Even an entry level rtx3050 works outstanding for PL6. And they all have SSDs these days.
Just make sure it has at least 16gb of ram. (Often that’s the max too, but i haven’t had troubles with it ).
The onboard GPUs of amd 6000 series is also very capable in gaming , but i have no experience if it works ok in PL. In my experience , for tools like this , I’d rather have a slow gpu but with its own memory than a fast integrated one. Might not make sense, it’s my gut feeling :).
Anyway, if i search for max 14" here with a max weight of 1.5kg and having a 3050/3050ti/4060 in ,
I see Asus VivoBooks Pro 14 (even oled models) , MSI prestige , Lenovo IdeaPad pro 5i, Asus flow z13 and flow x13 and an HP Envy model.
Depending on specs quite a lot of choice under EUR 1300 too (which includes 21% sales tax if you start to compare ).
I have a Asus flow z13 . And I’m NOT recommending it . I’m very happy with it :), but it’s a device with some quirks and makes some trade offs that are not for everyone (battery life being one ). The flow x13 is the more normal laptop , and i think that’s a very, very good choice. It’s a 13" gaming one, but very tame on the gaming looks (if not completely absent ). A colleague of mine has an older model with a gtx1650 gpu in it.
Anything that has a core i5/i7/i9 in the 12 or 13 series is awesome , and everything that has an AMD Ryzen 5/7/9 in the 6000/7000 series is awesome (5000 series also still quite good ! But it would not go Intel 11th gen or lower ).
I would personally not overlook the 14" crowd, because they are thin and lights as well.
A light 15" is often around 2kg. A thin&Light is often around 1.3/1.4kg.
The Asus zephyrus 14 is a 14" that’s more gaming oriented but sits right in between with 1.6/1.7kg. so more beef for more comfortable cooling and trackpad and such. Actually a very good comprise and a very good allrounder. But if you want lightness , go for something under 1.5kg.
For reference , my flow z13 without the keyboard cover (so tablet mode) is 1.2kg and noticable lighter compared to modern macbook pros at work (lift one, lift my Asus, you feel it immediately even if it’s only 100grams).
But add the keyboard cover and it ends up around 1.5kg and then its noticable heavier. Not just the numbers , but in feel really .
As a closing point. I’m a windows guy myself , and can’t be forced to work on macOS again (tried it 2 years ago when joining a Mac only company… I started a windows trend there now ).
But that being said , the lastest macbooks with m1 or m2 chips ARE awesome in their performance . Not only just speed , but that speed at those low fan noises and long battery life, with good screens , large trackpad etc…
I’d you spec one out with a minimal 1tb, 16gb of ram and a model without touchbar you DO directly go into heavy costs… But i dont think they are expensive for what you get .
I just don’t want to work with macOS ever again , and Apple’s process to make opensource development harder and harder is pushing me away.