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

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  • Edmundo Braverman's picture

    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.

  • alexpasch's picture

    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...

    Consultant to a Fortune 50 Company

  • Frank Slaughtery's picture

    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
    alexpasch's picture

    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

  • In reply to OMS
    Frank Slaughtery's picture

    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's picture

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

  • In reply to NuevoBanker
    Tracer's picture

    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
    Frank Slaughtery's picture

    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

  • Aspirant's picture

    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.

  • Nachos's picture

    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.

  • eyeofthundarra's picture

    I have had terrible experiences with sager, btw

  • In reply to eyeofthundarra
    Nachos's picture

    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
    eokpar02's picture

    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.
    -Styles P

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  • eokpar02's picture

    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
    Edmundo Braverman's picture

    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.

  • thunderfan118's picture

    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)

  • Chillguy's picture

    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.

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