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I guess what I am worried about is (2) things.

1) With this not being Haswell did I get a good deal or should I have bought Haswell
2) Does anyone know if either of these are easy to convert to Mac? I know with the Asus it at least would need a new wifi card as the one that is in it is not compatible with OSX but it sucks anyways and new ones are cheap.

I guess one last question is that the one that has a SSD in it I am fairly sure the SSD is set up as a cache drive... can I remove it upgrade to something like a 128GB and use it as the primary drive.

These are the laptops and what I paid for them.

$303.99 Shipped http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231091
$380.98 Shipped http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312928R

Only one needs to be easy to convert to mac the other will be for my wife.
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post #2 of 9
if you mean convert the OS to mac you can use Hackintosh.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by M2NSLI View Post

if you mean convert the OS to mac you can use Hackintosh.

Yes I am aware of that but it is not always smooth sailing. For example I know for a fact that at a minimum I would have to buy a new wireless card for the Asus since the one inside is not compatible with Mac.
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post #4 of 9

I think its a very good deal , I dont remember if Hackintosh is allowed to be  talked about here though . 

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post #5 of 9
Discussing hackintosh computers is against the board rules. sorry to inform you.

There are boards on the web about doing this, check them out.
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Depends what you purpose the machines for. However they aren't bad nor good.
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Not bad. OSx would run on anything with the right amount of coaxing.

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Meh. Money was better spent elsewhere. Be prepared for tons of cheapo plastic frames.
 
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Meh. Money was better spent elsewhere. Be prepared for tons of cheapo plastic frames.

The one is 100% metal and can't find the same processors in any other set ups without paying $100 or $100s more. I was more or less worried about if I should have waited for Haswell... Being the graphics would be better. Not sure about the 2nd because I haven't received it yet but I am guessing that it is also all or mostly metal. Not that metal means anything since the most expensive laptops with thunderbolt and i7 that we use for video encoding at work are 100% plastic.

Both these laptops have the HD 4000 which is the upper offering of Ivy Bridge. The value part is I am worried about really is that Intel or someone said to expect to see $300 touch screen laptops based off haswell in the $300 range by christmas. If these are going to have non i3/i5 based CPU and lower end HD graphics then i am not worried but if they are someone how going to offer an i3 with someone thing close to HD4000 graphics well then... I may be disappointed.
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