I've been tasked with helping my girlfriend find a new laptop. We're from New Zealand and her budget is ~2500NZD/1700USD. Ideally she would spend a little bit less than that but it's not the end of the world if it's on the upper end of the range or even a bit over.
Battery life isn't too important unless it's unreasonably poor, and the laptop can't be too bulky or it'll be too heavy for her to carry all day. OS needs to be Windows, with a screen size of 13"-15". The most important thing is that she is able to run the programs she needs for work/uni without issues, and that the laptop is quick. SSD is a must (does a PCIe equivalent exist for laptops? if so that would be ideal).
Below are the main programs she would need to run quickly - her current laptop is far too slow.
Rendering on Solidworks (3D Modelling software), Anaconda for Python coding, Visual Studio, Matlab, Visual Studio Code, Power BI
If any more info is required please just let me know. Thanks for reading!