6/15/11

Looking for a new Laptop (currently on a MacBook) and I'd appreciate some help.

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6/15/11

MacBook pro. Done.

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6/15/11

I agree with the colored gentleman above me.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

6/15/11

Fuck that noise. You won't find a better deal than this brand new Windows 7 laptop for $279.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtool...

Don't let anybody give you any shit about Acer, either. I have a 4gb Acer that I bought from Tiger Direct for $450 and the thing is a goddammed beast. Never had a single problem with it, it's fast as shit, has HDMI hookups for my big screen, 320gb hard drive, and I run my whole life on it.

Take the money you save and buy beer. You're welcome.

6/15/11

Thinkpad x220 - ~12hr battery life with 9 cell battery, i7 processor (latest & greatest from Intel) and you can get it for ~850 with a special American Express Deal for the next couple days.

Oh and its ~3lbs.

6/15/11

macbook pro! you will never want to go back on a PC after having an apple...I've done this and it wasn't pretty.

In reply to OMS
6/15/11
oldmansacks:

macbook pro! you will never want to go back on a PC after having an apple...I've done this and it wasn't pretty.

This, is so true in so many ways.

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6/15/11

I am a PC, I may be slow...but I'm no homo.

6/15/11

PC all day everyday, even on holidays.

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6/15/11

Midas is funny

Beast

In reply to Edmundo Braverman
6/15/11
Edmundo Braverman:

Fuck that noise. You won't find a better deal than this brand new Windows 7 laptop for $279.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtool...

Don't let anybody give you any shit about Acer, either. I have a 4gb Acer that I bought from Tiger Direct for $450 and the thing is a goddammed beast. Never had a single problem with it, it's fast as shit, has HDMI hookups for my big screen, 320gb hard drive, and I run my whole life on it.

Take the money you save and buy beer. You're welcome.

Wont knock Acer, but AMD sucks dick.

6/15/11

macs suck only thing theyre good for are graphic design and music stuff, otherwise youre just an overpaying noob who cant keep their computerdick away from the porn sites with viruses
REALTALK

6/15/11

Love my Macbook Pro. If I had to get a new computer now, I might even think about the Air. Shit is hot fire.

In reply to TheKing
6/15/11
TheKing:

Love my Macbook Pro. If I had to get a new computer now, I might even think about the Air. Shit is hot fire.

really an air after an Macbook Pro, I've heard bad things about the air

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In reply to shorttheworld
6/15/11
shorttheworld:

macs suck only thing theyre good for are graphic design and music stuff, otherwise youre just an overpaying noob who cant keep their computerdick away from the porn sites with viruses
REALTALK

And what else to do you do on your personal computer? Exactly.

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6/15/11

Just never get a Sony.

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6/15/11

Do you have an Amazon Student account? If so, if you buy a laptop from Amazon, you can get a 4GB Xbox 360 for free. Here's the promotion:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&ref_...

6/15/11

play video games and not spend a 3x multiple just to have apple stamped on the outside.

go to dealnews.com passwird.com or any deal site and find something good on sale

6/15/11

Anyone going into finance and choosing Apple should be shot, the excel is HORRENDOUS.

I had a macbook for a while, and until they fix the excel i am more than happy on my Dell.

6/15/11

Derivstrading, that is why you dual boot Windows. If you are going into banking, the $200 that it costs to purchase Windows 7 is pocket change. On a side note, I think Excel 2011 for Mac is an improvement over the previous one, but as you can guess, still not as good as the Windows version.

In reply to FinancialNoviceII
6/15/11
FinancialNoviceII:
Edmundo Braverman:

Fuck that noise. You won't find a better deal than this brand new Windows 7 laptop for $279.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtool...

Don't let anybody give you any shit about Acer, either. I have a 4gb Acer that I bought from Tiger Direct for $450 and the thing is a goddammed beast. Never had a single problem with it, it's fast as shit, has HDMI hookups for my big screen, 320gb hard drive, and I run my whole life on it.

Take the money you save and buy beer. You're welcome.

Wont knock Acer, but AMD sucks dick.

Then get ASUS - they use Athlon and are almost as cheap as ACER.

Get busy living

In reply to derivstrading
6/15/11
derivstrading:

Anyone going into finance and choosing Apple should be shot, the excel is HORRENDOUS.

I had a macbook for a while, and until they fix the excel i am more than happy on my Dell.

this is very true....I don't use excel on my macbook though. esp after using it for 15hrs/day.

6/15/11

gotta go with the macbook pro.

In reply to UFOinsider
6/15/11
UFOinsider:
FinancialNoviceII:
Edmundo Braverman:

Fuck that noise. You won't find a better deal than this brand new Windows 7 laptop for $279.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtool...

Don't let anybody give you any shit about Acer, either. I have a 4gb Acer that I bought from Tiger Direct for $450 and the thing is a goddammed beast. Never had a single problem with it, it's fast as shit, has HDMI hookups for my big screen, 320gb hard drive, and I run my whole life on it.

Take the money you save and buy beer. You're welcome.

Wont knock Acer, but AMD sucks dick.

Then get ASUS - they use Athlon and are almost as cheap as ACER.

You mean an AMD Athlon processor?

6/15/11

Agreed on mac excel. I've got two macs and literally all i use my computer for: internet, word, excel. I'm boutsta arb that xbox deal.

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In reply to Bobb
6/15/11
Bobb:
UFOinsider:
FinancialNoviceII:
Edmundo Braverman:

Fuck that noise. You won't find a better deal than this brand new Windows 7 laptop for $279.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtool...

Don't let anybody give you any shit about Acer, either. I have a 4gb Acer that I bought from Tiger Direct for $450 and the thing is a goddammed beast. Never had a single problem with it, it's fast as shit, has HDMI hookups for my big screen, 320gb hard drive, and I run my whole life on it.

Take the money you save and buy beer. You're welcome.

Wont knock Acer, but AMD sucks dick.

Then get ASUS - they use Athlon and are almost as cheap as ACER.

You mean an AMD Athlon processor?

shhhh, I'm on AMD's payroll

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6/15/11

best laptop advice i can give, get a chillmat. i know my pc hardware back to front, and heat kills laptops. its 20 bucks that will give you massively increased life. Acers are known to overheat, but are great power/price. add in the chillmat and you've got yourself a great laptop

6/15/11

Mac all the way. I will never use a PC again for anything other than work. I have an Air and the thing is a fucking champ. Excel blows, but other than that it is a way better computer. Any PC laptop I've ever had has crapped out after 2 yrs and the Air still runs like the day I got it 3.5 years later. Don't get it cause it's an Apple, get it cause it's way better for battery, performance, virus control, and media.

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."

Theodore Roosevelt

6/15/11

Who keeps a laptop longer than two years anyway? Totally disposable item. Go cheap and replace often.

6/15/11

Great thing about macbooks is that they don't depreciate in value as fast as PCs. I've had 5 macbooks since senior year in high school....I usually end up selling my macbooks/macbooks pros after one year to morons on craigslist for $100/200 less than i buy them for and end up buying the newer models directly from the Apple store for an extra $100/$150 not including the free ipods/printers they throw in during the summer season.

So I basically spend $300-400 a year for a new macbook per year (around a dollar a day) and get to keep up with the new apple technology. Just bought the new model last week with 12 month interest free financing.

6/15/11

http://www.newegg.com/Store/Notebook.aspx?name=PCs...

Newegg is great, they often ship out of Edison, NJ so if you live in NYC you'll get your shipment QUICKLY. You'll also be hard pressed to find better deals. Good luck!

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In reply to Edmundo Braverman
6/15/11
Edmundo Braverman:

Who keeps a laptop longer than two years anyway? Totally disposable item. Go cheap and replace often.

Come on Eddie, replacing shit for shit everyday doesn't make it stop being shit. It's just a better product for the things we use personal computers for these days. Virtually no viruses, better media, and way better OS than Windows. Outside of work, you just don't need Windows. I kept hearing how great Mac's were and finally got the Air to check it out. I honestly cannot imagine having a PC laptop again. Once you go Mac, you never go back.

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."

Theodore Roosevelt

6/15/11

so what do people use when they want to access work/excel from home? install windows on mac?

6/15/11

If you buy a windows 7 computer and you are "going to college" you get a free xbox 360

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6/15/11

what are you going to be using it for? school? work? if you are going to be doing anything trading related stay away from macs. I think macs are more marketed towards art and music type users rather than IBers.

6/15/11

Eddie, have an Acer laptop as well. Great computer. Would recommend it to anyone..

You have to be "special" to get a mac..

6/16/11

http://www.woot.com/

This is not a bad deal. Check it out.

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6/16/11

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2...

as such mac is best left to women. Also apple fanbois can now be lumped together with the religious nutjobs.

As a reasonable rational human being you should not buy a mac.

If you ever have to do any work on your mac you will want to take a rusty nail and scratch your eyeballs out with it.

6/16/11

Bought an Asus U36J (13", 500GB, 3lbs, legit 9hr battery, about $900) last month as spilled coffee on my Sony.

Like it better than the Vaio after all.

  • SpencerMakesBank
  •  6/16/11

Thinkpads or Macbook Pros. Best laptops on the market. Thinkpads are (usually) way cheaper but they are WAY less sexy.

6/17/11

Thinkpad X220. Done.

Still I Rise

In reply to Aspirant
6/17/11
Aspirant:

Thinkpad x220 - ~12hr battery life with 9 cell battery, i7 processor (latest & greatest from Intel) and you can get it for ~850 with a special American Express Deal for the next couple days.

Oh and its ~3lbs.

+1

Still I Rise

6/17/11

sony vaio z series

great performance, very good battery life, solid-state-drive, lightweight

6/17/11

I have the most generic, average laptop ever--the basic Dell one that you see verywhere. Four years plus of solid use. Can't complain. But since you're probably going to be using Excel on it a lot, it would definitely be helpful to go with PC just to minimize the issues between Mac Excel and PC Excel. Same thing with Powerpoint. Plus, I don't feel like paying a several hundred dollar markup for a computer just because someone has stuck an Apple logo on it. (I'm sure IlliniProgrammer would agree...)

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6/17/11

I am an honorary computer repair nerd, driven through frequency and necessity of self honed repair skills, hardware replacement, and OS utility issues, brought on by the three Dell machines owned over 5-7 years that crashed or malfunctioned within a week or days of the warranty going out. Old school built in obsolescence campaign from the auto industry.

On the bright side, I can now fix about anything and do it for less than a pc repair shop or a new machine.

No one advacated as of yet, so it's probably already assumed as a given... DON'T BUY A DELL!!!

6/17/11

MBP is a great laptop and macosx has a lot of awesome built in features, however excel sucks and if you're going t get bootcamp/win7/msoffice then why don't you just get a PC ...

Apple products durability is shit btw, they selfdestruct within 2 years. And the replacement pieces and services are expensive.

Get a PC, you will get laid...

6/17/11

Get the new Thinkpad X1, stuff is nuts
( http://shop.lenovo.com/us/products/laptops/thinkpa... )

On another note, don't you all have to use Citrix when working remotely to access your office computers? In that case having a mac for working from home shouldn't really be a problem since you are running Excel on XP remotely either way, right?

6/17/11

Unless you're trying to go cheap, Macbook Air all the way.

6/17/11

I have to say I'm surprised at all the fanbois on here. I know your firms don't use Apple products. What gives?

6/17/11

Have you ever used one? The stability, speed and ease of use adds to an incredible number of avoided headaches. Windows is finally closing the gap with Windows 7 but the two are still world's apart. I've never met a single person who's regretted making the switch and I'm by no means an Apple fanboy. It's nice to have desktop PC for finance-related stuff but unless you plan spreading comps on your laptop, I don't see any reason to get a PC. I even know a kid who backtests tons of stuff on his Mac Excel, works just fine.

6/17/11

Agree with GB. I was anti Apple too until my brother gave me his (month old macbook air) after getting a brand new one. I will never go back. Use one and I think it will help you understand.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

6/17/11

Maybe you guys are right. But all I do on my computer is work. It's literally a typewriter with a TV screen as far as I'm concerned.

6/17/11

Macs are by far better computers, and the price argument is moot. When I can run OSX on a PC, then we can start talking about price (and when you take into account quality of components, quality construction, etc. you're not really overpaying by as much as you think even if you disregard the difference in OS).

Yes, Excel on Macs sucks, but you can run Parallels or VMWare and run Windows and OSX simultaneously (if you're going to be doing this a lot, make sure you max out your ram and processors to the most you can afford).

I use my mac for work, and run Windows 7 in Parallels. Being able to run both OS's at the same time is amazingly convenient and productive. I just use Windows for the Office suite. If Microsoft made their versions of Office 100% identical for Mac relative to PC, well then they'd lose so much market share so fast it would make people's heads spin...

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6/17/11

another vote for the x220. Best laptop screen in the market (one of only ones out there with an IPS screen) and can be had with i7 and 9 cell for ~$900 if you find the right discount.

If you want to go the mac route, id recommend the macbook air but wait a few months for the new model to come out which will have sandybridge processors

In reply to Edmundo Braverman
6/17/11
Edmundo Braverman:

Maybe you guys are right. But all I do on my computer is work. It's literally a typewriter with a TV screen as far as I'm concerned.

What's a typewriter?

Consultant to a Fortune 50 Company

6/17/11

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/products/laptops/thinkpa...

+1

This is the only PC that I would buy over a macbook. I'm thinking about getting one next year and running a 2nd OS...OSX on it if I ever get macbook sick...:)

In reply to OMS
6/17/11
oldmansacks:

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/products/laptops/thinkpa...

+1

This is the only PC that I would buy over a macbook. I'm thinking about getting one next year and running a 2nd OS...OSX on it if I ever get macbook sick...:)

why would you go for the X1 over the X220? x220 has the ips matte screen vs glossy TN on the X1 and x220 battery life crushes X1 battery life. sure its a little thinner and sexier but imo not a reason to choose it over the x220.

  • SpencerMakesBank
  •  6/17/11

^Sheeeit is the X series better than the T series? I just dropped 1200 on a t420...

In reply to NuevoBanker
6/17/11
NuevoBanker:

sony vaio z series

great performance, very good battery life, solid-state-drive, lightweight

++

Best laptop you can get for your money.

1080p resolution screen in a 13 inch form factor. Great if you need to work on models or browse websites without scrolling every 2 seconds. Doesn't run too hot, great keyboard.

You pay a premium, but it's worth it.

In reply to Tracer
6/18/11
Tracer:
NuevoBanker:

sony vaio z series

great performance, very good battery life, solid-state-drive, lightweight

++

Best laptop you can get for your money.

1080p resolution screen in a 13 inch form factor. Great if you need to work on models or browse websites without scrolling every 2 seconds. Doesn't run too hot, great keyboard.

You pay a premium, but it's worth it.

vaio Z is a solid laptop but its super expensive for the specs. SSD is nice sure but you can add an SSD to any other laptop for around $200

6/18/11

X series is a lot more portable than the other Thinkpad series - 3lbs versus 4+

The x220 has two downsides though - no optical drive & no option to get a discrete graphics card. However, you can get an external drive for $40 online if you ever need it. The lack of graphics card sucks - limits gaming if you're gonna use your laptop for that. Especially when the laptop has such good options for CPUs & harddrive.

I don't like the old school look of the computer - but the battery, the screen and the weight are great for portability. At home, you can hook up the laptop to a big screen TV for true 1080p viewing in anycase (Also great for working on excel).

You can still get the American Express deal on Slickdeals .. just search for X220 and use the code / link provided.

Another computer I was thinking about - Toshiba Portege - slightly larger 13.3 screen and it has an optical drive - older 5400 rpm hard drive & slightly lower i5 sandy bridge processor versus the i7 and 7200 rpm drive on the x220. That costs around $800 as well - I decided to pay the extra $100 or so for the 15hr battery, the i7 cpu and the lighter computer.

6/18/11

The best bang for your buck is Sager Notebooks (with performance in mind). A $1400 Sager goes for $2300+ on Dell, HP, etc.

They're not designed for portability. They're performance laptops, and easily the best quality:price you can find on the market.

I bought a Sager NP8690 - Core i7, Ati 5870 for $1400 on a 15" laptop back in August. The only way to get a better deal is to build a desktop (you can get much better performance for that price - laptops aren't meant to be powerhouses).

If you're looking for amazing performance for a low price, check them out. I went through XoticPC and haven't had any issues or complaints.

6/18/11
6/18/11

I have had terrible experiences with sager, btw

In reply to eyeofthundarra
6/18/11
eyeofthundarra:

I have had terrible experiences with sager, btw

Oh really? What happened? I didn't buy through sager - I went through XoticPC & their service is awesome.

In reply to happypantsmcgee
6/19/11
happypantsmcgee:

I agree with the colored gentleman above me.

LMAO

I am not cocky, I am confident, and when you tell me I am the best it is a compliment.
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6/19/11

Am I the only one who uses Linux? I have been a computer geek since the 7th grade and have been using Linux ever since. Linux is far faster than apple.

I am not cocky, I am confident, and when you tell me I am the best it is a compliment.
-Styles P

In reply to eokpar02
6/19/11
eokpar02:

Am I the only one who uses Linux? I have been a computer geek since the 7th grade and have been using Linux ever since. Linux is far faster than apple.

I converted my old Dell laptop to Linux, and I like it a lot. Wouldn't take much to convert me to full-time Linux use.

6/19/11

I have a MacBook Pro at home for internet browsing / audio engineering, but as everyone else has said, it sucks for excel / other work-related stuff.

That being said, you'll get plenty acquainted with your work computer (which will probably be a Windows if you're in finance/consulting) so it's always nice to have a change when you come how.

Just to throw a wrench in everything --- I managed to get my hands on one of the new Google Chrome laptops. Honestly, if all you use your home computer for is browsing / email / word and other basic tasks, definitely give the Google laptops a look. They're ridiculously fast, sleek, and hassle free, with automatic updates to pretty much everything. I have a MacBook Pro now, but my next set-up is definitely going to be iMac (for audio engineering) + Google laptop (for day-to-day stuff)

6/19/11

For a forum about Wall Street and finance, you guys sound like a bunch of fucking hippies. Anyone who knows jackshit about computers will tell you that a high-end Windows laptop is a better value than a Macbook Pro. Thinkpads, the high-end HP Pavilions, Sagers, and Clevos will run laps around a Macbook Pro. Plus Windows 7 is pretty equivalent to OS X, except that it's not gay.

In reply to Chillguy
6/19/11
Chillguy:

For a forum about Wall Street and finance, you guys sound like a bunch of fucking hippies. Anyone who knows jackshit about computers will tell you that a high-end Windows laptop is a better value than a Macbook Pro. Thinkpads, the high-end HP Pavilions, Sagers, and Clevos will run laps around a Macbook Pro. Plus Windows 7 is pretty equivalent to OS X, except that it's not gay.

Didn't know your opinion was the end all be all. Thanks Zeus

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In reply to bfin
6/20/11
blackfinancier:
Chillguy:

For a forum about Wall Street and finance, you guys sound like a bunch of fucking hippies. Anyone who knows jackshit about computers will tell you that a high-end Windows laptop is a better value than a Macbook Pro. Thinkpads, the high-end HP Pavilions, Sagers, and Clevos will run laps around a Macbook Pro. Plus Windows 7 is pretty equivalent to OS X, except that it's not gay.

Didn't know your opinion was the end all be all. Thanks Zeus

No problem, I'm just glad to enlighten all of you. Sure I overreacted a bit, but I think the OP needs to do a bit more research before he jumps on the Apple bandwagon.

In reply to Chillguy
6/20/11
Chillguy:
blackfinancier:
Chillguy:

For a forum about Wall Street and finance, you guys sound like a bunch of fucking hippies. Anyone who knows jackshit about computers will tell you that a high-end Windows laptop is a better value than a Macbook Pro. Thinkpads, the high-end HP Pavilions, Sagers, and Clevos will run laps around a Macbook Pro. Plus Windows 7 is pretty equivalent to OS X, except that it's not gay.

Didn't know your opinion was the end all be all. Thanks Zeus

No problem, I'm just glad to enlighten all of you. Sure I overreacted a bit, but I think the OP needs to do a bit more research before he jumps on the Apple bandwagon.

The apple bandwagon is comfortable and if he doesn't care about price (as many in finance don't within reason) then Apple is a great out of the box solution for someone who doesn't know about computers.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

In reply to Chillguy
6/20/11
Chillguy:

For a forum about Wall Street and finance, you guys sound like a bunch of fucking hippies. Anyone who knows jackshit about computers will tell you that a high-end Windows laptop is a better value than a Macbook Pro. Thinkpads, the high-end HP Pavilions, Sagers, and Clevos will run laps around a Macbook Pro. Plus Windows 7 is pretty equivalent to OS X, except that it's not gay.

For a chill guy you sure get awfully worked up about nothing.

People tend to think life is a race with other people. They don't realize that every moment they spend sprinting towards the finish line is a moment they lose permanently, and a moment closer to their death.

6/20/11

Thinkpad X1, T420S, T420

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6/20/11

I love my macbook pro but I hate that Microsoft screwed over MS Office for Mac with a version of Excel that cant do macros and No Access. Yes, I like full function bash away. I'd say Sony has some good stuff and windows 7 is great from the few times I have used it.

Or you can be retro (thats still in I think) and get a Dell. "Dude, I'm getting a Dell"

Also, is gateway still out there?

"Ambition and education is first and talent is second"- T.I.

In reply to Edmundo Braverman
6/20/11
Edmundo Braverman:

Fuck that noise. You won't find a better deal than this brand new Windows 7 laptop for $279.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtool....

Thanks for this. My sh*t hard-drive just crashed on me. About to order it tonight.

6/20/11

Gateway is still there but they have pretty poor build quality. I suppose you get more for your money through gateway (cheap), but theres a huge chance of hardware failing.

6/21/11

disclaimer: been using macs since hs. as far as work related apps are concerned, nothing will beat a windows computer. sure you can dual boot a mac, which i considered, but the money i'd blow on new software (finding reliable cracked keys is a bitch) woulda cost pretty close to a new laptop.

i must must say something about the build quality of my macbookpro though. it dropped from 4 ft on its side and there's a huge dent on it (dumbass i know), but everything still works and can still burn discs. if that happened with my plastic lenovo im sure the chassis wouldve shattered.

In reply to Dream Shake
6/21/11
Dream Shake:

i must must say something about the build quality of my macbookpro though. it dropped from 4 ft on its side and there's a huge dent on it (dumbass i know), but everything still works and can still burn discs. if that happened with my plastic lenovo im sure the chassis wouldve shattered.

That's because it's a shoddy consumer Lenovo notebook and not a Thinkpad

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6/21/11
6/21/11

Team high-end Windows laptop. By the way: Vaio comes loaded with crap-ware, the removal of which is rather hairy. I use a small business laptop from Dell. It's got a solid-state drive, is a speed demon, and if one prefers, can weigh as little 3-4lbs.

I always felt that Dell was a terrible brand - the regular brand laptops always fizzled out within a year - but then some geeks directed me towards the small business section. If you don't want to spend the extra cash and are willing to give up certain customizations, there is also a refurbished section.

6/21/11

I recently bought a Lenovo Thinkpad W520 + screen and discrete graphics upgrade after a couple months of research and waiting for the sandy bridge refresh.

I switched away from Macs after 9 years of loyal overpaying. Fact is, lack of dedicated page up/page down/ home/end keys is a dealbreaker if you work in excel, bootcamp and parallels not withstanding. Yeah you can hook up a keyboard to a macbook pro or an extra keypad but that's dumb if the point is portability.

For a long time OSX had a clear edge over Windows XP/Vista - but with Windows 7, quite frankly the gap has closed. If you are trained to navigate files / folders completely with keyboard, Windows is far more productive.

Vast majority of windows laptops skimp on build quality in order to bring down costs, which is why they don't compare well with Macbook pros. I'd say Lenovo thinkpad series is the exception here - designed for the business pro, overall build quality is very high and you'll still come in 20-30% cheaper than a comparable mac. Great for work, good enough for semi-serious gaming.

I wrote a more in depth review here a couple weeks ago:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo-ibm/573550-...

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6/21/11

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6/22/11

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