Sick of waiting, need a 300 - 400 $ device for ~3months

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by frankgrimes, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. frankgrimes macrumors 6502a

    frankgrimes

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    Today was the point of no return, Android just isn't useful for doing office work. Had to spend 3 hours freaking hours just to edit my so called "docx" files to have the look I want in Word 2010.
    Of course like a lot of people I've decided to pass on the MBP 2016 and I'm waiting for the surface pro 5, maybe even Surface Book 2 but anyways in the meantime I've saved some budget and will now buy a cheap device to finally take notes and not worry about how the design looks on Word 2010! This has driven me insane today.

    I know at this price point I shouldn't expect much and thankfully I don't need much. The only requirements are:

    - Foxitreader and Office programs need to run side by side
    - keyboard should have solid travel I know I can't expect surface pro 4 like quality
    - 1366 x 766 at least as resolution
    - battery life >= 6 hours
    - must run Windows

    Things I've been looking at so far:
    - Asus Transformer Book T102ha but man that keyboard looks very cramped
    - Asus E200ha - nice 11,6 inch but only 2gb of ram worries me I'll doubt thats enough to run my programs side by side flawlessy :(
    - Lenovo Miix 320 (4gb) variant - sadly no parice point and ETA for Austria

    So if someone has any other suggestions they would be very welcome, I've also thought hard about buying a used one on ebay but the unsureness about the batteries makes me think that this might not be a good idea.
     
  2. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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  3. kawalerzysta macrumors member

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    Did you thought about Surface 3 (non pro model)?
     
  4. frankgrimes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you guys a lot. I've looked at the non pro model of the surface but it's around 450 euros without the keyboard.
     
  5. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    No comparison. Surface 3 has a weaker Atom CPU, tops out at 4GB DRAM, storage is slower eMMC and 128GB max and no LTE option.
     
  6. frankgrimes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Update found the Helix 2 for around 330 euros so I did bid on it.
     
  7. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    If you don't need a tablet/2-in-1 you might also want to consider a ThinkPad X240.
    They can be bought in mint condition on eBay for about €350.
    Keyboard will be about as good as it gets for laptops made in the last few years.
     
  8. frankgrimes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Another nice suggestion thank you so much. will soon see if my bidding succeeded or not.

    Also received a nice offer IdeaPad new 100s 14inch for 340 bucks so can't wait to finally work with office on the go.

    And no I don't need a 2 in 1 it's nice but I'm already sick of touch screens for now of course the surface line is a different kind of beast
     

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