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

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  • bfin's picture

    MacBook pro. Done.

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  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    I agree with the colored gentleman above me.

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  • Edmundo Braverman's picture

    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.

  • Aspirant's picture

    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.

  • OMS's picture

    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
    bfin's picture

    oldmansacks wrote:
    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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  • pacman007's picture

    PC all day everyday, even on holidays.

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  • Angelus99's picture

    Midas is funny

    Beast

  • In reply to Edmundo Braverman
    FinancialNoviceII's picture

    Edmundo Braverman wrote:
    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.

  • shorttheworld's picture

    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

  • TheKing's picture

    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
    bfin's picture

    TheKing wrote:
    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

    The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

    WSO is not your personal search function.

  • In reply to shorttheworld
    bfin's picture

    shorttheworld wrote:
    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.

    The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

    WSO is not your personal search function.

  • El_Mono's picture

    Just never get a Sony.

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  • shorttheworld's picture

    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

  • Gordan Bateman's picture

    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
    UFOinsider's picture

    FinancialNoviceII wrote:
    Edmundo Braverman wrote:
    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
    OMS's picture

    derivstrading wrote:
    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.

  • In reply to UFOinsider
    Bobb's picture

    UFOinsider wrote:
    FinancialNoviceII wrote:
    Edmundo Braverman wrote:
    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?

  • rickyross's picture

    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.

    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.

  • In reply to Bobb
    UFOinsider's picture

    Bobb wrote:
    UFOinsider wrote:
    FinancialNoviceII wrote:
    Edmundo Braverman wrote:
    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

    Get busy living

  • trazer985's picture

    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

  • Something Creative's picture

    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

  • OMS's picture

    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.

  • AlexanderHamilton's picture

    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
    Something Creative's picture

    Edmundo Braverman wrote:
    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

  • mango123's picture

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

  • heister's picture

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

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  • mfoste1's picture

    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.

  • Koho's picture

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

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

  • OMS's picture

    http://www.woot.com/

    This is not a bad deal. Check it out.

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  • leveredarb's picture

    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.

  • zeropower's picture

    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's picture

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

  • maktec5's picture

    Thinkpad X220. Done.

    Still I Rise

  • In reply to Aspirant
    maktec5's picture

    Aspirant wrote:
    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

  • NuevoBanker's picture

    sony vaio z series

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

  • In The Flesh's picture

    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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  • ragnar danneskjöld's picture

    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!!!

  • kraken's picture

    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...

  • feenans's picture

    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?

  • GoodBread's picture

    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.

  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    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

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