprised it's not that easy to find a 3-400 dollar laptop with a 3+ghz modern CPU and garbage everything else just for this sort of task.