2018 Vega MBP vs Thinkpad X1 Extreme/XPS 15

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AHDuke99, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

    AHDuke99

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    I feel weird posting this because I have owned a Mac since 1996 when I was 8 years old. I grew up using a PowerMac 6100 and then got an iMac in 1999 before going through Powerbooks and MacBook Pros. I currently use a MBP early 2011 top of the line model, but with the screen beginning to die and the machine slowing down, I am beginning to consider getting a new machine. For the first time in my life, I am considering getting a PC.

    I don't use my home laptop for work. I mainly use it for internet, email and financials. I do like playing the occasional game like Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Half Life 2, but nothing too powerful although I haven't really looked at new games recently.

    I like the new MBP's with the Vega chips, but it will run me $3100 and from what I am reading, the new MBPs likely will not last us the 5-8 years the older models would. I'm also looking at the Thinkpad X1 E and the Dell XPS 15. It seems like all of these are about the same machines and all would be able to handle games when I wanted to play them.

    Anyone have experience with using both? My biggest holdup would be leaving the Mac ecosystem. I own an iPhone, Watch, iPad and Apple TV. Maybe it's just worth spending the extra $1200 to stay in it.
     
  2. Gaprofitt macrumors 6502

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    Whatever you do don't go XPS, Dell outsources all support to India. If you need help, you're screwed. I disassembled the last one I had before selling it on Ebay. Talk about cheap components. All kinds of bugs, issues. This was the 9560 model. I would put it last on your list. I'd choose Lenovo all day over Dell. I'd put Lenovo over Apple as well as the machine is upgradable and has a better keyboard..
     
  3. AHDuke99 thread starter macrumors 68020

    AHDuke99

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    Thanks for your reply. One of the concerns I have about leaving the Mac would be support. It's nice to be able to go into the Apple Store and talk to someone face to face if I have an issue versus calling someone in India. I use a Lenovo at work and actually don't mind Windows 10.
     

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