Macbook Pro 13 alternative - what should I buy

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  1. lowrider

    lowrider Newbie

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    Hi all, I've been using a MacBook pro 13" with windows 10 and been loving the form factor and build quality. I now need to get a new device and would like it to be as close to MacBook pro 13 as possible. I'd appreciate advice on top notch laptops in that category strictly with windows 10. Below I paste my criteria
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      General Questions

      1) What is your budget? 1000-1300GBP

      2) What size notebook would you prefer?

      c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen

      3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
      UK

    1. 4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
      a. Like: ASUS, ACER
      b. Dislike: DELL, HP
      5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? If they come with official warranty and are in mint condition possibly

      6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook? Word/PowerPoint/excel/light video editing

    1. 7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
      Both

    1. 8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?) not really, i have a gaming pc for that. Laptop is mainly to be portable capable for work and sleek looking

      9) How many hours of battery life do you need? Not a deal breaker for me as long as it can last 4-5 hours

      10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? If new no need to see, if refurbished I'd at least ask for more pictures

      11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc. Windows 10 and maybe linux in dual boot

      Screen Specifics

      12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.) at least FHD or higher if possible. Don't care about touch screen

      13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.) not sure... What looks sleeker?

      Build Quality and Design

      14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Yes

      Notebook Components

      15) How much hard drive space do you need? 256gb ssd more than enough

      Timing, Warranty and Longevity


      16) When are you buying this laptop? In 1 month

      17) How long do you expect to use this laptop? At least 5 years

      18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail? A month maybe

      19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage? The latter is fine

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  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I think the Dell XPS 13 is the most analogous. You may find some better pricing the Dell UK Outlet if you don't mind a return. As long as it's not marked scratch and dent, it should look new and you'll get a warranty directly from Dell. Perhaps the LG Gram and ThinkPad X1 Carbon are worth a look if you want to stay away from Dell.
     
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    Any comments on the asus zen line?
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    No, not really as I've never seen one unless I walked by it at Best Buy. You might want to poke around the Asus forum if interested to see what the owners say about it. I have seen a couple XPS and they seemed like solid machines to me.
     
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