No Windows laptops comparable to 13" MBP for my needs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by drock, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. drock macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2007
    I've been away from using Macs for a long time because I couldn't justify the price per features... but I'm at a point now where my current needs/wants out of a laptop have directed me back towards the MBP

    I've considered every possible configuration for my needs, from a desktop+netbook+wacom tablet, to a tablet laptop, to just laptop, etc... and surprisingly, the only combo that makes sense now is a 13" MBP + Wacom tablet

    Basically, I've searched high and low for a laptop that meets these criteria:
    -Great battery life (as in more than 6 hours with regular Wifi usage)
    -Graphics power (for 3d modeling and gaming)
    -Ergonomic keyboard and trackpad (I am VERY picky about these)
    -Light and easy to carry (less than 5 pounds)

    Everything else is optional to me.... processor, hard drive, RAM, etc... are all second-tier features to me because if the above list is met, I just assume that the rest of the specs are adequate as well.

    And I can't find a single Windows laptop that meets my list... and the ones that (barely) do, are priced similar to the MBP!

    So yeah... I can't believe it but the MBP is no longer a "luxury" item to me... it seems to be the most logical laptop for what I'm looking for, and is priced competitively!

    Chime in if the MBP is actually the smartest buy for you, or if you can point me in the direction of a better/comparable Windows machine.
  2. bperrella macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
  3. drock thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2007
    I'm gonna! =D

    I'm just shocked that for the first time in... well, forever, the MBP is the most competitively priced option for me. It was the battery life that really cinched it for me.
  4. chrisvee macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    Winnipeg, Canada
    Yeah, you probably won't find better battery life in a laptop. Unless of course you go for a netbook.. But yeno, Mac OS is the way to go. :D
  5. drock thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2007
    That's true and I do love Mac OS... but the thing is, there's always the option of Hackintosh =P So if I really needed OSX I could find a way.... but it's the hardware in the MBP that's really impressive to me for the price.
  6. chrisvee macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    Winnipeg, Canada
    Okay fine, let me rephrase that. MBP Unibody Awesomeness + Mac OSX = Win. :)
  7. brianfast macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2010
    Asus U30JC

    The MBP 13 sucks for gaming. Especially in OS X.
  8. chuckflip53 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    Competitors DO exist but is the price difference worth it?

    I wanted a laptop that was thin, durable and light yet packed a punch inside (this effectively counts out all netbooks since they lack power). The only competing notebook I found was a Sony, the Z-series VAIO laptop. The Z-11 is pricier than the Macbook Pro 13" because its base model includes an i5 processor (3.06GHz), 128GB SSD, 1600x900 resolution and a lighter weight (1 lb. lighter)...but is an extra $900 worth it? When you think about it, Apple COULD have created a MBP 13" with i5/i7 + added higher resolution options - clearly SONY has already done it - but you have to factor in price and in this case, some people might think that the extra $900 (or more, for example if you want to upgrade the HDD since 128GB is pretty paltry) is unnecessary spending.
  9. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Excellent find, a pity that gaming was all you could say that was better on a Windows laptop. :rolleyes:.
  10. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    As I understand, MBP does not meet two of your criteria. Chiclet keyboard is not ergonomic and MBP graphics obviously is not the best in its class (never is). Then, of course, there never is an ideal computer ;) Obvious alternatives are Sony Vaio Z and HP Envy 14 (which is much more powerful than MBP). If you want about the same performance as MBP but for less money, take a look at ASUS U30Jc-1A.
  11. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    There are a couple laptops out there comparable to the MBP 13 but the design in each are lacking and sometimes they have some major flaws.

    1. Asus U30JC - Bigger size and bulkier but good performer
    2. Asus U33JC - Worse graphics performance than U30JC and ugly I think
    3. Asus U35JC - Looks great and good graphics but no optical drive
    4 Acer 3820TG - Great performance but build quality issue and no OD
    5. Sony Vaio S - Battery life kind of sucks and US model sucks
    6. Toshiba R700/R705 - Graphics performance sucks and keyboard kinda small

    Also consider that all of those don't have Mac OSX which is an awesome reason to get a Mac.
  12. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    This is by far the most comfortable keyboard I've ever typed on, but I guess it doesn't have the word ergonomic stickered onto the palm rest.:rolleyes:

    I should mention I've gone on several coding binges (last minute assignments) with this bad boy and its far more comfortable then any other computer I've used for such a feat.
  13. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    Sony Vaio Z is overpriced.
    HP Envy is a knockoff that performs horribly and materials are chintzy.
    Asus U30JC has a horrid screen and is noticeably bulkier.

    HP Envy also has poor battery life as well.
  14. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I wouldn't expect amazing things from the graphics chip, although I doubt it sucks as much as people make it seem. Otherwise, I would say it's a pretty complete package. I agree with NT1440, this is definitely the best laptop keyboard I have typed on. It's perfectly spaced and is crisp, has good feel. The only keyboard I have used that I have actually liked better is the apple wired one (I need the number pad - excel sucks without it). It's roughly the same, just with a slightly different texture to the keys and an even more crisp feel.
  15. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Yup, the only keyboard I like more is my Apple bluetooth, which is essentially the same exact one but better on a desk. :)
  16. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Maybe, but not as much as MBP ;)
    You are probably talking about older models. Just check the link that I provided. Envy 14 beats MBP 13 in all performance tests.

    It's 4.8 pounds vs 4.4 for MBP. If this is too much, there is ASUS U33Jc which has better display, weighs 4.4 and looks great.
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    We'll just glance over the 5+ hour battery life difference, its not like the OP was asking for good battery life or anything....
  18. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    yeah seriously. dunno if it qualifies as ergonomic but it's the best typing experience after the 12" powerbook keyboard (for me) :D
  19. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    Southern Ontario
    i am using a 13" macbook and the keyboard is amazing!!! just so smooth, it sounds like you have already sold on the computer and that it meets your needs, you will love it, and yes macs are so much faster then everything else and have amazing batteries and screens and are super light =D haha enjoy it =D
  20. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Did you notice that OP is looking for a laptop to run Windows? OSX is the major reason why MBP has decent battery life. When running Windows, its battery life will get worse. That said, battery life for ASUS U30Jc is just 40 minutes shorter than for MBP (which BTW means that when both laptops run Windows ASUS may actually get better battery life).
  21. xacimo macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    My vote goes to the Macbook Pro. The overall user experience is so much better than with any windows laptop (OSX, unibody, trackpad, etc)

    But don't think about using it with windows regularly. I have windows 7 on my MPB and not only does the battery last much less, the trackpad works much less smoothly.
  22. GamecockMac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2005
    Columbia, SC
    Did you notice that just 3 years ago PC World found the MacBook Pro to be the best laptop to run Windows Vista? Perhaps things haven't changed as much as you'd like people to believe they have.
  23. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    Office is much better. As also are SPSS, Matlab and SAS, and photoshop until CS5.

    When it comes to ergonomics and if one works with open source tools, the Mac shows its strength.
  24. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    SSD Trim support, windows7 aero snap/peek features, M$ office including outlook, visual studio, database development, battery life while running windows, silverlight support, flash support, graphics switching, multitouch support, wifi reception, hardware upgradability.
  25. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Fail. Gimme a break. Office is better on Windows huh? Well shouldn't it be since Microsoft makes Windows and Office? Well here's news for ya, iTunes is better on Mac, need I explain why?

    As for the rest, fail again. Battery life isn't better on Windows machines. Silverlight, again it's made by Microsoft. How is multitouch support better in Windows, most Windows laptops suck at multitouch. Hardware upgradability is limited to desktops and you can very easily upgrade a Mac Pro. Flash support is the issue from a 3rd party company. That's not a plus for Windows computers in terms of them being better.
    Graphics switching requires an update from Apple and that's not a good enough reason for someone to consider a PC over a Mac, and Wifi reception is negotiable as I have 2 recent Windows notebooks in my household that drop signal constantly while my Macbooks stay full signal.
    Big WOW about Aero Peak, sure it's a nice feature but Expose, Spaces kicks the crap out it. Day to day more people are likely to use Expose and Spaces than they would snapping two windows side by side on the screen.

    SSD Trim support so far has proven that it's only needed in Windows and not Mac according to a few articles on the web from test performed.

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