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Ok, I'm not a huge apple fan in general because they do like to charge a premium for their products. Looking at the new sandy bridge laptops they just put out, can anyone give me a reason not to get one of these at this point? I'm looking at the base 13" model for $1199.

Here's the thing, I currently have an M11x and there are aspects that I really like about it and a few things that I'm not 100% content with. I bought it with the idea that it would be used for school, I'd have the ability to play games on it which does and a decent battery life when I needed it. The only issue I'm having with it, is I use a full size keyboard at home on a 26" screen and I'm just not adjusting. Yes 13" isn't a huge difference but it's enough to make a difference in how hard i strain my eyes. Before you say it, I have 20/15 vision with my glasses on, so I dont need to get them checked But yeah, I'm having issues typing out papers and coding on the little keyboard and need something with a little more function, its bad enough I have to give up my 10 key.

But like I originally asked and the money issue isn't really a factor because I'd just sell my alienware and use that for part of the new one, is there any reason not to go with that laptop? I'd want most of the things that my m11x can do; play games when im bored, decent battery life and a decent quality build.
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I would wait for a nice sandy bridge windows laptop to come out that catches your fancy. the macbooks are just so over priced.
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I would wait for a nice sandy bridge windows laptop to come out that catches your fancy. the macbooks are just so over priced.
Honestly 1199 doesn't seem that horribly unreasonable at this point and I would be using bootcamp and dual booting between mac and windows.
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For the same price you can get a much better sager over at xotic or for 300 more get the MSI GT680 which will easily play any game you can throw at it.
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Gaming is actually the least of my wants in this, but I do want it to be capable for those days I'm stuck somewhere with nothing buy my laptop I just want something a little bigger in size than what I have with a very solid build quality but still gets in the 6+ hour battery range.
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The 2011 13" MacBook Pro has integrated graphics so I'd look up some gaming benchmarks and make sure it's capable of what you want to play during those times of stuckiness.
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The 2011 13" MacBook Pro has integrated graphics so I'd look up some gaming benchmarks and make sure it's capable of what you want to play during those times of stuckiness.
Ok, thats what I was looking for. I should've looked at all the specs but this would make it a deal breaker for me so thanks for the input.
post #8 of 11
It's got the HD 3000 graphics processor in it. Here's a pre-production review that Anandtech did at the beginning of January; YMMV under OSX and having the i5, however it should be fairly indicative of expected performance.

The 13" isn't the greatest performer for games. Apple was waiting for "good enough" IGP performance to throw out discrete graphics, which is why the new 13" loses out in some cases to its predecessor, which had the 320M.

As a general-use laptop, however, it's fantastic. Gorgeous display, some of the best battery life available, a trackpad that doesn't suck (manufacturers on the Windows side still haven't been able to get it right, although Synaptics has a new yet-to-be-released model that's supposed to be decent) and a highly regarded keyboard (subjective, but I've yet to hear otherwise). You also get the lack of third party subsidizing through advertising, and a clean, relatively secure operating system.

I don't own a Mac, I simply try to be objective; don't listen to Apple haters. I say grab one and don't look back. Although, I am in the process of looking at laptops; at college, but I haven't really needed one with my desktop here, so no urgency for me; maybe something on the Windows side will surprise me.

EDIT: Forgot to add Anandtech link
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Ok, thats what I was looking for. I should've looked at all the specs but this would make it a deal breaker for me so thanks for the input.
No worries, these are the newer IGP's and are much better than prior generations. Apple claims it's the same as the 320M IIRC, but it's a bit below.

I'd go the 15" if it isn't too big.
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You're not going to get 6+ hours on battery with a dedicated gpu.
If you can deal with a few hours less of battery life, I would go for the sager5160 with 540m optimus and sandybridge+ 15.6+1920x1080 (if you want)

If you can't I would wait, mbp's are fine, but you're paying a few hundred more for it being an apple product. Soon companies will start releasing refreshed versions of their laptops with SB.

sorta an after thought: $1200 for light gaming and typing+compiling?? Seems like WAY overkill to me. Plus for the price of a MBP, you can have two m11x's (You'd be such a badass, when one laptop battery runs out, you dont put a new battery in/charge it via the outlet, you just take out your second m11x and get to work)
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