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#31 OP SlayerS_BoxeR



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 12:45



I've ended up ordering a thinkpad edge 431 by customizing to 128SSD and 4GB of a slot, since for the other empty slot, I could insert with my own 4GB of ram

This costs for $780


Now..I have an option to cancel it for sure since it hasn't been shipped ("released to manufacturing").

But it starts to bug me how it's going to take at least two and a half/three weeks to be delivered.


I might as well just cancel it and order a MBA of 128 flash storage 8GB (around $1220?) or 2012 MBP refurb and customize by buying and replacing to 128SSD($100 from ebay?) and replace to my existing 4gb ram so it will be 6gb (which in total it will be around $1200?), but the downside is I will lose the warranty. if i want to keep the warranty and get upgraded from apple, then i will have to buy their 128SSD (165) plus 8gb of ram as a pair for 100, so the total is more than 1300, which is ridiculous


The reason why I am trying to cancel the thinkpad all of a sudden is..now I think about it..not only the waiting time is that horrible, but also even under warranty, if there is a problem, I have to ship it back, which will take around a week and more to get it assessed and fixed..while for apple, i can walk into a store and get fixed..

the thing that worries me about MBA though is 128 built-in flash storage. I wish this is just a standard SSD so I can later keep it or resell it..


but looking in the long run, I know MBA 12 retina will come out (I can't wait till then) so this current model may fade away..i dunno.. the reason I'm thinking about this is because I wonder which one I should pick if I want to sell it decent in the future.. please don't recommend me MBP retina..


pls help

#32 Nick H.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 06:57

You need to make a choice. Don't factor in returns/issues, as while you can just walk in to an Apple store, they may still need to ship the device off to get repaired for whatever reason.

The Thinkpad is a solid device for the price, personally. If you're having doubts for other reasons - other than returning the device - I would say that it is up to you.

Forget the delivery time. It will take time regardless of who you buy from unless you walk in to a store and walk out with a device - something I don't think I've ever had the fortune of doing.

#33 tsupersonic


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 10:19

Eh, the Thinkpad Edge is a good laptop series, but it is way too expensive for what it is. If it's the Edge E431 that you ordered for $780, that is a bad deal. First, you're getting an Ivy Bridge CPU which in itself is last generation. The current generation (Intel Haswell 4xxx) has made significant improvements in battery life. If you are paying that much, you better be getting at least a model with Haswell. 


Also, the Thinkpad Edge E431 is no way a competitor to the MBA. It's form factor is way bigger than an MBA. It's not to say the Edge E431 is a bad laptop, but you're not comparing apples to apples. Lenovo compares the MBA vs. the X1 Carbon. The X1 Carbon starts at ~$1200, which is MBP territory. Other Thinkpads you could look at are the X240 or the T440S. 


I recently was shopping the MBA vs. MBP Retina vs. Thinkpad T440S vs. Thinkpad X240 vs. Thinkpad X1 Carbon, and decided on the MBP Retina. I ruled out MBA because of the display (no retina yet). The Thinkpads are an excellent lineup, but they actually got expensive compared to the MBP Retina (spec. wise). Bestbuy has some great deals on MBP/MBA, you get $150 off with an .edu email address, and they also offer this with the Yoga 2 Pro. The Yoga 2 Pro is not for me; I just dislike that form factor. I have to say I'm happy with the MBP Retina - excellent build quality, fast, and with Parallels loaded up, it serves all my needs.

#34 tmcclelland455


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 17:42

Cancel your current order and get a MBP, IMO.

#35 OP SlayerS_BoxeR



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 11:47

Thanks guys. I truly appreciate all of your comments and I guess I can close the case now


@Admin - please close this case. Thanks!