Recommend me a nice PC laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by floyde, May 31, 2011.

  1. floyde macrumors 6502a

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    I know that it's a bit weird to ask this here, but I know that a lot of you own PC's as well, and I also know that you have good taste in computers since you own macs ;).

    I'm getting a laptop upgrade at work and I'm looking for a powerful, good-looking machine for use mostly on software development (although it wouldn't hurt if it was also a decent gaming machine, now that I'm forced to buy a new PC :)).

    So far all I've got is a Dell XPS 15z. It most likely caught my attention because it looks somewhat like a Macbook Pro, but it's been years since I used a Dell, so I don't know how good it might be.

    I need an i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. The only issue that I see with this laptop is that it seems to come with Windows 7 Home and I need the Pro version. Can this be changed? Can anyone recommend me other laptops?

    Thanks
     
  2. cupcakes2000 macrumors 6502

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    Macbook pro 17" i7!
     
  3. floyde thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not that I wouldn't like that, but it's a bit of overkill. I need to use Windows exclusively since I'll be working with Visual Studio. To get a Macbook Pro with i7 and 8gb would mean spending an extra $1000 or more, just for the aluminum casing. My boss wouldn't appreciate that ;)
     
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    Dell's business models (e.g. XPS 15) let you customize it with W7 Professional. According to some reliability studies, ASUS laptops seem to be the most reliable so it might be worth it to take a look at their offerings. Sony has some good ones as well.
     
  5. floyde thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I tried to configure an XPS and it wouldn't let me change the OS. Perhaps I need to go through the business menu. I'll take a look at ASUS models as well.
     
  6. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

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    Dell changes their branding from time to time, but IIRC, the XPS line is for the power gamer, thus, Windows Home Premium.

    The Latitude line is the enterprise class, and Vostro is the Small Business line - both of these will be available with Win7 Pro.

    Even though Thinkpads aren't what they used to be, I still think they are the best game in town for a business laptop.

    FWIW, I have run Multiple copies of Visual Studio in a Fusion VM on my MBP. It's a little slow at compile time, but reasonably responsive otherwise. Just sayin' - you don't necessarily have to go dedicated windows just for Visual Studio.
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Look at Dell's Vostro series laptops. They're amazing powerhouses, the only downside is that the screen resolution is 1366 x 766 (or whatever that widescreen resolution is).

    If you slide on over to the Dell Latitude lineup, they have every option under the sun, but they're also a bit pricy. But they do come with (up to) a 5 year on-side warranty, backlit keyboard, high-res screens, insane battery life, and docking stations.

    My personal favorite is the Vostro 3350, (13", $711 model) upgraded with a ATI 7450m graphics card and in bronze, for something like $950 with a 2-year warranty.

    If I could budget over $1200, I'd definitely look at the Thinkpad as well.
     
  8. solowmodel macrumors 6502

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    The HP business elitebook range looks decent, although I don't have any personal experience.
     
  9. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    Personally for development work Im a big fan of the Thinkpads... I have had various ThinkPad tablets until I was able to go all Mac earlier this year, and if I had to pick up a Windows Laptop I would probably purchase a Thinkpad without that much thought over it.
     
  10. Peteman100 macrumors 6502

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    Thinkpad quality has deteriorated in the last couple years, in my opinion. The HP Envy series is supposed to be refreshed in June. I would be looking at those.
     
  11. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    Odd, I haven't seen any issues around campus (Everyone seems to have either a Mac, a Thinkpad or an HP something-or-other...) - The Thinkpad T420 (I think - the latest low-end T-Series) I borrowed a few weeks ago for a week seemed pretty solid and was a nice machine. Admittedly I prefer Macs, but it certainly seems a lot more solid than the various HP/DELL Machines I've had in the past. I hope their quality hasn't taken that much of a tumble...
     
  12. floyde thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I'm currently looking at ASUS since my boss wants me to make sure that I buy a reliable laptop. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of models that these guys have. I'm looking for a 15" (don't want a huge laptop) with i7 and 6-8gb of RAM, but I can't find a model that has all those three characteristics. The ones with i7 seem to be huge 18" laptops. Does anybody know if they have a machine like this? Thanks
     
  13. Thisisgeorge macrumors newbie

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    HP elitebook, ASUS, Sony

    Don't bother with anything else.
     
  14. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

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    My Toshiba laptop has lasted me 3 years so you might try them.
     
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    Sackvillenb macrumors 6502a

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    Various websites (including consumer reports) have some good analyses of reliability statistics. And as previously mentioned, Asus is on of the best brands for reliability.

    But for your OS, keep in mind that with Windows 7 you can buy an "anytime upgrade" so you can easily upgrade to Windows 7 professional from any machine. So I would suggest not worrying about windows, and focus on buying the hardware that you like best, and then you can easily upgrade the OS yourself.
     

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