But I installed Classic Shell so maybe I missed out on why many didn't like it.

The story tells my you might like the Dell XPS 13. Keep in mind I often buy such with the cheap HDD then clone it to the SSD later. I'd do that for many reasons such as I can slip in the original HDD if I need to send it into service to other reasons.

So for me.

1. XPS 13.
2. 512GB SSD http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E500B-AM/dp/B00OBRE5UE/ is 150USD
3. Clone kit http://www.amazon.com/Apricorn-Notebook-Upgrade-Connection-ASW-USB3-25/dp/B005C983NA/ is 23USD
4. DVDRW or BDRW since most don't have that.
BDRW http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-External-Blu-ray-SE-506CB-RSBD/dp/B00JJGFRIQ is 75
DVDRW http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-Portable-Rewriter-GP60NB50/dp/B00C2AMK2M/ is 20USD.