12-15-2012, 10:22 PM #1
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I can't believe I'm actually contemplating this. A few years ago I got sick and tired of windows xp crashing and poor hardware etc. So I switched to Mac and absolutely loved it. But now it feels very stale and windows 8 seems like a breath of fresh air.
While I have confidence and excitement towards the software, its the hardware that concerns me. Let's admit it, Apple does make VERY impressive Mac hardware. Sure it has shortcomings like being delicate but overall I find it very impressive.
So I'm thinking of switching to windows 8 but don't really know what to get. I trust Lenovo a lot, I find the surface pro hardware very beautiful but the implementation lacking (jack of all trades, master of none). So I'm wondering is there some laptop that looks as great and feels as great as a surface pro but has the reliability of Lenovo and the several great things in MacBooks.
Here's what's important and not important to me. A lot of it will be because I'm spoilt by the excellent MacBook hardware features.
Long battery life (around 7 hours, similar to MacBooks)
Lightweight (like MacBook air)
Beautiful looks (like surface pro)
Decent snappy performance (not Intel atom crap but not alienware horsepower, more like macbooks)
Comfortable keyboard and large trackpad
Gaming graphics (I'm happy with integrated)
Lots of storage space (I'm fine with 128GB)
I'm open to anything from 10 to 13 inches. I'm looking to spend no more than $1300 (price of 13" MacBook pro) if its worth it but looking for something cheaper but decent around $1000 (price of 11" MacBook air). If someone could recommend a system that would be awesome.
12-15-2012, 10:44 PM #5
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Two options from Lenovo that meet most of your requirements:
Lenovo X1 Carbon - Business-Class ThinkPad X1 Carbon Fiber Laptop | Lenovo (US)
Yoga Lenovo Convertible Laptop & Tablet PC | Ideapad Yoga 13 with Windows 8 | Lenovo (US)
12-17-2012, 02:56 PM #7
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- 12-22-2012, 01:06 AM #8
I've heard some very good things about the Asus Zenbook series.
One thing I STRONGLY advise - if you buy a Windows 8 laptop, make sure you buy a touchscreen laptop. You don't necessarily have to buy a convertible laptop (i.e. one that can function as either a laptop or tablet or in some cases other form factors), but I think a touchscreen is a major, major plus with Windows 8.
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01-12-2013, 08:40 AM #11
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I'm going to agree with Samst22 here. I'm using Windows 8 on my MacBook Pro and it runs a dream. Once you fix up the devices (I might write a tutorial for that!)
- 01-18-2013, 12:19 AM #14
I should note the brightness settings are creating my biggest problem/annoyance on my Asus VivoBook X202E. My computer wants to default back to performance mode whenever I start up computer, regardless what setting I had the computer on when I powered it down after my previous use. I'm unsure if that is a VivoBook X202E-specific issue, an Asus/Windows 8 issue, or a broader Windows 8 issue impacting many/all Windows 8 laptops.
- 01-18-2013, 12:23 AM #15
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