What Computer To Buy...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DocStone, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. DocStone macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    I have been a long time Mac user. (IIC) I currently use a 17" MBP and tragedy has struck.

    The company that I work for has mandated that I can't use my personal computer at work anymore despite that I have been for 10 years. They have instructed me to buy a laptop and I am not allowed to buy a Mac. I can't even have a Mac with windows on it. It has to be a non-apple machine.

    So, my question for you all is what should I buy? It needs to be fairly light and thin so I can carry it easily but I have huge hands, (I am 6'5") so one of those mini puters are too small.

    I will use it for email and the basics. Thanks for your advice.
     
  2. Scippy macrumors regular

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    Wow that sucks. :(

    You could try a Sony Vaio or a Lenevo.
     
  3. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    The squaretrade survey puts ASus as #1 in reliability.

    In my personal experience I like Dell and lenovo. Hp is the absolute worst
     
  4. DocStone thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks all. Any idea for a ultra thin laptop?
     
  5. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    What sort of machine are you looking for? A workhorse, like the HP Envy? An ultraportable, like the Dell Adamo XPS? What price range? It's pretty tough to recommend a machine without any idea of price or intended use...
     
  6. DocStone thread starter macrumors regular

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    As far as the price, not too concerned. Just want the basics and light.
     
  7. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    Dell studio laptops are about the size and weight of a mbp. Never used one. I have an Inspiron 6000 I bought in 2004 I just gave to my inlaws. It's running vista and I NSF ordered 2gb ram for it. My mom has a similar one with 2gb ram and vista and never complains. She's had hers since 2004.
     
  8. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    seriously? you cant even use a mac with windows on it? I have to ask, who do you work for? Microsoft?? Sorry but thats a load of crap if they wont allow you to buy a mac and put windows on it. Asus, sony or Lenovo would be your best bet, aside from mac. if you get an HP, get one in the business class/section. Same with Dell. HP and Dell's home/home office products seem to break way to easily...
     
  9. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    I have a Hp compaq 8510p business laptop. It sucks. I'll take a consumer Dell over it anyday. Support sucks as well and the 3 year warranty is worthless.
     
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    Commiserations. I sympathise (strongly) with you as I'm in a somewhat similar situation myself. Currently, my MBP is sitting (hardly used) in western Europe while I'm in the Caucasus on what was specified by my employers as a "Windows Only" work environment. Out here, I have two laptops - a small Toshiba supplied by my Govt (not bad, but equipped with Vista, unfortunately) and at my desk sits a HP laptop, supplied by the mission, about which the less said the better.

    In the past, I have used (and owned) both a Toshiba (Satellite Pro) and then a Sony Vaio laptop, before I made the switch to Mac, and both were very good. The Sony Vaio can be small, stylish and neat (and very portable) but I have found that Toshiba in general make nice rugged machines, and are possibly more suited to your needs.

    Cheers and good luck
     

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