So I'm planning to get a new work laptop this year, ideally in Feb/March time. I'm looking for a 15" ultrabook, at least an i5 ~8GB ram and an SSD (128, ideally 256).
Here's the problem... The OS. I don't want this to turn into a debate, but I've tried Windows 8 and I don't like it.
So my problem is, I fear by the time I'm in a position to pull the trigger, Windows 7 laptops will be non-existent - they're few and far between already... Currently, the Samsung Series 9
is at the top of my list while it's still available.
Windows 8 has annoyed me to the point where I would actually consider jumping ship and getting a MacBook Pro...
I've been looking longingly at the retina display and I was beginning to lean towards that, but after doing more research it seems lots of people have been having issues with ghosting, dead pixels and pot luck on whether Apple were willing to fix them or not. I thought maybe I could get the non-retina MBP, which doesn't have these issues, but that actually works out more expensive for a lower res display once you factor in the SSD upgrade.
I hear rumours of a MBP refresh this summer, so maybe if they are refreshed, and we get to v2 of the retina fabrication process that the panels will be less flaky?
So... Do I;
1. Get a Win7 Samsung Series 9 for almost half the price of a MBP while they're still around
2. Get a current Gen retina MBP and hope for the best
3. Get an overpriced non-retina MBP
4. Wait until Q3 to see if the MBPs get a refresh and see if the panels have improved
5. Or any other suggestions (other than make do with Win