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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby Tinlad » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:05 am

Samsung.

Much better CPU and GPU.
5 year warranty vs. 1 year warranty!
Gigabit ethernet instead of 100Mb (can't believe machines still ship with that).

You're unlikely to notice the difference between 4GB and 6GB RAM in day-to-day use. And anyway, RAM is cheap.

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby Helios » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:42 am

Samsung it is then.
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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby RB » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:21 am

Also Toshiba have awful quality these days.
A slight majority of a statistically worthless sample size agree.

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby nomis » Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:29 pm

A year later and I've finally pulled the trigger.

I now have 13" MBPr \0/

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby Ekona » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:28 pm

Huzzah! Any good?
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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby nomis » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:53 pm

Love it so far.

Its a really nice size for what I need - the odd commute into the office.

Typical solid apple build quality.

And of course the retina looks great.

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby kingweed » Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:47 am

Got a crappy os on it though :)

Id get one if it came with windows 7 on it lol

Apple doing 0% finance of their stuff now as well.

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby nomis » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:52 am

First thing I did was to bootcamp windows 7 on it ;)

0% finance was what pushed me to go for it now.

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby kingweed » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:54 am

Lovely :)

Hows the result?

I may be temped now, how smoothly did it go?

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby nomis » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:08 pm

The result is great.

It was fairly straight forward - only one hiccup that took some googling to figure out.

The bootcamp process creates a usb boot drive from a windows 7 iso and all the apple drivers it will need, and then boots from that usb drive to do the windows install. I was hitting an error where the windows installer said it was missing drivers it needed. I eventually found out that I needed to manually grab some intel usb 3 drivers. With that sorted, it was plain sailing.

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby kingweed » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:11 pm

I think I may be sold on it if that's the case.

I've just recently got a new laptop but i like shiny new things lol

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby Tinlad » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:14 am

Awesomes. Which one did you go for? (i5/i7, RAM, SSD etc.)

My 15" Pro is approaching 5 years old and is just beginning to feel old (2.66 GHz C2D, 8GB, 256GB SSD). I could get £500 - 600 for it on eBay. Combine that with an imminent bonus at work, 0% finance and the 5% discount we get at the Apple Store and I'm sorely tempted...

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby nomis » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:09 am

I went with the 13" 2.6ghz i5, 8GB RAM and 512 SSD.

Very happy with it - for the money I don't think you can find a better laptop tbh.

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby Tinlad » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:46 am

Indeed. Can't really fault the two I've had.

That's the spec I'd go for, I think. The 256GB SSD in my current machine is 90% full, and whilst I could economise and remain in that limit, I'd rather have the headroom.

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Re: Looking for a laptop...

Postby Tinlad » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:21 pm

Another question: what effective resolution do you have it running at? The default 'ideal' of 1280x800 or one of the scaled ones (1680x1050, 1440x900)?

If you run it scaled, how do you find the quality?


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