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Buying a new laptop, what would you folks do?
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Posted 6/19/12 , edited 6/19/12
Background:

Since 2006, I've only used various Macbook computers. My current Macbook needs to be turned back from a long term loan, and I need to finally buy my own notebook.


Use:

I've gotten lazy with computers. Since I work in IT and teach computer Science, I don't do much on a computer anymore. After work, all I want to do is the typical YouTube, Hulu, web forums, and CrunchyRoll. Needless to say, my use is not too much more than streaming 1080p video from the laptop to the TV.


Decision Time:

I don't particularly feel like breaking the bank here. I just took a two week vacation in Japan, which cost me an arm and a leg. I also don't want a junky computer either, nor do I want anything over 14" in size.



Laptop Choice 1:

Since all of my applications, settings, iTunes, and photos are tied to the Macbook, the most obvious choice was a Macbook Pro.

I can get the newest mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro at Best Buy for $1099 plus get a $150 Best Buy gift card. The specs are: 2.5 GHz Ivy-Bridge Core i5, 4GB DDR3-1600, 13.3", Intel HD-4000 graphics. Free upgrade to OSX 10.8, which allows all videos on the laptop to use AirPlay with AppleTV. $150 gift card can grab me the Apple TV with $50 left over to maybe put towards an SSD.


Laptop Choice 2:

Start over with Windows 7 (with a $15 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when it comes out). Just move my 90 GB of photos (yes, that's ninety gigabytes of photos), and migrate my 60 GB iTunes library to iTunes on Windows. Would buy a $99 WiDi box to wirelessly output 1080p video to my TV.

There are two choices here.
- Choice 2a is to get the $899 Lenovo Y480 model, which is a 2.3 GHz Ivy-Bridge Quad Core i7, 8GB DDR3-1600, 14", 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640M, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive. Would buy a $150 120GB mSATA drive and add it in as the primary drive, and make the 500GB as the secondary drive.

- Choice 2b is to get the $949 Lenovo Y480 model, which is a 2.3 GHz Ivy-Bridge Quad Core i7, 8GB DDR3-1600, 14", 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640M, 32GB mSATA SSD drive for OS and Apps and a 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive for data. Would consider leaving system as is, but likely would find myself upgrading anyways.



Opinions? Please don't say "Windows sucks" or "0mgz!!11 Macs are so shit." Give me some good opinions.
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Posted 6/19/12 , edited 6/19/12
If from what I understand all you're really planning on doing is streaming to the TV I would go with the macbook pro and the apple tv. It's going to be the easiest to stream. I like windows but you will have to fuck around with the programs and such to get it to stream (as I'm sure you're probably aware) which isn't too bad. But for what you want to use this for I would get the macbook pro.

Or as another option just get a PS3 that has hi-def everything and you can use Hulu, Netflick, the internet, youtube, etc on the PS3 and just have it constantly hooked up to the TV. Though if you need a laptop because you'll be frequently using it to travel disregard the PS3 haha
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MBogaert wrote:

If from what I understand all you're really planning on doing is streaming to the TV I would go with the macbook pro and the apple tv. It's going to be the easiest to stream. I like windows but you will have to fuck around with the programs and such to get it to stream (as I'm sure you're probably aware) which isn't too bad. But for what you want to use this for I would get the macbook pro.

Or as another option just get a PS3 that has hi-def everything and you can use Hulu, Netflick, the internet, youtube, etc on the PS3 and just have it constantly hooked up to the TV. Though if you need a laptop because you'll be frequently using it to travel disregard the PS3 haha


I take the laptop back and forth between NYC and PA. I have a PS3, the only time I touch it, is when I dust it.
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I would suggest the MacBook Air 13", since it seems you want the notebook for a more casual experience.
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lord0bacon wrote:

I would suggest the MacBook Air 13", since it seems you want the notebook for a more casual experience.


My storage needs push the 13" Air up to about $1500.

My current user folder is 210 GB on my Macbook. The hard drive is using 259 GB. I can probably take about 15 more GB off of there.
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Posted 6/19/12

GodWhomIsMike wrote:


lord0bacon wrote:

I would suggest the MacBook Air 13", since it seems you want the notebook for a more casual experience.


My storage needs push the 13" Air up to about $1500.

My current user folder is 210 GB on my Macbook. The hard drive is using 259 GB. I can probably take about 15 more GB off of there.


Ah, I see. On the PC side, I would also recommend looking at Vizio's line of notebooks that are coming out within the next couple of weeks. They look really sharp, sport pretty great specs, and are ultimately cheaper than most ultrabooks and other high-end laptops. Also, I'll say this again simply because it can't be emphasized enough: They look spectacular. Probably the only PC on the market that rivals MacBooks, design wise.
Posted 6/19/12
Just flip a coin.
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The prime choice is to inset all of that inside your ass mate.


Can you tell me what you did do get banned?
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I don't think that Mac is an option....but NVIDIA support for linux SUCKS. Just get a damn VAIO and linux it.
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If you don't intend to play videogames on your computer, you're ultimately better off with a Mac, in my opinion. Sure, it's more expensive. But I hear they're also more secure.

If hard drive space is a problem, you might be able to find some kind of external hard drive to store some files on. Getting various opinions from different computer shops might also help.
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nanuq wrote:

I don't think that Mac is an option....but NVIDIA support for linux SUCKS. Just get a damn VAIO and linux it.


I do enough work on Linux at work. I don't want to come home and do more work with Linux.

<--- Manages two linux servers.
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Posted 6/19/12

GodWhomIsMike wrote:


MBogaert wrote:

If from what I understand all you're really planning on doing is streaming to the TV I would go with the macbook pro and the apple tv. It's going to be the easiest to stream. I like windows but you will have to fuck around with the programs and such to get it to stream (as I'm sure you're probably aware) which isn't too bad. But for what you want to use this for I would get the macbook pro.

Or as another option just get a PS3 that has hi-def everything and you can use Hulu, Netflick, the internet, youtube, etc on the PS3 and just have it constantly hooked up to the TV. Though if you need a laptop because you'll be frequently using it to travel disregard the PS3 haha


I take the laptop back and forth between NYC and PA. I have a PS3, the only time I touch it, is when I dust it.


Since that is the case, perhaps the model with the longest battery time + storage space should be your choice. Might even be a good idea to look around for more models to choose from.
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Posted 6/19/12

GodWhomIsMike wrote:


nanuq wrote:

I don't think that Mac is an option....but NVIDIA support for linux SUCKS. Just get a damn VAIO and linux it.


I do enough work on Linux at work. I don't want to come home and do more work with Linux.

<--- Manages two linux servers.


Linux Mint isn't too far away from the GUI of OSX, and they are kind of built around a similar kernal.
Anyway, I use it Mint on my HP G62 and have never had any real problems with it, everything just works straight away (media codecs, Flash player, Java, etc.), unlike Ubuntu which is what I used to use before Mint.
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GodWhomIsMike wrote:


nanuq wrote:

I don't think that Mac is an option....but NVIDIA support for linux SUCKS. Just get a damn VAIO and linux it.


I do enough work on Linux at work. I don't want to come home and do more work with Linux.

<--- Manages two linux servers.


Since you want the web to be flashy then I presume WINDOWS will have to do. I mean...why invest more bucks into MAC that has not much more to offer than a machine that runs on WINDOWS in terms of your HULU, CR, etc. use. Get an appleless machine for the same money as you'd get an Adam's apple for. Avoid NVIDIA.
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If you buy a windows laptop I highly suggest against buying low quality brands. Stick to long term name brands.

I personally don't like Mac's and such. But for what you want to do, and what you are used to doing is important. So for you I would suggest getting yourself a Mac and you won't have to relearn an operating system.
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