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

FSDraconis wrote:

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.


It's not that I would have to relearn anything. I spearheaded a major Windows 7 roll out at my last job. I am not a stranger to Linux, Windows, or Mac.

The only reason Mac was in the consideration, is because of the migration assistant feature. I can just plug the old hard drive in via usb, tell it to migrate my whole user directory over to the new Macbook Pro. It's just the easiest route.
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Posted 6/19/12 , edited 6/19/12

FSDraconis wrote:

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.


For Windows machines, I honestly only really like Lenovo. I do like the HP dm1z, but that's more of a netbook with a GPU. I don't even know if that thing will manage 1080p.

Last job, we started to move from Dell to Lenovo. The Lenovo rarely came back to the technicians, but the Dell laptops always seemed to have issues.
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I build purpose built machines intended for gaming. I have seen all sorts of hardware failures and generally I'll still fall to a ground rule of thumb. Quality paid for, is quality received.

A lot of the time when you hear of jobs with IT departments at least here locally. They all buy hardware per order's filled on bid. Meaning whom ever is willing to do the source work for the least amount gets the job. That usually leads to hardware that is of a lower quality sourcing. In the case of Dell, they have been caught in the past of using hardware that was not up to par for retail vendor sales but were ok'd for sales per bid.

I don't want a machine I pay for to need servicing. So while I understand and can see why you would buy Lenovo. Personally, I wouldn't. Yes, I can see your not needing a high performance PC. I also don't buy or build laptops. Laptops don't get the hardware selections quite like a desktop PC where I can be certain both the power supply and the ram are going to be quality choices with lifetime warranties where available.

If you like Lenovo, then it may be a perfect fit for you. How are they for support when you do have a problem?
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Posted 6/19/12 , edited 6/19/12
i recommend macbook air 11 inch.Sure it's bit expensive but i been using it for over 5 month and i love it.No lag with streaming 1080p videos.
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The new retina macbook 15" 2880x 1800 resolution is reason enough for me to spend 2199 and it finally has HDMI out and 2 USB 3.0 ports. About time!

Just kidding. Just had to get the premium out there. Its default hard drive config is 256 GB SSD if I remember so you'd have to upgrade anyways costing you an arm and a leg plus a kidney.

My opinion is.. I'd go with choice two.


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.


Presumably longer battery life and at 1099, the Apple T.V. is basically included. You also have the ease of having Apple's proprietary software to stream out of the box.

Choice 2 seems better to me since for a smaller price tag you'd exceed the specs of the MBP 13" and you'd be able to have more storage for your buck. Streaming options aren't as "out of the box," but I'm sure someone like you could manage that. Having more program support for Windows is an added bonus as well.

Reason for me going with choice two is because you'll spend less and get more.
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I was going to come in here to specifically recommend a Lenovo. Have a few old Thinkpads around the house, get to use one for work. Some of the most rugged, solid laptops in existence honestly.

Also anything with integrated graphics is a turn-off for me. I know it's not super critical if you're not doing much gaming, but I imagine that a discrete gpu would handle visual media better.
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okay from a logical point of view, the two windows laptops cost less and the processor and memory are both superior. yes, it will take some work transferring your files, but be real here.

I personally love hp laptops. you should check out the hp envy series.
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Posted 6/19/12
really, if all your doing is streaming, get an ultra book, faster, lighter, unless you want the added power of an i5/i7 then id get the mac. but then again i hate lenovo. I would look into ASUS if i was gonna get a windows laptop again
Posted 6/19/12 , edited 6/19/12
go for choice 2b, the processor and GPU are good for a laptop so even if you are streaming in 1440p Full HD it wont lag one bit (if it does the problem is with your connection) and the price is really good for the specs, also you gotta send me some of those pics from japan ^^
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Posted 6/20/12

MokaForTheWin wrote:

go for choice 2b, the processor and GPU are good for a laptop so even if you are streaming in 1440p Full HD it wont lag one bit (if it does the problem is with your connection) and the price is really good for the specs, also you gotta send me some of those pics from japan ^^


Link: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-764443/godwhomismikes-super-awesome-japan-adventure
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