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I would like to buy a Laptop that will be better than macbook pro.

- I would like to be the same or better performance than the macbook
- Be either 14 inch or 15.6 inch
- would like it to weigh the same as or less than the apple (4lb)
- would like a reliable brand, like Asus

I will be taking this to school so the key here is for it to be light weight

thanks
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post #2 of 10
Asus Zenbook 15
Don't have much, but look into it.
post #3 of 10

Personally I am an Apple guy, so you just cannot replace a mac. 

 

/off topic/not helpful

 

But if you are looking for something else, like the above poster said, the Zenbook is a good choice. 

 
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post #4 of 10
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/ideapad/s-series/s400/ (coming soon)
or
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/ideapad/u-series/u400/
reliable and great performance at about 4lb.

'macbook killer' is subjective. if you want to find something you like go into shops and look around. thumb.gif
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Vaio SA 13.3". 3.75 pounds, backlit keyboard, discrete graphics, 1600x900 res, standard-voltage i5, similar battery life, <1" thick.. need I say more? Oh but also, MBP 13 weighs 4.5 pounds. Vaio SE 15" weighs 4.46 pounds.. do the math, get a 1080p IPS panel yada yada for about $1,000. http://sonystyle.ca
 
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I agree, VAIO S series seems to be your best bet. The 13.3" model can go up to i7-3520M and the 15.5" can go up to i7-3612QM. Both of them are limited to the GT 640M LE (thankfully the Kepler variant) however there is a BIOS hack out there that will allow you to overclock it to the same level as the GT 650M in the MPB or beyond. Beyond that, it's very thin and light. 15.5" has a 1080p IPS screen. If you configure the 13.3" with then i7 and GT640M, it runs less than $1000 assuming no hard drive or RAM upgrades since you can do those with OEM parts for much cheaper (Note the i7-3520M upgrade is $100 off at the moment so the pricing I mentioned may rise a bit later). The 15.5" will run a bit higher ($100-200). You can also get a blu-ray drive in both models for $100.
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post #7 of 10
Nothing will beat a MBP Retina. That display is freaking amazing in person.

Also I've yet to use a PC laptop that has a touchpad even close to a MacBook's.
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post #8 of 10
Wait for the Asus Zenbook U500 which will debut along with windows 8. Check out this thread here on OCN, many people are hopeful this will be the first "REAL" competitor to rMBP. http://www.overclock.net/t/1303335/engadget-asus-15-inch-zenbook-u500-ivy-bridge-optional-nvidia-graphics-and-a-full-numpad/10
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wuddersup View Post

Nothing will beat a MBP Retina. That display is freaking amazing in person.
Also I've yet to use a PC laptop that has a touchpad even close to a MacBook's.

Just because you haven't used such a laptop, doesn't mean they don't exist. The touchpad in the X1 Carbon was favored over the touchpad in the Macbooks from several publications. Also, the keyboard and touchpad from MSI GTx0 is held to the same standard as those found in the Macbooks.

As far as screen goes, the HP Elitebooks has a panel quality that's on par or better than the rMBP.
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The question is, is the retina display and trackpad worth the extra $600-$800 you pay over a similarly spec'd laptop tongue.gif
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