Small quad-core laptop

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  1. cube macrumors G5

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    I cannot find any acceptable small quad core laptops.

    Even if one were to accept 14" instead of 13", they are either
    - Too heavy and with a too slow CPU
    - Wrongly spec'ed with low resolution displays
    - Not available anymore
     
  2. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    It would help if we knew your requirements.
    What do you want to do with it?
    If you want Windows, good specs and reasonable build quality in a small package then Sony Vaio would seem like a good option.
    Not that much cheaper than the MBP when you spec them up tho...
     
  3. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    I don't want Windows, but for Mac it's going to take a long time.

    CPU is more important than graphics in this case, so I was looking for a 2kg i7 quad with 900 lines.

    There are no such Vaios.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    You initial post implies a non mac computer since you're referencing 13" and 14" laptops neither of are being offered by apple. The 13" MBP is a dual core.

    Anyways, your only option is 15" or 17" for a quad core for Macs
     
  5. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    This is not only about Macs, that's why it is in this section.
     
  6. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Err, if you don't want Windows, and you can't get a Mac....what's left?

    Any computer you buy will come with Windows preloaded. You can buy any computer you want, and put on a flavor of Linux on there..if you want to go that route..



    You said you were looking at 14" laptops, which Apple doesn't offer. So that means you were looking at Windows laptops. But you said you don't want Windows.... And so we assumed you meant Macs, hence the forum you're on. But then you said you weren't looking only at Macs...so I'm very confused at this point.
     
  7. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    You can get the Alienware M14x with quad i7's. But that is a pretty heavy and thick machine.
     
  8. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    You may buy something that you don't want if you have no choice.
     
  9. oiuh151 macrumors 6502

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  10. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    If I could wait until then I wouldn't be looking at Windows laptops.
     
  11. oiuh151 macrumors 6502

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    Well then good luck with your search. You're not going to find any laptops that are as thin, light and small as you want with a 45W CPU in it.
     
  12. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    You can get a 14" HP Envy with the same 2.3GHz quad-core i7 that the 15" and 17" MBPs have. It's 1.16" high, which is pretty close to the MBP's 0.95". The screen resolution isn't 900 lines, but you'll have to compromise somewhere.
     
  13. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    There were notebooks that would fit the bill, but they are not sold anymore.
     
  14. DoghouseMike macrumors regular

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    Maybe they all melted

    Sorry, that's not that useful. Don't the dual core machine now have that hyper threading thing where they pretend they have 4 cores, or something?
    If you can't wait, and no one is making what you want right now, you're gonna have to compromise somewhere. How about a second hand version of whatever the small quad cores you're looking at were?
     
  15. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    Notebook PCs are not the kind of thing one buys used.
     
  16. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    As usual, the Dell website is broken.

    The model is actually available, but it weighs 2kg not only with the 4-cell battery, which maybe OK, but also with the optical drive removed, which is even more cheating.
     
  17. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    14" is too big, at least without a thin bezel.
     
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  19. cube thread starter macrumors G5

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    I know about that MSI. It has a low resolution display.
     

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