If Apple didn't exist, which laptop would you get?

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  1. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    If Apple didn't have any laptops, which laptop would you buy and why?

    I am trying to find a computer that can compete with the 17'' MBP, and I can't find anything. I like the 8 hr (claimed) battery life on a 17'' high res screen, the tidy package, etc. Nothing really competes...

    The Dell Studio XPS 16 is pretty good, but I can't stand the keyboard and I only get 2 hours off of the battery when unplugged. The panels are pretty, but they really are grease and fingerprint magnets. The ports are also not to my liking. The plug extends to where i use my mouse (i.e. it gets in the way with normal mouse maneuvering) and the USB ports are too close to my body (my usb mouse stick is in the way and I am afraid of hitting it and breaking it off).

    The Sony VAIO FW looks like it has a pretty good battery life...but I don't know about VAIO quality.

    I would get a Lenovo Thinkpad, but they don't offer anything close to the macbook in terms of performance and packaging.
     
  2. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a

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    lenovo thinkpad or a sony vaio. Good previous experience (strength and resilience) with the former and good quality Brand (the most similar to apple) with the latter.
     
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    Sun EOL'd those awhile ago.

    Anyways, I would go with a VAIO.

    Don
     
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    HP mini 1000 XP Series. I actually considered selling my iBook for a while to get this.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. tekio macrumors regular

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    Dell XPS 13, which is probably what I'll get next anyway.
     
  8. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Dell XPS 13 inch probably. They are nice laptops, and I might get one one.
     
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    I'd probably go with a VAIO as well. They seem to be among the better non-Apple laptops in terms of quality.


    I might also look into Samsung just because I am in love with the quality of their televisions.
     
  11. 2056 macrumors 6502

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    another vote for sony vaio.
    never had problems with it.
     
  12. NovemberWhiskey thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Awesome! After countless hours of due diligence, I think I have narrowed it down to between the Sony VAIO FW or the MBP 17. I really want the MBP 17, but I know I am going to run into PC-compatibility issues down the road.

    I will need Office, Onenote, and possibly need to use bootcamp for school. If I can use this without any battery problems or lag problems on the MBP, I think I will go with that.

    Anyone experience lag while using office via VMware Fusion? Anyone use OneNote via Fusion and are able to use all the features (including the external mic)?
     
  13. iMouse macrumors regular

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    Power Mac G5 and PowerBook G4 are scheduled to be EOL'd June 16th. I'm sure people will continue to buy those long after they are EOL'd. :D
     
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    What he said.




    We've got a Dell and an HP lappy hanging around here but they piss me off (never freakin work right) and they're not as nice to look at.
     
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    Used to like VAIOs, gone off them a bit after Sony's well-known problems with boundaries (installing root-kits etc), and strange insistence on proprietary technologies (Memory Stick etc). If I'm gonna get a Windows machine, I want it to be interoperable. Played with a couple at work recently, not keen.

    Dell, good corporate machines, but home machines are known to be crap. Again, have a few of their laptops at work, not keen on them either.

    Lenovo (formerly IBM) - very nice machines. I'd probably get them. Black, sleek and industrial. Owned a couple of their Pentium and PII laptops, very nice. I like their new thin ones. Excellent keyboards (important for me).
     
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    Definitely not a stupid netbook. I'm not really sure what I would buy, just not one of those.
     
  18. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    Interesting that there are so many votes for Sony VAIO's. I will never buy another VAIO laptop, after the one I bought in 2003 died and revived itself upwards of 10 times (and is currently in its "dead" phase). Sony did a terrible job of soldering the memory slots onto the motherboard, so if you put RAM in one of the slots, it would eventually freeze your computer and finally short out the motherboard. Eventually, over the course of a few weeks, the machine would magically start working again. There was a huge class action lawsuit against Sony over this issue, and their only solution was to buy another $900 motherboard to replace the faulty ones THEY shipped with their machines.
     
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    Alienware used to have some really cool laptops...but probably a Dell XPS.

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     
  20. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    I have no idea. If Apple didn't exist, every other laptop would be completely different. Apple invented the laptop as we know it, they brought style, beauty and power to laptops. I could not possibly give an answer.

    And no, nothing compares to the 17" MBP for the price.
     
  21. Caezar macrumors 6502

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    I am going to buy the Acer Timeline (13-inch) when it is available in coming days/weeks.

    I'll install Ubuntu first and maybe Windows 7 when it is released.
     
  22. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Exactly. The problem is even more fundamental than this, however. Everyone except the poster who doesn't seem to know that Sun is spiraling toward Earth chose a Windows computer. Windows 1.0 included significant code licensed from Apple. Without Apple, it is entirely possible that Windows would not exist.
     
  23. klb028 macrumors 6502

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    I'd have to agree with the majority of the replies and say Sony VAIO as well.
     
  24. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    I'd probably get a Dell Adamo.

    Ohhhh, waiiiitt.....:D :D :D :D

    Probably a Sony VAIO with OpenSolaris or Fedora Linux. :cool:
     
  25. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    The same as now. Whichever has the best specs for the price.

    I don't care about looks. Rather I just use a laptop for business, it gets carried about and banged up all day. As long as it is under 6.5lbs and meets the meager specs I need out of a laptop I am happy. I always reinstall the OS anyways to get rid of the recovery partition and have a clean Windows install minus bloatware.

    What I care about really are desktops. In which case the same as now, custom built all the way.:cool:
     

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