I am thinking of buying this laptop ($1,298.98)
It is not for me (but I do have a work Dell Laptop). It is exactly on top of budget.
The SSD is sufficient, it will not have to work hard and I want it to last 5-6 years (as most of the laptops I buy do).
I have never had an i3, but reading some pages on the web, it will probably do the job and the cpu is very current.
My other alternative is an i5-8265U.
What do you think?