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My current laptop is not abysmal but its about 1.5 inches thick. 14" screen, weighs a fair amount and is plastic so not the best of build qualities. Its great for someone who isn't looking to put their laptop in a backpack or satchel and cart around a campus or on the train everyday for possibly the next couple of years.

I highly recommend the Macbook Air 2011 with the i5/ 13''. It is significantly faster than it the old generation, and has a much better battery life than the 11'' laptops. However, the Macbook Air 2011 11'' is also an excellent option, especially if equipped with an i7.

Also, even if you choose not to go with the Macbooks, which are excellent choices, I highly suggest you limit your choices to ultraportable laptops (thin, portable, long battery life, SSD).

As for Lenovo, they suffer from bad build quality, and as you said, your options of warranty for the Lenovo laptops will be highly limited in Austrelia, but with the Apple option you will have access to excellent customer service.

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BTW the macbook is a joke. 30% of my classmates had macs, all of them changed to normal laptops within 2 years.

I don't know why you would even say such an unfounded comment. If anything, Lenovo is very well known for the highest laptop failure rates in the industry (along with Acer).

I wouldn't recommend a Macbook Pro since competitors are cheaper, but the Macbook Air is similarly priced to ultraportable competitors, and offers advantages over all of them.

HP and Acer are the most failing. I saw a video of a Lenovo being smashed to the ground, drawned in water, bumped up and down, and that is while working! And still being perfectly operational after that.

I say again, the ISS is equipped with ordinary market-available Lenovos.

And the comment on the macbook is perfectly valid - they just SUCK for students. +mac is 2x more expensive for 2x crappier hardware.

For home/specialized professional use - fine. For university? Never.

Sometime is not about hardwares. Is the OS X that we love to use due it is extremely stable and reliable. Supports anything, ie. Boot windows on Mac in Bootcamp or run into Parallels.
If I am going for performances. Here I am with a gaming rig at home.

The idea having performances notebook is just dumb. It is always inferior to desktop performances. Why bother? Mobile computing is all about portable and battery life. As long you can do researches on the go.

If you're talking about programming and Maya rendering. I did not have any problem on my MacBook Pro in University.

As the OP stated, he just needed a reliable and long term quality notebook for studies. You don't want something to break easily.
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Lenovo's warranty is mighty impressive.

My friend broke his Lenovo in some way or another, can't remember what exactly. He phoned Lenovo and they came round the next morning and fixed it.

Lenovo have excellent support, especially if you buy the one where they come to you to fix it.

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I have tried an EeePC and did not enjoy. Netbooks arent my deal, they have cheap low power mobile cpus like Atom's etc, 1GB Ram and not much storage space and the keyboards suck. But Ive only used like 3, ever, just none of them impressed me...

Were not talking about the same things here then obviously. My 300$ netbook has a 250gb hard drive which is plenty of space, 1.66ghz hyper-threaded atom and 2gb of ram. It runs Windows 7 Ultimate like butter and does everything I need it to do flawlessly. The ones with chick-let keyboards are extremely comfortable too. For a university laptop you want battery life over power consumption so that you don't have to carry your power cord around with you everywhere. Your taking notes in class not playing games.

But like I said even if a net-book isn't your thing there are plenty of other options over getting a mac. You say OS-X is secure? So is Windows 7 and so is Linux. An expensive shinny aluminum frame won't make your laptop indestructible, it'll just make you feel even worse when you eventually do get a scratch on it or drop it.
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Sometime is not about hardwares. Is the OS X that we love to use due it is extremely stable and reliable.

I'm pretty sure Windows 7 is perfectly stable and reliable. And I have spent enough time with macs to know they're not as perfect and reliable as mac lovers claim. Let's keep unfounded arguments out of this.
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Mac.. Windows.. I don't mind too much. I've used both, I know windows a hell of alot better but I can use a Mac with decent proficiency. Aslong as I can put word and excel on it I'll be pretty happy I imagine. If the HDD is big enough I could as suggested use Parallels if I was desperate for something.

I found a great comparison photo:

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13.3 Macbook Air 2011
13.3 U300s
13.3 U300
14 U400

I think the U300 looks like it could still be pretty portable to be honest..
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Buy the cheapest netbook($150-200) you can and build yourself a ~400 desktop. So many of my friends in College used their laptops like they were desktops. Most of their battery ended up dying and their CPU degraded from heat.
    
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Buy the cheapest netbook($150-200) you can and build yourself a ~400 desktop. So many of my friends in College used their laptops like they were desktops. Most of their battery ended up dying and their CPU degraded from heat.

I can understand you may not have read the whole thread but just assume I have my sig rig at hand. This is for light work on public transport and carrying to and from. If you want more explanation and detail its probably best you read the last few posts tongue.gif Thanks anyway though smile.gif
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Performance is only an issue if you study architecture (or alike) and need to run CAD programs. If all you need to do is take notes or compile some code, almost any laptop will do.
My main problem with the MBP 13" was its weight (I'm no weak guy) and that any 11" would've done just as well for my purposes. The new MB Air 11" weighs half of what a MBP 13" does and comes with a SSD, yet has a sufficient i5 processor. These would be my main arguments to go with it.

Coding on a 1366x768 screen is torture.
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Coding on a 1366x768 screen is torture.

Haha well I'll be doing Architecture, Mechanical/Aeronautical/Civil/Mining Engineering or Dentistry. Depending on what I get offered. So no coding troubles smile.gif
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Haha well I'll be doing Architecture, Mechanical/Aeronautical/Civil/Mining Engineering or Dentistry. Depending on what I get offered. So no coding troubles smile.gif

lol, I like how "Dentistry" is just thrown in there tongue.gif
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