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#1 SlayerS_BoxeR

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 11:35

Thinkpad X1 Carbon w/ W7:

 

https://www.jbhifi.c...trabook/399447/

 

MBA 13 128gb flash storage:

 

http://store.apple.c...e-intel-core-i5

 

MBP 13 500 HDD:

 

http://store.apple.c...l-core-intel-i5

 

 

Here's what I'm thinking. It would be great to use OS X for casual and use windows if I have to (for i.e use Visual Studio or MSSQL SERVER). Thinkpad X1 with 128 SSD is sweet, but not too sure if that price is reasonable with that spec.

MBA 13 128gb flash storage is sweet, but I'm thinking I should probably have a HDD/SSD in case my laptop will later get screwed so I can just take out the HDD/SSD, insert into SATA and transfer all the files? Since flash storage is purely built-in. MBP is powerful as well. After all, none of them contain both HDMI cable and ethernet cable (which I really prefer), and I probably have to buy the extension :(

 

 

Your recommendation from those three?




#2 virtorio

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 11:59

What do you mostly plan on doing with it? How important is portability? Is 128 GB going to be enough, especially if you plan on installing Windows on the machine as well?

 

You should have an external backup solution regardless of the type of drive the computer has, so I wouldn't use that as a major factor in your decision.

 

Unless something has changed, Apple usually use 5400 RPM drives in the MBP, so you'll want to get a faster drive (or an SSD) for it anyway.



#3 Ambroos

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:03

Don't even think about getting a non-retina MacBook Pro anymore. They haven't been updated since 2012 and you'll be dealing with really old hardware. It won't be more powerful than the other two, and the HDD will make it feel really, really slow.

 

The MacBook Air is probably your best bet. But still, I wouldn't go for anything below 8GB anymore. Just get a new base 13" MacBook Air with 8GB RAM I'd say.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:04

If you want OSX I wouldn't even consider the thinkpad. MBA and MBP is personal preference. Neither are really end-user repairable. Both have soldered ram and the MBA has an awkward SSD. They started it in 2012, so both models you shown probably are so. check an ifixit teardown if you want to be sure.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:06

What do you mostly plan on doing with it? How important is portability? Is 128 GB going to be enough, especially if you plan on installing Windows on the machine as well?

 

You should have an external backup solution regardless of the type of drive the computer has, so I wouldn't use that as a major factor in your decision.

 

Unless something has changed, Apple usually use 5400 RPM drives in the MBP, so you'll want to get a faster drive (or an SSD) for it anyway.

streaming online videos to watch tv series, download torrents for movies simple web developing (html/css/jquery), microsoft office (especially excel) and if i need to (prob. use VS/mssql server) ?



#6 virtorio

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:06

If you want OSX I wouldn't even consider the thinkpad. MBA and MBP is personal preference. Neither are really end-user repairable. Both have soldered ram and awkward SSDs

He is asking about the non-retina MBP, where you can easily replace the RAM and HDD.



#7 Bigkaye

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:08

He is asking about the non-retina MBP, where you can easily replace the RAM and HDD.

 

True, for the MBP anyway. My choice would be the MBP then. Thinkpad wont run OSX as nicely and you're stuck with 4GB on the MBA.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:10

He is asking about the non-retina MBP, where you can easily replace the RAM and HDD.

and which one would you recommend? i've replied to your question :)



#9 SledgeNZ

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:12

Why not dell? You get a much higher spec for your AUD:

 

http://www.dell.com/...-15-5547-laptop



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:13

Why not dell? You get a much higher spec for your AUD:

 

http://www.dell.com/...-15-5547-laptop

no..i would rly appreciate it if you could plz stick to the topic



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:22

no..i would rly appreciate it if you could plz stick to the topic

 

Back to the topic then. I recommend none of the options:

 

Lenovo: Build quality is down of late and the model you have selected is underpowered (for vs\sql) and lacks memory.

 

Apple: Refurbished products - Luck of the draw, they may well work past their warranty but higher chance of dying once out of warranty.

 

'Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten'



#12 Ambroos

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:24

Please don't go buy an old 2012 MacBook Pro. The HDD will make it crawl compared to anything with an SSD.

 

Get any recent Mac with 8GB RAM. Air or Pro with Retina.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:26

Please don't go buy an old 2012 MacBook Pro. The HDD will make it crawl compared to anything with an SSD.

 

Get any recent Mac with 8GB RAM. Air or Pro with Retina.

yeah honestly i went to an apple store and tried opening excel with mbp non-retina, and surprisingly, it opened up way later than i've expected.

 

prob. bc i purchased ipod touch a decade ago as a refurb and had no problem with it so i thought refurb should be fine.

down to x1 vs mba then.

 

what do you recommend?



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:29

and which one would you recommend? i've replied to your question :)

 

I'd probably go for the MacBook Air, but I really dislike the screens they use, and I think you'll find the 128 GB will disappear really quickly. The rumour is there is a new 12" model coming out soon that might have a better screen.

 

The MacBook Pro is pretty dated at this point but will do what you need, but I'd recommend putting in a different drive (makes a big difference in performance). You also have the option of adding RAM in the future.

 

In an ideal world I'd go for the 13" Retina MacBook Pro with the 256 GB drive.



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:31

I'd probably go for the MacBook Air, but I really dislike the screens they use, and I think you'll find the 128 GB will disappear really quickly. The rumour is there is a new 12" model coming out soon that might have a better screen.

 

The MacBook Pro is pretty dated at this point but will do what you need, but I'd recommend putting in a different drive (makes a big difference in performance). You also have the option of adding RAM in the future.

 

In an ideal world I'd go for the 13" Retina MacBook Pro with the 256 GB drive.

yeah a rumor of 12' with retina, which will be costly since when they weren't right? :)

 

so you think thinkpad is overrated then?