MacBook vs Thinkpad vs Pavilion vs Latitude - Please help !

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Laura-1, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. Laura-1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2014
    After reading one of the threads linked in my other post (here) I am seriously thinking of getting the Lenovo T440s or HP/Dell, as this Plasma Deposition seems to be quite fragile from what I'm reading.

    But I just noticed Apple are still selling the older MacBook without retina? can anyone advise if this could handle Windows 8 via Parallels and 4 years of future proofing for university?
  2. Laura-1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2014
    So it turns out that Dell and Lenevo can't be arsed to answer their phones at the weekend and HP are having a problem with the phones. Great start guys! The old MacBook looks like my only option.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I wouldn't buy an older laptop just because its not retina. You're spending a lot of money on older technology.

    Lenovo is a great model, take a look at those, and my company uses HP and I'm happy with the quality I see from HP. While not a laptop, I ordered an AIO HP for my wife.

    I don't know if that helps, as you may have specific questions regarding their models. I suggest you don't rush into a purchase but wait until those questions can be addressed.
  4. TriBruin macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2008
    Stay FAR away from Lenovo these days. Their latest laptops are crap. Three years ago I would have recommended them over any other laptop (except Apple, if you were willing to pay the extra.) Now, I can't believe how far they have fallen. You will hate the trackpad in no time.

    Dell are solid, but not spectacular. Right now, I would go with an HP laptop. I use one at work and it is very decent. The trackpad is "almost" as good as my MacBook Pro. Look at the 9480m series. They are well built.
  5. Laura-1, Dec 6, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2014

    Laura-1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2014
    Thank you both for your advice. There does seem to be a lot of negative reviews about the new Thinkpad trackpad, with no buttons. The screen brightness is pretty poor too.

    I had a look at the Dell 15" 7537, mixed reviews, here's the specs.

    Inspiron Notebook 7537
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64Bit) English
    16GB 2 DIMM (2x8GB) DDR3L 1600Mhz
    Backlit Keyboard
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M 2GB DDR5
    1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive with 8GB Cache
    Intel® Wireless-N 7260 BGN + Bluetooth 4.0
    1 year Collect & Return Hardware Support included with your PC
    Wireless Wan Card Mobile Broadband not included
    4-cell Lithium Ion (58WHr) Battery
    4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4510U processor (4M Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)
    LCD Back Cover - Silver (Touch Screen)
    15.6" LED Backlit Touch Display with Truelife and FHD resolution (1920 x 1080)
    McAfee® LiveSafe Consumer 12 Month Subscription
    90W AC Adapter
    No CD/DVD Drive

    It's on offer right now at £814, click here.

    After looking at the above specs I agree that buying the older MacBook may not be good value for money, unless I needed OS-X (I do need container/volume encryption).

    However, there are a large number of negative reviews for many of the Dell laptops. So HP is my current favorite. I looked for the 9480m but it does not seem to be available in the UK?, same with the Envy 14 :( I have no idea why. But the HP Pavilion 15-p100na looks to be a good laptop. The screen and lack of backlit keyboard are not so good, but the DVD drive I would use for university.

    Windows 8.1 64
    Intel® Core™ i7-4510U with Intel HD Graphics 4400 (2 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
    8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)
    15.6" Diagonal HD BrightView WLED-backlit (1366 x 768)
    802.11b/g/n (1x1) and Bluetooth® 4.0 combo (Miracast compatible)
    Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN
    SuperMulti DVD burner
    1 TB 5400 rpm SATA
    User-replaceable battery
    2.27 kg

    Or this HP ENVY at £799

    Windows 8.1 64
    Intel HM87 Core™ i7-4700MQ with Intel HD Graphics 4600 (2.4 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
    12 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (1 x 4 GB, 1 x 8 GB)
    Memory slots 2 user-accessible
    15.6” diagonal FHD BrightView LED-backlit touch screen (1920 x 1080)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M (2 GB DDR3 dedicated)
    Full-size island-style backlit with numeric keypad
    Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wireless
    802.11ac (2x2) and Bluetooth® 4.0 combo
    1 TB 5400 rpm SATA with Flash cache 8 GB
    User-replaceable battery
    2.56 kg

    And since I won't have FileVault or Disk Utility I would also need to purchase an alternative to TrueCrypt, such as: BestCrypt which annoyingly, is subscription based, so very expensive.

    The quest continues...

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