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College laptop?

#1TiamatKillerPosted 8/20/2013 7:35:03 PM
I want a laptop that has a Haswell processor, is relatively light yet still sturdy, and that will give good performance.

http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model-datasheet/NX.MBKAA.008

I am looking at this one (though it is on the expensive side, it seems to be a quality ultrabook) which Linus recommends.

I was thinking about waiting for retina, Haswell Macbooks and/or the Lenovo t440s. I just wanted some opinions about these laptops and what you guys would suggest. I realize that the Acer and maybe even the Macbook might be a lot for a college laptop, but I want a quality machine that will last a long time and be portable. The Haswell IGPU, though nothing to note, also gives some performance.
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#2DragnfyrPosted 8/20/2013 7:39:20 PM(edited)
2013 MacBook Air. The Retina MacBook Pro is a good choice if you want to do some heavier gaming. I got my rMBP last year for college and it has worked out great so far. Definitely wait for the Haswell refresh this year though.
I wouldn't recommend any laptops with Hi-DPI screens on Windows though. The poor DPI scaling would negate the benefits of the high resolution.
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#3jrb363Posted 8/20/2013 7:38:18 PM
Dragnfyr posted...
2013 MacBook Air. The Retina MacBook Pro is not a good choice if you want to do some heavier gaming.

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#4DragnfyrPosted 8/20/2013 7:42:34 PM(edited)
jrb363 posted...
Dragnfyr posted...
2013 MacBook Air. The Retina MacBook Pro is not a good choice if you want to do some heavier gaming.


It's a good choice for a gaming capable ultrabook with a super high resolution screen. The new Blade 14 and MSI GE40 are also good choices but the screens are a lot worse.
I actually do all my gaming on my Macbook now because my gaming desktop is halfway across the country and it has worked out pretty well. I play most games at medium or med-high settings at 1080p on my 23" monitor that I have hooked up to it.
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#5Skul_Posted 8/20/2013 7:41:27 PM
jrb363 posted...
Dragnfyr posted...
2013 MacBook Air. The Retina MacBook Pro is not a good choice if you want to do some heavier gaming.

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#6grnsunPosted 8/20/2013 7:49:08 PM
probably not what you wanted, but if you are spending this much money, might as well get this refurbished laptop http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8197383&CatId=17

we have this one, and its working great! It seems to be like a mac book pro like laptop.
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#7DragnfyrPosted 8/20/2013 7:53:26 PM
grnsun posted...
probably not what you wanted, but if you are spending this much money, might as well get this refurbished laptop http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8197383&CatId=17

we have this one, and its working great! It seems to be like a mac book pro like laptop.
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That one is similar in size and weight to the old-style MacBook Pros so it's not extremely portable. It's also been discontinued as Samsung has replaced it with the Ativ Book lineup so that's why only refurbs are available. It was a solid laptop when it was in production but there are better choices like the MSI GE40 for an ultraportable gaming laptop in the $1200 range now.
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#8TimePharaohPosted 8/20/2013 7:54:35 PM
Unless you're going to school for something you need heavy programs for....anything

College=/=gaming btw to the guy who said macbook (forgamingwutlolz)
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#9DragnfyrPosted 8/20/2013 7:59:02 PM
TimePharaoh posted...
Unless you're going to school for something you need heavy programs for....anything

College=/=gaming btw to the guy who said macbook (forgamingwutlolz)


I meant the Retina Macbook Pro is a good choice if he wants an ultrabook style laptop that can play high end games. A lot of people in college only have a laptop so if TC wants to do some heavy gaming while still having an ultraportable laptop for his other college needs then a gaming capable ultrabook is the way to go.
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#10MaKhaosPosted 8/20/2013 8:14:41 PM
This one is decent for an ultrabookish one. 1366x768 though.
http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-v551lbdb71t-touch-p-6158.html

Obviously, the Macbook Pro Retina with Haswell and whatever they are updating from the 650m will be pretty impressive if you're willing to fork over the money.

There's a Sager with Iris Pro. I have not looked up the performance on it but early videos had it matching the 650m in Dirt 3 or whatever.
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np2740-clevo-w740su-p-6201.html
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