In love with the MBP trackpad, but...

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  1. thirty7alpha macrumors member

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    Assuming I can't bear to wait any longer after sitting through February for any legitimate sign of the purported 2011 refresh, are there any other great notebooks (i.e. PCs) that give me the same/similar functionality as the MBP trackpad?

    Put differently, if you had to choose another laptop, based largely on form factor issues such as the trackpad, what would you choose? I'm hearing good things about the Samsung 9, but I LOVE the intuitiveness of the Apple trackpad.
     
  2. MACAPALOOZA macrumors member

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    I don't think that you will get anything close to the apple trackpad, except for the WACOM tablets (which are more money on top of the laptop). I don't think there are many laptops out there with a trackpad with as much real estate. That is why most people like them. And also on Windows machines, it is difficult to change the sensitivity and speed on the trackpads. I guess you could think about the magic trackpad or whatever it is called, but I don't know if it works that well with PC's. How much money were you looking to spend on a windows computer?
     
  3. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    Why don't you just buy a current MBP? Just because you can't wait for the refresh doesn't mean you have to put up with a pc. Some offer similar functionality trackpad but none actually work as good as the mbp.
     
  4. MACAPALOOZA macrumors member

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    The updates are usually during mid-year. That is not very long. If you have a computer that won't work that long, I would say that you should probably go with buying a current MBP, but if your computer could stand to last another 5-6 months, i would say to just wait it out. You may see that waiting would be really rewarding.
     
  5. thirty7alpha thread starter macrumors member

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    I've had a 15" MBP since 2008, but spilled coffee onto it about 2 months ago. Doh.

    Ready for the refresh, to put it mildly.;)
     
  6. MACAPALOOZA macrumors member

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    I would just say to get it now. There can't be that much of a physical change to the MBP's. I don't think that you should go back to a windows computer. They just aren't the same. And once you have a Mac, you are spoiled, and going back to a PC wouldn't be very fun. If you had to money to get a cheap PC and a new MBP, that would be your best choice. Then you wouldn't need bootcamp. But anyway, that is my opinion. You should get it now unless you have to money to get a netbook, then a MBP.
     
  7. thirty7alpha thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't think I want to go back to a Windows-based product, either. I just know that if I go out tomorrow and order one of the current MBPs, and then the refresh is dramatic, I'll be kicking myself. Wait for it......wait for it.... :eek:
     
  8. peapody macrumors 68040

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    I'd say just get a refurb or a good deal on an older unibody C2D or something. You will get better resale value versus buying a PC temporarily.
     
  9. MACAPALOOZA macrumors member

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    I hope that you come to a very logical conclusion. I wish you the best of luck on your computer problems.
     
  10. thirty7alpha thread starter macrumors member

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  11. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    It'll be here before you know it. Speculators seem to think April is the absolute latest we'll see the new ones, and even that's not too far off. January is near over, February is a short month, and that just leaves March. And it could very well show up in March anyway.
     
  12. vipergts2207 macrumors 65816

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    I think a betting man would indeed put his money on March as the month for the update. Dual cores won't be out until 2/20 and there are only 2 weeks in April until we reach the over 1 year mark since the last update, which is eons in the tech industry. I'm making my official guess right now, March 29th, 2011.
     
  13. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    The pattern on MacRumors is to estimate the refresh will occur in:

    X + 60 days
    X = current date.

    I will do my best to satisfy.
    In October the refresh was going to be here in time for Christmas. By November the rumor was the unveiling would happen for New Years! Then came February. Now we are in the estimation zone of March - April. If it doesn't come by then I would assume it would happen by May or June.
     
  14. leetlamer macrumors member

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    Since when did anybody think the refresh was going to be here before Christmas? Anyone who thought it was coming before the release of Sandy Bridge is an idiot.

    I think February is likely.
     
  15. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    The HP Envy 17 is supposed to have an amazing trackpad, I would have gone for one but I'd heard of the crippling overheating issues.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. rjbruce macrumors regular

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    The few multitouch PC trackpads i've used are both small and the function seemed like an afterthought. Not sure if it was a cheap trackpad or Windows inability to use it effectively but I'm guessing it was likely both. I have a PC I use for some gaming as well as video encoding and thought a magic trackpad would be nice but even if you get it to work seems like the multitouch will not.
     
  17. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    That looks sorta like a ripoff of a MBP. With the bezel and all...
     
  18. thirty7alpha thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I'll wait for the refresh, and then just be crushed when the updates are underwhelming. :rolleyes:
     
  19. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    Didn't you read my equation? The time to guess February was in December. Now you must guess March or April. Equations don't lie. Trust me, I know how to add and subtract.
     
  20. vipergts2207 macrumors 65816

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    This, right here.

    Anyone who said we'd have a refresh before January really had no clue what they were talking about since we knew SB wouldn't be launched until January. And now that we know the date for dual cores it's not hard to predict when Apple will refresh.
     
  21. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! A PC laptop with a normal keyboard and a centered trackpad; I didn't think I'd ever see the day. :eek:
     
  22. Maziar macrumors 6502

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    Actually none of envy models have good trackpads (compared to MBPs)
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4060/hp-envy-17-hps-macbook-pro-killer/2
    "And then there's the touchpad. Once again we have PC designers following Apple's lead without bothering to really understand it (though to be fair, I'm in the minority that hates Apple's unified touchpad to begin with). On a Mac where there's really only the one big mouse button, making the whole touchpad depress makes more sense, but PC users are used to being able to right-click. We need two buttons, and the unified design here feels awkward to use. It's a better implementation than I've seen elsewhere but it still doesn't improve on just having a touchpad and two buttons."
     
  23. thirty7alpha thread starter macrumors member

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    Very helpful. My suspicions were confirmed. Waiting for the refresh. I'm betting on a more reliable leak within the next two weeks.
     
  24. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't have used the trackpad anyway :p.

    I have a nice big chunky Microsoft Sidewinder X8 mouse, it was the keyboard I fell in love with on the Envy, thats one thing ive been jelous of on the MBP's as a PC user. A nice design of keyboard with a backlight.

    Every laptop I've found with that style of keyboard was too expensive and/or didn't match to the specs I wanted.

    The current Viao I have cost me £1,400 to assemble, has all the specs I wanted and it nice and smooth matte black, but has the bog standard PC keyboard where dust collects underneath the keys with age.
     

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