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She likes the thin and light type of laptops. She is interested int he Mac Book Air and uses iPhone 6 Plus, but has never used OSx

I think so long as its thin and decently fast she will be happy. She currently has a Dell Inspiron 15 with a i5 2430m and a 250 gb samsung 840 ssd

She only plays League of Legends and does a lot of youtube and facebook.


Recommendations with links appreciated
post #2 of 5
Does she like thin and light laptops because she actually uses the portability? Or mainly for style reasons?

Reason I ask is because it's hard to beat macbook air/pros for actual portable usability. Great battery life and keyboard and the best trackpads I've ever used is what does it for me. Personally I'm not aware of a Windows laptop which matches the trackpad for a start.

I don't know how well a Macbook Air would play LoL... A Macbook Pro would manage fine on reduced settings (I occasionally game on my Early 2015 Macbook Pro 13", and it's fine for games that are graphically similar (I don't play LoL)).

Regarding OS X (or MacOS as it's soon to be called!), it's easy to use.. I actually prefer Windows, but I can see for most users there are lots of benefits to OS X's features and integration (I'm sure your wife would enjoy some of the integration with her iPhone. I have and Android so can't tell you my experience I'm afraid).

Two things that I am less keen on with the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro are the relatively average screen on the Macbook Air (at least relative to the Macbook Pros), and lack of Skylake CPUs in all the Macbook line (these will probably be updated later this year...). I would expect improved battery life and/or performance, especially iGPU performance which may be useful depending on how LoL runs currently (I would expect it runs fine on Macbook Pros and okay on Macbook Airs, but I'm sure people who actually play it have investigated).

Hopefully some people here can suggest Windows laptops alternatives. There are quite a lot of good thin and light Windows laptops around, which are relatively fast and have great battery life. As I said, I haven't found one with a trackpad up to that of the Macbooks, but then I haven't tried every laptop!
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She prefers lite and portable a d stylish but the price of the MacBook turns her off. She is a nurse practitioner and I'm a rn in fnp school and a couple hundred is a deal breaker for her.

She wants something under $1000 if possible. $500-800 ideally.But she wants a good price performance but style and portability are priorities
post #4 of 5
Here's something with style and still has an SSD, an i5-6200U and has very good battery in it. Best part is it only costs $529

https://www.amazon.com/F556UA-AS54-15-6-inch-Full-HD-Laptop-Windows/dp/B01CGGOUJM/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1466592026&sr=1-6&keywords=asus+zenbook
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Have you looked at the Dell XPS 13? It's a pretty good fit except for gaming on anything more than low/med settings...
http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-9350-laptop/pd?oc=fncwt5149b&model_id=xps-13-9350-laptop

That might be a good bet, its basically a macbook air but PC version...
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