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#1 bigvee

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 01:07 AM

I'm a college student, and I've put off getting a laptop long enough. The second I bring up college student, everyone tells me to just get a Mac book Pro.

I am on a budget, the most I'd spend is probably for a Mac book Pro (Roughly $1100 with a student discount)

My PC rig was built in late 2011, still running perfectly. I won't be doing any gaming on the laptop for this reason. Basic stuff will be done with it, homework, research, music, etc. I need something moderately portable (not too heavy, but I'm not too picky).

So, best bang for your buck laptop? Any personal reviews on what you own? Most of my friends with PC laptops have horrible battery life, so thoughts on that?

Also, Apple is rumored to unload an updated Mac book this upcoming week.

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 05:43 AM

Whatever you do don't by an Mac Book .. I don't understand all this Apple craze. For 1100 bucks you can by a superlaptop. Check some HP's, Acers and Dells. Also if you're going to use it for basic things you can find cheaper models that will suit the purpose better. Look for a laptop with a big storage space. Toshiba has a lot of models with 1TB+ HDD's. Good luck :)



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Posted October 20, 2013 - 08:31 AM

Ultrabooks are definitely the way to go if your looking for mobility and battery life which is essential for any college student.  I personally think brands like ASUS, HP, and Acer all offer the best bang for your book.  The only reason I would ever encourage someone to purchase any Mac product such as the Macbook Air or Macbook Pro is because the build quality is tremendous but you obviously have to have a nice wallet, the hardware and specifications are not even a fraction worth what you're paying for.

 

Go with models such as (ASUS UX32VD, HP Envy Spectre 14, HP Spectre XT Touchsmart, Acer Aspire S7, or ASUS UX31A)

The ASUS and Acer products compete with the Macbook Air while the HP products are nearly identical to the Pro.


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Posted October 20, 2013 - 08:45 AM

All of the ultrabooks I've seen are touchscreen. Not really into that

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 08:49 AM

I was researching this topic just last year around the same time. Haven't bought a laptop yet, because the old Dell one I use still runs smoothly, even though the battery is shot.

I narrowed my choices down to Asus or Acer at the time. They had the best reviews and comparable specs to the other bigger brand laptops at a cheaper price, iirc.

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 08:57 AM

All of the ultrabooks I've seen are touchscreen. Not really into that

 

ASUS UX32VD is not touch screen and neither is the ASUS UX31A

Plus even if the model does have touchscreen, you don't have to use it, its just easier with Windows 8.


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Posted October 20, 2013 - 01:02 PM

Macbook Air. Switched from the Macbook Pro because I have to lug it around in my pack all day. 

Battery life alone sold me to it. 

 

Saber is right as well. There are better laptops at a cheaper price than Apple's products. 


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Posted October 20, 2013 - 03:44 PM

I understand there are cheaper laptops with better specs, but I'm not getting a laptop for specs as I've said. The only thing I'm worried about is battery life, reliability, and practicality so I could carry it around school

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 03:46 PM

Does the storage of the air bother you at all?

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 05:25 PM

It's decent, unless you've got tons of media in your storage (like me); that's the only downfall. 

 

As for battery life, it could last nearly the whole day (I have class from 9am to 10pm), so thats a big plus. It's practical to travel with. 

 


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Posted October 20, 2013 - 05:28 PM

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 05:28 PM

The Pro is rumored to last 30% longer when they update it on the 22nd, so I'll see how that goes

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:46 PM

Whatever you do don't by an Mac Book .. I don't understand all this Apple craze. For 1100 bucks you can by a superlaptop. Check some HP's, Acers and Dells. Also if you're going to use it for basic things you can find cheaper models that will suit the purpose better. Look for a laptop with a big storage space. Toshiba has a lot of models with 1TB+ HDD's. Good luck :)

 
 

The cheapest Macbook Air vs. the cheapest Macbook Pro
 
the only thing the Air has over the Pro is slightly better graphics. You're going to get better processing power and more memory with the pro.
 
The most expensive Macbook Air vs. the most expensive Macbook Pro
 
The Pro wins on everything
 
 
In case you were unaware, for around the same price range of the cheapest Airs and Pros, you can get something that is better than the most expensive Macbook Pro (which is $2800).
 
$1300
 
17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 Display w/ Built-in 2.0 MP Webcam, HDMI Port, Li-Ion Battery, & Universal AC Adapter
Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Quad Core default overclock 3.4ghz
24GB Corsair Vengence Gaming RAM
NVIDIA GTX 765M 2GB
120GB Corsair Neutron GTX SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 330MB/s Write
1 TB 5400RPM SATA300 Hard Drive
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Card
 
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Strictly in terms of best laptop for price, I would be looking into some Ultra Book rigs, myself. Asus/CyberPowerPC aren't bad.


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Posted October 20, 2013 - 08:42 PM

Anyone care to share any personal experiences with ultrabooks or macbooks? Good and bad stories welcome.



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Posted October 20, 2013 - 08:57 PM

 
 

 

Strictly in terms of best laptop for price, I would be looking into some Ultra Book rigs, myself. Asus/CyberPowerPC aren't bad.

Last time I checked ultrabooks sacrificed hardware for mobility (being thin), so I can't see how they are the best for their price. Maybe prices are different there, idk ..



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Posted October 20, 2013 - 09:57 PM

Last time I checked ultrabooks sacrificed hardware for mobility (being thin), so I can't see how they are the best for their price. Maybe prices are different there, idk ..

 

I stand corrected, but I will stick with my original quote from August. You will get the biggest bang for your buck making a custom rig, I always have in my experiences at least.

 

Anyone care to share any personal experiences with ultrabooks or macbooks? Good and bad stories welcome.

 

Well, I spent $400 on a Toshiba Satellite that has 6GB ram, 750GB hdd, quad core and can do everything from vegas to photoshop, though extremely limited gaming. Your options are greater if you are willing to throw down more than that. But you said you won't be doing gaming and will only use it for basic stuff. You can get into something just as powerful as a macbook for half the price.

 

This wasn't the one, but you can get a lot done for $500: https://www.radiosha...ductId=23173076

  • AMD Quad Core A4-5000 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 8330 Graphics
  • 6GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM for multitasking
  • Load software, watch movies, listen to CDs on the DVD SuperMulti drive
  • Get an HD look at things on the 15.6" 1366x768 display
  • 10/100 Ethernet LAN and Wi-Fi® wireless networking* (802.11b/g/n) connectivity
  • Plenty of storage space on the 500GB HDD
  • Memory card reader for Secure Digital, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, microSD, MultiMedia Card
  • HD Webcam and microphone for lively chat sessions
  • HDMI® output port so you can view things on your HDTV with an HDMI port

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Posted October 21, 2013 - 10:10 AM

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Posted October 21, 2013 - 03:58 PM

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Posted October 21, 2013 - 04:14 PM

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