Which would you recommend to me based on what I have written?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by thanhmy, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. thanhmy

    thanhmy Newbie

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    I am getting a new laptop and would need some advice.

    The main thing I am looking for is for it to be light, thin, quick,with good battery life and with a nice design. The screen size should be 13 or 14 inches. I will mostly use it for internet, movies and college work. Not planning to do much gaming. Will carry it around a lot.

    I am looking for a high-end premium device, willing to go up to 2000$, looking for something that will last me a long time.

    After some research I basically narrowed it down to MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina and HP Elitebook Folio 1040. Both are thin and light, love the design. Price is pretty much the same. Not sure which to pick.

    I have been using Windows my whole life and never had any issues with it. I know that OS X is said to be easier to use but I am still afraid that I will be a bit confused as I have never used Macs and I am very comfortable with Windows. I guess I could also install Windows on a Macbook but to me it seems that kind of defeats the purpose of a Macbook.

    When it comes to screen size I prefer the 14 inches of HP to 13 inches of Macbook. Plus despite the bigger size HP is a bit thinner and lighter.

    Macbook has a better resolution 2560 by 1600 while HP has 1920 by 1080. Not sure how important that is, both seem high enough. I have also heard that Windows has some problems with scaling.

    When it comes to CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD size both are comparable.

    One of the main reasons I am considering the Macbook is the Touchpad, now force sensitive. I have only heard good things about it, it is supposedly the best one can find. The HP also has a Force sensitive touchpad but with no haptic feedback and some reviews have said it is weird and hard to get used to.

    Not sure how the keyboards compare. I know that HP’s is water resistant.

    Macbook has a bit better battery life.

    Macbooks are also famous for lasting a long time without becoming slower. Plus they keep a lot of resell value.

    Any other important factor I might have missed?

    So does anyone own any of the two and how is it?



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  2. Jarhead

    Jarhead 恋の♡アカサタナ

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    If you don't use any OSX-only software or otherwise don't have a compelling reason to use OSX, you don't need to buy a Mac, especially if you're just going to install another OS onto it. The hardware can be a selling point, but you can find similar hardware elsewhere as well.

    That said, the biggest concern with college is that you're going to want something that's durable if you plan on using it a lot around campus. You *might* be able to get away with a tiny laptop like the two examples you've looked at if you were careful with it (moreso for the MB than the Folio, but still). Personally, I'd look into a typical business-class laptop instead, such as HP's other Elitebook models (for example, I have an 820 G2), Lenovo's Thinkpad T/X series, or Dell's Latitude 5000 or 7000 series. Those would be a fair bit more durable than either option in your OP so you don't have to worry so much about breaking them, and you can usually get the regular laptops (as opposed to the very-thin ones) for a lower price to boot.
  3. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I have a Mac and like it as something different, but I wouldn't say it's any better or worse than Windows, or Linux for that matter. If you like OS X and Apple hardware, it's worth considering and you're right that Macs tend to hold their value significantly better than PCs.

    Macs are well made, but not particularly durable in the way a business class notebook will be, though as always, luck usually plays a significant role. Notebooks that travel tend to take a beating, so it's something to keep in mind. Apple does offer accidental coverage, but its expensive compared to PC notebooks.

    I think something like ThinkPad T470s might be worth a look. It's sub three pounds and offers a very good WQHD LCD. ThinkPads are known for the quality of their keyboards too. Plus, you can add accidental and on-site coverage, so it'll be fixed quickly should a problem arise regardless of how it's damaged and still come in under budget. Good luck and welcome to NBR.

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