The use case:
It will really only be used when I travel. This includes waiting in airports, on a plane, in a hotel room, or things like that. It won't be used at home other than preparation for travel or a temporary backup in case my desktop dies.
The main uses are web browsing and gaming. It is acceptable if some games require low or medium settings, or are even unplayable because the hardware is too slow. Some games that I play when I travel are very light on hardware.
SSD only, and no hard drive; should have at least 240 GB of capacity
IPS monitor, 13 or 15 inches
Properly matched memory channels: exactly two memory modules of the same capacity
AMD Ryzen 5 or 7 APU
monitor resolution around 1920x1080
matte (non-glare) monitor
ethernet port (can get a USB to Ethernet adapter, but would prefer not to need it)
lots of USB ports (can get a USB hub, but would prefer not to need it)
Ryzen 7 3700U
13" monitor rather than 15"
16 GB of memory rather than 8 GB
2666 MHz memory rather than a lower clock speed
M.2 NVMe over PCIE SSD rather than SATA
no discrete video card; integrated GPU only
would prefer a convertible or detachable, but not a big deal
I don't have a fixed budget, but can pay whatever it costs to get what I want. That said, for obvious reasons, I'd prefer to pay as little as possible. I'm hoping to keep it under $700. But if I can get all of my desired features for $900, that's absolutely an option.
The best option I've found so far is this:https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/new-inspiron-15-5000-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-5585-laptop/nnbuc5am102s
That includes all of my essential features and several of the desired ones for $650. It's good that laptop vendors have gotten their act together more in the last few years and realized that a <$100 SSD or an IPS monitor shouldn't automatically mean that the laptop costs over $1000. But if anyone can find a better option, I'd be interest to see it.