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Light weight, reasonably powerful Mac alternative?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Nomad_K, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Nomad_K

    Nomad_K Senior member

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    After less than two months my wonderful piece of 'superior technology' as the Apple faithful call it crashed, overheated after a restart, and then turned itself into an expensive paper weight. Apple is currently 'looking into it' so I am currently 'looking into alternatives.'

    I have a Dell laptop and desktop for the day job but I need something a bit more powerful than a netbook for home and consulting on occasion. Based on the following, can any computer experts provide a little advice?

    Requirements - lightweight - I travel a fair bit. Enough processing power for number crunching and a bit of video streaming (tele-conferences).

    Dell - not interested (service & reliability or lack thereof).

    Sony VAIO X - nice looking piece of ultra-light kit but again I worry about their service (SE Asia and the US). Thoughts? If I was based in Japan I wouldn't ask, I would have just picked up the Sony.

    Lenovo - maybe a little better on service here in SE Asia but I haven't been impressed with the 'whole package' offered by any of the Lenovo's that I have looked at here.

    HP - leaning towards an HP at the moment.
     
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    I would think a ThinkPad X series would be sufficient for what you're doing.
     
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    After less than two months my wonderful piece of 'superior technology' as the Apple faithful call it crashed, overheated after a restart, and then turned itself into an expensive paper weight. Apple is currently 'looking into it' so I am currently 'looking into alternatives.'

    You can get them to give you a brand new computer, you just have to complain properly.
     
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    An OS note: Definitely consider Windows 7 on whichever machine you choose.
     
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    Hi everyone, thank you for the thoughts. I will definitely be looking at Windows 7, and I am going to look at a few Lenovos tonight or tomorrow.

    Mac/Apple continues to impress. They returned my laptop in a day, having reinstalled the OS because they 'weren't sure what was wrong.' Now, I have:

    - no sound;
    - Numbers crashes on command;
    - iTunes does not recognize my library which was 'created with a newer version of itunes'
    - updating iTunes (after uninstall and reboot) did not alleviate the problem
    - Skype crashed upon initiating a call
    - Attempts to uninstall and update failed because the download failed to create an image (two different 'geniuses' tried to fix this to no avail).
     
  7. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Acer.
     
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    It sounds like you could probably get by with a netbook depending on the type of numbers you are crunching but you also might want to look into the HP Elitebook series. I love my 2730p tablet - 64bit with 4BG of RAM running W7 and Ubuntu 9. It's very light with a 12" screen, no DVD drive though, external only.

    I've traveled with it extensively in the last year and it's taken several hard knocks - still going strong.
     
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    Acer.

    Bingo! On a cost benefit analysis Acer wins.

    Sadly I did my research after the fact.

    Be sure to read this about Dell!
     
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    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Bingo! On a cost benefit analysis Acer wins.

    Sadly I did my research after the fact.

    Be sure to read this about Dell!


    I have twelve years of computer building experience. [​IMG]
     
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    I have twelve years of computer building experience. [​IMG]

    All with Windows 98SE? [​IMG]
     
  13. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    All with Windows 98SE? [​IMG]

    The first four or so years. [​IMG]
     
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    The first four or so years. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     

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