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Macbook Pro 13" VS Lenovo X220 Tablet?

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I'm interested in buying either one of these for school. I am a Computer Science student and do a lot of programming work and will be doing work in graphic design and other areas later on; I use my laptop heavily while also sometimes running Photoshop CS5 (working with 18-22MP images) and other software in the background.

Based on what I know so far:

Macbook Pro 13":
- I like the look and feel
- Never used a Mac before, so it'd be an interesting new experience
- I get a discount by buying it from Campus and can buy it locally... don't have to deal with shipping and if I don't like it in 2 weeks I can always bring it back with no hassle.
- Larger screen; what really bothers me about the Lenovo is its small size; feels too much like a netbook
- Easier to re-sell later on if I upgrade or need quick cash
- I prefer the touchpad

Lenovo X220 Tablet 12":
- Tablet functionality- very useful for taking notes
- A more rugged feel; feels like it can take more abuse.
- IPS screen


The biggest thing holding me back from the Lenovo is the small screen and having to deal with shipping and all, and will cost me roughly $200 extra.. (since I get a discount for the Macbook Pro). Thoughts?
Edited by Winwin - 11/3/11 at 8:03am
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1. Macs run parallels or bootcamp so all of your windows software would still be usable with the purchase of windows 7.
2. I'm sure you'll use the tablet functionality for a few days, get tired of it, then stop using it. While I love having an iPad with a touch screen, if it weighed as much as my laptop, there would really be no reason to have and use it all that much as the functionality would go right out the door.
3. Typically programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. tend to run on Mac better as the OS is built better to run the programs.
4. Lenovo / IBM is at the top of the PC world for build quality, with that being said, Apple builds a more solid product, with better looks IMO, and realistically for the features that you get (and battery life which my MBP 13" sandy bridge gets 7+ house of actual use) the MBP wins.

They both have their different pro's and con's - I just think the MBP is a more professional laptop that you will enjoy working with. I have 10.7.2 installed, and its an amazing OS (though I've used mac since OS 9)

Good luck with your future purchase!
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If you draw, the X220T is a mobile Cintiq.

Comparing the X220T to an iPad is like comparing..

A car to a bicycle.
Edited by Kand - 10/31/11 at 5:47am
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X220t:
-IPS screen, 1366x768 > 1280x800.
-Weighs 1.5 pounds less
-Full-sized keyboard (7 rows, kind of silly how they stuff more in a 12.5" than most companies do in a 14")
-Spill-proof keyboard
-carbon fiber/magnesium chassis, much more durable than aluminum
-theft-deterrent - seriously, someone will steal your MBP if you leave it unattended in a library.
-With a 9-cell you're looking at 9+ hours of battery, still weighing less than a MBP.

Only cons I suppose is that it "looks" old. Personally I don't care much about laptop aesthetics, but some people do. I'd also consider laptops like the Samsung Chronos, Asus Zenbook, Dell XPS 14z, HP Envy, etc. if you just want something that looks nice and has a backlit keyboard.
 
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I just got my x220 last week. I must say the keyboard is great. I didn't think about it when I bought it, but the scissor switches are great.

The IPS screen blows other laptops out of the water, and size, 12.5", in my opinion, is perfect.

Defiantly go with the x220.

* do a slick deals search for the x220. I got mine with a few coupons (one was a barnes and nobles log in thing) for $788 shipped (includes tax). I got mine with the IPS screen, web cam, blue tooth, finger print reader; all the bells and whistles.

** I'm also computer science. I run Arch Linux on here. Very easy setup, no drivers issues at all. As far as the tablet version, I tried one and wasn't a fan for note taking. If you haven't tested it out already, I would say go play with one someone where first.
Edited by hoth17 - 10/31/11 at 10:56am
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Thank you for the replies so far!

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* do a slick deals search for the x220. I got mine with a few coupons (one was a barnes and nobles log in thing) for $788 shipped (includes tax). I got mine with the IPS screen, web cam, blue tooth, finger print reader; all the bells and whistles.

** I'm also computer science. I run Arch Linux on here. Very easy setup, no drivers issues at all. As far as the tablet version, I tried one and wasn't a fan for note taking. If you haven't tested it out already, I would say go play with one someone where first.
Do you know if there are any deals for the Tablet version? I'm having trouble finding any. Just last week there was a -$300 discount with a special "early" Halloween promotion on Lenovo Canada's site, but I missed it

At my campus bookstore there is only a Lenovo X220 non-tablet. Never got to try a tablet version. I tried the regular X220 and liked it, but the screen is just a little small for my liking. I think this is the thing holding me back the most since I use my computer 6-7+ hours a day and my eyes get a bit tired of looking at a small screen. And of course, where I am, it'd cost me roughly 170$ more if I went with the Lenovo over the MBP.

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-With a 9-cell you're looking at 9+ hours of battery, still weighing less than a MBP.

Only cons I suppose is that it "looks" old. Personally I don't care much about laptop aesthetics, but some people do. I'd also consider laptops like the Samsung Chronos, Asus Zenbook, Dell XPS 14z, HP Envy, etc. if you just want something that looks nice and has a backlit keyboard.
Where do I get a 9-cell on the X220T? On the customization page it only offers me a 6-cell. I know I can get the "slice" add-on battery, but it's too bulky for my taste and with the considerable extra cost Ide rather get a SSD.

I don't care too much for the Lenovo look, in fact, I like it- looks professional
I'm currently on an ASUS U45JC- it looks nice, but I find the laptop is a bit sluggish when I'm editing 18-22MP photos on Photoshop CS5 (which is very often).
Edited by Winwin - 10/31/11 at 11:14am
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Sorry, I haven't heard of any current deals. I have seen a few deals pop up every now and then, but none have been for the tablet version...
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Just looked again on the price, and even with the coupon code, it's $200 extra for the Lenovo for the i5... hmm
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I'd say the MacBook Pro is the better choice and considering you can take it back up to two weeks later, I'd just do it and see how you like it. Give it a full run down, and if you don't like it take it back, if you do keep it. Play with the X220 if you can as well.
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I'd say the MacBook Pro is the better choice and considering you can take it back up to two weeks later, I'd just do it and see how you like it. Give it a full run down, and if you don't like it take it back, if you do keep it. Play with the X220 if you can as well.
I can't see how a MBP with a non-graphics tablet screen is better than a Lenovo with similar spec and Wacom Digitizer.
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